At the Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient EFEO

Classical Tamil Winter Seminar

The Tamil Cankam Project team at the Pondicherry Centre organised a mini Classical Tamil Winter Seminar (CTWS), from 1-5 March 2021, to read the Kalittokai, one of the Cankam anthologies that has recently been critically reissued. The text represents the pinnacle of sophisticated poetry of the period, and the subject matter is further complicated by the highly influential medieval commentary of Naccinārkkiṉiyar. External participants were welcome but, due to the continuing pandemic, the entire seminar was conducted online.

At the Centre de Sciences Humaines CSH Delhi

In addition to its three internal seminars held regularly in 2021 (CSH Lecture Series, CSH Seminar and CSH-CPR Urban Workshop), the CSH organized three international conferences this year.

The broken mirror: Making sense of Indian politics on social media, organized by Jean-Thomas Martelli (CSH) & Aasim Khan (IIIT-D) on 30-31.08.2021

(un)Making the Nation Religious (un)orthodoxies, Secular (un)certainties and Minorities organised by Jonathan Varghese Koshi, on 9-10.09.2021

The Digitalization of Urban Governance in India : Techniques, Ideas, Practices, organized by Stéphanie Tawa-Lawa (CSH-CNRS) & Khaliq Parkar (CESSMA) on 11-12.10.2021

At the French Institute of Pondicherry IFP


IFP Photo Contest 2021 was held on the theme of 'Wetlands and Water in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry regions’ on January 31 on the occasion of the Pondicherry Heritage Festival 2021 and the World Wetlands Day 2021. Following this event, a photo exhibition has been organised at the French Institute of Pondicherry in March, inaugurated by Mme. Lise Talbot Barré, Consul General of France in Puducherry in presence of Smt. Smitha. R, I.A.S., Secretary, Sci, Tech & Envt., Govt. of Puducherry.



The IFP, thanks to Nicolas Bautès, co-organized a two-days seminar, Artistic Activism in India (History, Practice, Paradigm and Circulation) (online) on 11-12 May 2021, in collaboration with MSH Paris-Nord, CEIAS (CNRS-EHESS), LabSIC and ADS-Bordeaux Montaigne University.




IFP was present at the Knowledge Summit, a bilateral scientific forum, Pune, India (online), 24-26 november 2021: Blandine Ripert organised the panel “Socio-economic transformations of coastal areas” in the workshop Marine Sciences, in which Marine Al Dahdah, Julien Andrieu, Nicolas Bautès presented their work. Delphine Thivet took part in the workshop Artificial Intelligence in agriculture, giving a social sciences perspective.

The Local Food System Festival 2021 was organized from February, 3-9, 2021, by IFP in collaboration with different stakeholders (universities, NGOs, farmers’ movements, etc.) to share reflections on the theme of food sovereignty and the transition to agro-ecology.

IFP was present at the 11th International Conference on Ecological Informatics in Thiruvananthapuram, India, 9-13 November 2021, with the presentation of 6 papers on remote sensing and machine-learning applied to their ecological data from the Western Ghats forests by students of the Ecology Department (Debrabata Behera, Devika Menon, Vincy Wilson, Naveen Babu K., Ayushi Kurian) and their supervisor Ayyappan N.