From the Director

Asian languages and civilizations have long been an object of academic inquiry in the West. In recent decades, the rising impact of Asia on an ever more integrated world economy and global culture has lent a new sense of urgency to the need for understanding Asian societies and the historical and cultural forces that shaped them. 

What distinguishes the French School of Asian Studies (EFEO) is its emphasis on field research and training. EFEO field facilities currently span twelve countries from India to Japan and form the core of the research infrastructure operated by member institutions of the European Consortium for Asian Field study (ECAF). 

The EFEO's mission is to conduct research and graduate training in the humanities and social sciences applied to the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and East Asia (China, Japan, Korea). The institution's century-long engagement in Asia has contributed decisively to such fields as archaeology, monument conservation, cultural anthropology, religion, and the study of inscriptions and manuscripts. 

As a consequence of the EFEO's well-established presence in Asia, its work regularly touches on contemporary issues, bridging the history of civilizations and the current transformation of Asian societies. Beyond its role as a leading research institution, the EFEO addresses both general and specialist publics through lectures, publications, and seminars designed for diplomats and policy-makers. As part of this widening activity, the EFEO initiated the Euro-Asian projects Integrating and Developing European Asian Studies (IDEAS) and Integration in Southeast Asia: Trajectories of Inclusion, Dynamics of Exclusion (SEATIDE), research and coordination programmes mandated and funded by the European Commission (FP7).

We hope you will find this website a helpful guide to a multifaceted institution, linking Europe and Asia, past and present, and combining a distinctively French approach to area studies with a resolutely international mission.

Yves Goudineau

EFEO News
Paris EFEO Seminar
Paris, France, 24 September 2018
Monday 24th September Costantino Moretti (EFEO) speaks on O quam gravis est scriptura : notes diverses sur les fautes de copie dans les manuscrits bouddhiques de Dunhuang.

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Free admission)
Maison de l'Asie, First floor salon, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
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In Memoriam Michèle Pirazzoli-t’Serstevens
Paris, France, 12 September 2018
Michèle Pirazzoli-t’Serstevens (1934-2018)

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On line communication of the 12th annual meeting of DocAsie
Paris, France, 12 September 2018
Communications from the 12th annual meeting of DocAsie are now available online on the website of the Réseau National DocAsie.
EFEO General Meeting
Paris, France, 05 September 2018
The EFEO General Meeting was held on 4 and 5 September in Paris. This gathering is a unique moment in the life of the EFEO, bringing all the teachers-researchers active in Asia as in France and the administrative staff of the headquarters together.This year's thematic session focused on issues related to research in the digital era, whose stakes, both in archiving and valuation, are particularly important for the EFEO and for the network of Écoles françaises à l’étranger in general.
Exhibition ''Louis Finot : un épigraphiste aventurier''
Paris, France, 03 September 2018
From 4 September to 17 November the exhibition Louis Finot : un épigraphiste aventurier, exhibition of about fifty photos of the fund Louis Finot, first director of our institution, is visible at the Maison de l'Asie on the 1st floor and in the reading room of the library.
Free admission, from Monday to Friday from 9h to 18h.22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris.