f Manuscript Cultures in Asia, Africa and Europe
graduate school


The integrated research training group “Manuscript Cultures“ offers doctoral candidates a structured three-year Doctorate Programme which, as part of the Graduate School of the School of Humanities, enables doctoral candidates to intensify manuscript research methods on a multidisciplinary basis.
The members of the research training group are doctoral candidates working as research associates in individual CSMC subprojects, scholarship holders promoted by the CSMC and the school of humanities or under the Graduate School Scholarship Programme of DAAD, as well as associated members.

Prof Dr Oliver Huck is Head of the research training group.


Current Dissertation Projects | Completed Dissertations


Jung Lan Bang (Indology)

A Study of the Tradition of 11th Century Śaiva Sanskrit Manuscripts in Nepal Based on the Tantrasadbhāva

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Karin Becker (Art History)

The Psalter in Use. Page Layout and Word Images in Medieval Psalter Manuscripts

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Wiebke Beyer (Assyriology)

Private Archives as a Source of Literacy in the Old Assyrian Society

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Jonas Buchholz (Tamil Studies)

Tiṇaimālai Nūṟṟaimpatu: Text and Tradition

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Claudia Colini (Archeometry)

Between Islamic Black Inks and Papers: Optimisation of Analytical Parameters for their Characterisation

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Fridericke Conrad (Art History)

Borders, Frames, Spaces. Narrative Border Design and Reflection on Media in Late Medieval Manuscript Painting

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Xiaomeng HE (Sinology)

A Study on the Nature and Function of Qin Ordinances in the Manuscript Collection of the Yuelu Academy

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Till Hennings (History)

East-Frankish Anthologies of the 9th century: Latin poetry at the intersection of cultural and material history

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Hum Hermansyah (Indonesian and Malay Studies)

Manuscripts Propagating Holy War in Acehnese Society

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Rainer Herzog (Informatics)

Retrieval of Writing Patterns Based on Optical Similarity

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Elisabeth Hufnagel (Musicology)

Proportion Signs in the Manuscripts of the so-called Ars subtilior: Musical Notation between Individualisation and Standardisation

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Branka Ivusic (General Linguistics)

An Ottoman Manuscript Dating Back to the End of the 16th Century Which Contains Texts Written in Arabic Script in Serbo-Croatian, Hungarian, German and Latin language – Linguistic and Manuscriptological Research on its Origins and Function.

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Silpsupa Jaengsawang (Thai Studies)

Relationship between Anisong Manuscripts and Rituals: A Comparative Study of the Lan Na and Lao traditions

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Shanshan Jia (Indology)

The Study of Chapter 10, Paratexts and Organization of the Nepalese Manuscripts of Laṅkavatātarasūtra in the 17th Century

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Mojtaba Mahmoudi Khorandi (Archaeometry)

Investigation of the dyes and pigments applied in Persian manuscripts of Timurid dynasty with non-invasive analytical methods

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Andrey Klebanov (Indology)

The Commentaries on kāvya: Texts Composed while Copying. A Critical Study of the Manuscripts of Selected Commentaries on the Kirātārjunīya, an Epic Poem in Sanskrit

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Jooyoung Lim (Indology)

The transmission of Sāṃkhya philosophy through manuscripts - A case study of South Indian multiple text manuscripts, with a new critical edition of Śākara’s Jayamaṅgalā

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Pelagia Vera Loungi (Greek Studies)

Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics (Book I): Manuscripts and Transmission

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Leif Luckmann (Sinology)

Aspects of the Economic Order During the Qin and Han Dynasties. An Analysis of Economic Legal Texts Found among the Manuscripts of Shuihudi, Zhangjiashan and the Yuelu Academy

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Marzia Martino (Art History)

Jean Pichore: Reconstructing the Working Practice of a Commercial Atelier of Book Illumination

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Berenice Möller (Japanese Studies)

