The Medici Archive Project Archival Studies Seminar (Florence, January 2018)

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January 8, 2018 to January 21, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Archival Science, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Digital Humanities, Early Modern History and Period Studies, Italian History / Studies

Winter Seminars in Paleography and Archival Studies 2018

Session I:  8 – 13 January 2018
Session II: 15 – 21 January 2018

Deadline for enrollments: 1 January 2018

The Medici Archive Project is pleased to announce the dates for the upcoming 2018 Winter seminars in paleography and archival studies: Session I (8-13 January) and Session II (15-21 January). The principal aim of this seminar is to provide an introduction to Italian archives (with particular emphasis on Florentine archival collections); to examine in-depth various documentary typologies; to read diverse early modern scripts; and to learn how to plan research in Italian archives and libraries. For full program, click here.

Especially relevant for graduate students, university faculty, and museum curators working on Renaissance and early modern topics, this seminar is taught by a team of current and former MAP scholars, as well as university professors and other MAP-affiliated researchers.

Participating students will be taught at the MAP headquarters at Palazzo Alberti in Via de’ Benci 10.

The seminar week is composed of the following classes, each lasting between 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours:

1)    Introduction to Italian Archives and Archival Research in Italy (Assonitis)
2)    Manuscripts & Documents: Language, Scripts, Conventions, Dating & Documentary Typologies (Assonitis)
3)    The Archive of the Medici Bankers and Merchants in the ‘400 and early ‘500: Mediceo avanti il Principato (Simonetta)
4)    The Archive of the Medici Grand Dukes, 1537 – 1743: Mediceo del Principato (Assonitis)
5)    Medici Inventories, Payment Records and Material Culture: Guardaroba Medicea (Barker)
6)    The Archive of the Strozzi: Carte Strozziane (Simonetta)
7)    The Florentine Catasto & Notarial Archives in Florence (Baldini)
8)    Religious Archives (taught at the library & archive of Santa Maria Novella) (Dall’Aglio)
9)    Archival Sources for Vasari’s Corridoio (Funis)
10)    Digital Renaissance: Survey of Primary Sources Online
11)    Minorities and Archives in Tuscany: The Construction of the Jewish Ghetto (Mancuso)
12)    Archives in Mantua & the Gonzaga (Piccinelli)
13)    Avvisi & News Networks (Dooley)
14)    Family Archives in Tuscany (Focarile)
15)    The Archive of the Accademia del Disegno (Paltrinieri)

In addition, there will be six reading/transcription sessions led by a member of MAP Staff (Arfaioli, Assonitis, Dall’Aglio, and Tripodi) and at least two visits to Florentine Archives (Santa Maria Novella and Capponi Archive).

Course Instructors: Maurizio Arfaioli, Alessio Assonitis, Nicoletta Baldini, Sheila Barker, Niccolò Capponi, Stefano Dall’Aglio, Brendan Dooley, Pasquale Focarile, Francesca Funis, Piergabriele Mancuso, Roberta Piccinelli, Marcello Simonetta, and Claudia Tripodi.
A working knowledge of Italian is required. No previous archival and paleographic experience is required. Students will be encouraged to develop and augment their research with archival approaches, meet with instructors individually in order to strategize future archival research in Italy, network with scholars in their field, and gain access to archives and libraries resources pertinent to their research.
Prospective applicants should send to a one-page CV and a brief statement explaining how this course will benefit one's current research. The email should also state in the heading the Session (I or II) one wishes to attend. This same email address should also be used for queries on administrative details, course tuition and general information.


Contact Info: 

Dr. Alessio Assonitis


The Medici Archive Project

Palazzo Alberti

via de' Benci 10

Florence, 50122


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