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 positions in the following sub-projects at CSMC:

PhD Positions

A01 Literary Manuscripts in a Ritual Context: Linked Poetry (renga) in Medieval Japan
Associate Researcher (m/f, 75% 13 TV-L)
The application deadline is 15 July 2015.
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B05 The usage of Qur’an manuscripts as objects within Islamic-Arabic culture: The example of miniature and roll Qur’ans
Associate Researcher (m/f, 75% 13 TV-L)
The application deadline is 10 July 2015.
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C11 Private Archives as a Source of Literacy in Old Assyrian Society '
Research Associate (m/f, 65% 13 TV-L)
The application deadline is 15 July 2015.
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Z03 'Image Processing Methods for Determining Visual Manuscript and Character Features'
Research Associate (m/f, 100% 13 TV-L, Postgrad)
The application deadline is 15 July 2015.
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Postdoc Positions

Z03 'Image Processing Methods for Determining Visual Manuscript and Character Features'
Research Associate (m/f, 100% 13 TV-L, Postdoc)
The application deadline is 15 July 2015.
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New PhD Scholarships

Within the 'Graduate School Scholarship Programme', the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has once more granted scholarships for the PhD programme 'manuscript cultures' which is being offered in the graduate school of the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC).
Current call for PhD scholarships
Application deadline: 15 July 2015


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)


events

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


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


3 December 2015 6pm | Lecture
Dr Chiara Barbati
Institute for Iranian Studies, Vienna
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10 December 2015 6pm | Lecture
Prof Dr Martina Hartmann
Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Munich
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CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001


21 January 2016 6pm | Lecture
Prof Dr Paul Atkins
University of Washington
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CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001