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Coordinator: Dominic Goodall

Associate Coordinator: Charlotte Schmid

The "Corpus of the Indian World" research unit will take over where the "Indology" team (EA2262) left off. The new team will have practically the same members as the old one. Its new title - "Corpus of the Indian World" - was chosen with the intention of more accurately reflecting the objective of studying Indian civilization through the prism of several corpuses made up of textual and non-textual documents. Most of these items are held in the School's centre in Pondicherry, with others to be found in the Pune Centre. The EFEO's Pondicherry Centre works closely with the French Institute of Pondicherry (Institut Français de Pondichéry, IFP) - an organization run by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs - with a view to developing research projects, cataloguing documents and artefacts, and publishing scholarly work.

Local scientific personnel based at the Pondicherry Centre:

Tamilists: T. Rajeshwari, R. Varada Desikan, G. Vijayavenugopal.
Sanskritists: H.N. Bhat, V. Lalitha, S.L.P. Anjaneya Sarma, S. Ananda Subrahmanya Sarma, V. Venkataraja Sarma, R.Sathyavarayanan.

There are also seven EFEO members based in France and currently working at the Pondicherry Centre, at the Pune Centre, or in Paris:
* Valérie Gillet, Dominic Goodall, François Grimal, Pierre Lachaier, Charlotte Schmid, Eva Wilden et Jean Deloche (émérite).

As with the "Indology" project which it replaces, the general scientific approach characterizing the "Corpus of the Indian World" programme is organized around the outstanding archival resources held at the EFEO's Pondicherry Centre, in particular its unique collection of Saiva texts. Most of the projects are either linked to publishing or based on the philological and linguistic study of ancient corpuses in Sanskrit and Tamil. However, the major art history tradition represented by the iconography of the temples of southern India is still of central importance, as are studies on anthropology and poetics.

The programmes:

Activities