Vientiane

The Vientiane Centre, Laos

Vientiane Centre

Head: Michel Lorrillard
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
michel.lorrillard@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
Reopening Ceremony of Battambang Provincial Museum
Battambang, Cambodia, 11 January 2019
Inauguration of the new scenography of the provincial museum of Battambang after the resettlement of the collections of sculptures, restorations and restoration on pedestals, conducted by the National Museum of Cambodia with its conservation workshop. In the group gathered around the minister Ms. Phoeurng Sackona, the director of the national museum, M. Kong Vireak and the location manager Huot Samnang: Sreymom, Soda, Chea Socheat, Phy Sokhoeun and the young Sopheak (master 1 Inalco).
Exposition Voiles d'Asie / Sails of Asia
Paris, France, 10 January 2019
Since 21st November the new exhibition Voiles d'Asie / Sails of Asia. Images from the EFEO photo library in collaboration with the research program "SeaFaring: Maritime knowledge for China seas" hangs at the Maison de l'Asie on the 1st floor and in the reading room of the library.
Free admission, from Monday to Friday from 9h to 18h.22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris.
New publication

Arts Asiatiques 73 (2018)

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Paris EFEO Seminar
Paris, France, 07 January 2019
Monday 7th January Philippe Le Failler (EFEO) speaks on L’expédition militaire de Mường Thanh (Vietnam) de 1767. Les faits, le récit et le palimpseste.

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Free admission)

Maison de l'Asie, First floor salon, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
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Happy New Year 2019
01 January 2019
The French School of Asian Studies wishes you a Happy New Year.
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