Since 2019, CSMC is home to the Cluster of Excellence ‘Understanding Written Artefacts: Material, Interaction and Transmission in Manuscript Cultures’ (UWA). Funded by the DFG, the Cluster is being carried out in cooperation with Helmut Schmidt Universität, TU Hamburg, Universität Lübeck, and Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM).
The research at UWA aims to develop a global framework for the study of all written artefacts from the beginning of writing to the present day and from all regions that have produced such artefacts. Combining approaches from the humanities, the natural sciences, and the computer sciences, UWA is organised in eleven research fields and six working groups, all focusing on different dimensions of written artefacts, such as their materiality, spatiality, content, and format. Today, around 150 researchers from over 40 academic disciplines are working on roughly 60 research projects. More than 30 projects have already been completed.