Turkic Manuscript Studies: An Introduction

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin and Humboldt-Universität Berlin are inviting applications for another workshop in the series Scriptorium: Workshops on the study of Oriental manuscripts:

Turkic Manuscript Studies: An Introduction

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).


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

Date: 27 March – 1 April 2017

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 participation fee is 180 Euro for the complete workshop. Participants, who want to join only for the sessions on Friday and Saturday have to pay 70 Euro. Participation fee for the part from Monday to Thursday is 140 €. The enrollment in the workshop will only be active after payment. Bank details will be communicated to successful applicants by the beginning of December 2016. 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 11 December 2016.

9 Antworten
  1. Nasiba S Baimatowa says:

    I am very interested in upcoming lectures on Turkish manuscripts, but can not attend in person. Do the organizers arrange for interactive transmission of talks through a website, for those who are outside of country?

    • Christoph Rauch says:

      Dear Mrs. Baimatowa,
      thank you for your message. At the moment we have no planns for a interactive transmission of talks via internet. But I will discuss this issue among the organizers, maybe we will do that at least for the keynote-lecture.
      Best regards
      Christoph Rauch

  2. Zeynep says:

    I am planning to apply for the workshop and wondering if you have funding available for graduate students?

    • Christoph Rauch says:

      Dear Zeynep,
      thank you for your message. Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodations.
      Thank you and best regards
      Christoph Rauch

  3. Zukhra says:

    Hello! And about visa for participants from Russia? Will it be any document like official invitation to get visa?

    • Christoph Rauch says:

      Dear Madame, After successful application we can arrange such a letter of invitation. best regards
      Christoph Rauch


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