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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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At the CSH...

Fahad RIAZ, who holds and Engineering Degree from ENSEA Cergy (École Nationale Supérieure de l'Electronique et de ses Applications), joined CSH on September 3, 2018 for an International Voluntary mission of French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is the part-time IT administrator of both IFI and CSH, where he manages the maintenance of networks/servers, IT needs of researchers and website administration.

Katharina PATEROK, PhD candidate at The Institute for Asian and African Studies of Humboldt-Universität (Berlin), joined CSH on September 15, 2017. She will be staying till March 31, 2018 to pursue her doctoral research that focuses the evolution and implementation of India's municipal solid waste management agenda during the past 3 decades, with the example of Delhi's solid waste management.

Floriane BOLAZZI, PhD Candidate in Economic Sociology and Labour Studies at Università degli Studi di Milano (NASP) and Université Paris Diderot (CESSMA), joined CSH on December 10, 2017. She has been working with Prof. Himanshu since 2013 and was part of "Palanpur: India's Economic Revolution" project. She will be staying for one year to conduct her fieldwork, focusing on rural labourforce converting from agriculture to non-farm sectors.

Moane ROSELLO, PhD candidate in comparative literature at the Centre d'Études et de Recherches Comparatistes of Paris-Sorbonne University, joined CSH on November 20, 2018 for an International Voluntary mission of French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For one to two years, she will share her time between CSH scientific secretary activities and her doctoral fieldwork on Feminist activism in Indian contemporary Literature and Cinema, supervised by Claudine Le Blanc.

Anwesha BANERJEE,PhD candidate at the School of Economics of Aix-Marseilles University, joined CSH on January 8, 2018. She is conducting her doctoral studies on "Voluntary Contribution to a Public Good under Uncertainty" under the supervision of Prof. Nicolas Gravel. She will be staying at the centre till August 31, 2017, so that she can pursue her fieldwork that requires experiments in Indian villages.

At the EFEO...

Saran SUEBSANTIWONGSE, a doctoral student from Cambridge University, came to the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO at the end of September with a 4-month scholarship from the École française d’Extrême-Orient to pursue his research on "Samrajyalaksmipithika : A Hybid Manual on Kingship and Tantric Practices". He participated in reading sessions with S.A.S. Sarma and Dominic Goodall.

Gaia PINTUCCI, doctoral student from the University of Hamburg and scholar of the EFEO, arrived in October to spend 6 months in Pondicherry to continue her work on her doctoral thesis on “A New Adornment, The Creation and Transmission of Commentaries on the Western Recension of the Amaruśataka”.

H. VENKATARAMAN, from Pondicherry University, has joined the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO to pursue his full-time Ph.D. programme in Sanskrit under the guidance of Dr. R. Sathyanarayan.

MURALIKRISHNAN M. V. from Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, who received an "Aspire Scholarship" from the Government of Kerala, arrived at the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO in November 2017, to pursue his research on "A Survey of Sanskrit and Malayalam texts on the Worship of Bhadrakāli in the Manuscript Repositories of Kerala" under the guidance of S.A.S. Sarma for a period of 4 months.

Jason SMITH is a doctoral student in the Study of Religion at Harvard University. His dissertation project focuses on the reception history of the Tirukkural from the time of its composition to the twentieth century in order to examine the different interpretative contexts in which the Tirukkural has been read, studied, and interpreted by various commentators and religious communities over time. From September 2017 to June 2018, he is pursuing this research at the French Institute of Pondicherry, working with scholars in the Department of Indology. During his time in Pondicherry, he has been attending the Tirukkural morning reading sessions led by Professor Nachimuthu at EFEO, which provide a suitable context for further exploring how medieval commentators understood the Tirukkural in their time.

At the IFP...

ARCHITA S., M. Sc in "Urban Studies" at the University College, London, is on internship at the Social Sciences Department of the IFP from 9th November 2017 to 9th February 2018. She is pursuing her study on "Heritage from below. An understanding in Pondicherry" under the supervision of Dr. Nicolas BAUTÈS.

Simon TARGOWLA, Masters student at AgroParisTech, France, is on internship at the Ecology Department of the IFP from 12th October 2017 to 9th March 09 2018. He is working on "Wetlands in Pondicherry region" under the supervision of Dr. Raphael MATHEVET.