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Cataloguing and Metadating Chinese Manuscripts

Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Hamburg
5 May 2017


Since the 1970s Chinese archaeologists have unearthed an ever growing corpus of manuscripts from early China. Unlike those written artefacts from Dunhuang and Turfan, which have been catalogued and studied in ways similar to manuscripts from medieval Europe, early Chinese manuscripts pose problems quite differently. Mostly made from wooden or bamboo slips, their bindings are often lost, making the reconstruction of codicological units very difficult if not impossible. The palaeography of early Chinese manuscripts is still in its infant state, cataloguing and editing standards are far from satisfactory. This workshop brings together scholars engaged in the study of early Chinese manuscripts and specialists from more advanced disciplines in order to discuss cataloguing in the context of the “metadating” of manuscripts in state-of-art databases.

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The workshop will be held at the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Warburgstraße 26, Hamburg, Germany. How to find us


Participation is free of charge and vistors are welcome.
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