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.

EFEO News
Conference ''Maritime Knowledge for Asian Seas. An interdisciplinary dialogue between maritime historians and archaeologists''
Paris, France, 21 November 2018
The conference Maritime Knowledge for Asian Seas. An interdisciplinary dialogue between maritime historians and archaeologists, within the framework of the seaFaring research program (ANR / MOST) with the financial support of the ANR, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, the EFEO and the CRCAO, with the EHESS and IEA assistance is held respectively at the EFEO on the 21st, at the Institut d’études appliquées in Paris on the 22nd and at the EHESS on 23 November.
Programme
Conference ''Les chartistes et l'Asie''
Paris, France, 15 November 2018
The École des chartes and the EFEO organize the conference Les chartistes et l'Asie : destins croisés de l’École nationale des chartes et de l’École française d’Extrême-Orient.
- Thursday, November 15 at the ENC, 65 rue de Richelieu, Paris 2e (Delisle Room)
- Friday, November 16 at the EFEO, 22 avenue Président Wilson, Paris 16e (Grand salon 1st floor of the Maison de l'Asie)

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Lecture: ''L'imagerie populaire japonaise d'Ôtsu: un art oublié et son renouveau''
Strasbourg, France, 09 November 2018
As part of the European Salon des Métiers d'art RESONANCE[S] Christophe Marquet gives a lecture: The Japanese popular imagery Otsu: a forgotten art and its renewal from 17h to 18h30 at Parc Expo in Strasbourg.
International Conference ''Maritime Exchange and Localization across the South China Sea, 500 BC-500 AD''
Tainan, Taiwan, 09 November 2018
The EFEO is co-organizing with the Institute of Archeology, National Cheng-Kung University, the International Conference Maritime Exchange and Localization across the South China Sea, 500 BC-500 AD on November 9 and 10, 2018.
International Conference ''Sovereignty and imperial patronage in China (XIIIth-XXth century)''
25 October 2018
The International Conference Sovereignty and imperial patronage in China (XIIIth-XXth century), organized by Luca Gabbiani (EFEO, UMR 8173-CCJ), Marianne Bujard (EPHE) and Luo Wenhua (National Palace Museum Research Center for Tibetan Buddhism Heritage), is held at Peking, from October, 25th to 27th, 2018.
The conference program and the abstracts of the presentations are available on the website: https://imperial-patronage.efeo.fr
Paris EFEO Seminar
Paris, France, 22 October 2018
Monday 22th October LEE Hyoung-sik (Asiatic Research Institute, Korea University) speaks on Japanese Ruling Elites of Colonial Korea and their Postwar Compilation on the History of Governing: The Case of ''Yūhō Kyōkai'' (Friendly Nation Association).

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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21st ''Rendez-vous de l’Histoire''
Blois, France, 10 October 2018
The five Écoles françaises à l’étranger (EFE) will participate in the 21st Rendez-Vousde l'Histoire, in Blois, from Wednesday 10 to Sunday 14 October 2018. They will present at the book fair a selection of their publications and will gather five of their researchers for a carte blanche on October 12th on the theme "The fear of images".
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Paris EFEO Seminar
Paris, France, 24 September 2018
Monday 24th September Costantino Moretti (EFEO) speaks on O quam gravis est scriptura : notes diverses sur les fautes de copie dans les manuscrits bouddhiques de Dunhuang.

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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On line communication of the 12th annual meeting of DocAsie
Paris, France, 12 September 2018
Communications from the 12th annual meeting of DocAsie are now available online on the website of the Réseau National DocAsie.
EFEO General Meeting
Paris, France, 05 September 2018
The EFEO General Meeting was held on 4 and 5 September in Paris. This gathering is a unique moment in the life of the EFEO, bringing all the teachers-researchers active in Asia as in France and the administrative staff of the headquarters together.This year's thematic session focused on issues related to research in the digital era, whose stakes, both in archiving and valuation, are particularly important for the EFEO and for the network of Écoles françaises à l’étranger in general.