Eva De Clercq

Contact details Eva De Clercq

Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
Ghent University
Blandijnberg 2
5th floor, office 150.003
B-9000 Gent

Tel. +32 - 9 - 264 40 42
Fax. +32 - 9 - 264 41 94
email: Ev.DeClercq@Ugent.be
Office hours: by appointment

Academic career

  • Master degree in Oriental Languages and Cultures, Ghent University. Dissertation: "The Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki: Kiṣkindhākāṇḍa, sarga 1-17, annotated translation with transliteration, introduction and index." (1998)
  • Ph.D. Oriental Languages and Cultures, Ghent University. Doctoral thesis: "Critical study of Svayambhūdeva's Paumacariu" (in Dutch) (2003)
  • Part time teacher at Ghent University in various subjects (Hindi, Sanskrit, Middle-and New-Indic, Language, text and context: Old and Middle Indic) (10/1999 - 01/2009)
  • Post-doctoral research assistant of the BOF at the Department of Languages and Cultures of South- and East-Asia, University of Ghent. Project:The 63 Mahāpuruṣas of Jainism. (2004 - 2007)

Research field

Main research topics are South-Asian religions (esp.Jainism), Sanskrit epics and Purāṇas, and Apabhraṃśa literature.

Research projects

  • Manuscript research, consultation of experts on Jainism and Apabhraṃśa at Bhandarkar Oriental Institute (Pune), L.D. Institute of Indology (Ahmedabad) and Oriental Institute (Baroda). (January 2000)
  • Manuscript research, consultation of experts on Jainism and Apabhraṃśa at Bhogilal Institute of Indology (New Delhi), and Apabhraṃśa Sāhitya Kendra (Jaipur). (January 2001)
  • Consultation of experts on (Digambara) Jainism in Bangalore (Prof. Dr. Hampa Nagarajaiah) and Mysore (Prof. Dr. M. D. Vasanth Raj). (June-August 2002)
  • Consultation of Digambara Jains at Kundkund Bharti (New Delhi). (January 2005)
  • Contributor to the Eurindia project (with Dr. Jan Parmentier, Dept. of Early Modern History), a 36 months project co-funded by the European Commission under the Economic Cross Cultural Programme. Field of research: Weavers in South India between the 16th and 18th century. (2005-present) 
  • Consultation of experts on (Digambara) Jainism and classical Kannada. (September 2007)
  • Research associate for the project "North Indian Literary Culture (1450-1650)" of the AHRC at SOAS, London. Field of research: Apabhraṃśa literature in North India between the 15th and 17th century. (10/2008 - 12/2008)
  • Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the University of Wuerzburg. Field of research: South-Asian religions (esp. Jainism), Rāmāyaṇa. Project: Unjust battle: different critical voices on the Vāli-vadha episode in  the Jaina Rāmāyaṇas. Promoter: Prof. Dr. Heidrun Brueckner. (May 2009 - April 2010)

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Ongoing research projects on jainism