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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 Petra Kappert Fellows in August 2016

Prof. Dr. Mandana Barkeshli is an Associate Professor at the International Islamic University Malaysia where she is teaching courses in conservation. She is specialized in materials technology of Islamic manuscripts and miniature paintings. Dr. Barkeshli is currently also chairman of The Islamic Manuscript Association.
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.
Prof. Dr. Amir Hossein Zekrgoo is an art historian and artist. He holds a professorship of Islamic and Oriental Arts at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) of the International Islamic University Malaysia. His fields of research include art, art history and comparative studies in religious arts.
The four 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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New issue of “manuscript cultures”

A new issue, no. 8, of the open access journal manuscript cultures, is now available as a free download. Articles in this issue cover manuscript cultures from China, India, Georgia, the Middle East and Europe, as well as one article on natural sciences in manuscript analysis.


26 September 2016 | Conference
Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies:
Looking back - Looking ahead

Further information 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

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

17 November 2016 6pm | Lecture
Prof. Dr. Ronald Suleski
Suffolk University Boston
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