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

Cycle de conferences SFEMTSFEMT conference cycle - April 2023

Crossing borders along the Tamang-Gurung-Thakali-Manang continuities? Ethnographic notes on Eastern Gurung shamanism (Gorkha district, Nepal)

By Fabio Armand (Catholic University of Lyon)

Monday, April 17, 2023, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

in room 3.04 at Inalco (65, rue des Grands Moulins; 75013 Paris)

and online, via the following link:

Summary of the conference:

The classic ethnographic literature on shamanism of the Gurungs (Tamu) of Nepal describes two types of ritual practitioners, the puchu/pajyu/pachyu and the klihbrĩ/khepre/klyeprĩ.

Our recent research conducted with the eastern Gurung community of Laprak (Gorkha district) has revealed a different shamanic model where the single term ḍhum – attested among the Thakali and in southern Mustang – is used to define the ritual practitioner. From a study on the interactions between humans and supernatural non-humans in Laprak, we question the continuities of the beliefs and rituals of the Tibeto-Burman communities of Nepal belonging to the Tamang-Gurung-Thakali-Manang division.

Poster and details to be found on our website:

Exposition Gestes habiles de SibériePhotographic Exhibition

The Condorcet campus - Humathèque

organizes an exhibition with a round table on April 13


The know-how of the Siberian peoples

with the participation of Clément Jacquemoud.

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Between text and image: Sassanian monogram seals
by Olivia Ramble, Doctorante, EPHE

Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at 6:00 pm in the auditorium of the Cernuschi Museum

Seals depicting monograms constitute an important part of the Sassanid glyptic corpus. Unlike emblems or other abstract motifs, monograms incorporate Middle Persian alphabetic characters into their composition - although sometimes in such a stylized form that it is difficult to identify the grapheme represented. As such, Sassanid monograms are a striking example of the fusion of text and image and the creation of a hybrid motif, both inscription and icon. For a long time, monograms were considered abstract symbols that could not be interpreted, until Unvala (1953) brought together several series of monograms in a single catalog and proposed readings of some of them on the basis of the letters within the various compositions. More recently, Gyselen (2012) has made an extensive study of these motifs using a specially developed computer program. However, scholars remain divided over the interpretation - stylized grapheme or decorative component? - of the most ornamental elements, such as the heart or the crescent. This study intends to take up the file of Sassanid monogram seals and proposes readings for some of them by seeking the key to their deciphering beyond the domain of onomastics. It pays particular attention to the pragmatic aspects of the seals, and in particular to the images and formulas they bear.

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En Himalaya un week end sur le Toit du MondeROOF OF THE WORLD EXHIBITION IN CANNES:


The Museum of World Explorations (MEM) is organising activities for young people in the context of the exhibition Wonders of the Roof of the World. 


We are pleased to share the program of these activities with you.



Festival Jean RouchThe Jean Rouch International Festival

Invites you to the screening of the film

The Riyalists

at the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac on Wednesday 10 May at 11am.

Description of the film:

The Riyalists

Kesang Tseten (Népal)

Népal l 2022 l 70 min l vostf

In 2009, four young Nepalese are recruited from their village to work in the Gulf. Over twelve years, the film follows their trajectory, shedding light on the massive phenomenon of Nepalese migration, which concerns almost half of the men under forty.

Open to the general public and free of charge, the Festival (4-11 May 2023) programmes documentary films from the four continents that question the state of the world today. Debates and workshops encourage dialogue between the public, filmmakers and researchers around the creation.

See the website: Festival international Jean Rouch.

Nathalie Lamoureux ARCH Raute© Nathalie Lamoureux ARCH RauteARCH/WORLD ROOF PARTY MARCH 2023

For our next conference evening, by Zoom, we will receive

Nathalie Lamoureux

Senior reporter (environment, society, science) at Le Point magazine

On the theme of :


People of the forests, in the middle of villages and bazaars

Economic transformations of the nomadic Raute people of Nepal, linked to the decline of the wood trade, the increase in the cost of living, and at the same time with the important monetary contribution, linked to the state, NGOs and tourism.

The event will be held by Zoom on Thursday 16 March 2023 at 18:00.

Zoom connection : here - Meeting ID : 821 0497 7382 - Secret code : 260622.



at the Entrepôt cinema at lunchtime, followed by a cine-concert at the end of the afternoon in the Inalco building where we will welcome you at 4pm for a medicinal tea before the screening.

You will find here the poster and the press release of these two events, to which we hope to see many of you.

The part taking place at Inalco was also announced on the University's website: See the announcement on the website

Affiche Confluences TibetainesTIBETAN CONFLUENCES

The Tibetan Students' Association of INALCO

presents their 2023 cultural day


Friday 17 March 2023 - 11:30 to 21:15

Inalco - Languages and Civilizations Pole

65 rue des Grands Moulins -75013 Paris 

logo du metro 14, station : Bibliothèque François Mitterrand

Free entry, no registration required