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At the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, the Switzerland and Liechtenstein office of the UNHCR, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, collaborated with the students of the ECAL Master Type Design on a case: the Syriac script. Historically used to transcribe languages over a vast geographical area, Syriac is today mainly used as the liturgical script of Eastern Christians. Speakers of Modern Aramaic languages live in Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, but compose mainly a worldwide diaspora. While only a few digital fonts exist, providing contemporary and innovative typefaces would contribute to broadening the possibilities for the language to thrive, as well as to cultivate community ties. This publication contributes to the celebration of Syriac writing and Aramaic culture through the collections of the Martin Bodmer Foundation, typography projects of the ECAL and various reflections on writing, its power, its relationship to politics, language and identity.

Publication year: 2022
Published by: ECAL
Edited by: ECAL
Texts: Various
Language: English
Graphic design: Elena Baranowski, Dominik Bissem
Pages: 40
Photographies: -
Images: -
Dimensions: 32 × 23 × 1 cm
Weight: 180 g
ISBN: 978-2-9701451-2-7


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