Yangon

The Yangon Branch Office, Myanmar

Head: Gregory Kourilsky
EFEO
c/o Institut français de Birmanie
340 Pye Road, Sanchaung township
Yangon, Myanmar
Tél : + 95 (1) 536 900 / 537 122 / 535 428

Assistant: Ms Khin Khin Zaw
gregory.kourilsky@efeo.net

History

The EFEO has been active in Burma with the inventory of the Pagan monuments since the 1980's. Work on this site was undertaken by Pierre Pichard from 1980 - 1987 in the framework of a UNESCO project. In 2002, with the arrival of Jacques Leider, the School opened a Branch Office in Myanmar. Up until 2008 it was located in the Regional Centre for History and Tradition (CHAT), an institution founded under the international aegis of SEAMEO (Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization). Currently the EFEO branch office has been relocated to the French Cultural Centre.

Current projects:

Today the EFEO Burma Centre, enjoys limited access to cooperative activity, although, considerable opportunities exist for individual projects.

Since 2002, the Centre's projects have focused, above all, on transcribing the previously unpublished Arakan manuscripts that have provided new data in historiography and political history and offered better understanding the Arakan culture and religion during the Mrauk-U epoch. Since 2005 a project to collect the Arakan inscriptions has contributed to the first systematic collection of lithographs from the region of Burma.

Since 2007 research on the first period of the Konbaung dynasty has led to the reexamination of the royal chronicles by comparing them to the royal orders, more precisely the chronicles issued under the reign of Alaungmintaya.

Despite its limitations the EFEO Yangon Branch Office - a unique facility in a complex environment -- members continue advising doctoral students and welcoming French and international scholars.

The Yangon centre
Head: Gregory Kourilsky

EFEO
c/o Institut français de Birmanie
340 Pye Road, Sanchaung township
Yangon, Myanmar

Tél : +95 (1)536 900 / 537 122 / 535 428

Assistant: Ms Khin Khin Zaw
gregory.kourilsky@efeo.net

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News from the Yangon centre
Jacques Leider @ DW
25 AUGUST 18 Quotes from Jacques Leider's interview, cited in the DW: "Inciting hatred against Rohingya on social  ... Read more
Jacques Leider @ CRISEA meeting & conference, Hanoi
28 MARCH 18 Between 28-30 March, Jacques Leider went to Hanoi, Vietnam, for the 2nd CRISEA Steering Committee meeting (28 March) and the 1st CRISEA Research Workshop (29-30 March), held at  ... Read more
Jacques Leider @ Rakhine Days - The Rohingya Conflict and its Implications, DGAP
09 MARCH 18 Dr. Jacques Leider was invited by the DGAP (Die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik / The German Council on Foreign Relations) to participate in the  ... Read more
EFEO News
Classics Day Prize 2022
Kyoto, Japan, 19 July 2022
Christophe Marquet, professor of the École française d'Extrême-Orient, was awarded the Classics Day Prize on July 1st, 2022, for his contribution to the dissemination of knowledge of Japanese art in France, through his teaching, his publications, and the curating of exhibitions.

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“Émile Sénart” prize - AIBL
Paris, France,

The “Émile Sénart” prize for Indological research of the French Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres has been awarded this year to Hugo David for his book Une philosophie de la parole : l’Enquête sur la Connaissance Verbale (Śābdanirṇaya) de Prakāśātman, maître Advaitin du xe siècle, published in 2020 by the EFEO
Debate on the book by Alain Arrault,
Paris, France, 30 June 2022
As part of the "Cycle de débats du Centre d'études de la Chine moderne et contemporaine (EHESS)," Alain Arrault's book A History of Cultic Images In China. The Domestic Statuary of Hunan (EFEO-CUHK, 2020) will be discussed, under the moderation of Marie-Paule Hille (CECMC-UMR CCJ, Ehess), by Pierre-Antoine Fabre (Ehess), Florence Galmiche (Université Paris Cité - LCAO, UMR CCJ), and John Lagerwey (Ricci Institute of Paris) on Thursday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Condorcet Campus (Forum of the Espace associatif et culturel, ground floor).
Exhibition ''TrancFiguration. Tattoos from Birth to Death''
Chiang Mai, Thailand, 28 June 2022

After being inaugurated and presented at the EFEO Chiang Mai Center and the Alliance française in Chiang Mai in May, and then at the Rai Mae Fah Luang - Art & cultural Park in Chiang Rai in June, the exhibition Trance/figuration, Tattooos From Birth to Death will be installed for two months (July and August) at the National Gallery in Bangkok.

Closure
Paris, France, 06 June 2022

The Maison de l'Asie, and therefore the library, will be closed on Monday 6 June 2022!