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Scriptorium: Workshops on the study of Oriental manuscripts

Call for applications

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin and Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation (London) are delighted to call for applications for another international training course / workshop in the series:

 Scriptorium: Workshops on the study of Oriental manuscripts

This training course / workshop will be organized under the title:

“Codicological and Paleographical Aspects of Islamic Manuscripts, with a Special Focus on Manuscript Notes”

Codicological and palaeographical aspects of Islamic manuscripts, like writing support, binding, calligraphy, etc., will be covered in this training course / workshop. Beyond the material side of manuscripts, the main focus of this training course / workshop will be on manuscripts as sources for social and historical research, beside their content. Manuscript notes (like owners and readers entries and collation statements) or analysis of paper are only two examples that reflect several cultural and economic aspects of Islamic learning and societies.

The focus of this course will be on hands-on sessions, in which the participants will have the opportunity to observe themselves the discussed features in Islamic manuscripts kept at Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, which holds around 43,000 volumes, making it one of the largest collections of Oriental manuscripts in the Western world.
 
The workshop is planned as an advanced training course. Participants are either expected to have some experience in working with manuscripts (respectively their digital surrogates) or already participated at one of the introductory courses offered by several institutions.

The training course / workshop will be conducted by:

Prof. Dr. Konrad Hirschler (Freie Universität Berlin)
Dr. Olly Akkerman (Freie Universität Berlin)
Dr. Anne Regourd (University of Copenhagen)
Dr. Boris Liebrenz (Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Leipzig)

Complementary lectures are given by Dr. Élise Franssen (Università Ca' Foscari Venezia) and Christoph Rauch (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin).

Venue: Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Potsdamer Straße 33

Date: 25 - 29 March 2019

Public Keynote Lecture by Dr. Élise Franssen (Università Ca' Foscari Venezia), on 25 March 2019
 
The training course / workshop is intended for advanced MA and doctoral students as well as other junior researchers in the fields of Oriental Philology, Islamic Studies, Ethnography or Comparative Manuscript Studies. Dependent on prior arrangement with the home institution, students and PhD candidates are entitled to receive credit points for their participation. Working knowledge of written Arabic is required.

The participation fee is 140 Euro. The enrollment in the training course / workshop will only be active after payment. Bank details will be communicated to successful applicants by the beginning of December 2018. In case of cancellation, the fee cannot be reimbursed. The workshop will be held in English and the number of participants will be limited to 20.

Applications, including a motivation letter, curriculum vitae and a summary of your current research project, should be sent to orientabt@sbb.spk-berlin.de until 15 November 2018.

Flyer as pdf-file.

 

 

 

Scriptorium: Workshops on the study of Oriental manuscripts

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin and Humboldt-Universität Berlin are carrying out another workshop in the series Scriptorium: 

Workshops on the study of Oriental manuscripts

Turkic Manuscript Studies: An Introduction


Venue: Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Haus 2, Potsdamer Straße 33


Date: 27 March – 1 April 2017


The participants will be introduced to the study of different codicological and paleographical aspects of Turkic manuscripts and documents, including their periodisation, writing supports, bindings, mise-en-texte, mise-en-page, inks, illuminations, miniature-painting, calligraphy, dating systems, scripts, etc. Beyond the material side of manuscripts social and historical aspects as well as new scientific approaches to the research with handwritten material will be covered. The theoretical part will be supplemented by hands-on sessions, in which the participants have the opportunity to observe the discussed features themselves in Turkic manuscripts kept at Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.
The workshop will be conducted by:


Prof. Dr. Claudia Römer (Universität Wien, Institut für Orientalistik):

Monday – Thursday (Ottoman-Turkish Manuscript Tradition)
 

Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Baldauf
(Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften):

Friday – Saturday (Turkic Manuscripts from Central Asia)

Complementary lectures are given by Prof. Dr. Claus-Peter Haase (Freie Universität Berlin/Museum für Islamische Kunst SMB), Dr. Patricia Engel (European Research Centre for Book and Paper Conservation-Restoration, Zentrum für Kulturgüterschutz, Donau-Universität Krems), and Katharina Siedler (paper maker and researcher in Berlin).


Keynote Lecture: 27 March 2017 (Prof. Dr. Claudia Römer)


The workshop is intended for advanced MA and doctoral students, and other junior researchers in the fields of Turkish Studies, Islamic Studies, Ethnography or Comparative Manuscript Studies. Dependent on prior arrangement with the home institution, students and PhD candidates are entitled to receive credit points for their participation.

The workshop will be held in English.

 

 

 

Workshop: Armenian Manuscript Studies: An Introduction

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin and the Oriental Institute of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg are inviting applications for another workshop in the series

Scriptorium: Workshops on the study of Oriental manuscripts

Armenian Manuscript Studies: An Introduction

The participants will be introduced to the study of different codicological and paleographical aspects of Armenian manuscripts, including an overview on the history, collections and catalogues of Armenian manuscripts, bindings, genres, mise-en-texte, mise-en-page, inks, illuminations, miniature-painting, colophons, scripts, periodization, provenance etc.   

