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
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.
IATS2019 Tibetology Congress
Paris, France, 08 July 2019
Fabienne Jagou, alongside Matthew Kapstein (EPHE), Françoise Pommaret (CRCAO), Françoise Robin (INALCO) and Nicolas Sihlé (CEH), are organising the IATS2019-Paris Tibetology Congress as part of the International Association of Tibetan Studies (IATS). This congress, in which the EFEO is a partner, brings together more than 650 researchers from all over the world and will take place from July 8 to 13, 2019, in Paris, at INALCO.

Programme
Round table discussion
Paris, France, 24 June 2019
As part of the research on Dunhuang conducted by the CRCAO (UMR 8155) and the EFEO, GUO Junye and DANG Yanni (Dunhuang Academy) will lead a run a panel on :- "The Cult of Arhats in Dunhuang during the Medieval Period" (Dang Yanni)- "The Statuary on the Central Altar of Mogao Cave 161" (Guo Junye).

From 2pm to 4pm, Collège de France, 49bis avenue de la Belle Gabrielle, 75012, Paris.
Lectures
Paris, France, 21 June 2019
As part of the research on Dunhuang conducted by the CRCAO (UMR 8155) and the EFEO, GUO Junye and DANG Yanni (Dunhuang Academy) will give the following lectures:
- "The Royal Family of Khotan and the'Nirvana Temple'" (Guo Junye)
- "The Scripture On the Ten Kings: Belief and Practices" (Dang Yanni)

From 2pm to 4pm, Maison de l'Asie, 22 avenue du Président-Wilson, 75116 Paris, salon on the 1st floor.
Paris EFEO/ASIES Seminar
Paris, France, 17 June 2019
Olivier De Bernon (EFEO) speaks on "Les élites sociales et religieuses dans les Codes anciens du Siam et du Cambodge". This seminar is part of the « Exils et Migrations » theme of the ASIAS seminar (master AMO - Asie méridionale et orientale : terrains, textes et sciences sociales).

From 10:30 to 12:00, free admission
Maison de l'Asie, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, Grand salon, 1st floor
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Festival de l’histoire de l’art 2019
Fontainebleau, France, 07 June 2019
The Festival de l'histoire de l'art will be held on June 7, 8 and 9, 2019 in Fontainebleau.
On this occasion, the réseau des EFE will have a stand at the book and art magazine fair, and will participate through four conferences on the theme of "People":
- Christophe Marquet - EFEO: The invention of "popular painting" in 20th century Japan
- Alain Arrault - EFEO: Domestic statuary in China (16th-20th century). From a learned and Buddhist practice to a popular re-appropriation
- Jean-Baptiste Delzant - former member of the EFR: Abu Gosh Frankish Church and its 12th century paintings: a single ensemble designed for different audiences
- Olivier Christin - in collaboration with the Casa de Velázquez: "Abstract words[that] enlarge thought" (Tocqueville). Revolution, democracy and moral architecture

Festival program
Session at the AIBL
Paris, France, 24 May 2019
On Friday, May 24, 2019, a thematic session was held at the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, under the patronage of His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni, on "25 ans de contributions cambodgienne, française et internationale à la conservation et au développement d’Angkor", in the presence of Christophe Marquet, EFEO Director.

The Secrétaire perpétuel Michel Zink "underlined the extent of the debt owed by the Cambodians and the French, and more broadly by the international community, to the École française d'Extrême-Orient, whose work in Angkor has been supported by the Académie since its beginnings".
Call for papers
Kyoto, Japon, 16 May 2019
On November 1, 2020, the EFEO Center of Kyoto will host a study day on architecture, urban planning and landscape in Japan.
Students, researchers and other practitioners in these fields related to space culture are invited to present their work and contribute to the scientific exchanges that will be held during the various meetings organized by the Japarchi network in France and Japan.
Proposals for communication must be sent by email before 30 June 2019.
Paris EFEO/ASIES Seminar
Paris, France, 13 May 2019
Fabienne Jagou (EFEO) speaks on Exil tibétain et transferts religieux : l’exemple de la communauté tibétaine à Taïwan. This seminar is part of the « Exils et Migrations » theme of the ASIAS seminar (master AMO - Asie méridionale et orientale : terrains, textes et sciences sociales).

From 10:30 to 12:00, free admission
Maison de l'Asie, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, Grand salon, 1st floor
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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.