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Regionalism and cosmopolitanism: Tamil textualities

Regionalism and cosmopolitanism: Tamil textualities

Coordinator : Emmanuel Francis (CEIAS)

Membres : Nicolas Cane (INALCO), Valérie Gillet (EFEO, Paris), Zoé Headley (CEIAS), Tiziana Leucci (CEIAS), Brigitte Sébastia (CEIAS), Uthaya Veluppillai (INALCO), Ines G. Županov (CEIAS).






The workshop "Regionalism and Cosmopolitanism: Tamil Textualities" is an extension of the "Regionalism and Cosmopolitanism: South India" of the previous CEIAS lustrum.

The focus has shifted to Tamil-language texts, taking into account the experience gained in the earlier project which focused on Tamil texts, the evolution of Tamil studies in the Parisian context (arrival, post or assignment of prospective members) and the development of Tamil text corpuses as part of the "Endangered Archives" program (British Library), an initiative of prospective project members.

The current workshop will maintain the original goal of bringing together specialists from different disciplines within the South Indian research context for in-depth investigation and eventual review of the particular and shared features of a regional culture, which, throughout its history, has been part of a dual movement of cosmopolitanism and regionalism. This undertaking will be carried out mainly through the investigation of texts in Tamil language (inscriptions, literature, canonical texts, treatises, administrative documents, etc.).

Three areas of activity are planned:

(1) The workshop will provide a forum for researchers (CEIAS members or not) to present their work to CEIAS as with the previous project. The new workshop scope will be broader than that of the original project assimilating the previous "Regionalism and cosmopolitanism: South India" CEIAS project within it.

(2) The workshop will continue running its existing, eponymous research blog ( publicizing various posts (announcements of conferences, symposia and publications; reviews; posts on ongoing research) for communication and scientific monitoring purposes.

(3) The workshop participants will regularly organize Tamil text focused working seminars to build a collective response from specialists; project members and researchers working on text corpuses in Tamil or other Indian languages. The objective is to create a forum for dialogue and exchange on texts, or a corpus of textual sources, between researchers from different backgrounds and perspectives. In order to reap the benefits of this multidisciplinary approach, it will be necessary to involve the many possible approaches (anthropological, geographical, historical, philological, etc.). Several Tamil corpora studied at CEIAS are already being targeted:

- Medieval inscriptions (N. Cane, E. Francis, V. Gillet, U. Veluppillai).

- Christian manuscripts (I. G. Županov ).

- Siddha medical manuscripts (B. Sebastia). See: EAP 810.

- Agrarian records (Z. Headley). See: D.A.T.A.H., EAP 314, EAP 458, EAP 689.

The workshop participant (project member or not, "textualist" or not, specialist of Tamil or not) will present, in one or more sessions, his corpus, the questions he addresses it with, the approaches (methodological, disciplinary) he adopts to exploit it. Examples of presentation thematics already under consideration include: praise in the Tamil epigraphic corpus; imprecations in agrarian archives.


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