Photographs from De long en large Ladakh by Jean Mansion - Édition Findakly. Copyright Lise Mansion

9782868051066Embassy of Samuel Turner
in Bhutan and Tibet

Collection: Fleuve Jaune
Author(s): Samuel Turner
ISBN: 2-86805-106-5
Format: 13 x 23 cm, 144 pages

Preface by Françoise Pommaret

In 1786, in order to provide northern India with open trade routes, the East India Company sent the young Cape Turner on an embassy to Bhutan and Tibet, with the sole mission of assuring the entourage of the very young Panchen Lama of the Company's good intentions...

Samuel Turner makes quasi-ethnographic observations that make this embassy a valuable record of the customs, mores and institutions of Bhutan and Tibet in the late eighteenth century.

Following the evening conference of Françoise Pommaret, we share this publication from 2013.


For those interested in the socio-cultural practices of Greenland, The ABCDaire of Polar Eskimos - The Inughuit, the northernmost Inuit community on the planet of Christiane Drieux, is available on the website:

You can also find his presentation at L'ARCH events in the tab Filmed evenings.

Enjoy your reading!

Francçoi Pannier© Photo Adrien Viel

FRANÇOIS PANNIER, gallery owner, inventor of the Himalayan art market

François Pannier has endeavored to build a Himalayan art market since the 1970s, when it was non-existent. He has just made two donations, one to a museum in Cannes, the other to Confluences in Lyon.

by Stéphanie Pioda

Where does your passion for Asian art come from?

It started at least 65 years ago—I’m 77! The family context had much to do with it, between one of my uncles’ libraries at my grandmother’s house in Touraine, where I spent every summer reading Arnould Galopin’s novels about adventures in Indian temples whose statues had huge rubies for eyes, the musée de l’Homme and the musée Guimet in Paris, where I went so often I wore grooves in the floors—my parents lived nearby next to place du Trocadéro—and my father’s big travel books with pictures of New Caledonia. Plus, a friend of mine’s grandfather was in Beijing during the Boxer Rebellion (editor’s note: a Chinese nationalist uprising led by the eponymous sect) and met Pierre Loti (editor’s note: writer and French naval officer). I was steeped in a context that fostered this fascination with Asia. I bought my first Chinese objects when I was about 14 or 15.

Read the rest of the article - La Gazette de Drouot.

Affiche BurnexExhibition BURNEX

To celebrate the end of the lockdown, we decided to launch Operation "Place for Youth!"

The first exhibition will be dedicated to


who will present his work centered on masks. While the artist has no reference to Himalayan creations, we find in his work the same spirit and the same sensitivity. Drawings and ceramics on the same subject will accompany them..

He is 17 years old and has been working on this theme since he was 14 years old.

Bhoutan aujourdhuiClick to enlargeARCH/SEEA Evening

We are pleased to inform you that our next event will take place on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 6 pm (06:00 PM Paris). Like the previous ones, it is organized in collaboration with the SEEA - Société des Etudes Euro-Asiatiques.

Elle sera consacrée à Christiane Drieux

who will talk to us about:

North Greenland
Inughuit relationships and beliefs

You will be able to participate by logging on to Zoom: hire

Meeting ID: 966 2027 5921 - Secret code: 3Bf0E2

Bhoutan aujourdhuiARCH/SEEA Evening

We are pleased to inform you that our next event will take place on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 6 pm (06:00 PM Paris). Like the previous ones, it is organized in collaboration with the SEEA - Société des Etudes Euro-Asiatiques.

It will be dedicated to Françoise Pommaret

who will present:

Bhutan today.
From theocracy to democratic constitutional monarchy.

This evening will allow, in addition to the evening of March 4 which can be consulted on our site, to approach its history which we had evoked very briefly

To participate in the Zoom meeting: hire

Meeting ID: 993 2469 8043 - Secret code: 670672


We are pleased to inform you that our next party will be held on Thursday, April 15 at 6:00 pm.

Like the previous ones, it is organized in collaboration with the SEEA - Société des Etudes Euro-Asiatiques.

It will be dedicated to Sébastien Baud

who will present and comment on his book CHAMANES written in collaboration with Corinne Sombrun.

Pour participer à la réunion Zoom : ici

Meeting ID: 937 6355 8509 - Secret code: 233057

Coma Santasusana GRITH 31 marsCycle of conferences of the GRITH

"Women Breeders in the City: An Intimate Look at Settlement in Amdo".

Par Maria Coma-Santasusana (U. Barcelone/INALCO-IFRAE, Paris)

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 9am (Montreal time) = 3pm in Paris

En ligne sur zoom :

ID de réunion : 895 0195 7806

Code secret : 776245

The speaker

Maria Coma-Santasusana is a doctoral student at the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (INALCO/IFRAE) in Paris and at the University of Barcelona. Her research in Amdo (northeastern Tibet) focuses on the relationship between nomadic pastoralists, their animals and the environment.

Summary of the conference

The pastoral regions of the Tibetan plateau are the object of a modernization project on the part of the Chinese state which, for several years, has taken the form of programs of sedentarization of its nomadic pastoral populations in urban and peri-urban centers. This process of urbanization, based mainly on sedentarization but also relayed by new educational and environmental protection policies, is disrupting the relationship that nomadic pastoralists have with the living beings in their environment.

Based on a field survey conducted between 2016 and 2018 in a pastoral district of Qinghai province, this presentation chronicles the daily lives of two women herders as they move from the pastures to the district capital, offering an intimate look at sedentarization. Particular attention will be paid to the relationships that these two women have with other living beings - domestic and wild animals, plants, mushroom-caterpillars - as well as to the way in which these links are undone or strengthened during the protagonists' transition from a pastoral to an urban lifestyle.

Fondée sur une enquête de terrain menée entre 2016 et 2018 dans un district pastoral de la province du Qinghai, cette présentation est une chronique du quotidien de deux éleveuses dans leurs trajectoires des pâturages au chef-lieu du district, offrant un regard intime sur la sédentarisation. Une attention particulière sera portée sur les rapports que ces deux femmes entretiennent avec d’autres êtres vivants – animaux domestiques et sauvages, plantes, champignon-chenilles – , ainsi que sur la façon dont ces liens se défont ou se renforcent au cours du passage des protagonistes d’un mode de vie pastoral à un mode de vie urbain.