Other Projects

In the field of Islamic manuscript studies and conservation, Karin Scheper worked on several projects. Apart from the Terminology for conservators of Islamic manuscripts and other specialists needing terminology for describing Islamic manuscripts, and the Curriculum - a collaborative project with Mandana Barkeshli and Paul Hepworth - she participated in COMSt: Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies. Though the initial project is now finished, the COMSt network (based at the Hiob Ludolf Centre for Ethiopian Studies, Hamburg University) is still active. More information - and the COMSt Handbook and newsletters - can be found here.

Karin also gives workshops in Islamic bookbinding. These workshops include lots of instructive presentations and hands-on work, and may be directed towards conservation issues, depending on the needs of the intended group of participants and the location where the course is organised.


Other contributions to the field of conservation and book history are related to European books, such as:


Developments in Book Conservation

Karin was involved three times in compiling and organising an exhibition on developments in book conservation and the changing approach in preservation. One of those (2009) was organised in conjunction with a symposium, "Boekrestauratie in beweging", and a publication (in Dutch) accompanied both events.


Iron Gall Ink Treatment

Confronted with collection items in the University Library Leiden that were damaged by iron gall ink corrosion, a collaborative project with the RCE (Dutch Institute for Cultural Heritage) resulted in improved guidelines for the phytate treatment of such papers. Co-authored with Birgit Reissland and Sabine Fleischer, see: Ink corrosion Treatment and Ink corrosion: The Christiaan Huygens Case Study , 2007.