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Lyons Institute of East Asian Studies


The Lyons Institute of East Asian Studies is a centre for research in human and social sciences. It brings together scholars from fields such as anthropology, law, economics, geography, history, literature, philosophy and political science. The primary focus of their work is East and South-East Asia (China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and ASEAN countries).

Status and location

The Institute was set up in 1992, and the Descartes campus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENS de Lyon) has been its home since 2002.

The Institute enjoys the status of a research unit jointly supervised by the French National Research Centre (CNRS) and three academic institutions of the University of Lyons — these are the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, which is its main academic supervisory body, the Lyons Institute of Political Studies (IEP de Lyon) and the Université Lumière Lyon 2.

In 2010, the IAO was evaluated by the AERES (the Paris-based "Evaluation Agency for Research and Higher Education") and received the A+ grade, the highest in its scale. The agency’s report can be viewed online: (Rapport AERES IAO 2010).

Objectives, research projects and academic events

The IAO’s primary objective is to foster the output of academic studies and publications that will contribute to greater knowledge of the cultural, social, economic and political dynamics at work in East and South-East Asia.

The Institute conducts both intra-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research on environmental issues, and technological and institutional innovation. It works closely with research teams in Asia, North America and Europe through exchange programs in the form of seminars and workshops.

At the same time, the Institute disseminates similar research from other centres around the world to local scholars and students at the University of Lyons as well as to the wider public. This is done through research seminars, exhibitions and other scientific and cultural events.

Documentary resources and training through research

Under its research programmes, the IAO places documentary resources (the IAO Asian Language collections at the Bibliothèque Diderot as well as online resources) at the disposal of the academic community. It also develops tools for data viewing and analysis, especially under the Virtual cities programme, using geographical information systems.

The IAO gives expert guidance and support to students preparing Ph.Ds and Master’s degrees, especially Master’s in Contemporary East Asian Studies and Chinese Studies at the Lyons Ecole Nationale Supérieure and the Master of History degree at the University of Lyons 2.

Last Submissions

[halshs-03374091] Autour du film ethnographique « Maître Feng » d'Adeline Herrou


[halshs-03374074] Autour de l’ouvrage Safaris & Selfies


[halshs-03374068] Journée méthodologique des jeunes chercheur.e.s Gis Asie : Trajectoires et carrières académiques


[halshs-03374062] Autour du numéro « Images visionnaires » publié dans les Cahiers d'anthropologie sociale


[halshs-03362947] Comment les Bouddhas viennent au monde ?


[halshs-03362894] Les faiseurs d'images bouddhiques du district de Guangfu (Suzhou, Jiangsu)


[halshs-03362886] Le changement social à l'épreuve des terrains chinois


[halshs-03360779] The dangerous Dane. The human side of Gustav Henningsen. A memory by two authors


[hal-03353881] Des hommes sans honneur et sans nom. La Chine ancienne, des Royaumes combattants à l’Empire des Han, du Ve siècle au IIe siècle avant notre ère


[hal-03353877] Captifs et nomades de la steppe. Asie centrale, XVIIIe-XIXe siècles



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