Following in the steps of Professor Kristofer Schipper, the programme Epigraphy and memory of the temples of Peking, the social history of the imperial capital, conducted since 2003 by the Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient, aims at an analysis of Peking’s urban society in relation to its religious institutions and associations. A complete survey of the temples and steles located in the northern part or so-called «Tatar quarter » of Beijing (over 1500 edifices and more than 600 inscriptions) is progressively being compiled and published (11 volumes expected, 6 volumes already published in 2023). The survey of each temple is accompanied by an explanatory note drawing on literary sources, epigraphy, imperial and Republican archives and on-site investigation; the publication also includes reproductions of the rubbings and retranscription of the steles’ inscriptions, as well as old and recent photographs of the buildings.



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Marianne Bujard (École Pratique des Hautes Études)

CRCAO members

Full members
Marianne Bujard (École Pratique des Hautes Études)
Pierre Marsone (École Pratique des Hautes Études)

WANG Ruiqi (Diplôme postdoctoral de l'Ecole Pratique des Hautes Études)

Doctoral students
Alice Crowther (École Pratique des Hautes Études)

Outside Participants

Luca Gabbiani (École française d'Extrême-Orient, CECMC)
Ju Xi (Beijing Normal University - Sociology Institute Religious Anthropology)
Lei Yang (École pratique des hautes études, GSRL)
Luo Wenhua (Palace Museum, Palace Museum Research Center for Tibetan Buddhist Heritage)
Wang Huayan (CECMC-CCJ)
Wang Nan (Tsinghua University, School of Architecture)
Wang Jun (Agence Chine Nouvelle)
Xie Lingqiong (CECMC)