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Principal Investigator

Prof. dr hab. Lidia Sudyka

Prof. dr hab. Lidia Sudyka

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Professor in the Department of Languages and Cultures of India & South Asia (Jagiellonian University), a member of the Committee of Oriental Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Discipline Council (Literary Studies) of the Jagiellonian University, European Association for South Asian Studies, and Academic Board of the International PhD Course in Philological, Literary, Historical and Cultural Studies at the University of Cagliari in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh and Jagiellonian University.

Professor Sudyka is also a member of the Editorial Board of Pandanus, Folia Orientalia, and Rocznik Orientalistyczny, as well as the editor-in-chief of the Cracow Indological Studies. She is the author of numerous research articles and four monographies: Kwestia gatunków literackich w Kathasaritsagara (1998), Od Ramajany do dydaktyki, czyli zagadki 'Poematu Bhattiego' (2004), Vijayanagara: A Forgotten Empire of Poetesses. Part I. The Voice of Gaṅgādevī (2013), and The Language of the Gods in the World of Royal Ladies of Kerala. Toward a History of Women's Writing in Sanskrit in the 18th- to 20th-century Kerala (2019).

In 2004-2008, Professor Sudyka was a member of the research group associated with the international project GDR Les Mondes Lettrés (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique). In 2012-2015, she was an official Research Partner in the project Traces of the Heterodox Concept of Kingship in Ancient, Medieval and Modern India, financed by the European Union and Regional Government of Sardinia. The Principal Investigator of several research projects, including The poem of Bhaṭṭi. A study (2003, J. Gonda Fellowship), Kontynuacja i zmiana w tradycjach literackich Azji Południowej. Część I: Akszara śloka i literacka kultura sanskrytu w obliczu współistnienia rywalizujących form kształtowania tożsamości społecznej w płd. Indiach (2006-2008), and Sankrit writings by women from the circles of Travancore and Cochin royal families between the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century (2013-2015, NCN OPUS).

The research interest of Professor Sudyka focuses on classical Sanskrit literature (kāvya), Indian theory of literature, contemporary and historical forms of textual transmission, women’s writing in Sanskrit, and modern Sanskrit literary production.  

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Co-Investigator

Dr Hermina Cielas Leão

Dr Hermina Cielas Leão

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Researcher in the Department of Languages and Cultures of India and South Asia at Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland, the author of Attentive Minds: A History of the Indian Performative Art of Avadhāna from the Origin to Modern Times (Brill, 2024), several research articles, and a co-editor (with David Pierdominici Leão) of Worlds of Poetics: Implementation of Rhetorical Devices in Indian Literatures from the 10th Century to the Modern Age (Cracow Indological Studies, Vol. 22 No. 2, 2020) and, together with Tiziana Pontillo, of Shades of Violence: Aggression and Domination in Indian Culture. Part I. Vedic Studies (Cracow Indological Studies, Vol. 26 No. 1, 2024). The Principal Investigator of two projects financed by the National Science Centre (Poland): Sanskrit figurative poetry (citrakāvya) in theory and practice (2015-2017) and Avadhana. Historical and social dimension of the Indian 'art of memory (2018-2022).

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Co-Investigator

Prof. Ganesh U. Thite

Prof. Ganesh U. Thite

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Prof. Ganesh Umakant Thite is Professor Emeritus in Sanskrit at the University of Pune and researcher at Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute in Pune. He has published several books, including Sacrifice in the Brāhmaṇa Texts (1975), Medicine: Its Magico-religious Aspects in the Vedic and Later Literature (1981), and Music in the Veda (1996), as well as more than 250 papers on various topics.

Prof. Thite is an experienced Sanskrit scholar and a native speaker in Marathi, with a very good knowledge of contemporary Sanskrit literature and the circles of writers currently creating in Sanskrit.

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Co-Investigator

Prof. Chettiarthodi Rajendran

Prof. Chettiarthodi Rajendran

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Prof. C. Rajendran, retired Professor associated to the Sreesankaracharya University in Kalady and the department of Sanskrit at the University of Calicut, is the author of over forty books and more than two hundred research papers, for instance, Pathavum Porulum (Essays on Post modernist poetics in relation to Sanskrit Literary theory), Vallathol Vidyapeetham Sukapuram, 1999 (awarded with Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award); Tharatamyakavyasastram, State Institute of Languages, 2002; Abhinayadarpana Text with Study and English translation, New Bharatiya Book Corporation, New Delhi, 2007; Sisupalavadha. English translation, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi 2018; and many others. 

 

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Co-Investigator

Dr Valentina Ferrero

Dr Valentina Ferrero

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Dr Valentina Ferrero obtained her PhD in Philological and Literary, Historical and Cultural Studies at the University of Cagliari (Italy). She is the author of several articles which focus on vyākaraṇa and on the application of Pāṇini’s grammar to the Sanskrit sources, whether ancient or modern. As far as the Vedic sources are concerned, Dr Valentina Ferrero spent 6 months in Tübingen, working with Dr Frank Köhler at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität; on the other hand, to study the impact of the Aṣṭādhyāyī on modern and contemporary works, she is collaborating on this project of the Jagiellonian University of Krakow.

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Co-Investigator

Dr Marta Karcz

Dr Marta Karcz

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Researcher in the Department of Languages and Cultures of India & South Asia. Marta Karcz obtained her Master’s degree from Jagiellonian University and completed her PhD at the Università degli Studi di Cagliari (Italy), in the scope of the international PhD programme (Philological, Literary, and Historical-Cultural Studies, in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and Jagiellonian University in Kraków). She is the author of several research articles. Her research interests focus on classical Sanskrit literature and Sanskrit drama, including modern Sanskrit production.

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Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr Pierdominici Leão completed his PhD in Civilisations of Asia and Africa (XXX cycle, Indian subcontinent curriculum) at the Sapienza University of Rome. His main research interests include manuscriptology, the history of South India, the South Indian Sanskrit and Tamil literary production, especially connected to Vijayanagara, Nāyaka and Maratha Thanjavur, and the Pāṇḍya dynasty.

From October 2018 to April 2019, Dr David Pierdominici Leão was Gonda Fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IAAS, Leiden, The Netherlands) and in 2019-2023, he was the Principal Investigator of the project 'The fish on Mount Meru': regionalism and Sanskrit cosmopolism in Pandya identity and dynastic auto-perception from the Cankam age to the 17th century CE financed by the National Science Centre (Poland).

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Scholarship Grantee PhD Student

Agnieszka Wójcik

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Agnieszka Wójcik is a doctoral student in the Doctoral School in the Humanities, Jagiellonian University, affiliated to the Department of Languages and Cultures of India and South Asia. Her research focuses on the performative arts, with the special attention to the Indian classical dance.