Yangon

The Yangon Branch Office, Myanmar

Head: Jacques Leider
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
jacques.leider@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Since 2002, the Centre's projects have focused, above all, on transcribing the previously unpublished Arakan manuscripts that have provided new data in historiography and political history and offered better understanding the Arakan culture and religion during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: Jacques Leider

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
jacques.leider@efeo.net

Visit the Yangon blog
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
Buddhist scribal practices in a transcultural perspective
France, Paris, 25 November 2019
This international workshop is a collaborative effort organized by the École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO-Paris) and the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC-Hamburg), which involves scholars in Buddhist studies, codicology, and art history to analyze the connecaons between scribal pracaces agested in various Central and East-Asian Buddhist manuscript cultures, with a focus on mutual influences between them regarding the use of specific ornamental and/or structural marks. Read program here
Conference
Paris, France, 07 November 2019
Alain Arrault gives a lecture on religious statuary in China, Japan and Korea on Thursday, November 7, at 2pm, Salon Pelliot of the Hotel Heidelbach.
This conference is organized by the Société des amis du Musée Guimet, for more details follow the link.
Signing of an MOU with the Institute of Archeology of the National Cheng Kung University
Tainan, Taiwan, 05 November 2019
On November 5, 2019, the EFEO Director signed an MOU with the Institute of Archeology of the National Cheng Kung University in Tainan (Taiwan).
Renewal of the cooperation agreement with the Fu Ssu-nien Library of the Academia Sinica
Taipei, Taiwan, 04 November 2019
On Monday, November 4, the EFEO Director and the Director of the Institute of History and Philology of the Academia Sinica have signed the renewal of the cooperation agreement with the Fu Ssu-nien Library of the Academia Sinica.
Louis Finot collection
22 October 2019
2770 stereoscopic photographs of the Louis Finot collection, epigrapher and first director of the EFEO, are posted on the photo library's website.

Legend: Pradak village in the eastern baray, Angkor region, Cambodia (FINL00039).