Goodbye

At the École française d'Extrême-Orient EFEO

Franklin Taagore, who has been working as a clerk at the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO since 1972, retired on 1 June 2022, after a service of 50 years !

Marzenna Czerniak-Drożdżowicz, from the Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland, left in March after a stay at the EFEO in Pondicherry for her research on Cultural ecosystem of textual traditions from pre-modern South India and for work with Dr. R. Sathyanarayanan on their critical edition and translation of Śrīraṅgamāhātmya. Her trip was financed by the National Science Centre, Poland.

S. Venkatarajan, Ramesh and Murugesan D. left the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO after working for 10 months from 1 August 2021 on cleaning, oiling and digitizing manuscripts within the framework of the project “Safeguarding for posterity two private collections of palm-leaf manuscripts from the Tamil country” — British Library Pilot Project EAP 1294 directed by Suganya Anandakichenin (Affiliated Researcher, Centre for the Studies of Manuscript Cultures, Hamburg University).

Within the framework of the project “Palm-leaf manuscripts from the Śaṅkaran monastic institutions of Kerala” — British Library Major Project EAP 1304 directed by Hugo David, P. Ajithan was working on cataloguing palm-leaf collections kept in Vadakke Madham Brahmaswam, producing paper records, and contributing to the conservation of manuscripts and the constitution of metadata to be sent to the British Library.

Ilona Kędzia has left us after a three-month remote internship financed by the Polish National Science Center from June through August 2022. During her internship, Ilona Kędzia had online consultations and with Siddha practitioners, participated in Śivadharma reading sessions and helped with the harmonization and html tagging of some of our editions and translations in progress.

Joseph Badawi-Crook, doctoral student from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa spent the summer at the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO to continue work on his thesis on “A Genealogy of Omens, Bards, and Texts in early Sanskrit and Greek poetry, and in particular the Rig-Veda, Sanskrit Epic, Homer, and Hesiod”.

Justin Henry, Lecturer in Religious Studies at Georgia College & State University, received an AIIS grant for study at the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO for his research on the figure of Rāvaṇa in Sri Lanka. During his stay, he gave a lecture at the EFEO on 8th August entitled “Rāvaṇa’s Kingdom: The Rāmāyaṇa in Sri Lanka from Oral Tradition to Online Myth Making”.

Akane Saito, who came to the Centre from Kyoto University in 2018 with a two-year JSPS fellowship to study “Theories of Sound, Speech, and Conceptualization in Medieval India”, but was then obliged by the pandemic to stay on for a further two years, in which she contributed to many projects, as well as progressing with her own, finally left in in May 2022 to take up a post at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna.

At the Centre de Sciences Humaines CSH Delhi

Samuel Benkimoun, a Ph.D. student in Geography at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris, France), under Dr. Eric Denis and Dr. Olivier Telle, and is a member of the joint research unit Géographies-Cités and the CSH. His research interests focus on urban geography, health issues, and spatial analysis methods. He stayed at CSH between July 2021 till July 2022 as a doctoral student. Before he worked as scientific secretary for two years (between March 2019 till February 2021).

Caterina Guenzi, is an associate professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris) and a member of the CEIAS (Centre d’études de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud, EHESS-CNRS, Paris). She worked at the CSH as a senior researcher between October 2021 till August 2022. She has conducted a study on the “Karmavipākasaṃhitā, an early modern Sanskrit treatise on infertility, karma and astrology” in Chandigarh.

Jean-Thomas Martelli, a researcher at CSH, completed four years in August 2022. He received a PhD from King’s College London.His work leans towards political ethnography, survey analysis and digital humanities. He currently works partly at the University of Leiden (Netherlands) and at Stanford University (US), as he has been awarded both research grants.

Aprajita Sarcar, a postdoctoral fellow at CSH, between June 2020 till August 2022. She is a global historian specializing in the postcolonial history of family planning in India. She received her PhD from the Department of History, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. She is currently a post-doc researcher at the University of Sydney (Australia).

At the French Institute of Pondicherry IFP

Raphaël Voix, anthropologist and senior research fellow at the CNRS, completed a three-years delegation at IFP’s Department of Social Sciences in August 2022. He worked on the Institutionalisation of Yoga in contemporary India.

David Picherit, anthropologist at CNRS, left the Department of Social Sciences at the end of a three years delegation in September 2022. He will join the Laboratoire d'Ethnologie and Sociologie Comparative (Paris Nanterre) and remains an associate-member at the IFP.

Adèle Lenormand, Second Year M.A. student in Public Health at EHESP School of Public Health (Rennes, France), completed a five-month internship in September 2022. She worked on the SANAHIC project to study the use of the Aarogyasri health insurance program by women in Andhra Pradesh under the supervision of Marine Al Dahdah and Bertrand Lefebvre.

Béatrice Fracchiolla, Professor at University of Lorraine, Centre de Recherches sur le Médiation, has been sent by CNRS on Delegation to IFP to conducted a research from April to August 2022, on how the acts of nomination, designation, and the ways of addressing someone have an impact on identity construction and social roles, with a focus on gender issues.

Obituary : Ramyatna Shukla (1932-2022)

After retiring from his position as the Head of the Department of Vyākaraṇa in the Sampurnanand Sanskrit University in Varanasi, Prof. Ramyatna Shukla served as a Visiting Professor at the Lal Bahadur Sanskrit Vidyapeetha and was a Shastra Chudamani Scholar at the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan. He was associated with the IFP as an Honorary Professor. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Certificate of Honour for Proficiency in Sanskrit conferred by the President of India and the Vachaspati Puraskar Award of the K.K. Birla Foundation and most recently the Padma Shree, India's fourth highest civilian award.