EMCAA Brochure (2.3mb)
Published July 2012
The “Encyclopaedia of Manuscript Cultures in Asia and Africa” (EMCAA) is an ambitious project aiming to fill a long existing gap in manuscript studies. Dealing comprehensively with the diversity of manuscript cultures in Asia and Africa, it will not only describe the state of research in the relevant fields but establish for the first time a reliable foundation for systematic, historical and comparative research in manuscript studies.
Volume I: Introduction. Histories of Manuscript Cultures
The first volume of the encyclopaedia introduces the subject and methodological considerations (definitions, etc.) as well as the layout of the work. It also contains an outline of the histories of manuscript cultures and provides a summary of the state of research for each major manuscript culture, including current, local discussions. These macroarticles are accessible to non-specialists and include suggestions for further reading in Western languages.
Volume II: Manuscript Cultures in Comparison
The second volume comprises articles on the systematic categories of “production”, “usage and function” and “reflexion”, e.g. “writing support”, “writing substance”, “textual” and “non-textual functions”, “textual scholarship” and “knowledge”, with sections on each manuscript culture. The contributions are written by specialists for the respective manuscript culture to avoid any over-simplification or neglect of culture-specific characteristics. References to entries are included in Volume III.
Volume III: Dictionary of Manuscript Cultures
The entries in the third volume provide short definitions of key terms and specialist information, but also include important persons, manuscripts and libraries for each manuscript culture. Cross-references to vols. I and II are integrated.
Editors and Advisers
|Chief Editors:||Michael Friedrich, Harunaga Isaacson, Jörg B. Quenzer|
|Area Editors:||Michael Friedrich, Jörg. B. Quenzer (East Asia)
Harunaga Isaacson, Volker Grabowsky (Central, South and South East Asia)
Malachi Beit-Arié, Dmitry Bondarev, François Déroche, Jost Gippert, Philip Jaggar, Tilman Seidensticker (West Asia and Africa)
Central, South and South East Asia:
West Asia and Africa:
Analysis of Artefacts and Cultural Assets:
|Board of Advisors:||
J.Peter Gumbert (Emeritus Universiteit Leiden)
De Gruyter, Berlin