The Japan unit of the East Asian Civilizations Research Centre is comprised of about twenty permanent and post-doctoral members and about forty doctoral students. The permanent members are mainly faculty members from Université Paris Cité, the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), and the École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO).
The members of the team all have an in-depth knowledge of the Japanese language and civilization; they exploit sources in the Japanese language and cooperate with multiple Japanese and international research institutions. Their disciplinary specialisations cover the fields of history, literature, religions and beliefs, sociology, economics and management, political science, intellectual, technical, and cultural history.
The team regularly collaborates with the French Research Institute on East Asia (IFRAE / UMR 8043), particularly in the field of classical literature (see in particular the programme for the translation of literary texts from ancient and medieval Japan). With the support of the Institut des hautes études japonaises (IHEJ) of the Collège de France, the team has built a privileged relationship with the National Institute of Japanese Literature (Kokubungaku kenkyû shiryôkan). Several joint colloquia were organised during the previous five-year period and collaboration continues in the current five-year program around large-scale projects. A cooperation agreement has been concluded with the Research Center for Nonwritten Cultural Materials (Himoji shiryô kenkyû sentâ) of the University of Kanagawa, as well as with the Kyôto Institute, Library and Archives (Kyôto Rekisai-kan). She regularly collaborates with different centres of the universities of Kyôto, Tôkyô, Waseda, Ochanomizu, with the Kyôto centre of the École française d’Extrême-Orient, as well as with the International Research Centre for Japanese Studies of Kyôto (Nichibunken).
Every year, the team organises study days, symposia, and hosts lectures by internationally recognised specialists in the field of Japanese studies, from all disciplinary approaches. The specialised documentation acquired by the team is held in the library of the Institut des hautes études japonaises of the Collège de France, as well as in the library of the UFR des langues et des civilisations orientales (LCAO) of the Faculty of Humanities and Social sciences of Université Paris Cité. This long-standing collaboration has helped to make the IHEJ’s documentary collection (approximately 41,000 titles) one of the richest ones in term of Japanese works in Europe, particularly in the fields of history, classical literature and religions of the ancient and modern eras.
The members of the Japanese Civilization team supervise doctoral students attached to the doctoral school of the École pratique des hautes études (ED 472), specialising in Religions and Systems of Thought or History, Texts and Documents, or to the doctoral school Language, Literature, Image: Civilisation and Human Sciences (Anglophone, Francophone and East Asian fields) (ED 131) of Université Paris Cité. They also lecture for two Masters degrees specialised in Asian studies in Paris :