Coline LEFRANCQ (from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - UMR 8564 - CEIAS - ERC DHARMA project, Paris, and associate researcher at the Free University of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium) arrived on 26 January 2020 to spend a month studying sites archaeological and associated pottery that is involved in the Bay of Bengal trade, to shed light on the complex interplay of religion, state, and society. During this stay, she focussed on the study of the Arikamedu site in Pondicherry.
Leah COMEAU (University of Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, USA), will spent 5 months in Pondicherry, from January 15 to May 15, 2020, to continue her research on her project entitled "Tamil Literature and Inscriptions relating to Aesthetics of Gardens and Ornaments".
Julie ROCTON, doctoral student at Aix-Marseille University, CPAF-TDMAM and scholar of the EFEO spent 3 months (February 10 to May 31, 2020) to pursue her research on the manuscripts of Abhinayadarpana attributed to Nandikeshvara.
LÉA MARONET, from the École Pratique des Hautes Études arrived in February 2020 for a 2-month internship. Her research focussed on the cultural enhancement of the archaeological site of Arikamedu, an important site for the study of trade in the Indian Sea with the Mediterranean region during the Roman imperial period.
Alice BAUDEQUIN (University of Lyon 2) came to Pondicherry in February 2020 to spend 2 months working on her project "Tourism and the ancient of Arikamedu". Her studies focussed on the archaeological site of Arikamedu, an important site for the study of Indian maritime trade with the Mediterranean region during the Imperial Roman era and on the problems and representations of tourism in southern India.
Annette SCHMIEDCHEN (Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, Humboldt University and PI of the ERC DHARMA project) left on 14 February 2020 after spending 3 weeks at the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO studying Sanskrit, Kannada, and Telugu inscriptions (6th to 13th century CE) in order to throw light on the complex interplay of religion, state and society. She also participated in reading sessions with researchers of the Centre and visited the ASI Epigraphy branch in Mysore and the Government Museum and Tamil Nadu State Department of Archaeology in Chennai.
Ilona KĘDZIA from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland cpmpleted her month-long stay at the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO on 10 February 2020 during which pursue her research on “Tamil Siddha medico-alchemical literature from cultural-ecological perspective”. Her research is based on the study of selected Tamil Siddha medico-alchemical texts in reference to the theories of cultural ecology of literature.
Roland FERENCZI, doctoral student of the ELTE University (Budapest, Hungary) arrived on 8 February to spend a month to read and translate several poems of the Patiṟṟuppattu and Puṟanāṉūṟu and to analyse them in the mirror of the Tolkāppiyam with the help of scholars of the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO.