Encyclopaedia of
Manuscript Cultures in Asia and Africa (EMCAA)

EMCAA Brochure (2.3mb)
Published July 2012

The “Encyclopaedia of Manuscript Cultures in Asia and Africa” (EMCAA) is an ambitious project aiming to fill a long existing gap in manuscript studies. Dealing comprehensively with the diversity of manuscript cultures in Asia and Africa, it will not only describe the state of research in the relevant fields but establish for the first time a reliable foundation for systematic, historical and comparative research in manuscript studies.

Volume I: Introduction. Histories of Manuscript Cultures

The first volume of the encyclopaedia introduces the subject and methodological considerations (definitions, etc.) as well as the layout of the work. It also contains an outline of the histories of manuscript cultures and provides a summary of the state of research for each major manuscript culture, including current, local discussions. These macroarticles are accessible to non-specialists and include suggestions for further reading in Western languages.

Volume II: Manuscript Cultures in Comparison

The second volume comprises articles on the systematic categories of “production”, “usage and function” and “reflexion”, e.g. “writing support”, “writing substance”, “textual” and “non-textual functions”, “textual scholarship” and “knowledge”, with sections on each manuscript culture. The contributions are written by specialists for the respective manuscript culture to avoid any over-simplification or neglect of culture-specific characteristics. References to entries are included in Volume III.

Volume III: Dictionary of Manuscript Cultures

The entries in the third volume provide short definitions of key terms and specialist information, but also include important persons, manuscripts and libraries for each manuscript culture. Cross-references to vols. I and II are integrated.

Editors and Advisers

Chief Editors: Michael Friedrich, Harunaga Isaacson, Jörg B. Quenzer
Area Editors: Michael Friedrich, Jörg. B. Quenzer (East Asia)
Harunaga Isaacson, Volker Grabowsky (Central, South and South East Asia)
Malachi Beit-Arié, Dmitry Bondarev, François Déroche, Jost Gippert, Philip Jaggar, Tilman Seidensticker (West Asia and Africa)

East Asia:
William Boltz (University of Washington, Seattle)
Jean-Pierre Drège (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris)
Michael Friedrich (Universität Hamburg, CSMC)
Imre Galambos (University of Cambridge)
Enno Giele (Universität Heidelberg)
Peter Kornicki (University of Cambridge)
Beatrix Mecsi (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)
Nathalie Monnet (Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris)
Constantino Moretti (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris)
Jörg B. Quenzer (Universität Hamburg, CSMC)
Olivier Venture (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris)
Kai Vogelsang (Universität Hamburg, CSMC)

Central, South and South East Asia:
Kirill Alexeev (St. Petersburg State University)
Desmond Durkin-Meisterernst (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften)
Dominic Goodall (École Franaise d'Extrême-Orient, Paris)
Volker Grabowsky (Universität Hamburg, CSMC)
Harunaga Isaacson (Universität Hamburg, CSMC)
Alexey Kirichenko (Moscow State University)
Christiane Schaefer (Uppsala University)
Sam van Schaik (British Library, London)
Jan van der Putten, (Universität Hamburg, CSMC)

West Asia and Africa:
Alessandro Bausi (Universität Hamburg, CSMC)
Malachi Beit-Arié (The Hebrew University Jerusalem)
Dmitry Bondarev (Universität Hamburg, CSMC)
Pier Giorgio Borbone (Università di Pisa)
Paola Buzi (Università di Roma La Sapienza)
Alberto Cantera (Universidad de Salamanca)
François Déroche (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris)
Alain Desreumaux (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris)
Jost Gippert (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)
Alessandro Gori (Università degli Studi di Firenze)
Philip Jaggar (School of Oriental and African Studies, London)
Graziano Krätli (Yale University, New Haven)
Bernard Outtier (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris)
Christiane Reck (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften)
Tilman Seidensticker (Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena, CSMC)

Analysis of Artefacts and Cultural Assets:
Oliver Hahn (Universität Hamburg, CSMC & BAM, Berlin)
Ira Rabin (BAM, Berlin)

Board of Advisors:

J.Peter Gumbert (Emeritus Universiteit Leiden)
Marilena Maniaci (Università degli Studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale)
Jan-Dirk Müller (Emeritus Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Máire Ní Mhaonaigh (University of Cambridge)
Richard Salomon (University of Washington)
Avihai Shivtiel (Emeritus University of Leeds)


De Gruyter, Berlin
Publishing scheduled for 2018