Manuscript Add. 1004, Tamil Rāmāyaṇa Dr Eva Wilden (Ecole Française d’Extreme Orient, Paris–Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures , Hamburg) will give a talk on “The Afterlife of a Mackenzie Manuscript or How Tiruvaḷḷuvar Brought the Cankam to England”, on Thursday 31 May 2012, 12.00 am, room 7, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.
On Monday 28th May, Dr. Vincenzo Vergiani, Dr Daniele Cuneo and Dr Camillo Formigatti presented the project at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (FAMES) Research Day.
On Friday 25th May, Dr Daniele Cuneo and Dr Camillo Formigatti presented the project at the STIMW – The Sanskrit Tradition in the Modern World conference held at Manchester University with the paper: “A Sanskrit Treasure Trove in East Anglia.”
Florinda De Simini will held a lecture with the title “Preliminary observations on a critical edition of the Śivadharma corpus: the Nepalese tradition,” on Thursday 24 May, 12 pm, in room 314, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.
Religious environments and the use of manuscripts:
a case study from Indian religious traditions
Since its inception, modern Sanskrit scholarship has looked at manuscripts as a major repository of classical Indian textual knowledge and used them for the production of critical editions. However, little attention has been paid to other traditional usages of manuscripts in ancient and modern times. On the basis of the textual evidence provided by Sanskrit juridical and religious works, Florinda De Simini (Università di Napoli “l’Orientale” / Università degli Studi di Torino) will discuss an important aspect of Indian manuscript culture, namely the production, correction and recitation of manuscripts for ritualistic purposes, trying to situate this topic in the broader context of textuality and traditional hermeneutics. The lecture will be held on Tuesday 22nd May, 5pm, rooms 8-9, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.