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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

[hal-02511782] Institutional quality, conforming and evasive entrepreneurship  (17/07/2020)   Moins
In this article, we unpack Baumol’s (J Polit Econ 98(5):893–921, 1990) theory of entrepreneurship’s outcomes (productive, unproductive, and destructive) in a framework of failing institutions, considering that entrepreneurship is instead first characterized by two non-mutually exclusive types of behavior (conforming versus evasive). We hypothesize that the evasive activity (firm-level corruption) is undertaken as a second-best response to poor institutional quality, supporting the conforming activity. Using instrumental variable panel regression in the context of Indonesia, we evidence the mediating effect of bribing on the relation between local institutional quality and new business density, thus unveiling the real effect of institutional quality on entrepreneurship.

[hal-02558380] Monographies locales (Chine)  (23/06/2020)   Plus
[hal-02558378] Monographie générale des huit bannières (La) (Baqi tongzhi)  (23/06/2020)   Plus
[hal-02558373] Histoire des Ming (Mingshi)  (23/06/2020)   Plus
[hal-02557493] « Max Oidtmann, Forging the Golden Urn, The Qing Empire and the Politics of Reincarnation in Tibet, New York, Columbia University Press, 2018, 352 p. »  (30/07/2020)   Plus
[hal-02556965] « The Chinese disciples of Gangkar Rinpoché (1893-1956) »  (30/07/2020)   Plus
[hal-02556964] The Dispute between Sichuan and Xikang over the Tibetan Kingdom of Trokyap (1930s-40s)  (30/07/2020)   Plus
[hal-02556952] Tibetan Relics in Taiwan: A link between the past, the present, and the future  (30/07/2020)   Plus
[hal-02556948] Introduction  (30/07/2020)   Plus
[hal-02556857] The Hybridity of Buddhism: Contemporary Encounters between Tibetan and Chinese Traditions in Taiwan and the Mainland  (30/07/2020)   Plus


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