Utai'ehon: Nô-theatre as Text and Image

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Hussein Adnan Mohammed (Informatics)

Computational Analysis of Writing Style in Digital Manuscripts

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Darya Ogorodnikova (African Studies)

Islamic Education Among the Mande Mediated by the Soninke Ajami Manuscripts

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Luigi Orlandi (Greek Studies)

Writing and Philology of a Byzantine Scholar: Andronicus Callistus’ Manuscripts

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Peera Panarut (Thai Studies)

Ayutthaya Literature in the Hands of Bangkok Scribes and Scholars: Scribal Paratexts and Transmission History of Ayutthaya Literature in Bangkok Period

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Ahmed Hussein Ahmed Parkar (African Studies)

Manuscripts and Transmission of Knowledge in Swahili Society: A Comparative Analysis on Form and Usage of Qasida Hamziyya

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Dimitri Pauls (Tibetology)

The Bodhicittabhāvanā and It’s Placement within the Organizational Schemes of Various Canonical and Extra-Canonical Collections

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Boryana Pouvkova (Greek Studies)

The Iatrosophia and their Gynaecological Contents – A Heuristic Survey of Greek Folk-medicine Manuscripts up to the 17th Century

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Anton Sadovskyy (Greek Studies)

The Manuscript Transmission of Plato’s Laws (book I and V)

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Sina Sauer (Cultural Anthropology)

Legal action against the German Empire: the expropriation of Elsa Saenger and the restitution claim of her heirs

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Julian Schott (Indology)

Kāṇhapādasya Dohākoṣaḥ: Buddhist Tantric Poetry

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Cosima Schwarke (Greek Studies)

The Problemata physica in the Corpus Aristotelicum: Manuscripts and Transmission

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Philippa Sissis (Art History)

Seeing Script? The Visual Aesthetics of Early Humanist Manuscripts

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Lena Sommer (Art History)

Layout and Transfer of Knowledge in Two Austrian Legendaries (Heiligenkreuz, Stiftsbibliothek, Csc. 11-14; Zwettl, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Zwetl. 13-15, 24)

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Siti Nurliyana Taha (Indonesian and Malay Studies)

Adapting to Changing Times: Situating Ahmad Beramka’s manuscripts within the Malay oral-written tradition

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Apiradee Techasiriwan (Thai Studies)

An Analysis of Colophons and Prefaces in Tai Lü Manuscripts

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Arne Ulrich (History)

The Normative Manuscripts of St. Gall Monastery as Mirror of Juridical Knowledge and Practice in the Early Middle Ages

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Judith Unterdörfler (Indology)

Expressing Devotionalism while Copying Texts – A Critical Study of Selected Medieval Sanskrit Manuscripts

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Danilo Valentino (Greek Studies)

Transmission of Medicine Tradition in Everyday Byzantine Society: The Medical Recipe Book of the ff. 121r-278v of the MS. Panor. XIII.C.3

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Nafisa Valieva (Ethiopian Studies)

Tradition and significance of the Gädlä Lalibäla

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Jochen Hermann Vennebusch (Art History)

Modi of pictorial narration in Early and High Medieval Gospel Books

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Vu Duc Liem (Vietnamese Studies)

Texts in the Making of the Empire: Bureaucratic Manuscripts and Political Culture in Vietnam (1820-1841)

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Bin Wang (Sinology)

Tomb Manuscript Collections in Ancient China (3rd – 1st cent. BCE):
Organization, Function and Status


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Shutao Wang (Sinology)

An Analysis of Dunhuang & Turfan Manichaean Manuscripts (7th-10th Century)

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Duo Xu (Sinology)

The Spread of Central Asian Music towards the East

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Mustafa Altuğ Yayla (Turkish Studies)

The Role of Manuscripts in the Evolution of Ottoman Sufi Culture in the Ottoman Empire from the 16th to the 19th Century: The Story of Lamii Çelebi's Nafahat al-Uns

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