Interdisciplinary Workshop organised by Stephan Hartlepp (Project A02) and Julia Levenson (Project A01)
In this workshop, we examined the phenomenon of substitution. What does the term entail? Is it a simple exchange of one element for another within a specific context? If so, are the substitutes true equivalents in the sense that they necessarily appear and function in exactly the same way? What are the underlying principles of substitution and what governs the choice of one element over another? How can studying substitution be useful in understanding movements of knowledge?
These are among the questions we have discussed in this interdisciplinary workshop. The focus was on Ancient Egypt, with a number of contributions ranging from topics as diverse as funerary offerings and their different manifestations to the peculiarities of the Old Egyptian writing system. Contributions from other fields included talks about Chinese ornamental writing, social processes in Middle Babylonian medicine and the relationship between Old Babylonian didactic and legal texts.
Collaborative international workshop SFB 980 organized by the SFB Associate Project, project A01 and project A02
Under the influence of previous misconceptions and dismissive attitudes – rooted in part in classical Western interpretations of pre-modern, Eastern institutions – the SFB workshop utilized a multidisciplinary approach to assess the history, role and function of non-Western long-lasting libraries and archives. Workshop discussions examined the Eastern forms of library and archive, including institutions and collections such as the ancient Egyptian storage of papyri, the Sumerian literary compositions from the tablet house (é.dub.ba.a) in second millennium Nippur, and Korean libraries of royal palaces as well as a wide variety of historical records housed in Korean academic institutions in the countryside which served as libraries, archives for documents.
The 2014 workshop will bring together during two days of presentations and discussions ten experts on the architecture, decoration and inscription of Late Period tombs as well as on the major religious and cultural compositions transmitted into this period. The major purpose of this workshop will be to identify the technical and ideological undertakings behind the reception and revival of ancient materials and to determine and understand the social and religious factors that supported this exercise beyond wishing for “living in the past”.
In der ägyptologischen Diskussion werden integrale Vorlagen und Musterbücher – und damit Bibliotheksüberlieferung – als Wege des Wissenstransfers erörtert, aber auch die Autopsie von Originalen muss berücksichtigt werden. Ziel des Workshops, der sich insbesondere der Frage nach den Vorlagen widmete, war es, Spezialisten zu diesem Thema zusammenzubringen und aus dem Vergleich der einzelnen Erfahrungen und Thesen eine Zusammenschau zu erzeugen.