About this Project

Thanks to the climatological conditions and scribal practices of Graeco-Roman Egypt, a number of handbooks from that region (and from no other in the Graeco-Roman ancient world) have reached us. These handbooks are precious witnesses to practices and processes of cultural transmission: i.e the creation, communication, transformation and preservation of knowledge (both in text and image) across history. Among these handbooks some of the most numerous concern magical knowledge, a field, it should be noted, of extraordinary diffusion and interest, from Mesopotamia to the present. These ancient magical handbooks provide unique entry into a corpus of knowledge at a particular period in a very long history that is otherwise lightly documented, and to the practices by which that field of knowledge was taught and transmitted. More than 40 such handbooks survive, some of them in a fragmentary state. This project will re-edit and re-translate these handbooks, as well as carry out their first large-scale study as material objects and media of cultural transmission. 


New Neubauer Collegium projects to explore complex human questions

February 9, 2016

The Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society has selected 12 new collaborative research projects that unite leading scholars from the University of Chicago and beyond to explore novel approaches to complex human questions.

-- UChicago News by Susie Allen

Neubauer Collegium celebrates opening of new home at 5701 S. Woodlawn

April 21, 2015

In a milestone for the ambitious research initiative, the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society celebrated the opening of its permanent home at 5701 S. Woodlawn Ave. on April 20 with remarks by University of Chicago leaders and a panel discussion featuring Neubauer Collegium Faculty Fellows.


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