Winter Seminars in Paleography and Archival Studies at The Medici Archive Project

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January 13, 2020 to January 25, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Archival Science, Cultural History / Studies, Early Modern History and Period Studies, Intellectual History, Italian History / Studies

Winter Seminars in Paleography and Archival Studies 

Session I: 13 – 18 January 2020
Session II: 20 – 25 January 2020
Deadline: 5 January 2020

The Medici Archive Project is pleased to announce the dates for the upcoming 2020 Winter seminars in paleography and archival studies: Session I (13-18 January) and Session II (20-25 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. 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.

Session I will be focused on the archival collections held at the State Archive of Florence, while Session II will provide an overview of how to do research in Florentine and Italian archives, proposing a series of case studies based on different topics and approaches.

This year’s list of lecturers include:
– MAP staff: Maurizio Arfaioli, Alessio Assonitis, Sheila Barker, Pasquale Focarile, Piergabriele Mancuso, Carlotta Paltrinieri.
– Guest lecturers: Francesco Ammannati, Francesco Bettarini, Francesco Guidi Bruscoli, Alessandro Lo Bartolo, Alessia Meneghin, Paola Molino, Luciano Piffanelli, Katalin Prajda.

Teaching will happen at MAP head offices at Palazzo Alberti in Via de’ Benci 10.
The seminar week is composed of lectures and reading sessions, lasting between 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours.

In addition, MAP staff will organize a one-day visit to Venice (Session II).

A working knowledge of Italian is recommended. 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 :

1) a one-page CV
2) a brief statement explaining how this course will benefit one’s current research
3) the preferred session

The same email address should also be used for queries on administrative details, course tuition and general information.

For a detailed program of both session click here: Seminar2020_ProvisionalSchedule. The schedule will likely be subject to minor changes.

Contact Info: 

Carlotta Paltrinieri

Assistant Director

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