Mrs. Launois is a French scholar of history of art and archaeology, specialized in India and South-East Asia from the ‘École du Louvre’, Paris, where she got her Ph’D in 2005 by establishing an exhaustive inventory of the wall paintings at the Fort of Bliss (Qila Mubarak), Patiala, Panjab, 18th-19th centuries.
She pursues her research about images of Indian kingship in the context of the Sikh dynasty of Patiala at the ‘École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales’ (School of High Studies in Social Sciences) and at the ‘Centre d’Etudes de l’Inde et l’Asie du Sud’ (Centre for South Asian Studies), Paris. She also is a member of the research team ‘Autoritas’, funded by the hub ‘Paris-Sciences and Literature’ since 2016.
She is presently working as lecturer and a storyteller at the ‘Musée municipal des Arts de l’Asie-Cernuschi (Museum of Asian arts of Paris-Cernuschi), at the ‘Musée national des Arts asiatiques-Guimet’ (National Asian Arts Museum-Guimet) and the ‘Musée national D’Ennery’ (National D’Ennery Museum), Paris, where she extended her field of research to Far East. She also is a teacher at the “Ecole du Louvre” since 2001 and a member of the Asiatic Society, Paris, since 2005.
She worked for different museums, notably at the Indian & South Asian Department, Victoria & Albert Museum, Londres, for the exhibition «The Arts of the Sikh Kingdom» in 1999 and at the ‘Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle’ (National Natural History Museum), Paris, as responsible of cultural and pedagogic activities for the exhibition «Dragons, between science and reality» in 2006.
Fascinated by Asia, she taught yoga since more than 25 years, practises regularly the classic Chinese painting and likes writing haïku, little Japanese poems.
She will appreciate to share her experience of Asia and her knowledge of Sikh Art with all members of the community.