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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 decided to relaunch it in a more convenient online format as a biannual newsletter. This second issue in the new format covers the second half of 2017, with one or two allusions to significant events from just outside this period. Click here for previous issues
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Goodbye
At the CSH...

Sanjeev ROUTRAY, Urban Studies Foundation postdoctoral fellow, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University (Boston, USA), stayed one year at CSH as visiting postdoctoral researcher. He left in September 2017.

Céline BIGNON, PhD candidate at Bordeaux University's Laboratory for Analysis and Research in Economy and International Finance (LAREFI), ended her two-years International Volunteer mission of French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in October 2017.

Anjana THAMPI, PhD student at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi), spent five month at CSH as the research assistant to Prof. Himanshu (Econocmics & Development department). She left in November 2017.

Ishan ANAND, PhD student at Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi), spent five month at CSH as the research assistant to Prof. Himanshu (Econocmics & Development department). He left in November 2017.

Noelle COUNORD, PhD candidate in Anthropology at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris), stayed at CSH for ten months to conduct her fieldwork, in preparation for her thesis dissertation on Relations to the territory, ontology of dwelling and oral literature among Gujjars (Western Indian Himalayas). She left in December 2017.

At the EFEO...

Valérie GILLET (EFEO, Paris) returned again to France after spending 2 months at the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO, during which she participated in the Conference entitled "From Vijayapurī to Śrīkṣetra? The beginnings of Buddhist exchange across the Bay of Bengal", organised by Arlo Griffiths (EFEO) from 31 July to 7 August 2017, and undertook a 7-day field-trip with N. Ramaswamy and Emmanuel Francis (CNRS) in the Pudukottai disctrict to visit the Pandya country and copy inscriptions.

Michaël BRUCKERT,(UMR ENEC (8185), received a scholarship from the EFEO and a grant from MSH (French Centre for Human Sciences) to spent 5 months from August 2017 at the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO to pursue his research on "Relationships between humans and animals in India".

Charles LI,(PhD candidate, University of Cambridge) was in Pondicherry from October to December 2017. He pursued his research on Bhartṛhari’s Vākyapadīya, a key-work in the Sanskrit grammatical and philosophical tradition, in collaboration with Hugo David. During his stay, he investigated the "Section on the Universal" (Jātisamuddeśa) of Bhartṛhari’s work and its commentaries.

Anna Katalin AKLAN, doctoral student in the Department of Medieval Studies at the Central European University, Budapest, left after a two-month stay in Pondicherry. She pursued her research on Advaita Vedānta philosophy and took part in Sanskrit reading sessions conducted by Dominic Goodall and by Hugo David.

Jean-Luc CHEVILLARD, CNRS, left after a two-month stay at the Pondicherry Centre, during which he participated in the 9th NETamil Workshop and the Classical Tamil Summer Seminar and continued with his research within the framework of the NETamil project.

Sibylle KOCH, PhD student at the universities of Paris and Lausanne and now in Cambridge, as well as the recipient of a scholarship of the EFEO, left Pondicherry after a second two-month stay at the Centre. Guided by S.L.P. Anjaneya Sarma and Hugo David, she continued her research on the notion of gender (liṅga) in Sanskrit grammatical texts.

Akane SAITO, (post-doctoral researcher at the University of Fukuoka) stayed in Pondicherry during July and August 2017; she continued her study of Vedāntic exegesis in the Brahmasiddhi of Maṇḍana Miśr in collaboration with Hugo David, and concentrated especially on the section on the Commandment (Niyogakāṇḍa) of that treatise; she also joined the Śaiva reading group conducted by Dominic Goodall for readings of Śrīkaṇṭha’s Ratnatrayaparīkṣā.

Vincenzo VERGIANI, (Cambridge University) was at the Centre in August and September to continue his readings of the Sādhanasamuddeśa, the section on the factors of action of the Vākyapadīya of Bhartṛhari with S.L.P. Anjaneya Sarma and Hugo David.

At the IFP...

LAKSHMI NARASIMHAM S., Researcher at the Department of Indology, retired in September 2017 after 28 years of dedicated service. He continues to work at the IFP on the "Paniniyavyakarano-daharana (PUK) project

Anand PAKIAM,Head of Communications, left the Institute in November 2017 after 13 years of dedicated service.

Cheryl Dwarka NATH, researcher at the Department of Ecology, who had joined the Institute in 2007, left in September 2017.

N. MURUGESAN, archivist at the Department of Indology, retired in July 2017 after 26 years of service.

K. ADIMOOLAM, driver at the IFP who had joined the Institute in 1981, retired in December 2017 after 36 years of loyal service.

The IFP thanks everyone for all the work accomplished during these long years.