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This newsletter, conceived to give a glimpse of the many and varied projects conducted by the French research centres in India, circulated for several years as a "dead-tree" newsletter, then as a large PDF file. After a pause for reflection in 2016, we have decided to relaunch it in a more convenient online format as a biannual newsletter. This issue covers the first half of 2017, with one or two allusions to significant events from just before or after this period. Click here for previous issues
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Welcome
At the IFP...

Dr. Hélène GUETAT-BERNARD, Research fellow from the University of Toulouse (UMR LISST-Dynamiques Rurales), Professor of Sociology from the French Ministry of Agriculture, joined the Social Sciences Department of IFP on september 2017, to be head of the Department and conduct research on the topic of "Gender, Agroecology and Environmental Justice".

Dr. Raphaël MATHEVET, Research fellow from the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS, UMR 5175 - Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, Montpellier), joined the IFP on September 2017 as the new Head of the Ecology Department, and to conduct research on the topic "biodiversity conservation and coastal wetlands in South India".

Dr. Nicolas BAUTES, Research fellow from the University of Caen Normandie (UMR ESO), joined the Social Sciences Department of the IFP in September 2017, for a two-year duration, to conduct research on the topic « Heritage Politics in South India ».

Dr. Sarah BENABOU, Research fellow from the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), joined the Ecology Department of the IFP on September 2017, for a two-year duration, to conduct research on the topic of “biodiversity conservation and coastal wetlands in South India”.

Julia de FARIA, Masters student in « Urbanism, International Expertise » at the Ecole d’Urbanisme de Paris, France, joined the Social Sciences Department of the IFP from July 11 to October 10, 2017, as a trainee, to work on “Smart city Mission – Pondicherry” under the supervision of Dr. Aurélie Varrel.

At the EFEO...

Giovanni CIOTTI, CSMC, Hamburg, stayed at the Pondicherry Center during the months of February and March in 2017, to participate in the 7th NETamil workshop and to work with R. Sathyanarayanan on an article about multilingualism in the manuscripts transmitting the oldest preserved Sanskrit lexicon, the Nāmaliṅgānuśāsana of Amara. He will return in September to participate in the 9th NETamil Workshop and the mini-edition of the Classical Tamil Summer Seminar.

Sibylle KOCH, PhD student at the universities of Paris and Lausanne and now in Cambridge, as well as EFEO scholar, stayed at the Pondicherry Center from 9 December 2016 to 15 January 2017 and will return again later in the year for a period of 2 months. Guided by S.L.P. Anjaneya Sarma and Hugo David, she continued her research on the notion of gender (linga) in Sanskrit grammatical texts.

Erin MCCANN, McGill University in Canada and CSMC, Hamburg, was in Pondicherry from 30 January to 25 February 2017 to participate in the 7th NETamil workshop and work on texts in Manipravâlam with Suganya Anandakichenin of the NETamil project. She will return in August and September to participate in the 9th NETamil Workshop and the mini-edition of the Classical Tamil Summer Seminar.

RAMYA R. joined the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO on 1st June 2017 to produce electronic texts of Sanskrit works on Yoga within the framework of an agreement signed between the EFEO and SOAS, University of London, as part of the ERC Project "The Hatha Yoga Project: Mapping Indian and Transnational Traditions of Physical Yoga through Philology and Ethnography - HYP" under grant agreement number 647963.

Akane SAITO, a post-doc researcher at Kyushu-Japan University, was in Pondicherry during the months of February and March and will return again in July and August to work with Hugo David on her English translation of the Brahmasiddhi by Mandana Misra and to participate in the Śaiva reading group to read parts of the Ratnatrayaparīkṣā, a tenth-century Kashmirian treatise largely devoted to Śaiva conceptions of sound, with Dominic Goodall.

Jason SCHWARTZ (2017), doctoral student at the University of California Santa Barbara and an AIIS Fellow, has been affiliated with the EFEO Centre in Pondicherry since February 2017 to work on his thesis entitled “Universalizing Hindu Dharma: The Legal Foundation of Hindu Religion diversity”. He divides his time between missions in Karnataka and sojourns in Pondicherry, sometimes accompanied by his wife, Elaine FISHER, who is currently a Fullbright scholar affiliated to the University of Mysore, and who will this year take up the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University. During their stay, they participated in the Śaiva reading sessions held by Dominic Goodall, notably in order to read parts of the unpublished Pingalāmata-tantra.

Margherita TRENTO, PhD student at the University of Chicago, USA, received a COSAS grant to conduct research in Tamil Nadu for 9 months. She was affiliated with the EFEO, and was in Pondicherry to work on her thesis entitled "Writing Christianity in Early Modern South India (1606-1759)". She will return in July 2017 for a further period of one year, this time with a scholarship from the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS).


At the CSH...

Prof. Nicolas GRAVEL, joined the CSH on 01 September 2017 as the new Director. He has replaced Prof. Leila CHOUKROUNE.

Laurent GAUDILLIERE, joined the CSH in september 2016 as the new accountant for both the CSH and the Institut Francais. He replaces Gilles Aznar and his position is a crucial link between the Institut Français in Delhi and the CSH.

Anjana THAMPI, joined the CSH in june 2017 until november 2017 as a research assistant working under the supervision of Bruno DORIN in the Economics & Development area.

Ishan ANAND, joined the CSH in june 2017 until november 2017 as a research assistant working under the supervision of Bruno DORIN in the Economics & Development area.

Dr. Julien LEVESQUE, joined the CSH on 01 September 2017 as the Head of the Research Department - Politics and Society. He has replaced Dr. Jules NAUDET.

Dr. Olivier TELLE, Olivier Telle, joined the CSH on 01 September 2017 as a CNRS research fellow. He will be the new Head of the Research Department - Territorial Dynamics.