Découvertes de l'Asie

An exploration of Asia based on the itineraries of Asians and Europeans who began traveling throughout the continent in the earliest centuries of our era.

The spread of Buddhism in Asia:

  • Between the fourth and the seventh centuries, three Chinese pilgrims in search of manuscripts (Faxian, Xuanzang et Yijing) traveled to India along the Silk road and the maritime routes that linked the Far East and the subcontinent.

The first Westerners to discover Asia:

  • Commercial and other motives prompted the voyages of 14th century Italian traveler Odoric of Pordenone, who sailed from Europe to Japan, stopping in, among other places, southern Indian and the islands of South Asia.
  • Lastly, French colonial civil servant Auguste Pavie traveled throughout continental Southeast Asia. One section will be devoted to the restoration of the temples of Angkor.
EFEO News
Paris EFEO/ASIES Seminar
Paris, France, 24 February 2020
Alain Arrault (EFEO) speaks on: "Écrire l'histoire en Chine" [Writing History in China] as part of the PSL-EHESS-EPHE-EFEO Master in Asian Studies, the general theme of which is Telling and writing history.

From 10:30 to 12:00, opened to all
Maison de l'Asie, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, Grand salon, 1st floor
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Kyoto Lectures
Kyoto, Japan, 29 January 2020
As part of the Kyoto lectures, Cyrian Pitteloud (University of Geneva/EFEO) presents: "Environmental Expertise in Modern Japan and the Ashio Copper Mine Case".

At 6 p.m., at the EFEO Center in Kyoto (opened to all). READ MORE
Paris EFEO/ASIES Seminar
Paris, France, 27 January 2020
Charlotte Schmid (EFEO) speaks on "Déesses et donatrices : de la prise de corps des dieux en Inde". This seminar is part of the "Images :  objets et sources" theme of the ASIAS seminar (master AMO - Asie méridionale et orientale : terrains, textes et sciences sociales).

From 10:30 to 12:00, free admission
Maison de l'Asie, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, Grand salon, 1st floor
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CANCELLATION of the Paris EFEO/ASIES Seminar
Paris, France, 16 December 2019
Due to the transport strike, the seminar is postponed to a later date.

Alain Arrault (EFEO) speaks on: "Écrire l’histoire en Chine". This seminar is part of the Dire et écrire l’histoire theme of the Master Études asiatiques - PSL (EFEO-EPHE-EHESS).

From 10:30 to 12:00, free admission
Maison de l'Asie, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, Grand salon, 1st floor READ MORE
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