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Summer School in Coptic Literature and Manuscript Tradition

Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Hamburg
17 - 21 September 2018

in collaboration with the projects

“PAThs - Tracking Papyrus and Parchment PAThs: An Archaeological Atlas of Coptic Literature”, Rome
“Digital Edition of the Coptic Old Testament”, Göttingen
Collaborative Research Centre 1136 "Education and Religion in Cultures of the Mediterranean and its Environment from Ancient to Medieval Times and to Classical Islam", Göttingen
and “Corpus dei Manoscritti Copti Letterari”, Rome – Hamburg

and in cooperation with
the Seminar for Egyptology and Coptic Studies, Universität Göttingen
and the Chairs of Egyptology, Sapienza Università di Roma and Coptic Studies, Universität Hamburg.


The school aims at training graduate students and junior scholars in methods used in Coptic manuscript studies. Lectures and seminars in topics ranging from Literature to History to Codicology and Cataloguing shall cover the most central aspects of research and help in developing skills necessary for theoretical and practical tasks in the study of manuscripts.

Particular attention will be devoted to the develpment of Coptic Literature, to its “literary genres” and to the geography of Coptic manuscript production. Practical exercises will include analytical description of Coptic manuscripts.

The school is open to students and scholars of all disciplines, but some degree of knowledge of Christian Orient (not necessarily Coptic) as well as experience of study and/or research dealing with one of the oriental traditions is expected. Basic knowledge of the Coptic language is an appreciated prerequisite.

The class will be taught by internationally acknowledged specialists on the topics of Literature, Bible, Manuscript Tradition, Coptic Church etc.

Download the preliminary programme (Updated 03.07.2018)


The Summer School in Coptic Literature and Manuscript Tradition shall be conducted in English. The classes shall take place every day from Monday (Sept. 17) through Friday (Sept. 21) 2018 at the

University of Hamburg
Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures
Warburgstraße 26
20354 Hamburg
Room 0001/2002

How to find us

The participation in this Summer School is subject to registration (see below). Up to 20 participants shall be selected from all qualified applications that will reach us before the deadline (31 May 2018).

The selected participants will be asked to pay a small fee of €170 towards tuition and learning materials. The fee shall also cover coffee breaks and lunches.

All students will receive a certificate of participation and 2 ECTS credit points.

Application / Registration

Applicants who wish to participate in the Summer School must apply by May 31, 2018. The selected participants will be notified within one week after the registration deadline.

All applicants should send us the following documents (written in English):

  • signed application form (Download PDF)
  • résumé / curriculum vitae
  • letter of motivation that illustrates why you wish to participate in the Summer School and what you hope to gain from your participation
  • a summary of current research / thesis project(-s)

Applicants who would like to present their own research to the teachers and participants of the Summer School (15 minute presentation; only four applicants’ proposals will be selected) should also provide:

  • the title of the proposed talk
  • an abstract of ca. 200 words

Up to two applicants, whose research interests are particularly close to the scientific focus of the PAThs project (, will be selected and invited for a one-week stay at Sapienza University (second half of February 2019) in order to collaborate to the scientific activities of the project and take part to construction/implementation/ of the PAThs database.

Those interested in this opportunity should additionally provide:

  • a letter of reference from a professor of the applicant’s degree programme (not older than 2 months)
  • a summary of current research / thesis project
  • a piece of research of max. 6,000 words (e.g. a research article, a chapter from a BA/MA thesis, or similar)

Please send all documents via email to: paola.buzi [at]

Applicants shall be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance by June 10, 2018.


The selected applicants shall be asked to transfer the tuition fee of 170€ by June 30, 2018 to the account of the Universität Hamburg:

  • Recipient: Universität Hamburg
  • Bank: Deutsche Bundesbank
  • IBAN: DE 68 20 00 00 00 00 20 10 15 31
  • BIC: MARKDEF1200
  • Reference: 100044327

Participation in the Summer School is only possible after confirmation of payment.

Please note that we cannot reimburse the participation fee if you cancel after July 31, 2018.