French assistant in historical research

Hors dispositif, de 3 mois, en Inde

Location : Pondicherry, India
Duration : 3 months
From December 2017 To February 2018


The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) was set up in 1984 and is a not for profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO) working for the conservation of India’s unprotected tangible and intangible heritage. The vision of its founding members was to create a membership based grassroots organization to stimulate and spearhead heritage awareness and conservation in India. INTACH has pioneered the protection of India’s natural and cultural heritage and is today the largest organization in the country dedicated to conservation. With its headquarters in New Delhi, it has more than 140 chapters all over the country.


INTACH Pondicherry, along with several local partners have been organising the Pondicherry Heritage Festival for the last 3 years.

Every year, we aim to highlight certain aspects of Pondicherry’s vast and colourful history.

For 2018, we aim to focus on, among other things, Pondicherry’s connection with French IndoChina (modern day Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia) and how it has manifested itself amidst the lives of countless families across generations.

To this end, we propose to organise :


An Exhibition of documents, photographs and other personal memorabilia which has survived through decades and have remained in the possession of families originally from Pondicherry, who have had direct or indirect links with IndoChina.

The IndoChinese connection with present day Pondicherry has completely faded away and is unknown to the youth today, but is alive through : the memories of their parents and grandparents, one Vietnamese building which is currently a private residence and the food on offer in a handful of restaurants.

French Indians living in IndoChina were an active part of the social, political and cultural life, and this has only slowly come to light thanks to recent scholarship in the last 20 years, focussing on the migration of Indians across the Indian Ocean region.

Just to give a figure, there were about 10,000 British and French Indians living in colonial IndoChina during the period between the two World Wars.

There were about 3000 French Indians, who often received favoured status from the colonial government and were later the subject of much resentment from the local population of IndoChina for this very reason.

Our primary aim is to make these recent discoveries accessible to the local population, through the lives and stories of people who were somehow part of this wide network of French colonial societies, and engage in a discussion informed by anecdotal histories.


INTACH is looking for native French speakers, with a good knowledge of English from the fields of HISTORY, ANTHROPOLOGY, MUSEUM STUDIES, INDOLOGY, SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES or other related subjects, to assist in conducting interviews, research documents, curating texts in French, designing exhibits and other organisational aspects of the Exhibition.


Shared accommodation for volunteers during the duration of their stay.

Monthly stipend of 3000 INR, a bicycle will be provided to the volunteer.


CV and cover letter to be sent to Mr. Shubham BISWAS by e-mail at before the 7th of November 2017.

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