Sonderforschungsbereich 950

Manuscript Cultures in Asia, Africa and Europe

06/2016manuscript of the month

The ostracon BM EA 5634

“Stung by a scorpion”
and other notes about absences from work in ancient Egypt

At first glance, it looks like a nondescript chunk of limestone, but a closer look reveals much more than that: An ancient Egyptian roster with notes on workers’ absences. Not only the days are listed on which individual workers were absent from work, but diverse reasons for their absences, too. Now, just what excuses were there in ancient Egypt for not going to work?


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New Ph.D. scholarships

The Graduate School 'Manuscript Cultures' of CSMC invites applications for Ph.D. scholarships (2+1 year) starting 1 October 2017.
The application deadline is 31 May 2017.
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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”.

New Petra Kappert Fellow in April 2017

Clarissa Vierke is Professor Literature in African Languages at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Her fields of research besides manuscript studies include among others Swahili literature, genres and motives in Africa as well as orality and literacy. Together with Professor Kießling she will be hosting the workshop “One Text - Many Forms: A Comparative View on the Variability of Swahili Manuscripts” at CSMC on 21-22 April 2017. Professor Vierke will stay at CSMC until the end of July 2017.

Prof. Dr. Farouk Ismail

CSMC welcomes the Assyriologist Prof. Dr. Farouk Ismail from the University of Aleppo at CSMC. He will conduct research in the project “The personal names in Old Babylonian texts from Šhubat-Enlil” funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation and will stay at CSMC until April 2018.

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


1 June 2017 5pm | Book Launch
Dr. Andreas Janke, CSMC
Prof. Dr. John Nádas, Univ. of North Carolina
“Florentine Music of the Middle Ages Rediscovered”
The San Lorenzo Palimpsest: Florence, Archivio del Capitolo di San Lorenzo Ms. 2211: Introductory Study and Mulitspectral Images

Details and Registration
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001

15 June 2017 6pm | Lecture
Prof. Dr. Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum
Freie Universität Berlin
Philology in Ancient Mesopotamia: Setting the Wedge - Working the Manuscript
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001

16 June 2017, 2-6pm | Open Day
The Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC) opens its doors to the public.
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26

19 June 2017 6.15 pm | Lecture Series
Michael Kohs, M.A.
CSMC, University of Hamburg
Geister, Engel und Dämonen - Darstellungen übernatürlicher Wesen in Manuskripten jüdischer Magie
UHH, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, lecture room ESA H

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

23 June 2017 | Workshop
Hagiographico-Homiletic Collections in Greek, Latin and Oriental Manuscripts – Histories of Books and Text Transmission in a Comparative Perspective

Details and Registration
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001

26 June 2017 6.15 pm | Lecture Series
Dr. Irina Wandrey
CSMC, University of Hamburg
Der/Die Namen Gottes als Zeichen seiner Präsenz in hebräischen Manuskripten
UHH, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, lecture room ESA H

28 June 2017 4pm | Informal Talk
Prof. Dr. Christian Benne
University of Copenhagen
On the Affordances of Writing by Hand: Why Do We Print Out Our ‘Manuscripts’?
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001

29 June 2017 6pm | Lecture
Prof. Dr. Mikael Adolphson
University of Cambridge
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001

30 June - 1 July 2017 | Workshop
Mechanical Copying in Multilingual and Multiscript Manuscript Cultures: Xylography and Lithography in Relation with Manuscript Production

Details and Registration
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26

10 July 2017 6.15 pm | Lecture Series
Prof. Dr. Yossi Chajes
University of Haifa
Diagramming Sabbatianism
UHH, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, lecture room ESA H

14 - 16 August 2017 | Workshop
Working with African Arabic Script Manuscript
Further information can be found here.
In cooperation with the CSMC & the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Northwestern University organizes this workshop.
Program of African Studies and the Herskovits Library of African Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston IL

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

Hiob Ludolf Centre, Alsterterrasse 1

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

30 November 2017 6pm | Lecture
Prof. Dr. Joel Blecher
The George Washington University
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001