From August 24 to 26, 2019, Emmanuel Francis (CNRS) and Babu N. Ramaswamy (EFEO, Pondicherry), while surveying the site of Uttiramērūr, took the opportunity to visit other nearby sites.
On August 24 & 25, 2019, Emmanuel Francis (CNRS) and Babu N. Ramaswamy (EFEO, Pondicherry) surveyed the site of Uttiramērūr உத்திரமேரூர் or Uttaramērūr உத்தரமேரூர், focussing on the Vaikuṇṭhaperumāḷ temple (12°36’55.19″N, 79°45’29.63″E; Fig. 1), which, rather than a usual temple was in fact the seat of the local assembly (sabhā) of Brahmins during the Pallava and Cōḻa periods.
From August 11 to 15, 2019, Emmanuel Francis (CNRS), Valérie Gillet (EFEO, Paris) and Babu N. Ramaswamy (EFEO, Pondicherry) surveyed sites with inscriptions in the Sivaganga, Viruthunagar and Madurai districts in the State of Tamil Nadu. The principal goal was to locate, document and read inscriptions of the Early Pāṇḍyas (9th and 10th c.) pre-selected on the basis of the corpus collected and translated by K.G. Krishnan (Inscriptions of the Early Pāṇḍyas, 2002, hereafter IEP).
The Telugu section of DHARMA’s Task-Force B (From the Deccan to Arakan) is holding regular Telugu inscriptions reading sessions at the IAAW, Invalidenstr. 118, 10115 Berlin. The sessions’ instructor is Dr. Georg Berkemer (HU Berlin).
Vincent Tournier (EFEO), Nicolas Elias (Inalco) et Tassos Anastassiadis (École française d’Athènes, EFA) organisent un atelier intitulé Regards croisés sur l’ascèse: Méditerranée, Asie(s). Cette première rencontre mobilise principalement des chercheurs et doctorants associés à l’EFEO et à l’EFA, dans le cadre du réseau des Écoles françaises à l’étranger (EFE) et avec le soutien du projet DHARMA. Cette journée se tiendra le 22 novembre, au siège de l’EFA à Athènes.
On 28 and 29 October, Adeline Levivier and Arlo Griffiths started working in the Leiden Universiy Library to describing the Kern Institute collection of estampages of Indonesian inscriptions. They held discussions with the library’s management about the planned digitization of these valuable documents for Indonesian epigraphy. A follow-up visit to Leiden is planned in the coming months, and digitization should start in the course of 2020.
The Humboldt University of Berlin (HU) had the honour of hosting the DHARMA Kick-off Meeting from September 16 to 21, 2019.
In the autumnal beauty of Berlin our international team with members from France, Germany, India, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary, Indonesia, Cambodia, Japan, Great Britain, Austria, and the USA came together and engaged in a fruitful academic exchange.