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The Materiality of Rulership and Administration

At the end of March, subprojects B09 (Bamboo and Wood as Writing Materials in Early China) and B10 (Rolls for the King) welcomed researchers – albeit virtually – to a two-day workshop: Keeping Record: The Materiality of Rulership and Administration in the Pre-Modern World (24–25 March 2022). Please click here for the workshop report by Abby Armstrong.

ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN CURRENT RESEARCH MAGAZINE

The current issue of the research magazine RUPERTO CAROLA of Heidelberg University is dedicated to the topic "Space & Time". In the introductory expert interview Prof. Dr. Jonas Grethlein, head of the SFB-subproject C08, discusses together with the mathematician Prof. Dr. Anna Wienhard how time was perceived and conceived of in the ancient world and how these concepts differ from our modern views ("The Dynamics of Systems. At the Limits of Knowledge"). The same issue contains an article by Prof. Dr. Romedio Schmitz-Esser, member of the SFB, on the topic of absence and presence in European pre-modernity ("Together, yet Apart. The Medieval Model") and by Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmitt on the topic "The Dispute ober Cultural Heritage. From the Storage Memory into the Functional Memory". Thomas Schmitt is Professor of Cultural Heritage and Protection of Cultural Property at the Heidelberg Center for Cultural Heritage (HCCH).

Lasting Presence - Artifacts and their Artist Inscriptions

"Signature-bearing Artifacts. Writings, Materials, Practices in Transcultural Comparison" was the title of a colloquium held at Heidelberg University on March 11 and 12. The event, organized by the CRC 933 "Material Text Cultures," focused on artifacts bearing artists' inscriptions. The aim was to shed light on the relationship between the material, function, and use of an artifact and its inscription, and to examine the presence of its producer from an interdisciplinary, transepochal, and cross-genre perspective. Click here for the conference report by Mandy Telle (in German).

W2-Startup-Professorship in "Cultural Heritage"

The Faculty of Philosophy at Heidelberg University and the Heidelberg Centre for Cultural Heritage (HCCH) invite applications for a W2-Startup-Professorship in "Cultural Heritage" (f/m/d), fixed term, 6 years, no tenure track, to be filled from 1 April 2023. The professorship will serve to continue and further establish the research developed at the Collaborative Research Centre "Material Text Cultures" beyond the end of the CRC in 2023. In terms of both structure and content, the professorship is associated with the Heidelberg Centre for Cultural Heritage (HCCH). The HCCH was founded at Heidelberg University in 2013. It is designed to enhance the university’s research and teaching profile in the field of cultural heritage and its transformation(s). Read more.

ONLINE EXHIBITION ON HEBREW BOOK CULTURE

The new online exhibition "Sunken Treasures: The Hebrew Book Culture of Medieval Judaism in Western Europe" features books and writings of medieval Ashkenazic Judaism with a focus on biblical manuscripts. The documents attest to the special role that writing played in Jewish culture in the Middle Ages. The online exhibition is developed by Prof. Dr. Hanna Liss, leader of the SFB subproject B04 "Scholarly Knowledge, Drollery or Esotericism? The Masora of the Hebrew Bible in its Various Material Properties".
You can access the exhibition via the following link: https://buchkultur.ausstellung.corpusmasoreticum.de

Reading Practices in Ancient Judaism – New MTK-volume published

Under the title "Reading Practices in Ancient Judaism. Acts of reception, materiality and use of writing", the 34th volume of the series "Material Text Cultures" by the Collaborative Research Centre 933 has been published (in German). The latest volume in the MTK-series offers a comprehensive history of reading for ancient Judaism, filling a long-standing gap in research. Using the triad of reception acts, materiality, and scriptural use, its author Jonas Leipziger traces the development of ritual reading practices in ancient Judaism.

Text without matter – New SFB-member investigates 'inexistent' writings

The research of Marina Garzón Fernández, new member in subproject C09 "Inscription of the Body: Text and Body in pre-modern Iberian Literature" of the SFB, is "inexistent" writings - writings, namely, that are cut out of a piece of paper with scissors. Each letter is empty, the text is "form without matter." In her project "Writing with Scissors: a Calligraphy of Wonder," Garzón Fernández analyzes the unique qualities of these silhouettes from the perspective of writing aesthetics. To this end, other miracle calligraphies such as light letters, or 'heaven letters' – letters that have a divine origin – are also examined. Read more about her research here (in German).

Thematic Fields

The interdisciplinary work at the CRC 933 is organized in seven thematic fields. They are based on the method of praxeologically oriented analysis of artefacts, which builds upon the examination of materiality, topology, and presence as well as on the reconstruction of praxeographies. The thematic fields stretch across the three research areas: A ‚Social Spaces‘, B ‚Social Fields‘, and C ‚Reflection (Metatexts)‘. The thematic fields are designed to make times and spaces comparable with regard to identifiable areas of social practice (ritual-religious, scientific-epistemic, political-administrative), and they serve further development of the theory and methods of the CRC 933.

 

 

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The Collaborative Research Centre 933 (CRC 933) examines script-bearing artefacts: pillars, steles, portals, tombstones, potsherds, amulets, scrolls, papyri, parchment codices; to name only a few. The researchers involved investigate a lot of questions: How and under which circumstances were these artefacts produced? In which spacial arrangements were they located? Who had access to them? How and in which contexts were they used? Continue reading

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MTK-Series' "Materiale Textkulturen"

The MTK-Series Material Text Cultures is the Collaborative Research Centre's publication organ. We publish collected volumes and monographs that focus on the CRC's main research questions, meaning the materiality and presence of writing in non-typographic societies. All volumes are open access and can be found here.

5300 Jahre Schrift

In 50 articles, the volume "5300 Jahre Schrift" published by das Wunderhorn presents 50 written artifacts, which are as diverse as their origins and their writers and readers – including Mesopotamian tax lists in cuneiform script, Roman temple inscriptions, ancient Egyptian books of the dead or even street art and hypertext. More information

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