Nicolas Fiévé

Nicolas FIÉVÉ

Assistant to the Director
Evelise Bruneau

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Nicolas Fiévé

Architectural historian - Medieval and premodern Japan

After studying architecture in France and Japan, and obtaining a doctorate in classical Japanese, Nicolas Fiévé was a researcher at the CNRS from 1993 to 2007, when he became professor at the Historical and Philological Sciences Section of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, where he teaches the history of Japanese architecture and gardens. 

His research is based on the study of ancient documents (literary and administrative texts, technical manuals, plans and maps) relating to architecture, urbanism, landscape and gardens in 14th-17th century Japan. In addition to the study of texts, Nicolas Fiévé also conducts in situ studies of ancient buildings or urban districts in Japan. These two complementary approaches are the fruit of the two schools of thought that trained him: Japanese studies and architecture.

As a medievalist working on the Muromachi period (1336-1573), Nicolas Fiévé has studied the history of the city of Kyoto, the architecture of the tea pavilions and the Ashikaga palaces. Recently, he has broadened his field of study to include 17th-century Japan and has focused his research on the secondary villas of the court nobility and the domain lords. 

Member of the EFEO, from 2009 to 2010

Director of the EFEO, since April 2022

CV of Nicolas Fiévé

30th anniversary of the EFEO Centre in Taipei
Taipei, Taiwan, 18 May 2023
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the EFEO Centre in Taipei, the EFEO and the Institute of History and Philology (IHP) of the Academia Sinica are organizing the international colloquium New Directions in Historical and Cultural Studies in Asia - Celebrating the 30th anniversary of cooperation between EFEO and Academia Sinica, at the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taipei.

Program and information
EFEO Field Scholarships - 2nd Semester 2023
Paris, France, 15 March 2023
The deadline for submitting an application to an EFEO Field Scholarships for Master and PhD students enabling a field study in Asia at one of the EFEO centers is set to the 15th of March 2023.
New publication
Paris, France,

À l'ombre du palmier à sucre
Les campagnes cambodgiennes sous protectorat français à travers l'exemple de Kampong Thom

Mathieu Guérin

Happy New Year 2023
01 January 2023
The French School of Asian Studies wishes you a Happy New year 2023.
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Photographic exhibition ''Louis Finot et le Yunnan''
Paris, France,

The photographic exhibition "Louis Finot et le Yunnan" is installed on the first floor of the EFEO until the end of December 2022.
Some fifty photographs present the trip that Louis Finot probably undertook in the 1920s to Yunnan fou (now Kunming). These photographs are a selection of those presented by Alain Arrault in the photographic album Mémoires de Chine (EFEO/Magellan, 2022).
The writing of Mémoires de Chine also allowed to provide information on the 850 stereoscopic glass plates of the Louis Finot collection taken in China. These pictures have just been put online on the photo library website.