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
CANCELLATION of the Paris EFEO/ASIES Seminar
Paris, France, 16 December 2019
Due to the transport strike, the seminar is postponed to a later date.

Alain Arrault (EFEO) speaks on: "Écrire l’histoire en Chine". This seminar is part of the Dire et écrire l’histoire theme of the Master Études asiatiques - PSL (EFEO-EPHE-EHESS).

From 10:30 to 12:00, free admission
Maison de l'Asie, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, Grand salon, 1st floor READ MORE
Buddhist scribal practices in a transcultural perspective
France, Paris, 25 November 2019
This international workshop is a collaborative effort organized by the École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO-Paris) and the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC-Hamburg), which involves scholars in Buddhist studies, codicology, and art history to analyze the connecaons between scribal pracaces agested in various Central and East-Asian Buddhist manuscript cultures, with a focus on mutual influences between them regarding the use of specific ornamental and/or structural marks. Read program here
Conference
Paris, France, 07 November 2019
Alain Arrault gives a lecture on religious statuary in China, Japan and Korea on Thursday, November 7, at 2pm, Salon Pelliot of the Hotel Heidelbach.
This conference is organized by the Société des amis du Musée Guimet, for more details follow the link.
Paris EFEO/ASIES Seminar
Paris, France, 21 October 2019
LEE Jung-nam, professor at the Asiatic Research Institute of the Korea University speaks on: "South Korea’s perception and policy on China in the age of competition between the US and China. Focusing on the approaches of China experts in Korea".

From 10:30 to 12:00, opened to all
Maison de l'Asie, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, Grand salon, 1st floor READ MORE
The international conference ''New perspectives in Chinese History''
Paris, France, 18 October 2019
The international conference New perspectives in Chinese History is co-organized by the EFEO (Paris and the Beijing Center), the Max Weber Foundation (and its Beijing branch), and EHESS (CECMC) and sponsored by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.

This conference, which is part of the same framework as the previous meetings held in Cambridge and Paris, is designed as a workshop focusing on the presentation of the archives of the period from the end of the Ming period to the republican period, i.e. from the end of the 16th century to 1949.

See the program
Lecture ''The sūtras translated by Xuanzang and the Dunhuang wall paintings''
Paris, France, 17 October 2019
On the occasion of her visit to Paris to receive the Leon Vandermeersch Sinology Prize at the AIBL, Mrs FAN Jinshi 樊錦詩 (Director Emeritus of the Dunhuang Institute / Dunhuang Academy) will give a lecture: "The sūtras translated by Xuanzang and the Dunhuang wall paintings".

At 4pm, at the Maison de l'Asie, Grand salon, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
Symposium ''La culture martiale chinoise. Exorcismes, corps, réinventions''
Toulouse, France, 10 October 2019
At the symposium La culture martiale chinoise. Exorcismes, corps, réinventions, held on October 10 and 11 at the University of Toulouse 2, Alain Arrault will present a paper entitled: "Les attitudes martiales dans la statuaire domestique du Hunan".

See the program
Paris EFEO/ASIES Seminar
Paris, France, 30 September 2019
Arnaud Bertrand speaks on: Après la conquête : Stratégies de fondation des « villes-frontières » aux marches occidentales de l’empire des Han.

From 10:30 to 12:00, opened to all
Maison de l'Asie, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, Grand salon, 1st floor
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Symposium ''Ecologies of Writing: Making a Mark, Marking a Place''
Paris, France, 20 September 2019
On 20 and 21th September, UCL Institute of Advanced Studies & PSL Scripta programme as part of the Materialities of Writing Collaborative Research Project organize the symposium Ecologies of Writing: Making a Mark, Marking a Place.
This Symposium address the overall theme of ‘Ecologies of Writing’ from multiple disciplinary perspectives: how individuals and cultures physically inscribe and re-inscribe environments, platforms and places through ‘writing’, broadly conceived, and, in turn, how an inscribed place/ground ‘makes a mark’ on the way such surfaces and sites are used by human/non-human inhabitants. The colloquium will be presented through three panels, Emplacement, Ecologies, and Embodiment.

Programme.
DHARMA : 1st Workshop
Berlin, Germany, 20 September 2019
The ERC DHARMA held its first Workshop in Berlin, from the 16th to the 21st of September.Hosted by the Humboldt University, more than 50 experts in Indology and data management  attended the kick-off. DHARMA will study the history of “Hinduism” in comparative perspective, focusing on the period from the 6th to the 13th century.
The three Principal Investigators of the project: Emmanuel FRANCIS (CNRS); Annette SCHMIEDCHEN (Humboldt University) and Arlo GRIFFITHS (Ecole Française d’Extrême Orient).