At the French Institute of Pondicherry
Hugo David is the new director of the department of Indology since August 1, 2020. Being a researcher at EFEO, he embodies the new impetus in the collaboration between the two institutions and in Sanskrit and multilingualism studies in general.
Benedetta Zaccarello joined the Department of Social Sciences as an Affiliated researcher from 19th June 2020. Her research focuses on ‘Hybridations of Paradigms and Circulation of Traditions in the Writing of Contemporary Philosophy’.
Maud Hallin joined IFP on 19th June 2020 as an affiliated researcher in the Department of Social Sciences. She will conduct research studies on social innovations for transition and sustainability.
Gopinath Sricandane started working as an affiliated researcher in the Department of Social Sciences and Indology from 1st of January 2020.
Jason Hawkes joined IFP as an affliated researcher on 1st of January 2020 at the Department of Social Sciences.
Jodi Shaw joined the Indology Department as a doctoral researcher on January 2020. Her research focuses on the Goddess and Dancing Śiva in the Multiple Ritual Worlds of Chidambaram
Julie Jacquet joined the IFP as an affiliated researcher in the Social Sciences Department on January 2020, for a PhD on the renewal of millet cultivation, trade and consumption in Karnataka.
Mathivanan joined the Department of Indology as an epigraphist on 1st of April 2020.
Nithya Maria Joseph joined as a researcher in the Social Sciences Department on January 2020.
Prabhakar Jayaprakash joined the IFP as an affiliated researcher in the Social Sciences Department in February 2020.
Ragulkanth joined IFP as a Research Engineer on 1st of January 2020 at the Department of GeoSMIT.
Ramakrishnamacharyulu K.V. has extended his association to the Indology Department in 2020. He was Awarded the Presidential Award of Certificate of Honour for the year 2018 by the Government of India for lifetime achievement in Sanskrit language and literature.
Sarayu Srinivasan joined the IFP as an affiliated researcher in the Social Sciences Department in March 2020.
Uma Maheshwari joined the IFP as an researcher in January 2020 at the Department of Ecology. Her research interests include comprehensive and up to data botanical survey of Merveille and its surrounding area in Pondicherry
At the Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient
Carmen Spiers received an EFEO Field scholarship to spend 6 months (January to June 2020) in Pondicherry, to research the Atharvaveda and its ritual manual, the Kausika Sutra.
V R Guruprashad Arvind, a student who has applied to begin a doctorate at Deccan College, Pune, is benefitting from a local Scholarship of 6 months at the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO to work on preparing the content for posters and other displays for the “Arikamedu Museum and Interpretation Centre” project, which is financed by Tourism Department of Pondicherry.
S. Saravanan, who had earlier worked with us in the ERC NETamil project, and had then in liaison with the Hamburg Centre for Manuscript Studies, has returned as part of the team of the Śivadharma project (ERC n°803624) and is studying the chapter of the sixteenth-century Civatarumottaram about rewards and punishments in the hells.
At the Centre de Sciences Humaines
Aprajita Sarcar, joins the CSH as a post-doctoral student in the Territorial Dynamics department. PhD from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. Her research interests include gender, urban histories, historical demography, oral family histories, histories of health governance, development, medicine, maternal health, and population control in Asia.
Arnaud Kaba, a social anthropologist who works on Indian labour relations has joined the CSH as an associate researcher. His new project is looking at the techniques and material cultures of Firozabad’s glass workers and is showing how the relationship to the working process is shaping labour identities and the local cultures at the neighbourhood’s scale.
Subhra Bhattacharya, currently an assistant professor in the department of economics at Shiv Nadar University, is joining the CSH as an associate researcher. His recent work in public economics is focused in the areas of static and dynamic private provision of public goods, charitable giving under altruistic preferences and optimal income taxation.
Françoise Dasques, an art historian, is joining the CSH as a visiting researcher. She works on the international influence of the French laboratory of architecture in the global world of the 19th c. with a special focus on Mexico and India. She also investigated the heritage of French metal works abroad - sculpture, ornaments and urban furniture – and the development of regional industrial arts.