Marco Franceschini is faculty Member, Project E-QUAL, University of Bologna. He is currently a Researcher at the Department of History and Culture, University of Bologna, where he teaches Sanskrit, Indology and Computer Science for Humanities since 2005. His main research interests lie in Vedic studies, in kāvya literatures, and in South Indian palaeography, with special reference to the Grantha script. He conducted postdoctoral research at the Pondicherry Centre of the École française d’Extrême-Orient (between 2008 and 2012) and received research fellowships from the University of Bologna (2006-2008), the University of Cambridge (2013-2014) and the Scaliger Institute in Leiden (2015). He is currently participating in two research projects based at the University of Hamburg, namely, the “Encyclopaedia of Manuscript Cultures in Asia and Africa” and the “NETamil” project (on intellectual traditions and textual practises in Tamil Nadu, and the interaction between the Tamil and Sanskrit traditions).