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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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)


13 August 2015 4pm | Lecture
Prof Dr Abdalla Uba Adamu
Bayero University, Kano
The City At the Edge of Forever - Archiving and Digitizing Arabic Sources on the History of Kano, Nigeria
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001

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"
The biographical account related to the Egyptian anchorite Onophrius (Vita Onuphrii) represents an interesting case, among many others, where uniquely combining literary and documentary manuscripts on the one side and archaeology on the other, it is possible to reconstruct the fortune of a devotional practice and a literary tradition from Late Antiquity to Early Middle Ages.
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
Charles C. Stewart
Visiting Scholar at ISITA and Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana
"Re-discovering Timbuktu's manuscript past: what happened when that scholarship disappeared 300 years ago?"
The Arabic Literature of Africa volume V (Mauritania and the western Sahara) that went to press in March will complete the geographic sweep for the series launched by Professor J. O. Hunwick and R. S. O’Fahey in 1994. It will be the largest of that series, three volumes in length with over 1800 authors and in excess of 10,000 titles covering 350 years of scholarship. Its compilation was a six year project under the direction of Charles Stewart. In brief, this volume is a summation of Timbuktu’s fabled intellectual legacy – not the story of Timbuktu’s manuscripts constructed for funding agencies in the 1990s, but a fairly accurate reflection of what that legacy actually was and how it has evolved since ca.1700.

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

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

10 December 2015 6pm | Lecture
Prof Dr Martina Hartmann
Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Munich
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001