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Second International Conference on
Natural Sciences and Technology in Manuscript Analysis

Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Hamburg
29 February - 2 March 2016


Our time witnesses increasing demand in application of modern technologies and material analysis in the manuscript studies. The second conference dedicated to natural sciences and technology in manuscript analysis continues the tradition of bringing together scholars and scientists from the fields of humanities, informatics, chemistry, physics and biology. Also this time the conference will provide a forum for discussions on various aspects of manuscripts and presentations of new results, technologies and approaches. Contributions are solicited for original research work stressing the role of natural sciences and technology in the following areas:

  • Image analysis of visual manuscript features
  • Recovering lost writing
  • Material analysis of writing material
  • Cutting edge techniques

The conference will be hosted by the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC) at the University of Hamburg, participation is free. Please register below.

Call for Papers

The conference will consist of invited talks, contributed talks and poster sessions. Abstracts will be reviewed by the International Advisory Board members who will make recommendations for oral or poster presentations.
Deadline for abstract submission is 12 December, 2015. Please note the instructions for authors of abstracts.
For submitting your abstracts, please use the email address manuscript-cultures [at]

Oral presentations

The lecture hall is equipped with a digital projector and a PC (MS Windows 7, Office 2010). It is recommended that you use Power Point. Presentations can have an aspect ratio up to 16x10.

  • Invited talks have a gross duration of 60 min that breaks down to 45 min for presentation and 15 min for discussion.
  • Oral presentations have a gross duration of 30 min that breaks down to 20 min for presentation and 10 min for discussion.

Poster presentations

Poster panels are suitable for A0 posters.

Important Dates


Submission of Extended Abstract (2 pages)
Notification of Acceptance
Deadline for conference registration

Invited Speakers

Marina Bicchieri, (ICRCPAL, Istituto Centrale per il Restauro e la Conservazione del Patrimonio Archivistico e Librario, Rome, Italy)
Vito Mocella (CNR-IMM-Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi-Unità di Napoli, Italy)
Peter A. Stokes (King's College London, UK)
Leif Glaser (DESY - Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron)

Conference Chair

Michael Friedrich (Director of CSMC, University of Hamburg, Germany)
Oliver Hahn (CSMC, University of Hamburg, BAM, Berlin, Germany)

Program Committee

Christian Brockmann, European Languages and Literature, CSMC, University of Hamburg, Germany
Oliver Hahn, Material Sciences, CSMC, University of Hamburg, BAM, Berlin, Germany
Volker Märgner, Informatics, CSMC, University of Hamburg, Germany
Ira Rabin, Material Sciences,CSMC, University of Hamburg, BAM, Berlin, Germany
Siegfried Stiehl, Informatics, CSMC, University of Hamburg, Germany

International Advisory Board

Roger Easton (Rochester Institute of Technology, N.Y., USA)
Gregory Heyworth (University of Mississippi, USA)
Judith Schlanger (EPHE-Sorbonne, Paris, France)
Friederike Seyfried (Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, Berlin, Germany)
Daniel Stoekl Ben Ezra (EPHE-Sorbonne, Paris, France)


Click here to download the conference programme PDF (updated 23 February 2016).

Book of Abtracts

Click here to download the Book of Abstracts PDF (updated 24 February 2016).


Please note that due to the large number of participants, the venue was changed to:

University of Hamburg
Asien-Afrika-Institut (AAI)
Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, Ost (East)
Raum / Room no. 221
D-20146 Hamburg.

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Due to the large number of participants the online registration for the conference is now closed.
For more information please contact us.