Working groups and seminars provide a research infrastructure to deepen cross-disciplinary cooperation:
- The working group 'The Palm-Leaf Manuscript Profiling Initiative' aims to carry out an innovative and comprehensive study of Indian palm-leaf manuscripts by employing various scientific methods to examine them, including DNA and proteomic analyses, spectrography, microscopy, and others.
- The working group ‘Theory and Terminology’ (TNT) investigates concepts and methods from different areas of manuscript research and examines their analytical usefulness.
- The working group ‘Facing New Technologies’ (FNT) analyses how the rise of new technologies, such as printing or digital media, transforms certain manuscript cultures, where they differ from each other in this process, and why.
- The working group ‘Ethics’ raises awareness to ethically challenging situations in research contexts and offers guidelines for responsible research.
- The Permanent Seminar on Manuscript Analysis, Description, and Documentation provides a forum for exchange on cataloguing practices and the digitisation of written artefacts from a comparative perspective.