Sonderforschungsbereich 950

Manuscript Cultures in Asia, Africa and Europe

05/2016manuscript of the month

Hildegard of Bingen receiving a vision.

Abbess, Prophetess – and Saint?

Abbess Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179) founded the convent of Rupertsberg in 1150 on a hill of the same name situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Nahe. It was there she wrote various treatises on natural history as well as three volumes recording her visionary experiences. During the first half of the 13th century, a new copy of her third visionary work, Liber divinorum operum (‘Book of Divine Works’), was created at Rupertsberg, featuring ornate gilded miniatures. How did this valuable manuscript of Hildegard’s visionary writings come to be created so long after the abbess’s death?


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New Ph.D. scholarships

The Graduate School 'Manuscript Cultures' of CSMC invites applications for Ph.D. scholarships (2+1 year) starting 1 October 2017.
The application deadline is 31 May 2017.
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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

New Petra Kappert Fellow in February 2017

Karl R. Schaefer is Professor emeritus of Librarianship at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures and has done extensive research on medieval Arabic block printing. Professor Schaefer will stay at CSMC until the end of April 2017.


5 May 2017 | Workshop
Cataloguing and Metadating Chinese Manuscripts

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CSMC, Warburgstraße 26

8 May 2017 6.15 pm | Lecture Series
Prof. Dr. Katrin Kogman-Appel
Westfälische Wilhemls-University Münster
Darstellungen göttlichen Eingreifens in der mittelalterlichen jüdischen Buchkunst
UHH, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, lecture room ESA H

11 May 2017 | Workshop
Collection and Organisation of Literary Texts in Early Medieval Manuscripts

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CSMC, Warburgstraße 26

19 - 20 May 2017 | Workshop
Tracing Evidences for Rituals in Manuscripts

CSMC, Warburgstraße 26

22 May 2017 6.15 pm | Lecture Series
Prof. Dr. Marc Michael Epstein
Vassar College
Avoiding and Implying the Divine Image in Medieval Iconography Created for Jews
UHH, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, lecture room ESA H

1 June 2017 5pm | Book Launch
Dr. Andreas Janke, CSMC
Prof. Dr. John Nádas, Univ. of North Carolina
“Florentine Music of the Middle Ages Rediscovered”
The San Lorenzo Palimpsest: Florence, Archivio del Capitolo di San Lorenzo Ms. 2211: Introductory Study and Mulitspectral Images

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CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001

15 June 2017 6pm | Lecture
Prof. Dr. Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum
Freie Universität Berlin
Philology in Ancient Mesopotamia: Setting the Wedge - Working the Manuscript
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001

16 June 2017, 2-6pm | Open Day
The Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC) opens its doors to the public.
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26

19 June 2017 6.15 pm | Lecture Series
Michael Kohs, M.A.
CSMC, University of Hamburg
Geister, Engel und Dämonen - Darstellungen übernatürlicher Wesen in Manuskripten jüdischer Magie
UHH, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, lecture room ESA H