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Manuscript Cultures in Asia, Africa and Europe

01/2016manuscript of the month

Long Live the King (and His Manuscripts)!
A story of rituals and power from medieval Kathmandu

Wooden cover of NAK 1-1075 with scenes of liṅga adoration

Early manuscripts containing Sanskrit texts sometimes provide us with details about how they were made, but generally tell us very little about their use after copying. Although it is not always easy to gather this sort of diachronic information directly from such manuscripts, there are cases in which they can disclose more particulars about their backgrounds to anyone who looks at them closely enough. A medieval manuscript from the National Archives of Kathmandu, which shows clear traces of its being used throughout the centuries, is an intriguing case in point. What exactly does it tell us about the long life it enjoyed once it was copied?


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New PhD Scholarships

Within the 'Graduate School Scholarship Programme', the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has once more granted scholarships for the structured PhD program 'manuscript cultures' which is being offered in the integrated research training group of the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC).

Current call for PhD scholarships
Application deadline: 31 July 2016

New Petra Kappert Fellows in July 2016

Professor CHEN Songchang is the vice-director of the Yuelu Academy at Hunan University in Changsha, China. He is a specialist in manuscriptology and calligraphy and has been cooperating with researchers at Universtät Hamburg for many years. Professor CHEN will stay at CSMC until the end of August 2016.

Pro. Dr. YU Xin is professor of medieval Chinese History at Fudan University in Shanghai. His main areas of expertise are the study of Dunhuang manuscripts and the Tang dynasty. Prof. Dr. YU will stay at CSMC until the end of August 2016.

New issue of “manuscript cultures”

A new issue, no. 8, of the open access journal manuscript cultures, is now available as a free download. Articles in this issue cover manuscript cultures from China, India, Georgia, the Middle East and Europe, as well as one article on natural sciences in manuscript analysis.


9 - 10 August 2016 | Workshop
Legal Manuscripts fom Qin and Han

Details and Registration
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26

25 August 2016 | Workshop
Databases and Virtual Environments for Manuscripts
Father Columba Stewart, OSB,
Hill Museum and Manuscript Library

CSMC, Warburgstraße 26

26 September 2016 | Conference
Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies:
Looking back - Looking ahead

Further information and registration
Asien-Afrika-Institut (AAI), Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1 (East), Room 221

27 September - 1 October 2016 | Workshop
Summer School in Ethiopian
and Eritrean Manuscript Studies

Further information
Hiob Ludolf Centre, Alsterterrasse 1

9 - 12 November 2016 | Conference
The Emergence of Multiple-Text Manuscripts

CSMC, Warburgstraße 26

14 - 15 November 2016 | Workshop
Himalayan Papers

CSMC, Warburgstraße 26

17 November 2016 6pm | Lecture
Prof. Dr. Ronald Suleski
Suffolk University Boston
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001

8 December 2016 6pm | Lecture
Prof. Dr. Inga Mai Groote
University of Heidelberg
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001

15 December 2016 6pm | Lecture
Ilse Sturkenboom, M.A.
University of St Andrews
The Divān of Sultan Aḥmad Jalāʾir (d. 1410) and the Re-Appreciation of Chinese-Style Design in Persian Manuscripts
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001