Sonderforschungsbereich 950

Manuscript Cultures in Asia, Africa and Europe

06/2015manuscript of the month

The Art of Protection
An Illuminated Magical Manuscript from Nepal

Cambridge University Library MS Add. 1326, 223v

This substantial and carefully designed Sanskrit manuscript originates from Nepal and dates to 1719 CE. The colophon contains detailed information about a Buddhist layman who sponsored its production. Trailokara was a pious follower of the Doctrine who decided to have a huge collection of incantation texts written down in a single bundle, illustrated not only with beautiful miniature paintings of various deities but a group depiction of his own family as well. But what were the motivations of this householder from Kathmandu to engage in such an ambitious and no doubt costly project?


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Universität Hamburg invites applications for a position in sub-project Z01 at CSMC:

Z01 'Manuscript Analysis to Recover Lost Writing'
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The application deadline is 3 September 2015.
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Call for Papers for the 2nd international conference on 'Natural Sciences and Technology in Manuscript Analysis'

The 2nd international conference 'Natural Sciences and Technology in Manuscript Analysis' will be held at CMSC from 29 February to 2 March 2016. Deadline for abstract submission is 27 November, 2015.
Call for Papers and registration

MoU between the University of Maiduguri and Universität Hamburg

During a visit of a delegation from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, to CSMC, Vice-Chancellor Ibrahim A. Njodi and Vice-President Susanne Rupp of the University of Hamburg signed a Memorandum of Understanding in order to enhance cooperation in the field of manuscript studies and beyond.
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DFG continues funding the Sonderforschungsbereich 950

On 21 May 2015 the German Research Association (DFG) has decided to continue funding of Sonderforschungsbereich 950 'Manuscript Cultures in Asia, Africa and Europe' / Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC) for another four years until June 2019.
Press release by Universität Hamburg (in German)


10 September 2015, 11 am | Informal Talk
Prof Dr Paola Buzi, Sapienza University of Rome
Literary Manuscripts, Documentary Sources and Archaeological Contexts: a Fruitful Interaction. The Case of the Vita Onuphrii"
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001

19 October 2015 | Workshop
Nikephoros Blemmydes during the Palaiologan era: paleographical and cultural-historical aspects of his works.
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26

5 November 2015 6pm | Lecture
Prof Dr Charles C. Stewart
Visiting Scholar at ISITA and Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urban
Re-discovering Timbuktu's Manuscript Past: What Happened When that Scholarship Disappeared 300 Years Ago?
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001

7 November 2015, 5-12pm | Science Night 2015
Scientists of the CSMC present their work during the 6th Science Night in Hamburg.
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26

19 November 2015 6pm | Lecture
Prof Dr Melanie Trede
University of Heidelberg
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001

25 November 2015, 11 am | Informal Talk
Dr Michele Cammarosano, University of Würzburg
Computer-aided Analysis of Cuneiform Manuscripts: A Case Study for Quantitative Palaeography
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001

26 November 2015 6pm | Lecture
Prof Dr Felix Heinzer
Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001

3 December 2015 6pm | Lecture
Dr Chiara Barbati
Institute for Iranian Studies, Vienna
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001

9 December 2015, 4 pm | Informal Talk
Prof Dr Samantha Kelly, Rutgers University
The Library of Santo Stefano degli Abissini, Rome: History, Culture, and Intercultural Contact of an Ethiopian Monastic Community in Sixteenth-Century Europe
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001