Sonderforschungsbereich 950

Manuscript Cultures in Asia, Africa and Europe


08/2016manuscript of the month


Example of an Angkorian Khmer Inscription inscription
found in Lopburi (Thailand) and dated to 1025 CE.

From Stone to Paper:
A Manuscript on Ancient Inscriptions Marks the Beginning of Epigraphic Studies in Modern Siam

Thanks to spectacular epigraphic discoveries in the first half of the 19th century, members of the Siamese elite became curious to find out more about ancient writing on stone. Once the inscribed artefacts had been moved from the provincial areas to the capital, Bangkok, in order to be stored safely, Siamese experts – a very small group of traditional scholars – began the process of deciphering them to learn more about the past. A Siamese manuscript from the late 19th century documents various ancient scripts originating in India and South-east Asia as proof of this process.

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Job vacancy

Universität Hamburg invites applications for the following position at CSMC:
Researcher (m/f, 13 TV-L) for the newly established research project 'African voices in the Islamic manuscripts from Mali: documenting and exploring African languages written in Arabic script (Ajami)'
The application deadline is 31 August 2017.
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Member of CSMC was appointed Head of Center for Sustainable Research Data Management at Universität Hamburg

As of 1 July 2017, Dr. Stefan Thiemann (subproject INF), is Head of the newly founded central operating unit 'Center for Sustainable Research Data Management' at Universität Hamburg. The RDM Center combines infrastructure, competencies and tasks with the thematic emphasis on long term backup, storage and reuse of research data, research applications, repositories, Open Access, digitization in research and research information. The mission is to support scientists with synergy building and sustainable services in the areas of information, communication and media technology by taking over special tasks and offering technical expertise. CSMC congratulates Dr. Thiemann and is looking forward to the continued cooperation.


New Petra Kappert Fellow in August 2017

Professor CHEN Songchang is the vice-director of the Yuelu Academy at Hunan University in Changsha, China. He is a specialist in manuscriptology and calligraphy and has been cooperating with researchers at Universtät Hamburg for many years. Professor CHEN will stay at CSMC until the end of August 2017.


New DFG research project on African manuscripts

CSMC congratulates Dr. Dmitry Bondarev for having been awarded a grant by the German Research Foundation (DFG) to carry out a twelve year long research into African languages written in Arabic script (Ajami). The project will catalogue the Ajami manuscripts held in Malian private and state collections and carry out historical and linguistic analysis of the material brought to light by the cataloguing process. These tasks will be performed by a team of scholars, one unit working in Germany and the other in Mali.


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”.


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

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 & State and University Library, Hamburg
Programme


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


Details
Hiob Ludolf Centre, Alsterterrasse 1


28 - 29 September 2017 | Conference
Libraries in the Manuscript Age: East and West - Les bibliothèques à l’âge du manuscrit: Orient et Occident
Further information can be found here.
In cooperation with the CSMC, SICle & EPHE, the Collège de France organises this workshop.
Collège de France, amphithéâtre Guillaume Budé


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


2 November 2017 6pm | Lecture
Dr. Britta Frede
Freie Universität Berlin
Writing Women Scholars in the Western Sahara since 18th century
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001


3 - 4 November 2017 | Workshop
Polyphonic Music in the Medevial Mass
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26


4 November 2017, 5-12pm | Science Night 2017
Scientists of the CSMC present their work during the 7th Science Night in Hamburg.
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26