Sonderforschungsbereich 950

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 Ph.D. scholarships

The Graduate School 'Manuscript Cultures' of CSMC invites applications for 3 Ph.D. scholarships scholarships (2+1 year) starting 1 October 2016.
The application deadline is 30 June 2015.
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MoU between the Fudan University and Universität Hamburg

During a visit of a delegation from the Fudan University in Shanghai to CSMC on June 6th, Vice-President Professor Susanne Rupp of the University of Hamburg and Professor Yang Yuliang from the Fudan University signed a Memorandum of Understanding in order to enhance cooperation in the field of manuscript studies and beyond. Professor Yang Yuliang is Director of the “Chinese Ancient Books Preservation and Conservation Institute” and former President of Fudan University.

MoU between CSMC and the Orient-Institut Istanbul

During a workshop in Hamburg on 2 June, Prof. Dr. Raoul Motika, Director of the Orient-Institut in Istanbul, and the Director of CSMC signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the already well established collaboration between the two institutions. Areas of cooperation include, among others, the exchange of researchers, joint events and research projects.

New volume in the series 'Studies in Manuscript Cultures'

Volume 5 of the series Studies in Manuscript Cultures has just been published by de Gruyter. In “Variance in Arabic Manuscripts - Arabic Didactic Poems from the Eleventh to the Seventeenth Centuries” the author Florian Sobieroj investigates how and to to what degree texts from a specific corpus vary when transmitted as manuscripts. Volume 5 is the third volume of the series to be available as open access.
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7 July 2016 6pm | Lecture
Prof. Dr. Ludger Lieb
University of Heidelberg
Traces: Hunting, Love and the Materiality of Writing in the Middle Ages.
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001

11 July 2016 2pm | Informal Talk
Dr. Théodore Bluche
A2iA, Paris
Deep Neural Networks: Where Do We Stand in Handwriting Recognition?
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 2002

27 September - 1 October 2016 | Workshop
Summer School in Ethiopian
and Eritrean Manuscript Studies

Further information
Hiob Ludolf Centre, Alsterterrasse 1

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

CSMC, Warburgstraße 26

14 - 15 November 2016 | Workshop
Himalayan Papers

CSMC, Warburgstraße 26