PhD. in Indology specialised in Sanskrit Philology.
Research Fellow at the Humboldt University (Berlin) ERC DHARMA Project.

My research mainly focuses on the ritual prescriptions in Ancient India, especially those on gift and adoption, and examines how these rites are legitimised and justified in purāṇic literature and how they are implemented. For that, I deal with a wide corpus of Sanskrit literature, including purāṇas, dharmaśāstras, gṛhyasūtras, dharmanibandhas, as well as religious texts and epigraphical records. My survey on the ritual of tree adoption brought me to explore numerous rituals dedicated to trees and to go in for the issue of the status and the powers attributed to trees in Ancient India.
I also study the forms of early Śaivism, in particular the Pāśupata movement, its doctrinal texts and its rituals. I try to understand the relationships between the Pāśupata movement and the myths told in the Skandapurāṇa by assuming an ideological purpose under the mythological discourse. In the Skandapurāṇa, I primarily examine the status assigned to the Goddess, notably through her motherhood, and its consequences on the role allocated to women in ritual prescriptions. Indeed the examination of the rituals of birth, pregnancy and breastfeeding in Ancient India is also one of my main research fields.

For the ERC-DHARMA Project, I have already encoded and translated a set of Bengal charters from the Gupta and Post-Gupta corpora in Epidoc-TEI and now, as a Research Fellow at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany, I edit, translate and interpret an epigraphical corpus from Orissa dedicated to the Somavaṁśin dynasty.

Besides my research activities, I also really get involved in Sanskrit teachings, for which I resort to active pedagogy, co-operative learning and digital materials. My reflection on the didactic approach have begotten the research blog I maintain: Le sanskrit en question(s). Her teaching experience at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France, at the Université de Lille, Lille, France and at the Institut des langues rares, Paris, France, comprises both courses dedicated to beginner and advanced students, as well as to general public. Convincing by the benefits of Open Science and Education, she shares and deposits her course material on the Open Access Archive HAL.

My commitment for Open Science leads me to create the HAL-Library of my research unit and to become a HAL-ambassador. At the present, I also involve myself in the creation of an Open Access Journal dedicated to Sanskrit literature.


2021 – Qualification for applying to the position of Maître de conférences — Conseil National des Universités, France, 2021

2020 – PhD in Indian Studies, Languages, civilisations and Oriental societies — University of the New Sorbonne-Paris 3, Paris, France 

2018 – Certificate in University Teaching — SAPIENS-University Sorbonne Paris City, Paris, France

2015 – Master 120 in Ancient Languages and Literatures, Oriental section, Asiatic Studies — Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Magna cum laude

2014 – Master 2 in Classical Studies — University Charles de Gaulle-Lille 3, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France,
High Honours

2003 – School Teacher Qualification  — French National Education, academy of Lille, France, Ranked 15th out of 796 candidates

2003 – Master 1 in Classical Studies — University Charles de Gaulle-Lille 3, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France, High Honours

2001- Bachelor in Classical Studies — University Charles de Gaulle-Lille 3, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France

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