Corpus of the Indian World

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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

EFEO News
Covid-19 Information
Paris, France,


The Maison de l'Asie and the library are closed to the public from March 16 until further notice.

All cultural and scientific events are cancelled.
Lecture by Mrs Tôn Nu Quynh Trân
25 March 2020
Mrs. Tôn Nu Quynh Trân's lecture: "The development of the urban space of Saigon from its origins to 1954 as seen through plans and maps of the city", which took place on September 19, 2019, at the Ho Chi Minh City Center, has been posted on the EFEO's YouTube channel.

This lecture is part of a series of bilingual lecture-debates (consecutive French-Vietnamese or Vietnamese-French; English-Vietnamese or Vietnamese-English translation) organized at the EFEO Center in Ho Chi Minh City. The audience of about forty guests consists of researchers, teachers, students, and intellectuals from Vietnam and abroad.
EFEO Field Scholarships - 2nd Semester 2020
14 March 2020
The deadline for submitting an application to an EFEO Field Scholarships for Master and PhD students enabling a field study in Asia at one of the EFEO centers is set to the 14th of March 2020.
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Doctoral contract – Campaign 2020
09 March 2020
As part of its support for international cooperation activities, the Ministry of Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de l’Innovation (MESRI) awards five doctoral contracts each year in partnership between a Doctoral School and one of the five Écoles françaises à l’étranger (EFE).

Details and the procedure for submitting applications to the EFEO can be found here.

Application documents may be sent until April 30, 2020, 3:00 p.m. (Paris time), according to the procedures specific to each EFE. The results will be sent before the end of June.
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Lecture: ''Kalash, les derniers animistes de l'Hindu Kush''
Paris, France, 06 March 2020
As part of the photographic exhibition set up at the EFEO, "Kalash, les derniers animistes de l'Hindu Kush", Jean-Yves Loude gives a lecture: "Solstice païen. Fêtes de l'hiver chez les Kalash du Nord-Pakistan". He will be accompanied by Xavier Nory, author of the photographs of the exhibition.

Thursday, March 12, at 1:30 pm at the Maison de l'Asie.