Early Tantra

In the framework of its ANR-DFG Franco-German thematic programme, the French National Research Agency (ANR) has decided to allocate the sum of €129,065 to the EFEO (Dominic Goodall), effective as of December 28, 2007. Set to last for three years, the programme is entitled "Discovering the Interrelationships and Common Ritual Syntax of the Saiva, Buddhist, Vaisnava and Saura traditions" (or Early Tantra)

The principal objective of the programme is to elucidate the interactions and relations between the ancient Tantric traditions. It was felt that by studying the similarities and differences between their ritual systems and terminology it would be possible to reach a clearer understanding of how these traditions were established and defined. The programme is also intended to make available for the first time reliable scholarly editions of a certain number of the earliest Tantric texts, all of them previously unpublished.

In the German part of the programme, scholars will focus their expertise and experience on the study of Nepalese manuscripts, particularly Buddhist manuscripts and early Saiva material. German partner researchers have privileged access to the National Archives of Kathmandu. Meanwhile, French researchers possess unique expertise regarding such material as well as of Shivaism in general. The two groups will pool their databases on Tantric literature.

This close and intensive collaboration will be reinforced by annual two-week long workshops attended not only by the members of the French and German teams but also by a substantial number of leading international experts in Tantric traditions who have agreed to be associated with the project.

The programme will culminate in six principal publications. Five of those publications will be constituted by the texts themselves. Depending on the state of the sources, the texts will be published either as critical editions or as diplomatic transcriptions. Each publication will be accompanied by a DVD containing digital images of the manuscripts in colour. The sixth publication will be a collection of articles on the ritual syntax common to the earliest Tantric traditions.

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Call for papers
Kyoto, Japon, 16 May 2019
On November 1, 2020, the EFEO Center of Kyoto will host a study day on architecture, urban planning and landscape in Japan.
Students, researchers and other practitioners in these fields related to space culture are invited to present their work and contribute to the scientific exchanges that will be held during the various meetings organized by the Japarchi network in France and Japan.
Proposals for communication must be sent by email before 30 June 2019.
Paris EFEO/ASIES Seminar
Paris, France, 13 May 2019
Fabienne Jagou (EFEO) speaks on Exil tibétain et transferts religieux : l’exemple de la communauté tibétaine à Taïwan. This seminar is part of the « Exils et Migrations » 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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Seminar ''L’imagerie populaire d’Ôtsu : un art oublié du Japon d'Edo''
Paris, France, 23 April 2019
The MJCP and the EFEO organize a seminar "L’imagerie populaire d’Ôtsu : un art oublié du Japon d'Edo" on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition "Ôtsu-e : peintures populaires du Japon" which the EFEO also publishes the catalog.
Seminar open to the public. Free registration required via the ticket office of the site.
Paris EFEO Seminar
Paris, France, 15 April 2019
Invited by the Centre of Seoul, Dr. Vadim Akulenko, assistant at the department of Korean studies of the Institute of Oriental Studies, School of Regional and International Studies, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, makes a presentation: Evolution of Understanding Minjok in the DPRK.

At 14h, entrance free
Maison de l'Asie, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, Grand salon, 1st floor
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Conférence ''Le bouddhisme tibétain en exil et la survie de sa communauté''
Paris, France, 04 April 2019
Fabienne Jagou gives a talk entitled Le bouddhisme tibétain en exil et la survie de sa communauté as part of the cycle Bouddhisme, politique et violence : le cas du Tibet organized by the Institut européen en sciences des religions and the EPHE.
At 18:30, EPHE - Bât. Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, 54 boulevard Raspail, Paris 6e, Salle AS1-01 (1st sous-sol, hall 1).