At first trained in classical philosophy, Sanskrit and social anthropology, I studied Ayurveda with Ashtavaidyan Vayaskara N. S. Mooss in Kottayam (Kerala) during two long periods of fieldwork in 1976–1978 (when I lived in Kottayam with my family) and 1981–1984 (when I was based in Pondicherry).
At the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, since 1991, I have been teaching Anthropologie et histoire des sciences dans le monde indien [Anthropology and History of Science in South Asia]. Within this larger framework, I have been acquainted more specifically with Kerala society and Malayalam culture, focussing on pathocenosis in the Ashtavaidya tradition of Ayurvedic medicine, medicinal plants and intellectual property rights in the realm of Ayurvedic pharmacy, and environmental ethics in the backwaters and the gardens of spices, and in my research all along the years, anthropology has been associated with classical philosophy and the history of logic, medicine and botany in India.
Francis Olivier Zimmermann
Directeur d'études à
l'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
Anthropologie et histoire des sciences
dans le monde indien
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