The contributors

Many specialists have participated in the development of this site.

                  Nalini Balbir, PhD in Indian Studies, is a Professor of Indology at the University of Paris-3 Sorbonne-Nouvelle and a Director of Studies (Middle Indian Philology) at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, historical and philological sciences section. Her research interests include Jainism in its history, development and present, and Pali Buddhism. She is currently a member of the Equipe d'Accueil EA 2120, GREI (Groupe de Recherches en Etudes Indiennes) on whose website a list of her work can be found.
Buddhism - Jainism

Samuel berthet est historien et chercheur. Il est actuellement directeur de l’Alliance française d’Hyderabad. Spécialiste de l’Inde contemporaine,  ses recherches portent sur les relations culturelles indo-françaises et sur l'histoire maritime entre l'Asie du Sud et de l'Europe.
Teaching french in India


Fabien Chartier
Santineketan & Tagore - 

        Anne-Julie Etter, a former student of the École normale supérieure, is a lecturer in history at CY Cergy Paris Université. Her research focuses on the study, conservation and transmission of cultural property in South Asia, at the crossroads of colonial history, social and cultural history of knowledge, history of antiquity and heritage studies. In the framework of her functions as scientific coordinator of the Fondation des sciences du patrimoine, she is also interested in the conditions and challenges of research on material heritage. 
Collections and collectors
        Emmanuel Francis is a research fellow at the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research) and a statutory member of the Centre for South Asian Studies - CEIAS. His research on Tamil inscriptions and manuscripts focuses on the social and cultural history of the Tamil language. He co-directs two research projects: TST (ANR FRAL 2018, BnF, CEIAS, Hamburg Stabi & CSMC) and DHARMA (ERC Synergy Grant 2018, CEIAS, EFEO, Humboldt Universität & L'Orientale). 
Edouard Ariel - Philippe Etienne Ducler
          Corinne Lefèvre is a research fellow at the CNRS and a member of the CEIAS (Centre d'Études de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud: ). Her work focuses on the political and cultural history of the Mughal Empire from  the sixteenth and to the eighteenth centuries. Her most recent book is Pouvoir impérial et élites dans l'Inde moghole de Jahangir, 1605-1627 (Paris, Les Indes savantes, 2018).
The Mughal empire


Raphaël Malangin, Doctor of History, Professor of Letters, History and Geography, has been living in Pondicherry since 2005 and working at the Lycée français international de Pondichéry since 2007. He was commissioned in 2005 by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, Pondicherry chapter. In 2017, he defended a thesis entitled "Renoncer à l'Inde. Comptoirs, agents et aventuriers aux Indes orientales à la fin du XVIIIe siècle" (University of Nantes) under the supervision of Jacques Weber. He has notably published "Pondicherry that was once French India" for the general public in India (Roli-books, 2015) and participated in the editorial project "Les compagnies des Indes" (René Estienne, Gallimard, 2013), and "L'Inde française et la Grande Guerre" (IFP, 2019). Author of research articles published by the Annales de la Révolution française, he recently contributed to the exhibition "Rajahs, Nawabs and Firangees, Treasure from the French archives" (New-Delhi, 2019). He is currently a research associate at the TEMOS UMR 9016 laboratory.
Administrators and military men

          Dr. Kanchana Mukhopadhyay studied French and History. A research scholar of the history of eighteenth century French presence in Bengal she has worked in various archives in France, India and England. . Author of "Chandernagore and its dependencies – The Unfulfilled dream of Dupleix-(1674-1731), Mukhopadhyay was awarded La Maison des Sciences de L'Homme Paris’s scholarships to pursue her research, further she has also been a fellow of International Society of Eighteenth Century Studies. Two times president of Alliance Française du Bengale and Co-Convenor of INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage), she has eight translated-published books and many articles. A regular contributor to international heritage related issues, she is the recipient of prestigious "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of French Republic."
          Dhir Sarangi is professor at the Centre for French & Francophone Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He teaches French literature and History of art. His research interests include French Studies and Indo-French cultural history. For over a decade he has been researching on the Collection of Indian paintings at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF). He co-curated an exhibition of these paintings in New Delhi in 2006 titled “Lost Palaces of Delhi” which highlighted the contribution of French collectors such as Jean-Baptiste Gentil to the art scene in India during the 18th century. He has written several articles on intercultural exchanges and has given talks on the subject at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, University of Victoria (Canada) and Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA) in Paris. He has been research fellow at the BnF (2021) as well as at INHA (2012, 2019).
Indian paintings and miniatures 
Ysé Tardan-Masquelier is a qualified doctor in the history and anthropology of religions, she has taught at the Sorbonne and the INALCO. She teaches courses on Hinduism at the Institut Catholique de Paris and directs the university diploma Cultures and spiritualities of Asia. Project director at the French School, of Yoga she co-leads the Labo du corps, a research seminar in partnership between (French National Centre for Scientific Research) and the French School of Yoga., and created the French Observatoire du yoga. Among her books: Un milliard d'hindous. Histoire, croyances, mutations (Albin Michel, 2007), Ramana Maharshi, le libéré-vivant (Points, 2010), Les maîtres des Upanishads. La sagesse qui libère (Points, 2014). She has directed an encyclopedia on yoga :  Yoga. L'Encyclopédie (Albin Michel, 2021).
History of Yoga

Patrick Tomatis is a yoga teacher and teacher trainer. He is the President of the French School of Yoga-EFY and of the French National Union of Yoga Teachers (Syndicat National des Professeurs de Yoga). He has written numerous articles for the Revue Française de Yoga. He holds a doctorate in Language Sciences from the University of Paris Nanterre and co-leads the Labo du corps, a research seminar in partnership between the CNRS  (French National Centre for Scientific Research) and the French School of Yoga. He is also an  OPQF-ISQ instructor.
The expansion of Yoga in France

                              Margherita Trento is a Marie Sk³odowska-Curie post-doc at the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research) and a member of the Centre for South Asian Studies - CEIAS. Her research focuses on the intersecting history of social, spiritual and literary practices in the Tamil country in the modern period. List of publications.
Edouard Ariel
                        Lola Vaissaire is a graduate student at the École du Louvre in the "Research in Art History applied to Collections" programme. Her thesis is on the Indian manuscript 744 of the National Library of France – BnF.
Philippe Etienne Ducler
                      Jacques Weber est professeur émérite à l'Université de Nantes et membre du Centre d'étude de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud. Ses recherches portent sur la France en Inde et l’Inde en France, l’émigration indienne au XIXe siècle, les relations internationales en Asie du Sud, les empires français et britannique et la littérature coloniale.
Voyages - Physics - Chemistry - India and the french literature
Ines G. Županov is Senior Research Fellow  at the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research) in Paris and the member of the Center for South Asian Studies - CEIAS (CNRS-EHESS). She is currently in New Delhi, associated with the Center for Social Sciences and Humanites.  
She is a social /cultural historian of Catholic missions in South Asia and has also worked on other related topics such as Portuguese empire.  Her latest monograph cowritten with Â. B. Xavier is  Catholic Orientalism; Portuguese Empire, Indian Knowledge, 16th-18th centuries (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2015). She coedited ten books of which the most recent are: Trade and Finance in Global Missions (16th-18th centuries), wih H.Vu-Thanh (Leiden: Brill, 2020);  Handbook of the Jesuits (New York: Oxford University Press 2019); The  Rites Controversies in the Early Modern World, with P.-A. Fabre (Leiden: Brill, 2018).
Catholics missions


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