Theory and Terminology (TNT)
Established in 2012, this working group has dedicated itself to the task of defining and systemizing the theoretical input from former and future studies of manuscript cultures. Since the DFG Forschergruppe ‘Manuscript Cultures in Asia and Africa’ (2008-2011), followed by two phases of the Sonderforschunsbereich ‘Manuscript Cultures in Asia, Africa and Europe’ (2011-2019), including the work in the ‘Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies’ (COMSt) network (2009-2015), to today’s Cluster of Excellence ‘Understanding Written Artefacts’ (since 2019), TNT examines terms, methods and theories relevant for understanding writing and its cultures. It provides a forum for researchers from Master student to experienced scholar and across diverse research areas, while taking up impulses from the specialties of individual projects. Eventually, this working group develops tools and definitions for a broad and comprehensive approach in manuscript research. The outcome has been made available online as working papers for further discussion (CSMC series ‘Occasional Papers’). Since December 2019 the TNT group is formally integrated into the Cluster of Excellence 2176 ‘Understanding Written Artefacts: Material, Interaction and Transmission in Manuscript Cultures’.