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)

EFEO News
''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.
Lecture by Mrs Tôn Nu Quynh Trân
25 March 2020
Mrs. Tôn Nu Quynh Trân's lecture: "The development of the urban space of Saigon from its origins to 1954 as seen through plans and maps of the city", which took place on September 19, 2019, at the Ho Chi Minh City Center, has been posted on the EFEO's YouTube channel.

This lecture is part of a series of bilingual lecture-debates (consecutive French-Vietnamese or Vietnamese-French; English-Vietnamese or Vietnamese-English translation) organized at the EFEO Center in Ho Chi Minh City. The audience of about forty guests consists of researchers, teachers, students, and intellectuals from Vietnam and abroad.
Lecture: ''Kalash, les derniers animistes de l'Hindu Kush''
Paris, France, 06 March 2020
As part of the photographic exhibition set up at the EFEO, "Kalash, les derniers animistes de l'Hindu Kush", Jean-Yves Loude gives a lecture: "Solstice païen. Fêtes de l'hiver chez les Kalash du Nord-Pakistan". He will be accompanied by Xavier Nory, author of the photographs of the exhibition.

Thursday, March 12, at 1:30 pm at the Maison de l'Asie.
Paris EFEO/ASIES Seminar
Paris, France, 24 February 2020
Alain Arrault (EFEO) speaks on: "Écrire l'histoire en Chine" [Writing History in China] as part of the PSL-EHESS-EPHE-EFEO Master in Asian Studies, the general theme of which is Telling and writing history.

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
Kyoto Lectures
Kyoto, Japan, 29 January 2020
As part of the Kyoto lectures, Cyrian Pitteloud (University of Geneva/EFEO) presents: "Environmental Expertise in Modern Japan and the Ashio Copper Mine Case".

At 6 p.m., at the EFEO Center in Kyoto (opened to all). READ MORE