The power of titles, titles of power

The 14th of December 2017 will be devoted to the study of empowering titles in South Asia and South-East Asia in the Maison de l’Asie, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75016 Paris.

Honorary and nominal designation indicating a distinction of rank or dignity are common in epigraphy and other texts (manuscripts, oral, published texts, painted ones…). They may refer to an act of authentication, like the ceremony of the consecration of a king when the latter receives new name(s), a document establishing the right to a title or dignity. They may be the name of an office, function or grade; labels giving the identification of a carving, name given to a literary or artistic work and which evokes more or less its content, its meaning.


11:00   Introduction, Valérie Gillet & Charlotte Schmid

11:15   Arlo Griffiths, “Remarques très provisoires sur les titulatures de deux rois de Java: Balituṅ (Xe s.) et Kr̥tanagara (XIIIe s).)”

11:45   Dominic Goodall, “Nobles, bureaucrats or strongmen? On the Powers and Titles of City Governors in Seventh-century Cambodia”

12:15   Charlotte Schmid, “Old or new, “Muttaraiyar” as a dynastic title”


14:30   Padma Kaimal, “Looking east and west, with and without a son”

15:00   Leslie Orr, “When the ruler is ‘our son’ (nam kumāraṉ)”

15:30   Nicolas Cane, “A ‘Cōḻa’ queen? The six constitutive elements of Cempiyaṉ-mahādevī’s epigraphic titulature”


16:30   Valérie Gillet, “Naming the temple with a royal title: the case of Kīḻaiyūr-Mēḻappāluvūr”

17:00   Emmanuel Francis, « Royal titulature in inscriptions from Tamil Nadu

Cecile Laly

CREOPS (Université Paris-Sorbonne), International Research Center for Japanese Studies

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