A conversation between Erik Orsenna (French writer & Academician) &
Dr Srinivas V. Kaveri (Director of the CNRS Office in New Delhi)
Date: 8th October, 2020 at 06:30 pm – live on facebook.com/oxfordbookstoredotcom/live
Conversation with Erik Orsenna, Dr Srini V. Kaveri (Director, CNRS office in India), Jaya Bhattacharji Rose (Literary critic & Co-founder at Ace Literary Consulting), Amutharasan Paulraj (publisher) and Dr Vengada Soupraya Nayagar (translator). The conversation will be moderated by Dr Christine Cornet.
Louis Pasteur’s legacy
Louis Pasteur was one of the most important characters of the 19th century in France. He is remembered of course for the development of the first vaccines and the process of “pasteurisation to kill germs”. But his works are very diverse. He contributed for example to demonstrate the germ theory of disease, which at the time was disrupting the belief about the question of the origin of life.
Pasteur’s legacy continues to resonate today, when the whole world is looking for a vaccine against CoVid-19. The Institut Pasteur is a major actor in this research.
And did you know that Pasteur lent his name to Pasteur Institute in India? It was created in Coonoor in 1907 and is today one of the leading institutes in the production of vaccines, including anti rabies vaccines.
There is no better storyteller than Erik Orsenna to bring us the different aspects of Pasteur’s personality. Actually, Erik Orsenna, who is a member of the French Academy (Académie Française) sits in Pasteur’s chair at the Academy in Paris.
Erik Orsenna is an explorer. Even if Pasteur is the famous father of microbiology and immunology, in this book, Orsenna paints the portrait of a man who struggles all his life against death. In the context of the coronavirus pandemic the book is a message of hope. Erik Orsenna, Ambassador of the international Pasteur Institutes world network & the book reminds us of the long history of scientific cooperation between India and France. The Institut Pasteur in India was established in 1907 in Tamil Nadu.
Book Launch in India
Pasteur, La Vie, la mort, la Vie translated from French into Tamil today is a fascinating biography of Louis Pasteur that reads like a novel.
Students from the network of Alliances Françaises in India and IFI Jaipur can now access the original French version in Culturethèque, our e-library: La vie, la mort, la vie.
Tamilian readers can access the Tamil translation of Pasteur: La vie, la mort, la vie by Erik Orsenna. It is published by Thadagam with the support of PAP Tagore, our Publication Assistance Programme. This Programme supports publishers throughout the world who wish to add francophone authors, thinkers, intellectuals in their catalogues via translations.
Born in 1947, Érik Orsenna is a writer and member of the Académie française. After studying philosophy, political science and economics, he became a teacher and researcher, then received a PhD in international finance and development economics at the University of Paris I and at the École normale supérieure.
In 1981, he worked at the Ministry of Cooperation, alongside Jean-Pierre Cot. Cultural advisor at the Élysée Palace from 1983 to 1984, he assisted Roland Dumas on African issues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the beginning of the 1990s. At the same time as being Master of Requests at the Council of State in December 1985, he was appointed State Councilor in 2000.
Érik Orsenna is part of the Haut Conseil de la Francophonie. Author of numerous books, essays and novels, he received the Goncourt Prize in 1988 (L'Exposition coloniale, Seuil). Unclassifiable explorer and inveterate storyteller, he has told the story of globalization through cotton, water, paper, mosquitoes, cities, he is today Ambassador of the Institut Pasteur. Author of many successes, including, recently, Beaumarchais, un aventurier de la liberté (Stock, 2019) and Géopolitique du moustique (Fayard, 2017).
Dr Srini Kaveri, received his Veterinary Medicine degree in India, and his Ph.D. at the Pasteur Institute, Paris. Dr Kaveri carried out his Post-doctoral research training in the University of California, San Diego, USA. Dr Kaveri joined CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) in 1990. Since then he has been leading an INSERM research team affiliated also to the Sorbonne University, Paris. His research interests include immunopathology and immunotherapy with a special focus on autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. He has published over 300 research papers.
From February 2015, Dr Kaveri represents the French CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) as the Director of New Delhi Bureau at the French Embassy.
His current assignments include facilitating an efficient international cooperation and assisting a link between scientific research and industrial leadership so as to address the societal challenges. Dr Kaveri focusses on the mechanisms that enable an interaction between India and EU with an emphasis on CNRS and France.
Dr. S. A. Vengada Soupraya Nayagar
With the support of The French Institute in India, the Translator Dr. S. A. Vengada Soupraya Nayagar received a grant by CNL – Le Centre National du Livre (National Book Centre). A public institution under the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, CNL encourages the creation and distribution of high-quality works of literature and translation. The programme was intended for foreign translators who wish to spend time in France to accomplish a translation project of a French work into vernacular language.
Dr. Nayagar was hosted 3 months in France in 2018 with financial support from CNL in order to work on his translation project.
Jaya Bhattacharji Rose
Jaya Bhattacharji Rose has been associated with the publishing industry since the early 1990s. She has worked with literary magazines, independent presses, feminist presses, multi-national firms, and academic journals.
As the founder of ACE Literary Consulting, she has written reports on the publishing industry in India for the Publisher’s Association UK and Canada Livre Books. She provides strategic papers, in-depth reports and analysis to social media strategy; offering professional expertise on publishing to individuals, firms and start-ups; and curation of literary events. ACE helps free authors from boring administrative details -essential to their existence but very disruptive.
Her blog focusses on the business of publishing, interviews with authors and book reviews. Some of the authors interviewed include Charlotte Wood, Markus Zusak, Lord Jeffrey Archer, Kamila Shamsie, Cornelia Funke, Namita Gokhale, Vivek Shanbhag, Eka Kurniawan, Michael Bhaskar, Daisy Rockwell, Chitra Bannerjee Divarkurni, Maha Khan Phillips, and Randa Abdel-Fattah.
Jaya’s columns on the business of publishing include Bibliobibuli (Times of India online), and previously PubSpeak (BusinessWorld online) and Literati (The Hindu Literary Supplement). She also has extensive corporate editorial experience including stints with Zubaan, Routledge, and Puffin.
Mr. AMUTHARASAN P
THADAGAM Publications was founded in 2009 as an online platform to publish literary articles. The first book was published in 2011 and it received the best production award from ‘Vikaten’ (a Tamil weekly magazine). Until now 50+ titles were published and also nature & wildlife magazine ‘Kaadu’. As of now 3 Titles were translated from French to Tamil with the support of the PAP Tagore program.
Mr. AMUTHARASAN P, M.C.A., is in social entrepreneurship for 15 years – founded the non-profit mentoring organization “Vazhai”, established notable publication house “Thadagam” & landmark bookshop in Chennai “Panuval Book Store.