Cankam Workshop 2011

Cankam Workshop 2011

Organised by the centre of the École françaised’Extrême-Orient  in Pondicherry, 29th August to 9th September 2011

Since 2003 the EFEO has been conducting a project of locating, collecting and digitising the surviving manuscripts, on palm-leaf and paper, of the earliest Classical Tamil literature, the Cankam corpus, with the aim of producing critical editions with annotated translations. So far two anthologies have been published, the Naṟṟiṇai and the Kuṟuntokai, while six further texts are under preparation, namely the Aiṅkuṟunūṟu, the Akanāṉūṟu, the Kalittokai and the Puṟanāṉūṟu, as well as the Mullaippāṭṭu and the Tirumurukāṟṟuppaṭai from among the Pattupāṭṭu.

This workshop will bring together, for the first time, all the editors working on the various texts in order to discuss issues of textual criticism on the basis of selected manuscript material. Apart from intensive reading groups for the single texts, there will be time for the discussion of general problems, such as transmissional history, the evaluation of sources, the status of commentaries, the testimony from quotations, as well as possible strategies in arriving at a Cankam dictionary and grammar.

Each text read will be introduced by a briefing as to its transmissional situation on the part of the respective editor; both editors and invited participants are welcome to present a lecture on questions of general interest. Students will be welcome to listen in.

Texts and editors on schedule:

Aiṅkuṟunūṟu (Thomas Lehmann, SAI Heidelberg)
Akanāṉūṟu (Jean-Luc Chevillard, CNRSParis/EFEO Pondy Eva Wilden, Hamburg University/EFEOPondy)
Kalittokai (T. Rajeswari, EFEOPondy)
Puṟanāṉūṟu (G. Vijayavenugopal, EFEOPondy)
Tirumurukāṟṟuppaṭai (Emmanuel Francis, CEIAS, EHESS-CNRS Paris)

Invited participants:

Alexander Dubianski (Moscow University)
Takanobu Takahashi (University of Tokyo)
V.S. Rajam (Maturai)

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Programme
Round table discussion
Paris, France, 24 June 2019
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From 2pm to 4pm, Collège de France, 49bis avenue de la Belle Gabrielle, 75012, Paris.
Lectures
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- "The Royal Family of Khotan and the'Nirvana Temple'" (Guo Junye)
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From 2pm to 4pm, Maison de l'Asie, 22 avenue du Président-Wilson, 75116 Paris, salon on the 1st floor.
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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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