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Manuscript Cultures in Asia, Africa and Europe


07/2016manuscript of the month


Queen Manan (Or. 718, Detail)

The Portrait of a Queen:
A story about a manuscript and its commission

In the first decade of the 19th century, which was a period of extreme decentralisation in Ethiopia, Queen Manan of Gondar commissioned a manuscript with hagiographic texts about Saint King Lālibalā containing a unique iconographic cycle. This manuscript was produced for a newly constructed church dedicated to this saint king in her capital. But why was Queen Manan, who lived 600 years later than him, so eager to promote his cult in a new place?

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news

Job vacancy

Universität Hamburg invites applications for a position in sub-project A04: Teaching Language and Literature: Tamil Manuscript Compendia on Grammar
Researcher (m/f, 100% 13 TV-L)
The application deadline is 6 July 2017.
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Summer School on Hebrew Palaeography and Codicology

Prof. Dr. Malachi Beit-Arié and the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures are organising a Summer School on Hebrew Palaeographie and Codicology (7-15 September 2017) in collaboration with the Hamburg State and University Library.
The application deadline is 8 July 2017.
Details and application


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 2017


New Petra Kappert Fellow in June 2017

Jost Gippert is a professor for Comparative Linguistics at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. His fields of research besides manuscript studies include among others palimpsests of Caucasian origin and the Georgian manuscripts of the Monastery of Iviron on Mount Athos. Together with Dr. Caroline Macé from the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities, he will be hosting the workshop “Hagiographico-Homiletic Collections in Greek, Latin and Oriental Manuscripts – Histories of Books and Text Transmission in a Comparative Perspective” at the CSMC on 23 June 2017. Professor Gippert and Dr. Macé will be staying at the CSMC until the end of July 2017.


Member of CSMC accepts professorship at Universität Hamburg

PD Dr. Eva Wilden has accepted a professorship for “Manuscript Studies in a Small Discipline” for 1 June 2017. Professor Wilden studied Tamil literature in manuscripts at the École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO). She is the principal investigator of the CSMC sub-project A04 “Teaching Language and Literature: Tamil Manuscript Compendia on Grammar” and head of the NETamil project, funded by an ERC Advanced Grant. CSMC congratulates Professor Wilden and is looking forward to an even closer cooperation.


J.P. Gumbert’s library at CSMC

Thanks to the generous support of Universität Hamburg, the CSMC was able to purchase an important section of the late Professor Johan Peter Gumbert’s (1936-2016) private book collection. The woks on codicology and palaeography with many handwritten notes of Gumbert will soon be available at the CSMC library as the “Gumbert special collection”.


New Petra Kappert Fellow in April 2017

Clarissa Vierke is Professor Literature in African Languages at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Her fields of research besides manuscript studies include among others Swahili literature, genres and motives in Africa as well as orality and literacy. Together with Professor Kießling she will be hosting the workshop “One Text - Many Forms: A Comparative View on the Variability of Swahili Manuscripts” at CSMC on 21-22 April 2017. Professor Vierke will stay at CSMC until the end of July 2017.


Prof. Dr. Farouk Ismail

CSMC welcomes the Assyriologist Prof. Dr. Farouk Ismail from the University of Aleppo at CSMC. He will conduct research in the project “The personal names in Old Babylonian texts from Šhubat-Enlil” funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation and will stay at CSMC until April 2018.


The Mustang Archives

The CSMC would like to announce the launch of online resources from the DFG project “The Mustang Archives: Analysis of Handwritten Documents via the Ethnographic Study of Papermaking Traditions in Nepal” conducted by Agnieszka Helman-Ważny. The resources can be found here. The full database of codicological features of Tibetan archival documents from Mustang will be available soon.
To the Mustang Archives


events

29 June 2017 6pm | Lecture
Prof. Dr. Mikael S. Adolphson
University of Cambridge
The Written Word in Early Medieval Japan
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001


30 June - 1 July 2017 | Workshop
Mechanical Copying in Multilingual and Multiscript Manuscript Cultures: Xylography and Lithography in Relation with Manuscript Production

Details and Registration
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26


10 July 2017 6.15 pm | Lecture Series
Prof. Dr. Yossi Chajes
University of Haifa
Diagramming Sabbatianism
UHH, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, lecture room ESA H


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


07 - 15 September 2017 |
CSMC Summer School
Summer School Hebrew Palaeography and Codicology
Prof. Dr. Malachi Beit-Arié and the CSMC are organising a Summer School on Hebrew Palaeography and Codicology in collaboration with the Hamburg State and University Library.
CSMC, Warburgstraßee 26, Hamburg
Details and application


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.
Details and application


25 - 26 September 2017 | Workshop
Shaping Communities
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26


25 - 30 September 2017 | Summer School
Summer School in Ethiopian
and Eritrean Manuscript Studies


Details
Hiob Ludolf Centre, Alsterterrasse 1


17 - 19 October 2017 | Conference
Manuscripts East and West – Towards Comparative and General Codicology. A Conference in Honour of Malachi Beit-Arié
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26


26 - 28 October 2017 | Conference
Aristoteles-Kommentare und ihre Überlieferung in Spätantike, Mittelalter und Renaissance.
Die Veranstaltung wird von der Karl und Gertrud Abel-Stiftung gefördert.
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26