Transnational Access to Special Collections (TASC)


TASC is a unique form of transnational access (TNA), which offers the possibility to have access to a series of special collections of documents, manuscripts and rare books concerning historical religious studies across Europe.

Potential users of TASC from EU members states and from the countries associated to Horizon 2020  can apply for TNA to consult each of these special collections and libraries (excluding those belonging to the user country) in order to develop innovative and ground breaking investigations in historical religious studies and in order to enhance the relevance of the intellectual patrimony available through TASC for the implementation of historical religious studies. Users can use also physical materials and instruments, files and databases available through the providers, with respect of the authorial and intellectual property rights.

TASC is a crucial pillar for the ‘ratio’ of the whole ReIReS and for the major aim of the access policy of the project, which is to integrate the access to sources, resources and facilities with the direct contact with experts and to create a synergy between TNA activities, Training activities (WP5) and development of innovation in digital tools (WP6) and epistemological approach to the domain of historical religious studies (WP7). The transnational and European character of TASC is a direct answer to the need of scholars to have a direct and more effective access to the objects of their research, which are preserved in different countries.

Calls for Applications

There will be five calls for applications:

  • July 2018.
  • January 2019.
  • July 2019.
  • January 2020.
  • July 2020.


Sofiiski Universitet Sveti Kliment Ohridski/Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria: Center for Slavonic and Byzantine Studies.

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven/KU Leuven, Belgium: Central Library, Manuscripts & Rare Books.

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven/KU Leuven, Belgium: Maurits Sabbe Library, Rare and Precious Books.

Universität Hamburg, Germany: University Library, Special Collections.

Wissenschaftliche Stadtbibliothek Mainz/Municipal Academic Library Mainz, Germany (Partner of JGU Mainz).

JGU Mainz, Germany: Gesangbucharchiv/Hymnbook Archive.

JGU Mainz, Germany: Bereichsbibliothek Theologie/Theological Library and Jüdische Bibliothek/Jewish Library.

École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, France: Collections patrimoniales, Collections of papyruses.

École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, France: Collections patrimoniales, Ethnographic Collection.

École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, France: Collections patrimoniales, Shiite Collection.


For questions concerning the application for TASC-scholarships, please consult the page on calls for applications for TASC.

For questions concerning the holdings of the TASC-facilities, please consult the pages of the TASC-providers listed above or write to the point of contact listed at the end of the relevant page.

Contact for General Information on TASC

The work package leader for TASC is JGU Mainz.

Alexandra Nusser M. A., JGU Mainz

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