Presentation of the Research Unit
Founded in 2006, the East Asian Civilisations Research Centre (CRCAO) is a Joint Research Unit of the CNRS, under the Supervisory authority of the École pratique des hautes études (EPHE), the Collège de France and Paris Diderot University.
Formerly named “Research Centre on Chinese, Japanese and Tibetan Civilisations”, the Research Unit changed its title to “East Asia Civilisations Research Centre” (CRCAO) in order to emphasise its integration of all of Asia within its scope, and to develop a transnational set of issues.
CRCAO’s research activities cover all the countries of East Asia, and are structured into three teams according to region :
Research on each of these areas remains at the heart of its activities.
The CRCAO is under the aegis of four institutions :
The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)
The École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE)
The Collège de France
Paris Diderot University (Paris 7)
The Centre is hosted by the Collège de France, which supports its research activities and hosts many of its events.
It is located in the Instituts d’Extrême-Orient of the Collège de France, 52 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris.
The library resources created by the Centre are deposited in the collections of the Institute of the Far East (“Instituts d’Extrême-Orient”) of the College de France.
The CRCAO’s research covers a broad range of disciplines, and encompasses all periods from the most ancient to the modern. An important part of its programmes concerns the study of religions, history, archaeology, art, architecture and urbanism, as well as the literature and thought of the classical, early modern and modern periods. The Centre also takes a special interest in primary sources (manuscripts, inscriptions, editions, and iconographic and archaeological documents).
The CRCAO’s research programmes are structured around six axes :
Archaeology, Ancient and Medieval History
Religions, Philosophy, Rituals
History and Early Modern and Modern Societies
Classical and Modern Literature
Arts, Material Culture, Knowledge and Techniques
Publishing Activities and Documentation
The Revue d’études tibétaines (RET) is an annual journal, published by the Centre since 2002, available online and downloadable for free.
The Journal Études mongoles & sibériennes, centrasiatiques & tibétaines, (EMSCAT) is co-published by the CRCAO and the Centre d’études mongoles et sibériennes (CEMS) of the École Pratique des Hautes Études.
The Centre works with several other publishers : the Publications of the Institut des hautes études japonaises and the Institut des hautes études chinoises, the Bibliothèque chinoise des Belles Lettres and the Collection “Hautes études orientales, Extrême-Orient” of the École pratique des hautes études (Librairie Droz).
At present the CRCAO website hosts three databases :
Within the next few years, the Centre intends to develop several new databases that are linked to its various research programmes.