General Framework and History of the Project
Our project aims at preserving and making known the Syrian Christian heritage in India. Within its framework we are surveying, digitising and cataloguing the manuscripts preserved in Kerala. This implies a large-scale international cooperation between scholars and institutions, which we initiated in the year 2000. Thus ours is a long-term project that has been going on for over six years, first hosted by the Central European University (CEU) and, later, by the Oriental Institute (Orientalisches Seminar) of the University of Tübingen, sponsored by diverse institutions and funding agencies. The first fieldwork took place, financed by the CEU and the Saint Ephrem Ecumenical Research Institute (SEERI) in Kottayam, Kerala, in the year 2000. The project was the beneficiary of several grants from the CEU and of a one-time Dumbarton Oaks Project Grant in 2002/03. In the spring of 2002 a second round of fieldwork was conducted, sponsored by the CEU and hosted by SEERI. At present it is being conducted within the framework of an international cooperation between the Oriental Institute of the University of Tübingen as senior partner and the Center for Hellenic Traditions at the CEU as a junior partner. The third member of the consortium is Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute in New Jersey, USA. The project’s main finances come from the German Research Foundation ( Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) via Tübingen, with an important and essential contribution from the CEU. The last digitisation campaign took place during the period between January 2005 and May 2006.