Comparative Diplomatics

A faculty-graduate student working group of the Comparative Antiquities network at the Humanities Council, co-sponsored by the Program in Medieval Studies. Meetings are convened by Tom Conlan (East Asian Studies), Helmut Reimitz (History), and Marina Rustow (Near Eastern Studies; History) in 202 Jones Hall. To receive announcements about the workshop and brief precirculated readings, email Brendan Goldman (Judaic Studies) at

Spring 2020

February 6, 4:30-6:00PM
Umberto Bongianino (Oxford University)
“The caliph and the monks’ cattle: an Almohad decree in favor of a Catalan monastery (1217 CE)”

February 27, 4:30-6:00PM
Debjani Bhattacharyya (Drexel University)
“Inscribing Land Titles: Geographical Imaginations in Legal Texts”
Jones Hall 202

March 3, 6:30-8:00PM
Helmut Reimitz (History)
“From Medieval Charters to Roman Law and Back Again. Some Examples from the Late Antique West”

March 24, 4:30-6:00PM
Megan Gilbert (East Asian Studies)
“Curated Scrap Paper: Documents on the Reverse Sides of Medieval Japanese Diaries”

April 14, 4:30-6:00PM
Miriam Frenkel (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
“Rich Bride Poor Bride – Two Trousseau Lists from the Cairo Geniza”

April 30, 4:30-6:00PM
Horikawa Yasufumi (East Asian Studies)
“Samurai’s Oath in Medieval Japan: From Princeton University Collection”

Fall 2019

October 2, 4:30-6:00 PM, Scheide Caldwell 203
Marina Rustow (NES, History): “Multi-handed Arabic documents and the Fatimid State”

October 23, 6:00PM – 7:30 PM, Chancellor Green 105
Hiroshi Takayama (IAS, The University of Tokyo)

November 6, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Chancellor Green 105
Khodadad Rezakhani (Research Scholar, Mossavar-Rahmani Center): “Making a Case: Pahlavi Documents from early Islamic Iran”

December 11, 4:30 – 6:00 PM, Chancellor Green 105
Rachel Mairs (University of Reading): “What can(‘t) Greek documents from Egypt tell us about Greek documents from Bactria?”

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