Vientiane

The Vientiane Centre, Laos

Vientiane Centre

Head: Yves Goudineau
Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient, FEML
1 rue Sisangvone - Unit 6
Bane Naxay
BP 3248
Vientiane, Laos
Tel.: + 856 21 41 46 20
Fax: + 856 21 41 39 52
yves.goudineau@efeo.net

In 1951 the Laotian government entrusted the EFEO with the mission to preserve and restore its historical monuments and to manage the nation's museums. At the same time, the EFEO was authorized to carry out archaeological excavations. The School's official presence in Laos led to the arrival of the art historian and philologist Henri Deydier, the ethnologist Charles Archaimbault - renowned for his comparative work on Laotian principalities, and Pierre-Bernard Lafont, who resided at the Centre until 1966. Earlier in the 20th century, Henri Parmentier conducted the first research on the religious architecture of Laos and the Khmer temple Vat Phu, while Madeleine Colani carried out a pioneering investigation of a proto-historic site, the Plain of Jars. A new cooperation agreement, reached in 1993, with the Laotian Ministry of Information and Culture enabled the EFEO to open a Franco-Laotian Centre for Buddhist and Historical Studies in Vientiane.

Current research at the EFEO Centre in Vientiane is primarily conducted in historical studies based on philology and epigraphy; however, the Centre also undertakes work in disciplines such as ethnology, art history and archaeology. The sum of this activity contributes to a wider program of multidisciplinary research on Buddhist societies spanning Asia, from India to China.

Laos, a landlocked country relatively little affected by its rapidly changing surroundings, offers researchers exceptional conditions for on-site investigation.

Current research program:

  • General epigraphic inventory and publication of Laotian inscriptions
  • Study of Laotian religious literature
  • Material and artistic culture of Laotian Buddhism (archaeology, iconography)
  • Comparative ethnology of Austro-Asiatic minority societies

The Vientiane Center includes a library for the humanities and social sciences -- the only research library in Laos. Since 2007 its publication office has edited a series titled Texts and documents on Laos. The Centre also provides facilities for French and European scholars, as well as doctoral students and EFEO fellowship holders.

EFEO News
Talk by Michela Bussotti ''Printing in China and in Europe: Technical Transmissions and Unfinished Cultural Exchanges as seen in the case of Matteo Ripa (1682-1746) and the Chinese College''
Taipei, Taiwan, 07 May 2018
On Monday, May 7th, Michela Bussotti speaks on Printing in China and in Europe: Technical Transmissions and Unfinished Cultural Exchanges as seen in the case of Matteo Ripa (1682-1746) and the Chinese College at the National Palace Museum.

4F Conference Room, Library Building, National Palace Museum, Taipei.

the talk will be given in Chinese. Registration is not required.

New publication

Domestic Rituals of the Atharvaveda in the Paippalāda Tradition of Orissa: Śrīdhara's Vivāhādikarmapañjikā. Volume I: Book One, Part One: General Prescriptions. [Edited by] Arlo Griffiths & Shilpa Sumant, IFP/EFEO, 2018 (CI no 135), pp. 308.

READ MORE
Speeches of the worshop : Contributions à la sauvegarde des patrimoines par les Écoles françaises à l’Étranger
Paris, France, 23 April 2018
Presentations made during the February 2nd at the worshop organized at the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres to highlight  the important work done by the Écoles Françaises à l’Étranger on their respective fields of action are available on the AIBL website and on vimeoREAD MORE
3e journée de rencontres en archéométrie de l'Ifao
Paris, France,

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 will be held at the EFEO the 3e journée de rencontres en archéométrie de l'Ifao: Programme

Free admission but subject to compulsory registration before April 5th by email: aquiles@ifao.egnet.net

From 9h30 to 17h, First floor salon, House of Asia, 22 avenue President Wilson, 75116 Paris
Introduction of the CITY_NKOR, Ville, architecture et urbanisme en Corée du Nord
Paris, France, 09 April 2018
The Maison de l'Asie hosts the launch day of the ANR CITY_NKOR, City, architecture and urbanism in North Korea prepared by Valérie Gelézeau (EHESS) and Élisabeth Chabanol (EFEO).