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
XXXIIIrd Seoul Colloquium in Korea Studies
Seoul, Republic of Korea, 20 October 2020
The XXXIIIrd Seoul Colloquium in Korea Studies, organized by the EFEO Center in Seoul, in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society, is led by Bernard Sénécal (Professor Emeritus at Sogang University) on the theme: "Life and Works of Seon 禪 Master Seongcheol 性徹 (1912-1993) - the most famous Korean Buddhist monk in the 20th century".
At 6 p.m. at the EFEO Center in Seoul.

Legend: The great monk Seongcheol. Copyrights: 백련암문화제단 & 성철 선사상 연구소 (Baek Ryeon Am Cultural Foundation and Research Institute for Sung Chol Zen Thought).
Communiqué du Réseau des Écoles françaises à l’étranger en hommage à Samuel Paty
Paris, France, 20 October 2020
Le Réseau des Écoles françaises à l’étranger (École française d’Athènes, École française de Rome, Institut français d’archéologie orientale, École française d’Extrême-Orient, et Casa de Velázquez) condamne avec force l’insoutenable acte de barbarie perpétré contre le professeur d’histoire-géographie du collège du Bois-d’Aulne, à Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines), survenu vendredi 16 octobre.

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Delegation of the Embassy of Japan
Paris, France, 19 October 2020
On October 19 a delegation from the Japanese Embassy, consisting of the Minister, M. Matsuda, the Counsellor, M. Kido, and the First Secretary, Mme Takarada, was received at EFEO headquarters by the Director, C. Marquet, the Director of Studies, C. Pottier, and the Curator, F.-X. André.
After a visit to the library and a collection of ancient Japanese works, discussions took place on the Franco-Japanese research carried out by the EFEO in Japan and Cambodia.
''Kitashirakawa EFEO Salon''
Kyoto, Japan, 16 October 2020
As part of the Kitashirakawa EFEO Salon, the fifth lecture of the 2019-2020 cycle is presented by Markus Ruesch (Ryukoku University) on the topic: "Secret spaces for Amida: the function of hidden spaces in the rites of Pure Land Buddhism and their doctrinal foundations (Edo period)" (in Japanese without translation).
The conference will be broadcasted online via Zoom and on site at the EFEO Center in Kyoto (limited to 10 auditors, upon registration). More information
Call for applications
15 October 2020
The recruitment campaign for short-term post-doctoral contracts (from 3 to 6 months) is still ongoing. It will close on 15 October next.

For more information, click here.

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