The Endless Fieldwork – a forty year attempt of participant observation in Asia
YVES GOUDINEAU, Director of the EFEO Chiang Mai Centre
“The Endless Fieldwork – a forty year attempt of participant observation in Asia”
In this ‘Farewell Lecture’, Yves Goudineau will look back upon forty years of anthropological investigation and questioning in Asia. He will take us from his first attempts at fieldwork in post-Mao China on Hakka lineages in Guangdong, to surveys in the anthropology of development from Singapore to Sumatra and Java and, finally, to Central Vietnam and the scars of war. Then, he will share his long fieldwork since 1990 in the Annamese Cordillera among Austroasiatic ethnic groups of southern Laos (Kantou, Ta-Oï, Pacoh, Ngkriang…), observing their ritual revival and studying their ethno-history marked by colonization and war.
In 2013, during his first appointment as director of the Chiang Mai EFEO center, he joined Louis Gabaude to offer the INTG a historical presentation of the EFEO’s work in Asia and the establishment and development of the center in Chiang Mai.
Library of the EFEO Centre