This lecture series aims at discussing texts describing the origins and use of scripts and alphabets and their functions as metaphors in various cultures, from the Near and Middle East to China.

Program

24.4.2018
18:00 - 20:00
The Judeo-Arabic commentary tradition on the Sefer Yetzirah
Adrian PirteaFreie Universität Berlin
8.5.2018
18:00 - 20:00
Considering the Sealand Tablets for the birth of alphabet
David HamidovicUniversité de Lausanne, Switzerland
15.5.2018
18:00 - 20:00
The Economy of Translating Arabo-Persian texts into Chinese
Dror WeilMax-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin
22.5.2018
18:00 - 20:00
Book Launch: Multinlingualism, Lingua Franca, Lingua Sacra, ed. J. E. Braarvig and M. J. Geller
Jens BraarvigUniversitetet i Oslo, Norway
29.5.2018
18:00 - 20:00
Demarcating Science in Heavenly Writing
Francesca RochbergUniversity of California, Berkeley, USA
5.6.2018
18:00 - 18:15
Anfänge und Funktion der luwischen Hieroglyphenschrift
Jörg KlingerFreie Universität Berlin
18:15 - 18:30
Logogramme im Hethitischen
Joost HazenbosFreie Universität Berlin
18:30 - 18:45
Die hurritischen Emar-Texte: Ein Korpus, zwei Syllabare und auffällige Zeichenvarianten
Sebastian FischerFreie Universität Berlin
12.6.2018
18:00 - 20:00
Writing Sumerian in Chaldean Babylonia: Reflections on the Linguistic Geography of Babylonia in the Early First Millennium BC
Christian HessUniversität Leipzig
19.6.2018
18:00 - 20:00
Scripts and Codes in Coptic alchemical papyri
Tonio Sebastian RichterFreie Universität Berlin
26.6.2018
18:00 - 20:00
Coptic Pharmacological Texts - Cryptographic Drug Names in P. Méd. Copt. IFAO
Anne GronsFreie Universität Berlin
3.7.2018
18:00 - 20:00
Script and hierarchy in non-normative Islamic traditions: the example of the Alevis
David ShanklandRoyal Anthropological Institute, United Kingdom
10.7.2018
18:00 - 20:00
Scripts, languages, sciences in Islamicate societies
Sonja BrentjesMax-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin