Stones and Images

Pathways and Traces in Southern India

A survey of the Giripradaksina at Singavaram

Works describing a processional circuit around Mount Ranganatha Svamimalai have been found at Singavaram, near Senji (Gingi). Jean Deloche is attempting to define the exact route of the circuit while at the same time drawing up a list of all the edifices which bordered it (sanctuaries, kulams, etc.). The project will be the subject of an article expressly written for the BEFEO (Bulletin de l'Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient).

A Survey of Fortification Systems in Southern India

Following the publication of Senji (in both French and English) and of Studies in Fortification in India (2007), Jean Deloche proposes to further study a number of significant fortresses in Southern India, including Mudugal, Gandikota, Gutti, Bellary, Palghat and Chitradurga.

Sonnerat's Nouveau Voyage aux Indes Orientales (18thcentury)

Jean Deloche is also working with Pierre-Sylvain Filliozat (Member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres) on a manuscript by Pierre Sonnerat, the Nouveau Voyage aux Indes Orientales.

The Paintings of Tiruppudaimarutur

Jean Deloche plans to relaunch a project on the painting of the temple of Tiruppudaimarutur he initiated twenty years ago with Françoise L'Hernault and which was never completed. He already has in his possession a series of photographs of the site and the plans of the halls of the entry pavilion. Deloche is intent on resurrecting the project due to the fact that the paintings in the 16th century temple are unique: religious scenes stand alongside profane and historical tableaus "sub-titled" with Tamil captions. The passage of time and the region's heavy rains have done their worst; the paintings on the top floor are badly damaged. Restoration work urgently needs to be done before they disappear completely. A week long field mission is required so that all the images can be meticulously photographed and a map of the site drawn up. Follow up work on the project could be undertaken at the Pondicherry Centre. Deloche would like if possible to work with G. Vijayavenugopal and/or Martine Gestin on the inscriptions, and with Valérie Gillet on the religious iconography. Deloche, meanwhile, would study the profane scenes. EFEO's photo lab would also be involved. The services of the IFP's Department of Geomatics would be invaluable, as would technical assistance concerning the paintings.

EFEO News
Archaeometallurgy Conference
Bangkok, Thailand, 17 July 2018
The EFEO Centre in Bangkok organise an Archaeometallurgy Conference, entitled "Manufacture, origin and dating of iron from the Phimai and Phnom Rung temples: A proposition to document the production and the consumption of iron in Northeast Thailand," presented by Dr. Stéphanie Leroy (CNRS, France) and Dr. Pira Venunan (Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University, Thailand). It will take place on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018, from 10:30 to 12:00, at the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre, Conference Room 402.

 

Fourth International Intensive course in Old Javanese
Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia, 15 July 2018
Aiming to support the training of a new generation of Old Javanese philologists and to stimulate international collaboration in this field, the École française d'Extrême-Orient (French School of Asian Studies, EFEO) and the National Library of the Republic of Indonesia (Perpusnas), with support from the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris), PSL Research University (Paris), and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), will co-organize this year, for the fourth time, an international intensive course in Old Javanese.
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French minister Mr Edouard Philippe's official trip to Beijing
Beijing, China, 26 June 2018
During French minister Mr Edouard Philippe's official trip to Beijing, Guillaume Dutournier (in charge of Efeo's Beijing center) has assisted the prime minister during two visits on June the 25th : a private tour of the Confucius Temple, the Imperial Academy, as well as a tour of the Temple of heaven alongside the french delegation. The visit of these iconic symbols of chinese imperial history enabled the exposition of EFEO's academic cooperations with its local partners throughout China. Furthermore, it also provided an opportunity to emphasize on the importance of a long-term field presence, in order to improve our understanding of China. (photo credits AFP)
Talk by Christophe Pottier ''Archéologie du Grand Angkor: nouvelles données sur l'architecture du paysage''
Paris, France, 22 June 2018
On Friday, 22th, as Christophe Pottier speaks on Archéologie du Grand Angkor: nouvelles données sur l'architecture du paysage.

At 3.30 pm, public sitting in the Grande salle des séances, Institut de France, 23, Quai de Conti, 75006 Paris.
International Conference on Manuscript Studies in Wuhan
Wuhan, China, 22 June 2018
On 22nd-24th June 2018 an international conference was held in Wuhan to present recent research in Manuscript Studies from Han to Tang, with the title Han-Tang xieben wenhua yanjiu 漢唐寫本文化研究. The conference was fundend by Wuhan University, and organized by Professor ZHONG Shulin, with the collaboration of Costantino MORETTI who coordinated the participation of foreign researchers. The talks were held at the School of Chinese Language and Literature of Wuhan University, where scholars from various institutions reported on their recent research. Presentations concerned specific subjects, with focus on the study of ancient and medieval Chinese manuscripts. READ MORE