Cankam Project

  • Search for, Identification of and Digitisation of Cankam Manuscripts
  • Preparation of critical editions and annotated translations of the Cankam texts
  • Composition of an Electronic Dictionary of the Cankam Literature

(Project management Eva Wilden, EFEO Paris/University of Hamburg and Jean-Luc Chevillard, CNRS).

The Cankam Project conducted by the EFEO Paris and Pondicherry consists of the following four sub-projects which are interrelated with each other:

(1) The fundamental project is the search for and identification of Cankam manuscripts in the various manuscript libraries and other institutions in Tamil Nadu and their digitisation.

(2) The subsequent sub-project is the preparation of critical editions of the Cankam texts based on the newly acquired and the so far disregarded manuscripts, the existing published editions of the Cankam texts and the widely scattered quotations found in Tamil grammatical and poetological literature.

(3) Along with the critical editions of the Cankam texts, annotated English translations of the texts, which take into account the various text variations and which discuss lexical and grammatical difficulties and peculiarities, and word indices are prepared.

(4) The final sub-project consists of the preparation of an Electronic Dictionary and a Grammar of Cankam Literature based on the word indices prepared for the individual Cankam texts.

Related Projects:

Transmissional History of the Cankam Corpus

In the framework of a research group entitled "Manuscript Cultures in Asia and Africa conducted at the University of Hamburg, Germany (http://www.manuscript-cultures.uni-hamburg.de) Eva Wilden is in charge of a Tamilist subproject ("Script, Print, Memory: Re-establishing the Cankam in Tamil Nadu") with the aim of adding to the series of critical editions of the Cankam literature an introductory volume that traces the transmissional history of the corpus and it testimonies.

Tamil Grammatical Tradition

From quotations in the commentaries of the grammatical tradition we have knowledge of a number of old Tamil grammarians and works, viz. Avinayanar, Kakkaipatiniyar, Kaiyanar and Periya Pammam, Mapuranam etc., especially in Yapparunkala Virutti, an encyclopaedic work on Tamil prosody of the 10th or 11th century A.D. These suggest significant developments in the history of Tamil grammatical concepts and theories. G. Vijayavenugopal is engaged in a compilation and annotated translation of this material into English. A detailed critical introduction is also under preparation. It will include a critique to "The History of Tamil grammatical theories" written by P.S. Subrahmanya Sastri.

Classical Tamil Winter and Summer Seminars (CTSS/CTWS)

The CTSS/CTWS is an intensive course in Classical Tamil of one month duration which is yearly being conducted at the Pondicherry centre of the EFEO since 2003. It combines reading texts in classical Tamil under the guidance of the Pondy pandits with instruction by a group of Western scholars. The levels vary from introductory courses for beginners to the discussion of selected texts for advanced students and researchers.

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Seminar ''L’imagerie populaire d’Ôtsu : un art oublié du Japon d'Edo''
Paris, France, 23 April 2019
The MJCP and the EFEO organize a seminar "L’imagerie populaire d’Ôtsu : un art oublié du Japon d'Edo" on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition "Ôtsu-e : peintures populaires du Japon" which the EFEO also publishes the catalog.
Seminar open to the public. Free registration required via the ticket office of the site.
Paris EFEO Seminar
Paris, France, 15 April 2019
Invited by the Centre of Seoul, Dr. Vadim Akulenko, assistant at the department of Korean studies of the Institute of Oriental Studies, School of Regional and International Studies, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, makes a presentation: Evolution of Understanding Minjok in the DPRK.

At 14h, entrance free
Maison de l'Asie, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, Grand salon, 1st floor
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Conférence ''Le bouddhisme tibétain en exil et la survie de sa communauté''
Paris, France, 04 April 2019
Fabienne Jagou gives a talk entitled Le bouddhisme tibétain en exil et la survie de sa communauté as part of the cycle Bouddhisme, politique et violence : le cas du Tibet organized by the Institut européen en sciences des religions and the EPHE.
At 18:30, EPHE - Bât. Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, 54 boulevard Raspail, Paris 6e, Salle AS1-01 (1st sous-sol, hall 1).
Paris EFEO/ASIES Seminar
Paris, France, 01 April 2019
Monday 1st April Vincent Tournier (EFEO) speaks on Pour une nouvelle histoire des ordres monastiques (nikāya) du bouddhisme indien as part of ASIES seminar (master AMO - Asie méridionale et orientale : terrains, textes et sciences sociales).

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Free admission)
Maison de l'Asie, First floor salon, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
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Paris EFEO/ASIES Seminar
Paris, France, 11 March 2019
Monday 11th March Timothy Lubin (Washington and Lee University) speaks on From Scholastic Paraphrase to Customary Law Code? Genres of Javanese Juristic Literature part of ASIES seminar (master Amo - Asie méridionale et orientale : terrains, textes et sciences sociales).

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Free admission)
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Conference ''Enjeux du patrimoine : de la restauration à la cartographie du paysage archéologique''
Fontainebleau, France, 09 February 2019
Christophe Pottier gives a conference for the APJFA (Association pour la promotion du jumelage Fontainebleau-Angkor): Enjeux du patrimoine : de la restauration à la cartographie du paysage archéologique.
At 17h, at the hôtel de l'Aigle Noir, place Napoleon Bonaparte at Fontainebleau.
Paris EFEO/ASIES Seminar
Paris, France, 04 February 2019
Monday 4th February Michela Bussotti speaks on Images de généalogies chinoises : objets et sources de la recherche.

This seminar is part of "Images: objects and sources / Research in primary sources" of the ASIES seminar (master Amo - Asie méridionale et orientale : terrains, textes et sciences sociales).

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Free admission)
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Exhibition ''Les bosquets sacrés d’Aiyaṉār / Groves of Aiyaṉār''
Pondicherry, India, 31 January 2019
As part of the Pondicherry Heritage Festival, the exhibition of Jean-Louis Cardin's photographs titled Les bosquets sacrés d’Aiyaṉār / Groves of Aiyaṉār was inaugurated on January 31 by Her Excellency Kiran Bedi, Lieutenant Governor of Pondicherry.
Communication : ''La contribution de Gongga Laoren (1903-1997) à la diffusion du bouddhisme tibétain à Taïwan''
Paris, France, 29 January 2019
Fabienne Jagou talks on La contribution de Gongga Laoren (1903-1997) à la diffusion du bouddhisme tibétain à Taïwan as part of the cycle of conferences organized by SEECHAC.

At 18h, at the Musée Cernuschi, 7 avenue Velazquez 75008 Paris.
Illustration: Chongqing Monastery, Tainan, July 2013. © Jagou
Paris EFEO Seminar
Paris, France, 07 January 2019
Monday 7th January Philippe Le Failler (EFEO) speaks on L’expédition militaire de Mường Thanh (Vietnam) de 1767. Les faits, le récit et le palimpseste.

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Free admission)

Maison de l'Asie, First floor salon, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
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