About The CMTC

The mission of the Centre is to promote the study of pre-modern manuscript and epigraphic traditions in a broad comparative perspective, relying on the strong multi-disciplinary community in Oxford while openly engaging with scholars in other institutions worldwide.

About The CMTC

ACTIVITIES

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The activities of the Centre are at once specialised and interdisciplinary, united by the common goal of enabling long-term research on how knowledge and meaning are shaped and sustained by material conditions, past and present. As a platform for international researchers to engage in close dialogue across their areas of expertise and inform each other about approaches and theories developed in their various subject areas, our goal is to generate discussions that cross subject boundaries and contribute to the theoretical understanding of material text cultures and their impact on knowledge production in global literate societies. With our multidisciplinary approach, crossing traditional academic divisions, we hope to cast light on the deep structures of human behaviours in material knowledge production, past and present.

HISTORY

The Centre for Manuscript and Text Cultures was established as a research concentration at The Queen’s College, Oxford in 2018. CMTC began in 2012 as an initiative of a group of Fellows at Queen’s, led by Dirk Meyer, with common interests in manuscript and text cultures in literate societies. Since then it has drawn in academics and postdoctoral researchers from other colleges. It provides the nucleus of a research cluster for the humanities with a focus on knowledge production and text circulation which we hope will attract future graduate students.

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The Centre holds a dedicated postdoctoral position in Manuscript and Text Cultures. The first postdoctoral fellow of the Centre was Dr Selena Wisnom, now Lecturer in the Heritage of the Middle East, University of Leicester. Our first doctoral student, the Jennifer and John Clay Scholar of Sanskrit, was Tara Hathaway. We are currently fundraising for an endowed doctoral studentship and other activities of the Centre.

CURRENT MEMBERS

Angus Bowie
Angus Bowie
Senior Editor of Manuscript and Text Cultures | Classics

The Queen’s College, Oxford

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Dirk Meyer
Dirk Meyer
Director | Senior Editor of Manuscript and Text Cultures | Chinese Studies

The Queen’s College, Oxford

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Christopher Metcalf
Christopher Metcalf
Secretary of the Board | Classics and the Near East

The Queen’s College, Oxford

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Gabriele Rota
Gabriele Rota
Outreach Officer | Classics

The Queen’s College, Oxford

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Yegor Grebnev
Yegor Grebnev
Production Manager of Manuscript and Text Cultures | Chinese Studies

Beijing Normal University (Zhuhai), BNU-HKBU United International College

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Christelle Alvarez
Christelle Alvarez
Board Member | Egyptology

Freie Universität, Berline

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John Baines
John Baines
Board Member | Egyptology

The Queen’s College, Oxford

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Amin Benaissa
Amin Benaissa
Board Member | Classics

Christ Church College, Oxford

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Charles Crowther
Charles Crowther
Board Member

The Queen’s College, Oxford

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Vittorio Remo Danovi
Vittorio Remo Danovi
Seminar Convenor | Classics

Lincoln College – Magdalen College, Oxford

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Henrike Lähnemann
Henrike Lähnemann
Board Member | Medieval Languages and Cultures

St Edmund Hall, Oxford

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Matthew Shaw
Matthew Shaw
Board Member | Librarian

The Queen’s College, Oxford

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Lesley Smith
Lesley Smith
Board Member | Medieval Studies

Harris Manchester College, Oxford

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Selena Wisnom
Selena Wisnom
Board Member | Assyriology

University of Leicester