Lecture by Dr Emmanuel Francis

Dr Emmanuel Francis (EHESS-CNRS, Centre d’étude de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud, Paris), an historian who specialises on South India, will give a talk with the title “Ellis and the Legend of the Cowpox: a Pious Fraud in Early 19th century Madras or How to Convince Indians to Accept Jennerian Vaccination.”

BIULO MS.IND.4, collections of the BULAC, Paris.

Dr. Francis will discuss the form, language and content of the Āṟāmāvaraviḷakkam (“Light on the sixth great boon”), a Tamil text composed by Francis Whyte Ellis (1777–1819) at the beginning of the 19th century in order to lift the reluctance of local population against the smallpox vaccination.[1]

Friday 31st January, 5.00pm, room 7, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.

1. For more information on the topic, click here.

 

Lecture By Dr James Hegarty

 

Dānadharmaparvan of the Anuśāsanaparvan of the Mahābhārata: National Archives of Kathmandu Ms. Number 1/1321 (vi Itihāsa 36).

Dr James Hegarty (Cardiff University) will give a talk with the title “From the Himalayas to the Deep South: New Directions in the Study and Translation of the Manuscripts of the Sanskrit”, on Wednesday 27th November 2013, 4.00pm, room 214,Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.