Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Buddhist Manuscript Culture: Textuality and Materiality

 The team of the AHRC-funded "Sanskrit Manuscripts Project, Cambridge" (i.e., Dr. Vincenzo Vergiani, Dr. Daniele Cuneo and Dr. Camillo Formigatti) has informed me about their first project workshop, which bears the following title:

Buddhist Manuscript Culture: Textuality and Materiality

The workshop will be held at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Cambridge, on 12th-13th April 2013. All are welcome.

Further details and a provisional programme can be found at: http://sanskrit.lib.cam.ac.uk/buddhist-manuscript-culture-textuality-and-materiality

The workshop has extremely interesting speakers, focusing on different points of view on manuscriptology, e.g., looking at manuscripts as material objects (Hildegard Diemberger and Michela Clemente, Camillo Formigatti, Imre Galambos…) or as vehicles of a text (Cristina Scherrer-Schaub, Harunaga Isaacson, Francesco Sferra, Péter-Dániel Szántó, Vincent Tournier, Gergely Hidas, Michael Hahn, Martin Straube, Margaret Cone, Lata Deokar…).
What interests you more? And why?

12th April

9.30–10.15 Keynote speech: Cristina Scherrer-Schaub
The poetic of the page to beat time on the template. Inquiry into a form adopted in Indian/Indic manuscripts outside India

Codicology and History of the Book

10.15–11.00 Martin Delhey (University of Hamburg)
Once again on the problem of provenance of North-East Indian and Nepalese Buddhist manuscripts: with special reference to 12th century manuscripts from the Indian monastery Vikramaśīla
11.00–11.15 Coffee Break
11.15–12.00 Harunaga Isaacson (University of Hamburg)
Scattered leaves: on some Buddhist Tantric prakīrṇapattrāṇi in Cambridge University Library [provisional title]
12.–12.45 Hildegard Diemberger and Michela Clemente
(University of Cambridge)
Tibetan book printing: tradition and technology
12.45–13.30 Imre Galambos (University of Cambridge)
From paper to palm leaves: Medieval Chinese manuscripts in the pothī format
13.30–15.00 Lunch Break
15.00–15.45 Camillo Formigatti (University of Cambridge)
Buddhist Nepalese manuscripts in the Cambridge University Library collections: towards a typological classification [provisional title]
15.45–16.30 Francesco Sferra (University of Naples “L’Orientale”)
Apropos of Some Buddhist Tantric Manuscripts: Add. 1108, Add. 1708.1, Or. 158
16.30–16.45 Tea Break
16.45–17.30 Vincent Tournier
Protective verses for travellers: notes on a leather fragment of the *Diśāsauvastika-gāthā*s recovered from the Bāmiyān region
17.30–18.15 Arlo Griffith (EFEO Jakarta)
The transmission of Buddhist scriptures to ancient Indonesia as witnessed by manuscripts preserved on Bali and inscriptions discovered throughout the archipelago

13th April

Philology and Textual Transmission

10.00–10.45 Martin Straube (University of Halle-Wittenberg)
The textual transmission of Kṣemendra’s Bodhisattvāvadānakalpalatā
10.45–11.30 Margaret Cone (University of Cambridge)
[title tba]
11.30–11.45 Coffee Break
11.45–12.15 Michael Hahn (University of Marburg)
Editorial problems of Śivasvāmin’s Kapphiṇābhyudaya
12.15–13.00 Lata Deokar
Subhūticandra’s Amarakośaṭīkā [provisional title]
13.00–15.00 Lunch Break
15.00–15.45 Peter Szanto (University of Oxford)
Revisiting lists of Tantric Buddhist trespasses
15.45–16.30 Gergely Hidas
A new look at the Mahāśītavatī
17.00–17.45 Tea Break
17.45–18.30 Round table

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