The missions of the EFEO

Transversal Projects and New Technology

The EFEO's innovative research project is not only based on its scholars' fields of expertise but also on their skill to conduct transversal projects, such as The Development of Buddhism from India to Japan and The epigraphy of the Khmer World (CIK). Both of these bring together experts from EFEO centres in Asia and Southeast Asia

The use of recent new technologies in the service of Asian studies is also a key concern for the EFEO and its Asian partners. The School's electronic resources, including online journals, a digital network for all its libraries' catalogues are now available for the most part. Also Geographical Information Systems and other new tools developed in the physical and biological sciences are leading to the improvement in methods of analysis and dating, especially in archaeology.

The Spread of Knowledge

Scholarly research is the key aim of the School, yet the EFEO's academic staff are also committed to training scholars in Asian studies. This demands a high degree of specialisation and often requires unique expertise gained in field studies. The supervision and training of scholars is coordinated in France, under the guidance of various doctoral programmes and in cooperation with universities and schools (EPHE and EHESS), and in the EFEO's Asian centres, thanks to internships and scholarships awarded to doctoral candidates. The EFEO headquarters are located at the Maison de l'Asie (Asia House) in Paris, which houses its central library, and is also a dynamic platform for scholarly activity (research, courses, lectures, colloquia, books launches, etc.).

EFEO News
Photographic exhibition
Paris, France, 28 June 2024
The EFEO is displaying an exhibition as part of the symposium "Le Prince Damrong Rajanubhab et George Cœdès. Collaboration et regards croisés sur l'histoire du royaume de Siam" organized on May 15 by the Inalco - Langues O', the Inalco Foundation, and the EFEO.

Free admission, from 15 April to 30 June 2024, 9am to 6pm, EFEO, 1st floor landing.

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Library closure
Paris, France, 16 May 2024

♦ Following major water damage, the library is exceptionally closed until further notice.

The entire library team is aware of the difficulties this long closure is causing for your research, and you can be certain that we are working tirelessly to reopen the library as soon as possible. ♦


Consult the catalogs and digital tools:
Books and periodicals catalog
- Archives and manuscripts catalog
- Digital heritage library

Please check the EFEO's Facebook page and Twitter account regularly for any updates to the conditions of public access.
International Summer Seminar
05 May 2024
The call for applications for the international summer seminar "From Qing dynasty to Republican China: continuities and ruptures" to be held in Saint-Pierre d'Oléron from 8 to 14 September 2024, aimed at doctoral and post-doctoral students in Chinese studies, is now open.

Deadline for applications: 5 May 2024

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New publication


Arts Asiatiques 78 (2023)

École française d'Extrême-Orient, Paris, 2023, 144 pages.

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New Publication

The Holy Island in the Kāverī: a Hagiotopography  
Critical Edition and Translation of the Śrīraṅgamāhātmya

R. Sathyanarayanan, Marzenna Czerniak-Drożdżowicz

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