Sonderforschungsbereich 950

Manuscript Cultures in Asia, Africa and Europe

04/2016manuscript of the month

A marriage (contract) to last a lifetime?

Front of the clay tablet
(excavation no. kt v/k 147).

Around 4,000 years ago in Central Anatolia, a young man called Kalua, the son of Akabšē, decided to marry Tamnanika, the daughter of Šū-Bēlum. Even at that time, people knew that marriages were not always made to last, so it was agreed that if their marriage did come to an end one day, whoever left the other person first also had to leave them a considerable amount of money. The marriage contract containing the proviso was written on a tablet of clay. This managed to survive the test of time, but the interesting question here is whether the marriage did, too.


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New Petra Kappert Fellow in January 2017

Charles Melville is Professor of Persian History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Pembroke College. His current research focuses on illustrated manuscripts of Persian chronicles and epic literature, with a particular emphasis on the 13th-17th centuries.
Professor Melville will stay at CSMC until the end of March 2017.

External Member of CSMC is appointed as Senior Professor at the University of Hamburg

The University of Hamburg has appointed Prof. em. Dr. Jürgen Paul, historian of Central Asia from Halle, as Senior Professor. The CSMC congratulates and looks forward to an even closer collaboration!

Anna Boroffka receives the “Karl H. Ditze-Preis 2016”

CSMC congratulates Anna Boroffka, researcher in sub-project B07, for having been awarded the “Karl H. Ditze Preis 2016” for outstanding master and Ph.D. theses in the Faculty of Humanities at Universität Hamburg. Her Ph.D. theses on “The 'Length of Christ’ in painting – Codification of authenticity in intermedial discourse” will be published in the series Vestigia Bibliae by the German Bible Archive in 2017.

Two new volumes of the series Studies in Manuscript Cultures (SMC)

Florinda De Simini surveys in “Of Gods and Books” (SMC 8) the relationship between religion and text in the manuscript culture of medieval India. Manuscripts as objects of worship are considered as ritualistic tools. The collective volume “One-Volume Libraries: Composite and Multiple-Text Manuscripts” (SMC 9) focusses on codicological aspects of manuscripts with more than one text, which provide insights into the production process, their structure and use. Find more information at Publications.

New Petra Kappert Fellows in October 2016

David Ganz was Professor of Latin palaeography at the University of North Carolina, at King’s College London, and at the Medieval Institute University of Notre Dame. He has published on early Latin and Carolingian manuscripts, and is working on early Latin minuscule scripts.
Susan Rankin is Professor of Medieval Music at the University of Cambridge, Fellow of Emmanuel College and a Fellow of the British Academy. Her research engages with music of the middle ages through its manuscript sources and notations, and through its place and meaning within ritual.
The new fellows will stay at CSMC until the end of March 2017.


19 January 2017 6pm | Lecture
Prof. Dr. David Ganz
Petra Kappert Fellow at the CSMC Hamburg
Script as Character
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001

NEW Date 26 January 2017, 18 Uhr | Lecture
Prof. Dr. Charles Melville
University of Cambridge
The Illustration of History in Persian Manuscripts
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001

6 - 7 February 2017 | Workshop
Indices and Registers in European, Asian and African MMS

Details and Registration
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26

6 April 2017 6pm | Lecture
Dr. Yukiyo Kasai
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, Raum 0001

20 April 2017 6pm | Lecture
Prof. Dr. Oliver Primavesi
LMU Munich
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, Raum 0001

22 June 2017 6pm | Lecture
Dr. Britta Frede
Freie Universität Berlin
Writing Women Scholars in the Western Sahara since 18th century
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, Raum 0001

29 June 2017 6pm | Lecture
Prof. Dr. Mikael Adolphson
University of Alberta
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, Raum 0001

14 - 16 August 2017 | Workshop
Working with African Arabic Script Manuscript
Further information can be found here.
In cooperation with the CSMC & the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Northwestern University organizes this workshop.
Program of African Studies and the Herskovits Library of African Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston IL

10-15 September 2017 | Summer School
Summer School manuSciences '17
In cooperation with the CSMC & BAM, the PSL Research University (France) organizes the German-French Summer School manuSciences '17
Le CAES du CNRS, la Villa Clythia, Frejus, France. Registration website coming soon.