January 2021: Rongrong Wang
Rongrong Wang has been a visiting doctoral student at the Center for the Study of Manuscript Cultures since January 2021. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree from the School of History, Northwest Normal University, China (2011-2015) and her Master's Degree from the School of History, Renmin University of China (2015-2018). She has been a doctoral student at Renmin University of China since September 2018. Her doctoral dissertation draws on the methods of paleography, seeking to shed further light on the local administrative system of the Later Han Dynasty by examining bamboo slips from that period found in Wuyi Square, Hunan Province. She is particularly interested in the litigation process reflected in these administrative documents, and the relationship between country-control behind this administrative system and the local social management.
January 2020: Chen Liu
Chen ‘Christine’ Liu has been a visiting doctoral student at the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures since January 2020. After obtaining a Master’s Degree from the Department of Foreign Literature at Tianjin University of Commerce in Tianjin, China, in 2014 Chen Liu was accepted as a doctoral student at the Department of Chinese Literature at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China in 2017. Her academic focus is on Buddhist manuscripts, languages, and culture from Kharakhoto and Dunhuang with a particular interest in the Chinese monk Zhijian, his pilgrimage to India in the 10th century, and what Bodhisattva-vinaya would have looked like in his time.
Chen Liu about her stay at the CSMC:
I have been greatly enjoying the chance to attend a wide variety of classes, colloquiums, and lectures here at the CSMC and am very much looking forward to learning more about manuscript studies, which is a brand-new and exciting field of research for me. In my studies, I am also very interested in Sanskrit manuscripts, Newari scripts, and Tantric rituals. I even had the chance to touch the Suśruta samhita, the oldest Ayurveda manuscript preserved at Kaiser Library on a visit to Kathmandu in 2017. As I know that the CSMC and Hamburg University offer a great wealth of resources for tantric studies and research into Nepalese manuscripts, I am very excited to delve deeper into these topics while staying in Hamburg.
August 2019: Professor Dr Salvatore Gaspa
From August 1 to 31 2019, the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures hosted Dr Salvatore Gaspa as a guest researcher at the Centre’s library. Dr Gaspa, a researcher in Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Naples "L'Orientale", made use of the library while on a research stay in Hamburg.
For inquiries about using the CSMC research library, please contact the Head Librarian, Dr Irina Wandrey, at irina.wandrey"AT"uni-hamburg.de.