Mercantile Networks

The Lohana Trading Community

Originally from Sind, the Lohana are a trading community currently living in Maharastra, Kachch, Saurashtra and Gujurat. Pierre Lachaier will continue to work on Lohana texts translated from Gujarati. His research will be published in book form in 2008. Another volume may be published in 2009. Fieldwork will be need to be undertaken in Gujarat and Mumbai prior to the publication of a study on the Lohana and pharmaceutical products.

The Nadar and their Detergent Firms

At one time considered to be almost untouchable, the Nadar community from Tamil Nadu have become skilful merchants and are now active in all the state's major agglomerations. Pierre Lachaier intends to work on putting the notes he took in missions accomplished in the last four-year period. In view of the current state of his research, further fieldwork, coordinated by the Pondicherry Centre, will be required.

Muslim Mercantile Networks

Gujarati and Sindhi Studies : societies, languages and cultures (« Club Gujarat & Sindh-Club »)

Pierre Lachaier's study of the Parisian Khoja (Gujarati-speaking Twelver Shia immigrants from Madagascar) will be completed in early 2008. The study will generate two articles (already in the process of being published). A field study to be undertaken in Paris will provide material for the publication of a third article.

EFEO News
Buddhist scribal practices in a transcultural perspective
France, Paris, 25 November 2019
This international workshop is a collaborative effort organized by the École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO-Paris) and the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC-Hamburg), which involves scholars in Buddhist studies, codicology, and art history to analyze the connecaons between scribal pracaces agested in various Central and East-Asian Buddhist manuscript cultures, with a focus on mutual influences between them regarding the use of specific ornamental and/or structural marks. Read program here
Conference
Paris, France, 07 November 2019
Alain Arrault gives a lecture on religious statuary in China, Japan and Korea on Thursday, November 7, at 2pm, Salon Pelliot of the Hotel Heidelbach.
This conference is organized by the Société des amis du Musée Guimet, for more details follow the link.
Signing of an MOU with the Institute of Archeology of the National Cheng Kung University
Tainan, Taiwan, 05 November 2019
On November 5, 2019, the EFEO Director signed an MOU with the Institute of Archeology of the National Cheng Kung University in Tainan (Taiwan).
Renewal of the cooperation agreement with the Fu Ssu-nien Library of the Academia Sinica
Taipei, Taiwan, 04 November 2019
On Monday, November 4, the EFEO Director and the Director of the Institute of History and Philology of the Academia Sinica have signed the renewal of the cooperation agreement with the Fu Ssu-nien Library of the Academia Sinica.
Louis Finot collection
22 October 2019
2770 stereoscopic photographs of the Louis Finot collection, epigrapher and first director of the EFEO, are posted on the photo library's website.

Legend: Pradak village in the eastern baray, Angkor region, Cambodia (FINL00039).