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International Conference on Natural Sciences and Technology in Manuscript Analysis

Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Hamburg
4 - 6 December 2013


In recent years, manuscript analysis has received increasing support from methods based on natural sciences and technology. This conference will bring together scientists engaged in this interdisciplinary work and provide a forum for discussion and for presenting new methods and results. Contributions are solicited for original research work illuminating the role of natural sciences and technology in manuscript analysis, for example in areas such as:

  • Recovering lost writing
  • Image analysis of visual manuscript features
  • 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, registration will be free. The program will be structured around focus areas and consist of invited talks, contributed talks and poster sessions.

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 paper submission is October 11, 2013. 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.

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

Poster presentations

Poster panels are suitable for A0 posters.

Important Dates


Deadline extended
Deadline extended
Deadline extended

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

Invited Speakers

Roger Easton (Rochester Institute of Technology, N.Y., USA)
Doris Oltrogge (University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany)
Daniel Stoekl Ben Ezra (EPHE-Sorbonne, Paris, France)
Lior Wolf (Tel Aviv University, Israel)

Conference Chair

Michael Friedrich (Director of CSMC, University of Hamburg, Germany)
Oliver Hahn (BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin, Germany)

Program Committee

Christian Brockmann, European Languages and Literature, University of Hamburg, Germany
Oliver Hahn, Material Sciences, BAM, Berlin, Germany
Ira Rabin, Material Sciences, BAM, Berlin, Germany
Bernd Neumann, Department of Informatics, University of Hamburg, Germany

International Advisory Board

Marina Bicchieri, (ICRCPAL, Instituto Centrale per il Restauro e la Conservazione del Patrimonio Archivistico e Librario, Rome, Italy)
Roger Macfarlane (BYU Brigham Young University, Provo, USA)
Dirk Obbink (University of Oxford, UK)
Michael Phelps (EMEL Early Manuscripts Electronic Library, Rolling Hills Estates, USA)
Ina Reiche (CNRS Laboratoire d'Archéologie Moléculaire et Structurale, Paris, France)
Peter A. Stokes (King's College London, UK)


Click to download the conference programme (updated 11.11.2013.


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


Participation in the conference is free of charge and visitors are welcome. Please register below.
You may find the Hamburg Tourismus site useful for finding a suitable accommodation.
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Wednesday, 4 December
Thursday, 5 December
Friday, 6 December

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