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
Exhibition ''Perspective of an era: photographic archives of the École française d’Extrême-Orient''
Hanoi, Vietnam, 14 September 2019
On September, 14th the French Ambassthe exhibition is mounted at two sites : the French Embassy and the EFEO centre.dor, Nicolas Warnery has inaugurated as part of the Europe Heritage Days in Hanoi the exhibition "Perspective of an era: photographic archives of the École française d’Extrême-Orient" mounted at two sites : the French Embassy and the EFEO centre.
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Photographic exhibition ''Les marchands ambulants et les cris de la rue à Hanoi''
Hanoi, Vietnam, 13 September 2019
On Friday, September 13, the photographic exhibition Les marchands ambulants et les cris de la rue à Hanoi was inaugurated at the Hanoi French Insitute - l'Espace, in the presence of Duong Thi Thuy (Espace, Institut français de Hanoi), Nicolas Warnery (Ambassador of France to Vietnam), Olivier Tessier (head of the EFEO Centre in Ho Chi Minh City) and Thierry Vergon (director of the Institut français de Hanoi, l'Espace) (from left to right in the photo).
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Travel subventions for the conference ''New Perspectives in Chinese History''
Paris, France, 26 August 2019
As part of the organisation of the conference "New Perspectives in Chinese History" to be held from 16 to 18 October 2019 in Paris, five travel subventions for students (from Master 2 to PhD candidates, eventually to post-doctoral scholars) engaged in research on the history of modern China (Ming, Qing, Minguo periods) and enrolled in an European institution will be offered to attend this conference.

Details and information.
New Publications
Paris, France,

Bulletin de l'École française d'Extrême-Orient 104 (2018)

Cahiers d'Extrême-Asie, vol. 27 (2018) : Buddhism and the Military in Tibet during the Ganden Phodrang Period (1642-1959)

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Dossier Angkor in Archeologia
France,

Find the "Angkor, the latest discoveries" dossier to which several EFEO researchers contributed in Archéologia, issue 578, July/August 2019, p. 30-47.