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MA in the Art Market & the History of Collecting


COURSE: MA in the Art Market and the History of Collecting, University of Buckingham and the National Gallery in association with Waddesdon Manor (Rothschild Collections).

Investigating American and European art markets and cultures of collecting from the Renaissance to the present day, it is taught by staff from the University of Buckingham, the National Gallery and Waddesdon Manor.

A unique feature of the course will be access to two of the greatest surviving art dealers’ archives: Agnew’s, acquired by the National Gallery in 2014, and Colnaghi’s, housed since February 2014 in the Windmill Hill Archive, Waddesdon Manor. It is the first MA in the UK to offer, under the guidance of experts, practical training on how to use, unlock and analyse these rich holdings.

The course will include study trips to Paris and Florence where students will have the opportunity to study a number of key European collections such as the Edmond de Rothschild collection in the Louvre and the Stefano Bardini collection in Florence as well as visiting important local archives.

Subject to the agreement of the Programme Director, there are some options for part-time study, one day a week over two years, or by deferral of the dissertation. Full and partial scholarships are available, generously funded by P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. Ltd.

Aimed at art historians, would-be curators, art market professionals, collectors and individuals with a general interest in the arts, the programme provides a pathway to a career in the art world or as a step towards further postgraduate research.

Applications are open for entry in October 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Seddon or Jeremy Howard.

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From Shelf to Byte: A History of Writing

COURSE: From Shelf to Byte. A History of Writing from the Ancient to the Contemporary World, Università di Bologna, Italy. All teaching and activities will be in English.

The Summer School is a two-week intensive course dedicated to the history of handwriting and of the book in the West. It is organized by the RAM (Ricerche e Analisi Manoscritti) Study Centre of the Department of Classics and Italian Studies of the University of Bologna in collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Advancing and Professional Studies of the University of Massachussetts Boston.

Students will learn the basic principles of Latin Paleography, discovering the several threads linking the past to the present of handwriting and examining the conventions of writing that become established over time, from ancient scrolls to medieval manuscripts to blogging platforms.

A great part of the course will be devoted to handling and describing the ancient Bolognese manuscripts that contain early examples of writing and page design. In addition to this hands-on work, students will critically analyze the relationship between the physical environments for texts and the content of the texts themselves – from the vast importance of annotation in medieval law books to abbreviations in texts and tweets of today, drawing on the innovative methods of digital humanities.

This work will help students to identify the rhetorical principles that shape interactions between writers and their audiences over time, and to assess the implications for our understanding of the past, present, and future of text technologies. Finally, through some lessons and practical exercises of calligraphy, students will see firsthand the value, the potentialities and the beauty of longhand writing.

The course will be scheduled as follows:
* 44 hours of classwork
* 11 hours of lessons in libraries and archives
* 24 hours of cultural activities
* one-day trip.

Course Coordinator: Prof. Maddalena Modesti (Department of Classics and Italian Studies).

Deadline for application: 15 May 2016.

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London Rare Books School Courses 2016


COURSE: London Rare Books School Courses 2016.

London Rare Books School 2016 will take place from 20 – 24 June (week one) and 27 June – 1 July (week two). Each course will consist of thirteen seminars, amounting in all to twenty hours of teaching time spread between Monday afternoon and Friday afternoon. It is therefore only possible to take one course per week.

There will be timetabled ‘library time’ that will allow students to explore the rich resources of the University’s Senate House Library, one of the UK’s major research libraries. There will also be an evening programme with an opening reception and talk, a book-related guided walking tour, and a reception hosted by a major London antiquarian bookseller.

COURSES 20 – 24 JUNE 2016
* The Book in the Ancient World
* The Book in Early Modern England
* Children’s Books
* An Introduction to Bibliography
* The Material History of the English Novel, 1800-1914
* The Medieval Book.

* The Anglo-Saxon and Carolingian Book
* European Bookbinding, 1450-1820
* An Introduction to Book Illustration
* An Introduction to the Modern Rare Book Trade
* Provenance in Books

Applications are now open.

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Écrire, lire, archiver au Moyen Âge

COURSE - Écrire, lire, archiver : une histoire de l’écrit au Moyen Âge, École nationale des chartes, 65 rue de Richelieu, Paris, 23 – 24 juin 2016.

L’écrit est omniprésent dans la société contemporaine et, à ce titre, il nous semble parfaitement familier. Pourtant, son usage ne va pas de soi, comme se sont attachés à le montrer nombre d’anthropologues : pour s’imposer, l’écrit ne nécessite pas seulement des compétences techniques de lecture et d’écriture de la part de ses utilisateurs, il doit aussi apparaître aux yeux de tous – y compris de ceux qui ne le maîtrisent pas – comme une technologie de communication efficiente et crédible.

En Occident, c’est précisément au cours du Moyen Âge que sont nées les conditions matérielles et mentales qui ont permis à l’écrit de s’imposer : entre le XIIe et le XIVe siècle, l’écrit, dont l’usage était jusqu’alors réservé à une élite essentiellement cléricale, se répand massivement, pour atteindre, à des degrés divers, toutes les couches de la société. Dans le même temps, ses fonctions se diversifient, fondant de nouvelles pratiques culturelles et sociales. C’est donc à une découverte des racines médiévales de notre rapport à l’écrit que convie la présente formation.

* L’écrit médiéval, concepts et outils
* L’écrit, outil d’une élite (VIᵉ-XIIᵉ s.)
* La « révolution de l’écrit » (XIIᵉ-XIVᵉ s.)
* Histoire d’archives, histoire de bibliothèques.

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Hebrew Manuscript Studies

COURSE – Hebrew Manuscript Studies: Codicology, Palaeography, Textual History, Summer Workshop, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, 3 – 15 July 2016. Project Leaders: Judith Olszowy-Schlanger (Paris) and César Merchán-Hamann (OCHJS & Bodleian Library).

Recent years have witnessed an unprecedented interest in Hebrew manuscripts in various fields of academic Jewish studies. The development of new technologies, online accessibility of the contents of the major European Hebrew manuscript collections, and the creation of manuscript databases and programmes dedicated to the study and preservation of Jewish archives and libraries, have made the manuscripts readily available for scholarly investigation. This access to information has given a new impetus to the return to primary sources in historical research and has encouraged new editorial projects on medieval Hebrew texts.

Together with this renewed dynamism of historical and textual studies, there is a growing awareness of the need to understand the material and cognitive aspects involved in manuscript production and circulation. Students and scholars need to acquire the tools to approach the handwritten medieval sources in their specificity and complexity.

The Summer Workshop in Oxford provides a comprehensive and specialised programme in the fields of Hebrew codicology, palaeography, diplomatics, art history, history of the book and collections, and conservation and digital humanities as applied to Hebrew manuscripts. Several specialists will provide in-depth methodological introduction and research guidance for these fields of Hebrew manuscript studies. The workshop is organised in collaboration with the Bodleian Library, which will allow access to original manuscripts in situ for the teaching sessions. Lecturers will include Professor Malachi Beit-Arié, Professor Judith Olszowy-Schlanger and Dr. César Merchán-Hamann.

Suitably qualified scholars and students are invited to apply. Space for the Workshop is limited and early application is advised. Selection of participants will be on the basis of the potential benefit to their studies from attending the Workshop. Applicants will be informed on 15 April 2016 whether their application has been successful and the Workshop fee will be due for payment (£75) by 30 April 2016.

Closing date for applications: 23 March 2016.

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2nd Summer School Paleography, Heidelberg

COURSE: 2nd Summer School Paleography Latin Handwriting, Universität Heidelberg, 29 August – 9 September 2016. Language of instruction: German.

From the 29th of August till the 9th of September 2016 the University of Heidelberg offers for the second time a Summer School in Palaeography (Latin Handwriting). Every participant will receive an unmarked certificate.

In addition it is possible to earn two marked certificates (altogether 10 CP). International Students should apply with a concise curriculum vitae, which should include the applicant’s field of study. We also request a short statement of interest in the event (both no longer than one page in the respective mother tongue).

Applications must be sent by email. Students of the University of Heidelberg can register without submission of a curriculum vitae and statement by email to the following address: mittellatein@uni-heidelberg.de.

Applications are due by the 30th of April 2016. The number of participants is limited.

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Mellon Summer Institute in Italian Paleography

COURSE: Mellon Summer Institute in Italian Paleography at the Newberry Library, 27 June – 15 July 2016. Directed by Maddalena Signorini, Università degli Studi di Roma.

This three-week institute will offer intensive training in the accurate reading and transcription of handwritten Italian vernacular texts from the late medieval though the early modern periods. The instruction is intended to enable scholars in various fields of specialization to acquire the skills to work with primary sources.

While the major emphasis is on paleographical skills, the course offers an introduction to materials and techniques, and considers the history of scripts within the larger historical, literary, intellectual, and social contexts of Italy. Participants receive an introduction to a wide range of types of writing and documents from literary to legal, notarial, official, ecclesiastical, business, and family documents.

The course offers an overview of the system of Italian archives—public, ecclesiastical, and private. Participants also have the opportunity to work with original texts, using manuscripts and documents in the collections of the Newberry Library.

The institute will enroll 15 participants by competitive application. First consideration will be given to advanced PhD students and junior faculty at U.S. colleges and universities, but applications are also accepted from advanced PhD students and junior faculty at Canadian institutions, from professional staff of U.S. and Canadian libraries and museums, and from qualified independent scholars.

This graduate-level course is taught entirely in Italian; advanced language skills are required. All successful applicants will receive a stipend of $950; non-local participants will receive an additional $2,500 to help defray the costs of travel, housing, and food. There are no fees associated with the institute.

To complete the online application form, you will need to upload two files:
* An essay of no more than 500 words that describes in detail how the institute training pertains to your research, teaching, and/or professional interests; details your past experience and training in using primary source materials; and describes your level of fluency in speaking and reading Italian, especially if your discipline is not Italian literature (note that the institute is a graduate-level course taught entirely in Italian).
* A current brief curriculum vitae of not more than three pages.
* Application Webform.

You will also need one letter of reference. The letter must address the substance of the applicant’s research plans. For graduate students, it must also assess his or her skill in Italian.

We will notify all applicants by April 1 whether they have been accepted as a participant, placed on an alternate list, or declined. Invited participants will have until April 15 to confirm whether or not they will attend.

Application deadline: 1 March 2016.

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Trends in Manuscript Studies

COURSE: Trends in Manuscript Studies. Sources, Issues and Technologies, 2nd International Summer School, Università degli studi di Cassino e del Lazio meridionale, Dipartimento di Lettere e Filoso- fia, Montecassino, Italy, 27 June – 1 July 2016.

The Laboratorio LIBeR. Libro e ricerca of the University of Cassino, in cooperation with the Abbey of Montecassino, is pleased to announce the organisation of its Second Summer School on Trends in Manuscript Studies, for the benefit of master and PhD students, scholars, librarians and other experts or interested persons working with medieval manuscripts and early printed books.

Email: liberschool@unicas.it

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Dante and the Visual Arts Summer Symposium

COURSE: Dante and the Visual Arts: A Summer Symposium at UCLA and the J. Paul Getty Museum, 22 – 24 August 2016.

The UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) invites applications from graduate students and post-doctoral scholars to attend the Dante and the Visual Arts Summer Symposium. The symposium, organized by CMRS and the journal Dante e l’Arte in conjunction with the J. Paul Getty Museum, will take place August 22–24, 2016 in Los Angeles with sessions at UCLA and at the Getty Center.

The symposium is part of the larger research project Envisioning the Word: Dante and the Visual Arts 1300-1500 which is an ongoing collaboration between the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Institut d’Estudis Medievals at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

The project’s goal is to demonstrate and document how Dante’s imagery, particularly that associated with the Divine Comedy, draws upon the visual traditions of Dante’s own time and gives them a new form. It also examines the way that Dante’s Comedy influenced the visual arts of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and the culture of early modern print.

The Dante and the Visual Arts Summer Symposium will consist of a day at the Getty Museum focusing on manuscripts and printed books of the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries, concentrating on the long visual tradition associated with Dante and his milieu. Participants will also learn how books and manuscripts were made, illuminated and illustrated.

The symposium will then move to UCLA for two days of presentations and discussions focusing on the most important editions of Dante’s Comedy analyzing such factors as the relationship between text and image, the hermeneutic importance of the image, and the criteria by which a particular description in the text has been selected to be represented visually.

Applicants must be graduate students or post-doctoral scholars who are doing research or specializing in some aspect of Dante studies. An ability to speak and to understand spoken Italian is preferred, but not required. Please note that applicants who are not US citizens will be responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa if required. If selected for the award, the UCLA-CMRS staff will assist with this process.

A total of 12 applicants will be selected to attend the symposium. Six of these applicants will be chosen from the southern California region. An additional six from outside the greater Los Angeles area will be selected to receive funding in the form of roundtrip, economy class travel to/from Los Angeles (i.e., airfare and ground transportation) and 5 nights lodging.

There is no application form. An application consists of these items:
1. A cover letter with the following information: Name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, affiliation and status (school you attend or graduated from; highest academic degree and date awarded), and citizenship status. Please address the cover letter to Professor Massimo Ciavolella.
2. A short description (500 words) of your academic or research interests and an explanation of how the Dante and the Visual Arts Summer Symposium will help you achieve your academic goals. Please describe your fluency with the Italian language.
3. Curriculum vitae.
4. Transcript(s) from all colleges or universities attended.
5. Two letters of recommendation from faculty or scholars familiar with your academic work.

Submit application items 1-4 as a PDF email attachment. Use the subject line “Dante Application.” Letters of recommendation should be submitted by the recommender to the same email address. All applications and letters will receive an email confirmation of receipt.

An exhibit of early books and manuscripts will be on display in UCLA Library Special Collections in conjunction with the symposium.

Deadline: 15 April 2016.

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London Palaeography Summer School 2016

COURSE: London International Palaeography Summer School 2016,

The London International Palaeography Summer School is a series of intensive courses in Palaeography and Manuscript Studies. Courses range from a half to two days duration and are given by experts in their respective fields from a wide range of institutions. Subject areas include Latin, English, Anglo-Saxon, German, Welsh and Greek palaeography, history of scripts, illuminated manuscripts, codicology, manuscript editing and liturgical and devotional manuscripts.

The Summer School is hosted by the Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies with the co-operation of the British Library, the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House Library, the Warburg Institute, University College, King’s College London and the Victoria and Albert Museum.


Monday 13 June
* Pre-Norman British and Irish Psalters: Art, Liturgy and Devotion (Carol Farr)
* History of Latin Scripts I: Antiquity to Caroline Minuscule (James Willoughby)
* English Palaeography, 1500-1900 (Christopher Whittick)
* How Medieval Manuscripts Were Made (Patricia Lovett)
* Introduction to Greek Palaeography I (Laura Franco).

Tuesday 14 June
* Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Palaeography (Debby Banham)
* History of Latin Scripts II: Protogothic to Humanist (James Willoughby)
* Introduction to Visigothic Script (Ainoa Castro Correa)
* Codicology: An Introduction for Beginners (James Freeman)
* Introduction to Greek Palaeography II (Laura Franco).

Wednesday 15 June
* The Insular System of Scripts to A.D. 900 (Julia Crick)
* Introduction to Latin Palaeography (Marigold Norbye)
* Reading and Editing Renaissance English Manuscripts I (Chris Stamatakis)
* Codicology: An Introduction to Cataloguing (Peter Kidd).

Thursday 16 June
* An Introduction to Welsh Palaeography (Helen McKee) NB: Half-day course
* Intermediate Latin Palaeography (Marigold Norbye)
* Reading and Editing Renaissance English Manuscripts II (Chris Stamatakis)
* Codicology: A Hands-On Workshop (James Freeman and Peter Kidd)
* Vernacular Editing: Chaucer and His Contemporaries (Anthony Edwards).

Friday 17 June
* Approaches to the Art of Insular Manuscripts (Carol Farr)
* The Transitional Script of the Long Twelfth Century (Erik Kwakkel)
* Writing and Reading Medieval Manuscripts: Folio Layouts in Context (Anna Somfai)
* Painting a Medieval Miniature: A Practical Course (Patricia Lovett)
* German Palaeography (Dorothea McEwan and Claudia Wedepohl).

