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New Directions in Research on Sinoxenic Scripts and Manuscripts

Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Hamburg
9 - 10 July 2019


The term `Sinoxenic` usually refers to Chinese character scripts used to write languages other than Chinese. This workshop will explore new and old directions in research on Sinoxenic manuscripts more broadly considered. A key feature of the programme is that it will bring together scholars active in research on character scripts among non-Chinese East and Southeast Asian peoples along with scholars working on scripts and manuscript traditions among Chinese dialect-speakers. We expect it will be fruitful to compare the various ways in which different communities have adapted the Chinese writing system to meet their own needs. Writing is a form of social practice and an integral part of complex cultural systems. The focus of specific papers in this workshop may include a number of topics, ranging from the intricacies of calligraphic practice and graphic variation, to problems of dating, typology, cultural transmission of literacy and recitation, the role of local school-based education, and the degree of geographic variation in Sinoxenic writing systems. Discussion of both the synchronic and diachronic dimensions of such issues will be welcomed.

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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

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