École française d'Extrême-Orient

Founded in 1900 in Saigon, the French School of Asian Studies (École française d'Extrême-Orient) is a public institution under the aegis of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. The mission of the EFEO is interdisciplinary research on the civilizations of Asia, extending from India to Japan. A network of seventeen research centres in twelve Asian countries allows its 42 research scholars (anthropologists, archaeologists, linguists, historians and others) to carry out their fieldwork while maintaining a network of local specialists and Asianists from around the world.

A permanent EFEO Centre in Beijing was established in 1997 to replace the branch office first set up in Fuzhou in 1994. The Beijing Centre is part of a cooperative effort undertaken with the Institute for the History of Natural Sciences at the Chinese Academy of Science. The School also works in collaboration with the History Institute and Archaeology Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the Normal University of Beijing, the University of Tsinghua and the National Library. Over recent years EFEO members in Beijing have carried out several research projects in history, anthropology, sociology of religion and history of science.

The EFEO is now collaborating with the Max Weber Stiftung in Beijing. With the European Research Centre for Chinese Studies (ERCCS) created in 2017, both institutions aim at fostering and deepening academic relations between their respective countries and China.

EFEO Beijing Center
56 Zhuzhong hutong
Xicheng District
100009 Beijing
People's Republic of China