Dominic Goodall Presentations (November 2022-January 2023)

We are thrilled to announce that our fellow partner Dominic Goodall shade some light on the DHARMA project thanks to his activity on international conferences.

On the last Friday 18th November 2022, he was invited by The J. Gonda Foundation to give the 29th Gonda Lecture. The event took place from 4 to 5.30 pm at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam). He addressed the theme ‘Kālidāsa’s Kingship among the Khmers’.

Mr Goodall also gave a presentation at the international conference « “Bhūtārthakathane… Sarasvatī”. Reading Poetry as a History Book », held in Bologna on 15th and 16th December 2022. This event was organised in the framework of the ERC Shivadharma project (, in collaboration with the Department of History and Cultures of the University of Bologna.Dominic Goodall’s presentation, entitled « Khmer history through kāvya ? », draws on his work in the DHARMA project.

Starting the year on the same basis, Dominic Goodall will participate to two videoconference; the first is on the theme “Inscribing Initiation: Written Artefacts in Rites of Passage” organised by the Cluster of Excellence ‘Understanding Written Artefacts’ at the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures at the University of Hamburg from 19-21 January 2023. His presentation is entitled ‘On Śaiva Tantric Initiation as performed in South India today and on its Earliest Traces in Epigraphy across Asia’.

The second videoconference is an event organized by Gregory Kourilsky in Bangkok to celebrate the renewal of the four-year agreement between the EFEO and the Sirindhorn Anthropology Center (SAC). His presentation is entitled “Nuggets found in Recent Readings of Inscriptions in Thailand in the context of the DHARMA Project”.

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