Sonderforschungsbereich 950

Manuscript Cultures in Asia, Africa and Europe


manuscript of the month


Go13-09 (KHA O 4), Pages 66-67.
Bima swimming towards the serpent.

Made for a Prince, Given to a Princess:
An Illustrated Javanese Manuscript
of the Dewa Ruci

In 1927, J.C.F. von Mühlen, the private secretary of Prince Hendrik, the husband of Queen Wilhelmina, donated a beautiful manuscript of the Dewa Ruci to their daughter, Princess Juliana of the Netherlands, now preserved in the Royal Collections, The Hague. The manuscript was written in Yogyakarta, one of the four principalities in colonial central Java, in the Javanese year 1834, corresponding to AD 1904. According to the information given at the beginning of the manuscript, it was not made for Princess Juliana but rather for Crown-Prince Kangjeng Gusti Pangeran Adipati Anom Mengkunegara Sudibya (1879-1913), son of Hamengkubuwana VII, the Sultan of Yogyakarta. The prince unfortunately died in 1913 and thus never ascended to the throne. We do not know how this particular manuscript of the Dewa Ruci, which was and remains a popular story in Java, ended in Mr. von Mühlen’s hands, nor why he opted to give it to Princess Juliana rather than Queen Wilhelmina.

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news

Cluster of Excellence for Hamburg’s research on manuscripts!

Researchers of the CSMC and from other institutions have been successful with their proposal within the Excellence Strategy: the DFG approved of the Cluster „Understanding Written Artefacts“, which will commence in January 2019.


Exhibition at the the State and University Library Hamburg:
Hidden for two thousand years, serving as model today. The art of writing of Chen Songchang and Zhu Yongling

The two contemporary Chinese artists Chen Songzhang and Zhu Yongling draw on traditional Chinese characters which they reuse in a playful, intelligent way. The artists create new relationships between elements of the text’s layout and create novel forms of interaction between characters. The exhibition is open from 27 September 2018 to 06 January 2019. It is a collaborative undertaking by the State and University Library Hamburg, Carl von Ossietzky, and the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC) at the University of Hamburg. A richly illustrated catalogue will be published in the series Manuscript Cultures of CSMC.
The opening ceremony will be at the State and University Library Hamburg on 26 September 2018, 6pm.


New volume of the journal manuscripts cultures published

Volume 11 of manuscript cultures includes contributions to the 2nd conference ‘Natural Sciences and Technology in Manuscript Analysis’ that took place at the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC) in 2016 and also some related studies by CSMC projects.


BMBF supports research association

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research supports the three-year joint project ‘Coloured Maps’ (‘Kolorierte Landkarten’), beginning on 1 August 2018. The project involves the CSMC (Prof. Dr. Oliver Hahn) and the Mineralogical Museum, CeNak, (Prof. Dr. Jochen Schlüter), University of Hamburg, the Stiftung Hanseatisches Wirtschaftsarchiv (Kathrin Enzel) and the Museum am Rothenbaum in Hamburg (Dr. Susanne Knödel). Applying methods from the material sciences and with art- and cultural-historical approaches, the group analyses hand-drawn and hand-coloured maps from European and East Asian areas, produced between the 15th and the 20th centuries.


New research on organic writing supports at CSMC

Prof. Dr. Markus Fischer, member of CSMC, and colleagues published a new study on materials science research on paper and palm leafs. The study is part of the network ‘Artefact Profiling’ for enhancing research on written artefacts. The network comprises the Hamburg School of Food Science (HSFS), the Institute of Wood Science, the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC), the Institute for Mineralogy and Petrography and the Institute of Advanced Ceramics at the Hamburg University of Technology.


New Fellow

Dr. Marco Heiles is a philologist and a specialist in medieval German manuscripts and early printing. His current research is focused on sexually explicit writing and censorship in medieval German manuscipts. Marco Heiles will stay at CSMC until the end of September.


Handwriting Analysis Tool published

The “Handwriting Analysis Tool (HAT 2)” is a software tool to analyse handwriting styles. Known and unknown hands can be analysed by automatically comparing digital images of manuscripts. The software, developed at CSMC by Hussein Mohammed, can be downloaded and used for free under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY-NC).


events

27 September 2018 - 6 January 2019 | Exhibition

Hidden for two thousand years, serving as model today. The art of writing of Chen Songchang and Zhu Yongling
Hamburg State and University Library


18 October 2018 6pm | Lecture
Professor Emeritus John L. Nádas
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Production of Music Manuscripts in Florence at the Beginning of the 15th century: The Squarcialupi Codex and Polyphonic Song
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001


19 - 20 October 2018 | Conference
“Early Modern Cultural Encyclopaedias”: Defining a Genre and its Agency from a Transcultural Perspective

Details and Registration
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26


25 October 2018 6pm | Lecture
Dr. Annick Payne
University of Bern
Hieroglyphs from Anatolia
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001


13 November 2018 2pm | Informal Talk
Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Engelen
University of Konstanz
Kurt Gödel’s Philosophical Notebooks
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 2002


30 November - 1 December 2018 | Workshop
Titles, Labels, and Names of Multiple Text Manuscripts
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26


30 November - 1 December 2018 | Conference

Zacharias Conrad von Uffenbach in seiner Zeit – Wissen und Gelehrtenkultur um 1700

CSMC, Warburgstraße 26


7 - 8 December 2018 | Workshop
Schriftbildlichkeit: Scripts and Framing
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26


13 - 15 December 2018 | Workshop
Chinese Paper as Writing Support: Terminology and Standards

Details and Registration
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26


10-15 March 2019 | Summer School
Summer School manuSciences '19
In cooperation with the CSMC & BAM, the PSL Research University (France) organizes the German-French Summer School manuSciences '19
Le CAES du CNRS, la Villa Clythia, Frejus, France.
Details and application


18 April 2019 6pm | Lecture
Prof. Dr. Claudia Rapp w.M. FBA
University of Vienna
The Monastery of Saint Catherine in the Sinai and its Palimpsests
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001