The theoretical part will be supplemented by hands-on sessions, in which the participants will have the opportunity to observe the features discussed themselves in Armenian manuscripts kept at Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.

The workshop will be conducted by:

Prof. Dr. Dickran Kouymjian (California State University, Fresno, Berberian Chair of Armenian Studies, Emeritus)

Other speakers: Prof. Dr. Armenuhi Drost-Abgaryan, Dr. Ira Rabin et al

Venue: Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Haus 2, Potsdamer Straße 33

Date: 14-18 March 2016

Keynote Lecture: 13 March 2016 (Prof. Dr. Dickran Kouymjian)

The workshop is intended for advanced MA or doctoral students and other junior researchers in the fields of Armenian Studies, Oriental Studies, Christian Oriental Studies, Theology, Indo-European Studies, Archaeology, Art History and Comparative Manuscript Studies.

The participation fee is 100 Euro. The enrollment in the workshop will only be active after payment. Bank details will be communicated to successful applicants in November 2015. In case of cancellation the fee cannot be reimbursed. The workshop will be held in English. The number of participants will be limited to 20!

Applications, including a motivation letter, curriculum vitae, a summary of your current research project, should be sent to orientabt@sbb.spk-berlin.de or by regular mail to Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Orientabteilung, Potsdamer Str. 33, 10785 Berlin, until 15 October 2015.

webflyer as pdf-file

 

 

 

Symposium - Studies on J. G. Wetzstein: Manuscripts, Politics and Oriental Studies

Berlin State Library, 19 to 21 February 2015
Venue: Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, (Simón-Bolívar-Hall), Potsdamer Str. 33, 10785 Berlin

The Oriental Department of the Berlin State Library in cooperation with the Oriental Institute of the University of Leipzig cordially invite you to participate in a conference celebrating the 200th birthday of the renowned orientalist, diplomat and manuscript-collector Johann Gottfried Wetzstein. A student of the famous Arabist Heinrich Leberecht Fleischer, Wetzstein himself was to become one of the most distinguished figures in 19th century German oriental studies. Beyond his published scholarship, his networking skills as a Prussian diplomat in Damascus (1849-61) and later on as a private scholar in Berlin brought him in close contact with many of his famous contemporaries. This is documented by his correspondence of which substantial parts are preserved in the Berlin State Library. As an avid collector of Islamic manuscripts his important acquisitions contributed significantly to the holdings of the libraries in Tuebingen, Leipzig, and Berlin.

Wetzstein’s life and manifold interests will provide a starting point to explore aspects of 19th century scholarship and diplomacy that put his individual achievements within a broader context.
 
 

complete programme as pdf-file

webflyer as pdf-file

For participation we kindly ask you to register before 13th February at orientabt@sbb.spk-berlin.de  

   

  

   

  

Scriptorium: Workshops on the study of Oriental manuscripts

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin and the Research Unit „Intellectual History of the Islamicate World“ of Freie Universität Berlin are inviting applications for another workshop in the series

Scriptorium: Workshops on the study of Oriental manuscripts

Persian Manuscript Studies: An Introduction


The participants will be introduced to the study of different codicological and paleographical aspects of Persian manuscripts, including their periodisation, writing supports, bindings, miseen-texte, mise-en-page, inks, illuminations, miniature-painting, calligraphy, dating systems, scripts, etc. The theoretical part will be supplemented by hands-on sessions, in which the participants will have the opportunity to observe the discussed features themselves in Persian
manuscripts kept at Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.

The workshop will be conducted by:


Dr. Francis Richard (Bibliothèque Universitaire des Langues et Civilisations, Paris)


Dr. Simon Rettig (The Freer Sackler Galleries, Washington DC)


Venue: Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Haus 2, Potsdamer Straße 33
Date: 22-26 September 2014
Keynote Lecture: 22 September 2014 (Dr. Francis Richard)


The workshop is intended for advanced MA and doctoral students, and other junior researchers in the fields of Iranian Studies, Islamic Studies, classic and medieval philology or comparative manuscript studies. Dependent on prior arrangement with the home institution, students of Freie Universität Berlin who are currently enrolled in Iranistik or Islamwissenschaft and PhD candidates at the BGSMCS are entitled to receive credit points for their participation.


The participation fee is 100 Euro. The enrollment in the workshop will only be active after payment. Bank details will be communicated to successful applicants by the end of February 2014. In case of cancellation the fee cannot be reimbursed. The workshop will be held in English and the number of participants will be limited to 20.

Applications, including a motivation letter, curriculum vitae, a summary of your current research project, should be sent to

orientabt@sbb.spk-berlin.de or by regular mail to


Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Orientabteilung, Potsdamer Str. 33, 10785 Berlin, until 31 January 2014.

pdf-file

 

 

The workshop is made possible through the generous support of: