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
Visit of H.R.H. Princess Sirindhorn
Bangkok, Thailand, 04 July 2019
On July 5, 2018, at the annual conference of the Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre (SAC), Khunying Khaisri Sri-Aroon invited Her Royal Highness Princess Sirindhorn to visit the offices that the EFEO has occupied since the SAC was created in 1997.Jacques Leider thanked H.R.H. Princess Sirindhorn for the hospitality extended to the EFEO and emphasized the excellent working atmosphere that prevails among all the Centre's researchers.
Legend: From left to right: Surakarn Thoesomboon (secretary of the EFEO Center), Jacques Leider (head of the EFEO Center), Khun Pirapon Pisnupong (Director of the SAC), HRH Princess Sirindhorn and Khunying Khaisri Sri-Aroon (Secretary General of the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Foundation).
The EFEO is seeking to recruit three PhD Candidates (F/M)
Paris, France, 01 July 2019
Three positions are open for PhD research to be carried out in the framework of the DHARMA Project. The PhD candidates will conduct full-time doctoral research in Southeast Asian epigraphy.
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Visit of the President of the Republic
Kyoto, Japan, 27 June 2019
As part of the official trip to Japan of the President of the Republic, Mr. Emmanuel Macron,  Martin Nogueira Ramos, head of the Kyoto EFEO Centre, spoke during the visit to the Kôdaiji Monastery, a major place of Zen Buddhism (Rinzai). This visit provided an opportunity for exchanges on the EFEO's scientific action and partnerships in Japan.

© Photograph by Hayashi Takahiro
Round table discussion
Paris, France, 24 June 2019
As part of the research on Dunhuang conducted by the CRCAO (UMR 8155) and the EFEO, GUO Junye and DANG Yanni (Dunhuang Academy) will lead a run a panel on :- "The Cult of Arhats in Dunhuang during the Medieval Period" (Dang Yanni)- "The Statuary on the Central Altar of Mogao Cave 161" (Guo Junye).

From 2pm to 4pm, Collège de France, 49bis avenue de la Belle Gabrielle, 75012, Paris.
Lectures
Paris, France, 21 June 2019
As part of the research on Dunhuang conducted by the CRCAO (UMR 8155) and the EFEO, GUO Junye and DANG Yanni (Dunhuang Academy) will give the following lectures:
- "The Royal Family of Khotan and the'Nirvana Temple'" (Guo Junye)
- "The Scripture On the Ten Kings: Belief and Practices" (Dang Yanni)

From 2pm to 4pm, Maison de l'Asie, 22 avenue du Président-Wilson, 75116 Paris, salon on the 1st floor.