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Understanding Material Text Cultures

A Multidisciplinary View

Funded by: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Edited by: Markus Hilgert
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The present volume comprises 6 highly original studies on material text cultures in different nontypographic societies stretching from the 3rd millennium cuneiform textual record of Ancient Mesopotamia to 20th century Qur'anic boards of northern and central African provenience. It provides a multidisciplinary approach to material text cultures complementary to the interdisciplinary, strongly theory-grounded research scheme of the CRC 933. Six research fellowships were awarded to outstanding young researchers for innovative, high-risk research proposals pertinent to the CRC 933's overall research scheme. Their studies contained in this volume add multidisciplinary dimension to material text culture research, satisfy the curiosity as to the applicability of the theoretical premises and methodology developed and tested by the CRC 933 to research on inscribed artefacts carried out on an international level and in different research environments and contribute to anchoring material text culture research as proposed by the CRC 933 within the tradition and broader context of other research strategies devoted to the material dimension of writing, such as the filologia materiale.

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Markus Hilgert, Vorderasiatisches Museum der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, Germany.


"These six studies are a sample of the broad range of disciplines, approaches and geographic and chronological frameworks involved in the CRC 933. This kind of cooperation is stimulating and shows the current reality of many research projects in the humanities, which are increasingly collaborative and gather researchers from very different fields. [...] all the studies in the book provide new clues that broaden our understanding of material text cultures and show that much and new research can still be produced in relation to them."Natalia Elvira Astoreca in: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2017.10.44 "Grundsätzlich ist der Band jedoch vor allem aufgrund der immer wieder sich einstellenden Querverbindungen zwischen den Aufsätzen aus verschiedenen Disziplinen eine recht gelungene Angelegenheit. Es sei abschließend noch lobend hervorgehoben, dass MTK 9 spezifisch JungforscherInnen ein Forum bietet, ihre Arbeit einer breiteren Öffentlichkeit zu präsentieren."Reinhard Pirngruber in: Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 108 (2018), 327-330

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Audience: Scholars of classical studies, assyriology, egyptology, papyrology, epigraphy, islamic studies.