The Prakrit Summer School held in 2007 in Finland will make a reappearance this year. Yet, for this time the venue is moved to the University of Würzburg. The course is mainly designed for the students of Sanskrit who show interest in Jain and Prakrit studies, but have no possibility for tuition on Prakrits at their home university. The two-week intensive course will again be focused on the basics, grammar and reading practice of post-canonical Jain epic and narrative literature. No previous studies on Prakrit are necessary, but a good knowledge of Sanskrit is a prerequisite. The teaching language will be English. If necessary, the students can get course certificates based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
The leading idea of the summer school is to get together a group of enthusiastic people for the study of Prakrit texts in an informal atmosphere. In addition to the lessons, the students will have good possibilities for joint reading practices, exchange of ideas, etc. Formation of a group of scholars and students interested in Jain epic and narrative literature would be an attractive alternative for the future.
The course plan & materials
The 2nd Prakrit Summer School is planned to be held from August 17 to 28, 2009. The course will consist of 4 hours of lessons per day (Mon-Fri) and of less scheduled late afternoon preparatory reading sessions in smaller groups. A more detailed day-to-day program will be sent to the participants together with the second circular.
As the reference grammar we will use the following book:
Frank van den Bossche, A Reference Manual of Middle Prakrit Grammar. The Prakrits of the Dramas and the Jain Texts. Gent 1999.
The books will be distributed to the participants in the beginning of the course.
The passages selected for reading (mainly from Sanghadasa's Vasudevahindi and Vimalasuri's Paümacariya) will be supplied with a glossary.
Venue & accommodation
The Prakrit Summer School will take place at Würzburg, a city in the region of Franconia which lies in the northern tip of Bavaria, Germany. Located on the Main River, it is approximately 120 kilometres from either Frankfurt or Nürnberg by road. Among the main sights of Würzburg are the Residence (constructed between 1720 and 1744), now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Fortress Marienberg and the Old Main Bridge (built 1473–1543). Notable artists that lived in Würzburg include poet Walther von der Vogelweide (12th and 13th cent.), philosopher Albertus Magnus and painter Mathias Grünewald. Two artists who made a lasting impression were sculptor Tilman Riemenschneider (1460–1531) and Balthasar Neumann (1687–1753), Baroque architect and builder of the Würzburg Residence. Its interior was decorated by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and his son, Domenico.
Some relevant links for the help of orientation:
The Prakrit course will take place at the University campus (Am Hubland) in the Philosophiegebäude, block 8, the same building where the Chair of Indology is situated. For informations about the "student city" Würzburg see
The organizers can help the participants to get a reasonably priced accommodation for two weeks.
A small payment for the material costs will be collected in Würzburg, but there is no course fee.
Organizers and teachers
The summer school is organized by an informal network of the following scholars:
Dr. Eva De Clercq (University of Ghent / University of Würzburg)
Dr. Anna Aurelia Esposito (University of Würzburg)
Flights, travel, climate
For reaching Würzburg from abroad it is best to take a flight to Frankfurt am Main. There are trains from the airport to Würzburg about every 60 minutes (single ticket 35 Euro).
For timetable details, see:
The climate in Würzburg is usually very pleasant in the middle of August with warm nights and daytime highs of 20–27 °C. Towards the end of August rainy days may appear and the temperature gets colder. The average temperature in August is 18.3 °C
The German currency is the Euro.
Application & further information
Please send your brief free-form applications by June 15, 2009 to:
Or by post to:
Petteri Koskikallio, Korpihovintie 65, FIN-58910 Rantasalmi as. FINLAND
These addresses are also for further information.
- June 15 – Closing date for application
- June 20 – The acceptance will be confirmed up to this date
- The turn of June/July – Second circular, including more detailed information about the course material and schedule; some pre-reading material will be sent to the participants (by e-mail)
- August 15/16 (Sat/Sun) – Preferred dates for arrival
- August 17 – Classes begin on Monday morning
- August 28 – Last session of the summer school on Friday morning