Centuries-old Arabic Koran manuscripts, hand-written bibles, or fragments of Homer's Iliad: manuscripts shaped the cultures of our world long before the printed book. Even today they play an important role in many non-European cultures. Some sixty scholars in the Collaborative Research Center "Manuscript Cultures in Asia, Africa and Europe" (SFB 950) investigate this key research area, which is unique worldwide for its regional breadth and disciplinary composition. Nineteen disciplines—notably many "small" disciplines—are involved in researching the diversity of manuscript cultures from an historical and comparative perspective: twelve from Asian, African, and European studies as well as art history, historical musicology, history, Volkskunde and cultural anthropology, and informatics.
Main coordinated programs and research alliance projects: SFB 950, Kolleg-FOR 2311, BMBF Bilderfahrzeuge
Participating faculties: GW, MIN
Foto: Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg