Franco-German Spring School organized by the BAM, CSMC, EPHE and PSL:
Manuscripts from Fragments to Books — from Identification to Interpretation

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Basic Information


manuSciences'19 will focus on a multi-facetted investigation of manuscripts adding new chemical and physical analyses, imaging methods and techniques from computer sciences to classical philology, paleography, codicology, linguistics and history.

⇨ Objectives 

  • To facilitate knowledge exchange between young scientists and experts in manuscript sciences
  • To provide an interdisciplinary discussion forum and to develop cooperation among experts in manuscript studies
  • To promote awareness of new technologies in manuscripts studies 


Up to 40 (max.) young researchers, from master and Ph.D. students to researchers and university lecturers. Active participation is expected. The lectures and courses will be in English.


Inquiries and questions may be sent to or (for details see below). 


March 10-15, 2019.


Villa Clythia (CAES du CNRS) 83600 FREJUS, France.

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Alberto Campagnolo, Matthew Collins, Roger Easton, Leif Glaser, Oliver Hahnº, Gregory Hodgins, Benjamin Kiessling, Keith Knox, Eve Menei, Ira Rabinº, Peter Stokesº, Daniel Stökl Ben Ezraº,


Supported by

BAM → Department Materials and the Environment → Division Analysis of Artefacts and Cultural Assets, Berlin
CSMC → Center for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, SFB 950, Hamburg University
EPHE/PSL → Ecole Pratique des Hautes EtudesParis Sciences et Lettres University

Programme (lectures, practical courses)


Papyrus Production - Parchment Production - Paper Production - Inks & Pigments - Carbon 14 - DNA Analysis - Instrumental Analysis - Multispectral Imaging and Data Treatment - Introduction to Palaeography - Paleography and TEI - Codicology and TEI - Computational Manuscript Treatment  - Synchrotrons

Practical courses

XRF - Microscopy, Reflectography, VIS, FTIR & Raman spectroscopy - Multispectral Imaging & Data Treatment - Computational Manuscript Treatment



Application deadline is November 15, 2018.

Please fill out the application form here and submit the following documents in pdf format to or

  • a CV entitled NAME_SURNAME_CV.pdf
  • a photo entitled NAME_SURNAME.jpg (to facilitate learning the participants' names for everybody)
  • a motivation letter entitled NAME_SURNAME_MOT.pdf
  • a recommendation letter (e.g. from your advisor) sent directly to the above emails and entitled NAME_SURNAME_REC.pdf
  • a poster abstract (according to this template ) for a poster presentation (sample poster) entitled NAME_SURNAME_ABS.pdf.

Notification of acceptance December 1, 2018.  


  • Inscription fees : 150 € (payable until January 15, 2019, after that date the fee is 200 €)
  • Accommodation (twin-room) and board (5 nights) 455 €

Important: Financial support (e.g. for lodging and food) can be granted based on the application (letter of recommendation, CV, poster presentation). Please specify when applying.

We hope to be able to support a large number of candidates. 


Prof. Dr. Peter Stokes
Research professor of Digital and Computational Humanities Applied to Ancient Writing at the EPHE, PSL, Paris.

Prof. Dr. Daniel Stökl Ben Ezra  
Director of the digital humanities program of the EPHE, Paris. Research professor of Ancient Hebrew and Aramaic at the EPHE, PSL, Paris.

Prof. Dr. Oliver Hahn
Universität Hamburg / Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM, Germany) 

Prof. Dr. Ira Rabin
Universität Hamburg / Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM, Germany) 


manuSciences '19
⤓ Poster

manuSciences '19
⤓ How to arrive at Villa Clythia, CAES (information from manuSciences 2017 will be updated in early 2019)