Southeast Asian Core Collections

The souheast asian collections are the heart of the Library of the French school of asian studies. It covers a wide range of geographical areas, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia and to a lesser extent East Timor and the Philippines.

The core of the collections was built by the Indochinese studies lead by the founding fathers of our school, Louis Finot, Georges Coedès, and Henri Parmentier. The Southeast Asian collections then kept on increasing via donations, exchanges, and purchases focusing on Efeo's domains of excellency, archeology, architecture and art history, epigraphy and philology, languages and classical literature, history and religious studies.

The collections grow through purchases of documents in western languages in Paris headquarters, as well as in vernacular in Southeast Asia via the research centres in Chiang Mai, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta among others.
The Southeast Asian collections have close to 33 000 monographies catalogued in SUDOC, half of which in vernacular, and about 300 periodicals.
In terms of statistics, Thailand has the most documents with 15 000 references in the catalogue, Indonesia is second with 6 000 titles, Vietnam has 3 000 titles and finally Cambodia with nearly 2 000.

Moreover our library has a precious collection of manuscripts and rubbings collected during our researchers field studies abroad, from the Indochinese period to present day.
These collections comprise several hundreds khmer and cham manuscripts, over one hundred siamese and pali manuscripts and a dozen indonesian and burmese manuscripts.
Finally, the collection of rubbings concerns Cambodia (over one thousand), Campa and Indonesia (several hundreds) as well as the State of Rhakine and Myanmar (several dozens).

Contact: Magali Morel, head of the Southeast Asian core collections

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