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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 issue of “manuscript cultures”

A new issue, no. 9, of the open access journal manuscript cultures, is now available as a free download. This issue is the bilingual catalogue for the exhibition “Wonders of Creation – Ottoman Manuscripts in Hamburg Collections” at the State and University Library Hamburg.

Exhibition “Wonders of Creation” – Ottoman Manuscripts in Hamburg Collections
16 September – 30 October 2016

Hamburg is playing host to a unique exhibition of Ottoman manuscripts belonging to some of the city’s museums and other collections. The exhibition at the State and University Library Hamburg represents the plurality of manuscript cultures mirroring the different ethnic groups, languages and religions which coexisted in the Ottoman Empire until its dissolution in the early 20th century. The exhibition focuses on manuscripts with Ottoman Turkish texts written in Arabic script. Intricately crafted objects such as calendar scrolls, medals and tableaus provide a frame for the handwritten word or accentuate the beauty of the writing. The exhibition will be accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue published by CSMC in its academic journal, manuscript cultures. Entrance is free.

New Petra Kappert Fellows in August 2016

Prof. Dr. Malachi Beit-Arié is professor emeritus of codicology and paleography at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His fields of expertise include medieval Hebrew codicology, palaeography and the medieval transmission of Hebrew texts. Professor Beit-Arié is also the founder and director of SfarData, a codicological database for medieval Hebrew manuscripts.
Dr. Nurit Pasternak is a researcher in the Hebrew Palaeography Project at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research areas include, among others, hebrew codicology, Judaism during the Italian renaissance and book censorship.
The new fellows will stay at CSMC until the end of September 2016.

Universität Hamburg awards the title “Professor” to Dr. Cécile Michel

In July, the Assyriologist Dr. Cécile Michel of the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), external member of the CSMC, was awarded the academic title “Professor” by the University of Hamburg. She will start teaching in the winter term 2016/17. The CSMC congratulates and looks forward to an even closer collaboration!

New volume in the series 'Studies in Manuscript Cultures'

Volume 7 of the series Studies in Manuscript Cultures has just been published by de Gruyter. “Tracing Manuscripts in Time and Space through Paratexts”, edited by Giovanni Ciotti and Hang Lin, investigates how paratexts are essential for the understanding of manuscript cultures, as they concern various aspects of a manuscript’s production, transmission, usage, and reception in Asia, Africa and Europe. Volume 7 is the fourth volume of the series to be available as open access.
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26 September 2016 | Conference
Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies:
Looking back - Looking ahead

Details 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

Hiob Ludolf Centre, Alsterterrasse 1

4 October 2016 1pm | Viva Voce
Marko Heiles, M.A.
University of Hamburg
Lesersteuerung in deutschsprachigen Losbüchern des ausgehenden Mittelalters
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 2002

4 October 2016 1pm | Viva Voce
Marko Heiles, M.A.
University of Hamburg
Lesersteuerung in deutschsprachigen Losbüchern des ausgehenden Mittelalters
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 2002

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

Details und Registration
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26

14 - 15 November 2016 | Workshop
Himalayan Papers

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CSMC, Warburgstraße 26

17 November 2016 6pm | Lecture
Prof. Dr. Ronald Suleski
Suffolk University Boston
A Hand-written Family Genealogy. Constructing the Family in Republican China: Shandong 1944
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