My post-doctoral major research project (539 p.), funded by University Grants Commission, New Delhi had been published by Stanford University in January 2012. The title:
“ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR TAMIL STUDIES CONDUCTED BY GERMANS IN TAMILNADU DURING 18TH AND 19TH CENTURIES: A VIRTUAL DIGITAL ARCHIVES PROJECT”
Access code: http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/9440536
This Post-doctoral research project will cover a large area of three centuries from 1706 to 2006 i.e. from the year the first German Lutheran Missionary Ziegenbalg arrived in Tamilnadu till the tercentenary commemorative year of 2006. That is, from the times of Ziegenbalg in 1706 till the present times of German Tamil scholars like Arno Lehmann, Thomas Lehmann, Kapp, Ulrike Niklas, Thomas Malten etc. A special type of methodology is to be devised with certain defining parameters. This is about nearly 150 Germans, who came to Tamil Nadu, learnt Tamil language and interacted considerably with the native Tamil people, during the last 300 years.
Their religious activities are to be left out and only their academic, socio-economic, cultural, medical and other allied non-religious activities, interactions and contributions are to be brought out in this project. For this, research data from diaries, palmleaves, station registers, travel accounts, books, journals, souvenirs, commemorative volumes, pamphlets, etc. are to be gleaned and consulted in which information about these Germans and their activities in Tamil Nadu can be found. Photographs, hand-drawn sketch portraits of certain rare 18th and 19th centuries Germans, together with those of the 20th century are to be procured for this project. After completing data collection, biographical notes of each German, in the chronological order of his date / month of birth, along with his photo or portrait and annotated bibliography for gleaning his contributions to any one or more branches of Tamil Studies will be drafted first in English and later on, in German and Tamil languages, if funds will permit. Thus, a classified and comprehensive compilation, for gleaning the German contributions to Tamil Studies during a period of 300 years will be available for lay readers and researchers online if this proposed project, after successful completion, can be put into an exclusive web portal or as an e-book or in the conventional printed book form. For all these research works, three years and sufficient funds will be required.