Call for Applications: Zukunftsphilologie Summer Academy in Cape Town

In the framework of the research program Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual ScholarshipForum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Foundation – German Humanities Institutes Abroad in cooperation with the University of Cape Town and the French Institute South Africa invite scholars to apply for the international Summer Academy to be held in Cape Town from September 4 – 14, 2015 on the theme:

“World Scripts: Concepts and Practices of Writing from a Comparative Perspective”

This Summer Academy will explore, from a comparative and global perspective, the vocabularies and typologies of writing in various philological traditions and the role of script as a technology in the production, diffusion, archiving and exchange of knowledge. Hosted at the University of Cape Town, the Summer Academy will focus on the experience of writing and the technologies of script on the African continent, and will especially explore comparative cases and entangled histories that connect Africa to the Arabophone world, the Mediterranean region and through the Indian Ocean to South and Southeast Asia.

For more information take a look at the Call for Applications. Applications should be submitted before January 31, 2015.


Forum Transregionale Studien

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien is a research organization that promotes the internationalization of research in the humanities and social sciences. The Forum provides scope for collaboration among researchers with different regional and disciplinary perspectives and appoints researchers from all over the world as Fellows. In cooperation with universities and research institutions in Berlin and the rest of Germany, it carries out research projects that examine other regions of the world and their relationship to Germany and Europe systematically and with new questions.

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