Sonderforschungsbereich 950

Manuscript Cultures in Asia, Africa and Europe


manuscript of the month


MS Sierra-Texupan, p. 59

Three Cultural Traditions, Two Writing Systems and One Shopping List: The Sierra-Texupan Codex

Once the dust settled after the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire in the year 1521, a new government system was established in Mesoamerica, the region spanning present-day Mexico and Central America. That was the New Spain Viceroyalty. Culturally speaking, this change of administration was especially complicated for the Spaniards because the Aztecs had dominated over a population of seven million in more than three hundred cities in the southeastern part of the region, comprised of the Otomi, Totonac, Mixtec and other peoples. Each and every one of these peoples had languages and dialects of their own. Now Europeans, speaking Spanish, Italian and French, had to communicate with indigenous peoples through Nahuatl, the lingua franca under the Aztecs, while trying to introduce a writing system employing the Latin alphabet to local populations. How did scribes in the region deal with the challenge in communication?

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Job vacancies at the Cluster of Excellence

Universität Hamburg invites applications for new research associate positions for the Cluster of Excellence “Understanding Written Artefacts”.
Further information and calls for applications


Two new volumes of the series Studies in Manuscript Cultures (SMC)

In December 2019 two new volumes were published in CSMC’s series Studies in Manuscript Cultures: Dividing Texts by Bidur Bhattarai and The Emergence of Multiple-Text Manuscripts, edited by Alessandro Bausi, Michael Friedrich and Marilena Maniaci.
The vast amount of manuscripts produced in the Indian sub-continent is astounding, revealing a massive enterprise spanning out over a huge geographical space and an immense period of time. Focusing on the visual organisation of texts in Nepalese and Northern Indian manuscripts largely from 800 to 1300 CE, Bhattarai examines in Dividing Texts: Conventions of Visual Text-Organisation in Nepalese and North Indian Manuscripts (SMC 10) the scribal practices, ways of manuscript production, and some aspects of their implementation in ritual contexts across the varying regions of India and Nepal.
The universal practice of selecting and excerpting, summarizing and canonizing, arranging and organizing texts and visual signs, either in carefully dedicated types of manuscripts or not, is common to all manuscript cultures. Determined by intellectual or practical needs, this process is never neutral in itself. The resulting proximity and juxtaposition of previously distant contents challenge previous knowledge and trigger further developments. With a vast selection of highly representative case studies – from China, India, Islamic Asia and Spain to Ethiopian cultures, from Ancient Christian to Coptic and Medieval European domains – the  volume The Emergence of Multiple-Text Manuscripts (SMC 17) deals with manuscripts planned or growing and resulting in time to comprise ‘more than one’.
Both volumes are open access publications.


New Petra Kappert Fellow

Dr. David Durand-Guédy is an independent researcher, based in Tehran. He specialises in the history of medieval Iran, especially the pre-Mongol period. He will be working on two enshā’ manuscripts (“compilation of letters”) produced in 13th-century Iran. Together with Jürgen Paul he will co-organise a workshop dedicated to written artefacts produced for the writer’s own use (By one’s own hand – for one’s own use. Anthologies and Multiple Text Manuscripts, to be held 20-21 February 2020). He will stay at the CSMC until March 2020.


events

30 January 2020 6pm | Lecture
Professor Dr. Lorenz Korn
University of Bamberg
Patronage and Religious Politics: Epigraphic programmes in mosques of the Saljuq period in Iran (11th-12th cent.)
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001


07 - 08 February 2020 | Workshop
The Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures of the University of Hamburg,
Āśā Saphūkuthi (Āśā Archives) HillMuseum & Manuscript Library, USA (HMML)Care and Conservation of Manuscripts and Artefacts in Nepal
Āśā Archives, Kulambhulu, Kathmandu, Nepal


09 - 18 February 2020 | Workshop
The Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures of the University of Hamburg,
Āśā Saphūkuthi (Āśā Archives) HillMuseum & Manuscript Library, USA (HMML)Care and Conservation of Manuscripts and Artefacts in Nepal
Āśā Archives, Kulambhulu, Kathmandu, Nepal


10 - 14 February 2020 | Workshop
Winter School on Cuneiform Culture

Details and Registration
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26


14 - 15 February 2020, 12:30 noon | Workshop
Professor Dr. Andreas Haug (University of Würzburg),
Professor Dr. Felix Heinzer (Univeristy of Freiburg) Bridging the Gap
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001


20 - 21 February 2020 | Workshop
By one’s own hand – for one’s own use. Anthologies and Multiple Text Manuscripts
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26


6-7 March 2020 | Workshop
Śāradā Manuscripts
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26


13 March 2020, 2pm | Book presentation
Professor Dr. Alessandro Bausi
Professor Dr. Kaja Harter-Uibopuu
Universität Hamburg
Recueil des Inscriptions de l’Éthiopie des périodes pré-axoumite et axoumite (RIÉ IIIB):
A landmark in Ethiopian epigraphy

CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001


20-21 March 2020, 9 pm | Workshop
Professor Dr Michael Friedrich
Dr Agniezska Helman-Wazny
Universität Hamburg
The elusive connection. Manuscripts and rituals of the Bon and Naxi traditions
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001