A Laos expert appointed head of EFEO
Franciscus Verellen, sinologist, member of the Institut de France, and director of the École française d’Extrême-Orient (“French school of the Far East”, EFEO) since 2004, has left the management of the institution at the end of his second term. Yves Goudineau, ethnologist with a focus on continental Southeast Asia, Director of Studies and head of the Chiang Mai EFEO Centre (2013-2014), has been appointed head of the EFEO by presidential decree from 28 February 2014.
Franciscus Verellen and Yves Goudineau
As an anthropologist who spent eighteen years in Asia (Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Laos, Thailand...), Yves Goudineau specialized in the study of ethnic minorities of the Indochinese peninsula, especially Austro-Asiatic populations among which he spent several long ethnographic visits. Since 2004, he is Director of Studies in "Comparative Ethnology of Southeast Asia" from the EFEO, the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE) and the École des Chartes.
After having taught philosophy, Yves Goudineau began his career as a researcher at the Laboratory of Ethnology and Comparative Sociology (CNRS-Paris X) with various missions in Hong Kong and China. He was appointed Cultural Attaché in Hong Kong from 1978 to 1980. From 1984, he began to specialize in the study of Southeast Asia and joined the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) as a Director of Studies and a member of the Scientific Council. From 1986 to 1989, he was a visiting Fellow of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore). From 1993 to 1999, he conducted ethnographic missions in southern Laos, in the provinces of Saravan and Xekong, among Austro-Asiatic populations of the Annamite Range (Ta Oi, Pacoh, Ngkriang and Kantou).
There, he studied the identity dynamics related to the consequences of the Vietnam War and to the integration policies. He also was a consultant for UNESCO and UNDP. Since 1999, he has undertaken a regional project of comparative anthropology of Austro-Asiatic societies, including on sacrificial rituals. From 2000 to 2005, he taught Southeast Asian ethnology at the EPHE (5th section) and since 2005 at the EHESS, where he directed numerous theses. From 2008 to 2011, he was visiting Professor at Oxford University (Oriental Institute, Wolfson College and French House Oxford). He is in charge of Vientiane EFEO center since September 2011. He is a member of the editorial boards of BEFEO, Aséanie, Moussons and of “Les chemins de l’ethnologie” collection (CNRS- MSH). He was head of the Afrase (French Association for Research on Southeast Asia). Since 2008, he is a member of the CNRS National Committee (section 38).
Head of the Chiang Mai EFEO Centre from 2013 to 2014, he has been appointed director of the EFEO by presidential decree from 28 February 2014.