Classical Tamil Seminar

India, Pondicherry, 10th February - 6th March 2020

From 10 February to 6 March 2020 the centre of the EFEO in Puducherry will host the 18th Classical Tamil Winter Seminar, concentrated on reading a draft critical edition of the Puṟanāṉūṟu, organised by Eva Wilden.

For Students of Classical Tamil the year to come will bring, at short notice, a very special CTWS. From Monday, 10th of February to Friday 6th of March 2020 the centre of the EFEO in Pondicherry will host one month of intensive reading of the Puṟanāṉūṟu, based on the draft critical edition with an apparatus covering the editions and 15 manuscripts brought together by Professor G. Vijayavenugopal. The primary goal will be to assess the evidence and develop and discuss strategies for establishing what ought to be the main text, all the while furthering our understanding of the way another important old anonymous commentator argues and in particular how he treats semantics and “historical” detail. Incidentally, we will have the occasion to compare the state of preservation for a text endowed with the old commentary (the first 250 poems) and a text without (the last 150 poems, surviving today only in two very incomplete palm-leaf manuscripts). 

This undertaking will evidently not cater for the needs of beginners. Newcomers are advised to refer to the introductory courses, now taking place with a certain regularity, at the Asia-Africa Institute of Hamburg University. Students of intermediate level are welcome to participate.

Registration please as usual to Prerana Patel. Fees will be 150/100 euro for researchers/students.

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