India, Pondicherry, 10th February - 6th March 2020

From 10 February to 6 March 2020 the centre of the EFEO in Puducherry will host the 18th Classical Tamil Winter Seminar, concentrated on reading a draft critical edition of the Puṟanāṉūṟu, organised by Eva Wilden.

For Students of Classical Tamil the year to come will bring, at short notice, a very special CTWS. From Monday, 10th of February to Friday 6th of March 2020 the centre of the EFEO in Pondicherry will host one month of intensive reading of the Puṟanāṉūṟu, based on the draft critical edition with an apparatus covering the editions and 15 manuscripts brought together by Professor G. Vijayavenugopal. The primary goal will be to assess the evidence and develop and discuss strategies for establishing what ought to be the main text, all the while furthering our understanding of the way another important old anonymous commentator argues and in particular how he treats semantics and “historical” detail. Incidentally, we will have the occasion to compare the state of preservation for a text endowed with the old commentary (the first 250 poems) and a text without (the last 150 poems, surviving today only in two very incomplete palm-leaf manuscripts). 

This undertaking will evidently not cater for the needs of beginners. Newcomers are advised to refer to the introductory courses, now taking place with a certain regularity, at the Asia-Africa Institute of Hamburg University. Students of intermediate level are welcome to participate.

Registration please as usual to Prerana Patel. Fees will be 150/100 euro for researchers/students.

India, Pondicherry, February 12 to March 9 2018

 

The 16th Classical Tamil Seminar will be back to winter schedule and take place from February 12 to March 9 2018 at the Puducherry centre of the EFEO. The main texts will be the ParipaaTal (weeks 1+2) and the KalinkattuparaNi (weeks 3-4). A beginner's course will be conducted in parallel to this.

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India, Pondicherry, 18th - 22th September 2017

The 15th CTSS will take place from 18th to 22th September 2017. We plan to split the day into two morning reading sessions for the principal text and a choice of afternoon reading sessions devoted to selected texts from different genres of Tamil literature.

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India, Pondicherry, 1st - 26th August 2016

The 14th CTSS will take place this summer from 1st to 26th August 2016. We plan to split the day into two morning reading sessions for the principal text and a choice of afternoon reading sessions devoted to selected texts from different genres of Tamil literature.

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India, Pondicherry, 10th - 28th August 2015

The 13th CTSS will take place this summer and will coincide with the third workshop on the Archeology of Bhakti. We plan to split the day into two morning reading sessions for the principal text and a choice of afternoon reading sessions devoted to selected texts from different genres of Tamil literature.

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India, Pondicherry, 4th - 29th August 2014

The 12th Classical Tamil Summer Seminar (CTSS) will take place this summer during August. We plan to have three reading sessions a day, two the morning and one the afternoon.

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India, Pondicherry, 19th - 30th August 2013

The 11th CTSS will take place this summer in the second half of August, just after the workshop on the Archaeology of Bhakti. We plan to have three reading sessions a day, the first dedicated to selected songs from the Pattuppāṭṭu - the Caṅkam anthology of long songs - beginning with the Mullaippāṭṭu. The second session will introduce Tamil commentary literature with passages from Nakkīraṉ's commentary on the Iṟaiyaṉār Akapporuḷ, the third session will address the representation and quotation of poetry in epigraphic literature.

India, Pondicherry, 6th to 31th of August 2012

This summer the CTSS will take place for the 10th time, certainly a reason to celebrate

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