MemberMustafa Altuğ Yayla

I am a social and cultural historian of Ottoman book/manuscript cultures in early modern Anatolia and Balkans (ca. 1400-1700). I am especially interested in narrative-based genres and their audience that written in Ottoman Turkish such as storybooks, hagiographies, romances (mesnevis), histories, parables, and like. In a general sense, I concentrate on the vernacularization of Islamicate cosmopolitan culture and the rise of writing in (Ottoman) Turkish in the Rum context.

MemberHugo Lundhaug


– Koptiske skrifter. Verdens Hellige Skrifter. Oslo: De norske bokklubbene, 2012.

Edited Volumes
– The Nag Hammadi Codices and Late Antique Egypt. (with Lance Jenott). Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum 110. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018. [with Lance Jenott]

– Snapshots of Evolving Traditions: Jewish and Christian Manuscript Culture, Textual Fluidity, and New Philology. Texte und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der altchristlichen Literatur 175. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2017. [with Liv Ingeborg Lied]

– “‘He who has seen me, has seen the Father’: The Gospel of Philip’s Mystagogical Reception of the Gospel of John.” Pages 253–75 in Gospels…

– Professor of Biblical Reception and Early Christian Literature. – Scientific Director of the Interdisciplinary Research School Authoritative Texts and Their Reception (ATTR) – Principal Investigator of ERC-project New Contexts for Old Texts: Unorthodox Texts and Monastic Manuscript Culture in Fourth- and Fifth-Century Egypt (NEWCONT) [2012-2016]

MemberWendy Laura Belcher

African language literature (especially that in Gəˁəz, Amharic, Hausa), Anglophone African literature, early African literature, African film, African women authors, history of the African book, African manuscript cultures, African female saints, and queer African studies; as well as race and gender in eighteenth-century English literature, comparative African and European studies, postcolonial literature, Chicana/o literature, African American literature, comparative hagiographies, gender and sexuality, memoir, indirection and censorship, travel literature, manuscript studies, prison literature, intellectual autobiography, and supernatural monsters.