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
Signature of a bilateral agreement for the CHAMPA project
Vientiane, Laos, 17 June 2020
On June 17, the Vientiane office of the Agence française de développement (AFD), which has already signed a partnership agreement with the EFEO for various actions carried out in the framework of the CHAMPA project, signed the general bilateral agreement for the same project with the Laotian Ministry of Planning and Investment. This project aims to preserve and develop the cultural and urban heritage of the Champassak and Savannakhet provinces (South Laos). The EFEO provides scientific expertise and training in four areas: geomatics, archaeology, museography, and restoration.
Vientiane Times article.

Legend: In the foreground from left to right: Mrs. Florence Jeanblanc-Risler, French Ambassador to Laos, Dr. Kikeo Chanthaboury, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment and Matthieu Bommier, Director of AFD.
Paris EFEO/ASIES Seminar
08 June 2020
François Lachaud (EFEO) speaks on: "Les Chemins hantés du nord : Bouddhisme et société locale dans le Japon moderne (1700-2000)" [The Haunted Paths of the North: Buddhism and Local Society in Modern Japan (1700-2000)] as part of the PSL-EHESS-EPHE-EFEO Master in Asian Studies, the general theme of which is "Dynamiques religieuses : traditions et innovations".

The conference will take place at 10 a.m. (Paris time) online. You can attend the seminar by logging on to this link.
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Doctoral contract – Campaign 2020
17 May 2020
Extension of the deadline for submitting applications for MESRI doctoral contracts - EFE.

Due to the current health crisis, the deadlines for submitting applications for the MESRI Doctoral Contracts - EFE, 2020-2023, have been extended.

The conditions remain unchanged but candidates who have already submitted their application may, if they deem it necessary, update it and send a new version by 17 May. Applications received remain registered.

The arbitrations will, as initially planned, be rendered during the month of June.

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

Application documents may be sent until May 17th, 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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Blogpost
01 May 2020
Discover Arlo Griffiths' article on the DHARMA project blog: "Cataloging and digitizing estampages of inscriptions from Leiden University Library".
''Kyoto lectures''
Kyoto, Japan, 22 April 2020
The EFEO/ISEAS Center in Kyoto has decided to continue some of its activities online.

The next lecture (Kyoto lectures) will take place on Wednesday, April 22, at 6 p.m. in Japan (11 a.m. in France) and will be presented by Alistair Swale (University of Canterbury, New Zealand): "Gesaku Literati and Early Meiji Print Culture: Remaking Popular Culture for the Masses".

To join the conference click on this link.
The password will be put online on April 21 on the ISEAS and EFEO web page and on the blog of the Kyoto Center.