Call for Applications: The Medici Archive Project’s Winter Seminar on Paleography and Archival Studies

Deadline:  21 December 2015

Florence, Italy

11-16 January 2016

For the first time, the Medici Archive Project (MAP) will be offering a one-week intensive seminar on Italian palaeography and archival research. 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 advanced graduate students studying 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 Biblioteca Domenicana di Santa Maria Novella and the Archivio di Stato in Florence. A visit to a private archive is also planned. The seminar will run for one week, composed of twelve three-hour lessons held morning (9am-12pm ) and afternoon (3pm-6pm).

Prospective applicants should send a one-page CV and a brief statement explaining how this course will benefit one’s current research to by December 21, 2015. A working knowledge of Italian is required. Please note, as space is strictly limited, places will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. This year, the Medici Archive Project is able to offer half-board accommodation at the Robert F. Kennedy International House ( close to the Archivio di Stato. Total cost for the course and a single room is $1625, for a shared room the cost is $1425, and for no accommodation, the basic course fee is $1000.

To download the course syllabus click here.

Any questions should be addressed to