Sogdians and Turks on the silk road

Sommerschule

22. August - 02. September 2016

Akademiegebäude am Gendarmenmarkt, Einstein-Saal/Konferenzraum 1, Jägerstrasse 22/23, 10117 Berlin

The summer school provides an introduction to the field of Turfan Studies, which deals with the ancient languages and scripts of the Silk Road as well as the histories and cultures of those who used them. The school focusses on two languages: On Sogdian, a middle Iranian language, and on Old Turkic, spoken by Turkic nomads and used as the main language in the Turfan area.

The Turfanforschung (Turfan Studies) at the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities offers in 2016 a summer school providing an introduction to the field of Turfan Studies, which deals with the many languages and scripts used along the Silk Road as well as the histories and cultures of those who used them. The summer school will center around the two main languages of Turfan research. Sogdian, a middle Iranian language, was widely used as a lingua franca in Central Asia since the 1st c. A.C. Old Turkic was the language of Turkic nomads which had a strong influence on the Silk Road since the middle of the 6th c. After the migration of the Uyghurs it was also used as the main language in the Turfan area under Uyghur rule until 14th c.

 


The courses in this summer school will be given by the staff of the Turfanforschung and the Katalogisierung der Orientalischen Handschriften in Deutschland (Arbeitsstelle Berlin): A. Benkato, D. Durkin-Meisterernst, Y. Kasai, S.-Ch. Raschmann, C. Reck, A. Yakup. There will also be guest lectures by I. Colditz, M. Peyrot and L. Sander.

 

Further information and program: www.turfan.bbaw.de 

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