Texts Surrounding Texts Satellite Stanzas, Prefaces and Colophons in South-Indian Manuscripts (Paris BnF and Hamburg Stabi collections)

Sascrit 1442.6 Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā. Courtesy of the BnF.

Kathmandu, Calcutta, Paris: the life of a Tantric manuscript

Scholars have long sought to classify people and things based on their geographic origin. In the Muqaddimah, Ibn Khaldun insisted that climate shapes both the appearance and temperament of different human races; Vātsyāyana imagined an entire geography of desire in his Kāmasūtra. Space, as well as time, seem to be...

BnF Indien 743, Castes et professions de l'Inde. 73r. Courtesy of the BnF.

The ébéniste inconnu of the palm leaf manuscript collection

The grand siècle of the 17th century was — and still is — widely romanticized as a period of history in which art and literature reached their pinnacle in France. French painters, poets, composers, and gardeners from this era were celebrated across Europe and are still remembered today. The art...

TST Final Workshop

Venue: CSMC in Hamburg Time: 23rd to 25th June 2022   The TST final workshop will take place at the CSMC in Hamburg on the 23rd to 25th June. We devoutly hope to be able to make this a live event, while keeping open the hybrid option. As agreed in...

Nocturnes de l’Histoire: March 30th, 2022

The BnF and the TST project will take part in the “Nocturnes de l’Histoire” 2022. The TST team (Emmanuel FRANCIS, Charles LI, Margherita TRENTO) invites the public at large to discover the BnF Indian manuscripts, beyond the text they contain. The event will take place in the manuscript reading room...

TST Webinar 10

  The tenth TST webinar will take place Tuesday January, 2022, 10-12 AM (CET). We will discuss paratexts terminology and taxonomy, looking at various examples selected by Emmanuel FRANCIS and Charles LI. The goal is to standardise, as much as possible, the categories and labels we use for paratexts, especially...

TST Webinar 9

    The ninth TST webinar will take place Tuesday October, 2021, 10-12 AM (CET). As agreed at the end of our recent Paris workshop, we will discuss the contents of the TST collective volume to be published after our final workshop in Hamburg in September 2022.   Emmanuel FrancisChargé...

The 2nd TST workshop, 7-8 October 2021

We are pleased to present the programme for the 2nd TST workshop, which will be held in Paris, in the conference centre of the Campus Condorcet, and online on 7-8 October, 2021. To reach the conference centre of the Campus Condorcet see HERE. To register to attend online, please fill...

Paratextual Material in Indien 206, the Taṇṭiyalaṅkāram

At the end of a Tamil manuscript we are accustomed to find various paratextual materials such as colophons, verses and occasionally even indices. There are, however, other types of texts that were likely added to suit particular needs and are consequently unique or quite rare. Indien 206, a manuscript of...

Sanscrit 1827 Hindu Law, page 346.

The invisible sisters of Anglo-Hindu inheritance law

In a previous article, we discussed the Lakṣmīvyākhyāna, an 18th-century commentary on the Mitākṣarā, written by Lakṣmīdevī, and the influence it had in the law courts of colonial India. As we mentioned, this influence was greatly magnified due to Henry Thomas Colebrooke’s reliance on it in his translation of the...

Sanscrit 814, title page, in Foucaux's hand. Courtesy of the BnF.

Lakṣmīdevī’s “intellectual petticoats” and the flamewar they inspired

When the English East India Company seized large swathes of the Indian subcontinent in the 18th century, they were forced to transform from “merchants” into administrators. They needed a new army of English civil servants, not only to deal with the considerable revenue that was being generated, but also to...

TST Webinar 8

The eighth TST webinar will take place Tuesday June 22nd, 2021, 10-12 AM (CET).   Sugania Anandakichenin (Universität Hamburg) In Pursuit of Nyāya: The Vaṭakalai Śrīvaiṣṇava Manuscripts from the Stabi Collection The Stabi collection comprises a number of palm-leaf manuscripts that are of Śrīvaiṣṇava provenance. But they do not merely...

Les Rendez-vous de la philologie numérique

  Emmanuel Francis will discuss about the DHARMA and TST projects with Noëmie Lucas at Les Rendez-vous de la philologie numérique, Thursday May 27th (5 pm – 6:30 pm CET) For further information see HERE. Emmanuel FrancisChargé de recherche CNRS (CEIAS-UMR 8564, EHESS-CNRS, Paris)More Posts

TST Webinar 7

The seventh TST webinar will take place Tuesday May 18th, 2021, 10-12 AM (CET). Emmanuel Francis (CNRS, CEIAS) will complete his talk about the Tamil manuscripts sent in the 1730s by the Jesuits of the Carnate Mission for the library of the king in Paris. Margherita Trento (CNRS, CEIAS) will...

TST Webinar 6

The sixth TST webinar will take place Tuesday April 27th, 2021, 10-12 AM (CET).   Camillo Formigatti (Bodleian Libraries) will talk about the new schema for cataloguing South Asian manuscripts developed in the framework of FAMOUS (Finding Archives and Manuscripts across Oxford’s Unique Special collections). Emmanuel Francis (CNRS, CEIAS) will...

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