After a Master in Classical Philology (2014) from the Université de Lille, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France and a Master in Oriental Philology (2015) from the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve,  Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, Amandine Wattelier-Bricout began her academic career with a doctoral fellowship from the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris, Paris, France. PhD in Indology specialised in Sanskrit philology and Purāṇic Studies, she bases her research on the critical edition of primary sources, both manuscript and epigraphic.

Her research mainly focuses on the ritual prescriptions, especially those on gift and adoption, and examines how these rites are legitimised and justified in purāṇic literature and how they are implemented. For that, she deals with a wide corpus of Sanskrit literature, including purāṇas, dharmaśāstras, gṛhyasūtras, dharmanibandhas, as well as religious texts and epigraphical records. Her survey on the ritual of tree adoption brought her to explore numerous rituals dedicated to trees and to go in for the issue of the status and the powers attributed to trees in Ancient India.
She also studies the forms of early Śaivism, in particular the Pāśupata movement, its doctrinal texts and its rituals. She tries to understand the relationships between the Pāśupata movement and the myths told in the Skandapurāṇa by assuming an ideological purpose under the mythological discourse. In the Skandapurāṇa, she primarily examines the status assigned to the Goddess, notably through her motherhood, and its consequences on the role allocated to women in ritual prescriptions. Indeed the examination of the rituals of birth, pregnancy and breastfeeding in Ancient India is also one of her main research fields.

For the ERC-DHARMA Project, she has already encoded and translated a set of Bengal charters from the Gupta and Post-Gupta corpora in Epidoc-TEI and now, as a Research Fellow at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany, she edits, translates and interprets an epigraphical corpus from Orissa dedicated to the Somavaṁśin dynasty. Her study of this corpus focuses inter alia on four main issues:

  1. First she observes how the Somavaṁśin kings represent themselves as Śaiva devotees and searches clues in order to identify to which Śaiva religious movement they belong.
  2. Then she analyses the contents and the structure of the copperplates in order to highlight the ritual procedures underlying these land gifts and to determine which features are specific to this dynasty.
  3. She also devotes a particular attention to gifts made by women and their status in these rituals.
  4. Finally she is interested in the presence of trees within the descriptions of the given grounds and in the manner they are protected by prescriptions or warnings.

Besides her research activities, she also really gets involved in Sanskrit teachings, for which she resorts to active pedagogy, co-operative learning and digital materials. Her reflection on the didactic approach have begotten the research blog she maintains: Le sanskrit en question(s). Her teaching experience at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France, at the Université de Lille, Lille, France and at the Institut des langues rares, Paris, France, comprises both courses dedicated to beginner and advanced students, as well as to general public. Convincing by the benefits of Open Science and Education, she shares and deposits her course material on the Open Access Archive HAL.


CV and list of publications : https://cv.archives-ouvertes.fr/amandine-wattelier-bricout


Selected bibliography :

2021, “Les plus anciennes communautés de yogis”, “Les yogis dans les purāṇa, mythes et légendes”,  “Une grande maitresse du yoga”, “De puissants yogis au Karnataka, les Kālāmukha”, in Tardan-Masquelier Y. (ed.), Yoga. L’encyclopédie, Paris, Albin Michel, pp.231-239.

2020, “The Tree Adoption as presented in the Dharmanibandhas’’, in De Jonckheere H., Gorisse M-H. & Rostalska A. (eds), Puṣpikā: Tracing Ancient India Through Texts and Traditions: Contributions to Current Research in Indology, volume 5, Oxford-Philadelphia, Oxbow books, pp.95-127.

2018, “Adopter un arbre : un rite unique décrit dans les chapitres 158 et 162 du Skandapurāṇa’’, in Filliozat P-S. & Zink M. (eds), L’Arbre en Asie, Paris, Académie des Inscriptions et des Belles-Lettres, pp.257-272.

2018, “La dimension dévotionnelle du Skandayāga: Atharvavedapariśiṣṭa XX sur le rituel en l’honneur de Dhūrta’’, in Dejenne N. & Tignol E. (eds), Archiv orientální, Journal of African and Asian Studies, 86, Special Issue: Expressions de la bhakti dans les littératures indiennes, pp.205-219.

2017, “Le stéréotype de l’adoption par l’allaitement dans le Skandapurāṇa’’, Le stéréotype: fabrique d’identité, Traits d’Union 7, pp.60-67.

2016, “Du tableau esthétique au récit de bataille: un exemple sanskrit de transposition de genre du Kumārasaṃbhava au Skandapurāṇa’’, in Actes des 19èmes rencontres Jeunes chercheurs de l’ED268: Altérité Langagière : stratégies d’adaptation et d’appropriation, pp.1-16.

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