Integrating and Developing European Asian Studies (IDEAS)

IDEAS

Launched on 1 January 2010, the FP7-funded project "Integrating and Developing European Asian Studies" (IDEAS), came to a close at the end of June 2012.

IDEAS, which is a ‘Co-ordination and Support Action' in the Research and Innovation Directorate's SSH Programme, has promoted increased collaboration between Asian Studies researchers and institutions in Europe, and the development of links between policy-makers and the academic community in this field.

Working in close collaboration with the European Consortium for Asian Field Study (ECAF), which comprises 45 leading universities and third level institutions throughout the EU, IDEAS carried out an assessment of the network of 23 European-owned field centres in Asia with a view to optimizing their future use on the level of Europe. The ECAF centres have now agreed to commit to a plan for convergence as outlined in the IDEAS "Vision Statement", and the ongoing drive to share infrastructure has, thus far, resulted in the creation of a British Academy fellowship programme and three institutional partnerships (EFEO-University of Hamburg in Beijing, EFEO-ISEAS in Kyoto, and EFEO-AFD in Ho Chi Minh City).

In 2012-2013, ECAF, which is in the process of taking on the status of an autonomous legal entity (Public Interest Group), is to be transformed into a durable European infrastructure. With an enhanced capacity to raise funds for joint initiatives, ECAF will be better equipped to pursue the IDEAS project goals of developing access to field research facilities in Asia, fostering institutional partnerships based on joint interdisciplinary research programmes and resource pooling, and promoting the mobility of students and faculty between Europe and Asia.

In their bid to develop links between policy makers and the academic community, the IDEAS consortium organized a series of events both in Europe and Asia, including international conferences, roundtables and technical seminars, which brought together a wide range of experts in the spheres of academia, civil society, government, and diplomacy. The results of these meetings are described at length in the project's Final report (soon to be made available on the IDEAS website).

In highlighting the potential synergies between humanities-oriented area studies and diplomacy, IDEAS has not only positively contributed to raising the profile of SSH research in Asian studies and its role in the promotion of intercultural understanding but has also paved the way for innovative working relationships between EU diplomats and the research community.

The Final report concludes with a set of recommendations to strengthen cooperation between policy-makers and Asian studies scholars, and for the continued development of Europe's knowledge base on Asia. At a time when Europe and European-Asian relations are evolving rapidly, the drive to achieve both of these objectives has the potential to make a significant contribution to the future of the EU.

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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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Paris EFEO Seminar
Paris, France, 17 December 2018
Monday 17th December Pierre-Yves Manguin (EFEO) speaks on Ex-voto et rituels : le divin chez les marins en Asie.

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Free admission)
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Study Days ''Paris Dialogue on Archaeological Lidar''
Paris, France, 10 December 2018
The Paris Dialogue on Archaeological Lidar brings together, for the first time, a broad cross-section of archaeologists who use landscape-scale airborne laser scanning, along with key scholars in archaeological method and theory and specialists from other disciplines such as information technology, remote sensing, ecology, remote sensing, and engineering. The aim is to cultivate an ongoing dialogue between the archaeological lidar community, including important input and perspectives from outside the discipline, with a view to identifying and addressing some of the challenges we face as lidar continues to transform landscape archaeology and eventually becomes a routine part of archaeological fieldwork.
Study Day ''Typographies orientales et Imprimerie nationale. Histoire et patrimoine''
Paris, France, 06 December 2018
Michela Bussotti and François Lachaud are organizing the Study Day Maîtriser les langues, apprivoiser le monde, dictionnaires et lexiques bilingues en Asie orientale.

From 9h30 to 17h, Maison de l'Asie, Grand salon 1st floor, 22 avenue su Président Wilson, 75016 Paris.
Study Day '' Connecting Megalithic Cultures in South Asia ''
Paris, France, 04 December 2018
Valérie Gillet and Laurianne Bruneau (EPHE) are organizing the Study Day Connecting Megalithic Cultures in South Asia.

From 9:30 to 18:30, Maison de l'Asie, Grand salon on the 1st floor, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75016 Paris
Study Day ''Typographies orientales et Imprimerie nationale. Histoire et patrimoine''
Paris, France, 30 November 2018
Michela Bussotti and Fabien Simon (ICT) are organizing the Study Day Oriental Typographies and Imprimerie Nationale. History and heritage.

From 9h to 18h, Maison de l'Asie, Grand salon 1st floor, 22 avenue su Président Wilson, 75016 Paris.

Free access within the limits of available places.
Paris EFEO Seminar
Paris, France, 26 November 2018
Monday 26th November Catherine Scheer (EFEO) speaks on Revendications autochtones, représentations savantes. L’influence d’études orientalistes et anthropologiques au sein d’une minorité montagnarde du Cambodge en quête de droits.

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Free admission)
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Conference ''A Turning Point: The Murals of Gongkar Chosde Monastery and the Kyentse Painting School''
Paris, France, 26 November 2018
Mr. Luo Wenhua, Director of the National Palace Museum Research Center for Tibetan Buddhist Heritage, presents A Turning Point: The Murals of Gongkar Chosde Monastery and the Kyentse Painting School.
Conference ''Maritime Knowledge for Asian Seas. An interdisciplinary dialogue between maritime historians and archaeologists''
Paris, France, 21 November 2018
The conference Maritime Knowledge for Asian Seas. An interdisciplinary dialogue between maritime historians and archaeologists, within the framework of the seaFaring research program (ANR / MOST) with the financial support of the ANR, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, the EFEO and the CRCAO, with the EHESS and IEA assistance is held respectively at the EFEO on the 21st, at the Institut d’études appliquées in Paris on the 22nd and at the EHESS on 23 November.
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Conference ''Les chartistes et l'Asie''
Paris, France, 15 November 2018
The École des chartes and the EFEO organize the conference Les chartistes et l'Asie : destins croisés de l’École nationale des chartes et de l’École française d’Extrême-Orient.
- Thursday, November 15 at the ENC, 65 rue de Richelieu, Paris 2e (Delisle Room)
- Friday, November 16 at the EFEO, 22 avenue Président Wilson, Paris 16e (Grand salon 1st floor of the Maison de l'Asie)

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