Closing date for registration: 3 June 2016.

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Summer School (Oxford): History of Libraries

COURSE: The Application of the Digital Humanities to the Transmission, Preservation, and Dispersal of the European Written Heritage between the 15th and 16th Centuries, Summer School: History of Libraries, Oxford, Lincoln College, 13 – 15 July 2016.

Oxford scholars and digital projects lead the way in the fields of the transmission of written heritage, the history of libraries, and in the development of cutting-edge digital tools, funded by important institutions and in collaboration with research libraries in Europe and the United States.

The Summer School will involve a series of:
- Four visits (Merton, Lincoln, and All Souls College Libraries; Bodleian Library)
- Seven lectures
- Eleven hours of workshops on primary sources and specialist databases.
- Poster session, where participants involved in other, relevant, projects can discuss their project and how it fits the objectives of the Summer School.

This resource brings together two standard research tools for medieval libraries: Neil Ker’s Medieval Libraries of Great Britain and the British Academy series, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues. MLGB3 is a comprehensive project that reconstructs the contents of medieval institutional libraries by uniting two categories of evidence for the medieval provision of books: first, the extant library catalogues and booklists and other documentary sources; and second, the surviving books themselves that bear evidence on which a judgement of provenance can be made. A key component is the List of Identifications, the cumulative index of identified authors and works, which contains more than 30,000 entries for provenanced copies of about 7,500 texts, and it is still growing.

Material Evidence in Incunabula (MEI)
A database specifically designed to record and search the material evidence of 15th-century printed books: ownership, decoration, binding, manuscript annotations, stamps, prices, etc. Locating and dating any of these elements enables the movement of books across Europe and the US to be tracked throughout the centuries, from place of production to the books’ present locations.

Continuing the pioneering text descriptions of the Bodleian catalogue of incunabula, Bod-inc, this database is designed to host and make searchable the corpus of texts printed in the 15th century, including secondary works and paratext.

CERL’s Thesaurus and other resources for Provenance Research.

Summer School Lecturers and Tutors
* Bodleian Rare Books Curators
* Irene Ceccherini – Lyell-Bodleian Research Fellow in Manuscript Studies and Dilts Research Fellow, Lincoln College
* Sarah Cusk – Antiquarian Cataloguer, Lincoln College
* Geri Della Rocca de Candal – 15cBOOKTRADE, Lincoln College
* Cristina Dondi – PI 15cBOOKTRADE, Oakeshott Senior Research Fellow in the Humanites, Lincoln College
* Rahel Fronda – Hebrew Antiquarian Cataloguer, Lincoln College
* Ian Maclean – Prof. of Renaissance Studies, All Souls College
* Matilde Malaspina – 15cBOOKTRADE, Lincoln College
* Sabrina Minuzzi – 15cBOOKTRADE
* Gaye Morgan – Librarian, All Souls College
* Richard Ovenden – Bodley’s Librarian
* Maria Alessandra Panzanelli Frantoni – 15cBOOKTRADE
* Fiona Piddock – Librarian, Lincoln College
* Richard Sharpe – Prof. of Diplomatic, Faculty of Modern History
* Julia Walworth – Fellow Librarian, Merton College
* James Willoughby – Project Director, MLGB3, Faculty of Modern History
* Henry Woudhuysen – Rector of Lincoln College.

Prospective Attendees
The school is intended for early career scholars who want to specialise in the use of primary sources for historical research on the history of the book/knowledge; the transmission and reception of texts; the formation and dispersal of heritage collections; digital humanities applied to data relating to the mediaeval and early modern period. Specialist librarians working and caring for similar collection material. New contributors to databases created by the 15cBOOKTRADE Project (Material Evidence in Incunabula; TEXT-inc).

* Cost: The school will charge student fees of 150 British Pounds, payable prior to the first day of classes. Students are individually responsible for their transportation and living expenses in Oxford.
* Accommodation: at participant’s expense. There will be a limited number of Lincoln College rooms (in Turl Street and Museum Road) available for booking, starting from £60 per night for an en-suite single.
* Breakfast and Lunch: included in the School’s fee.
* Dinners: at participant’s expense. One dinner in College, others in town. Breakfast and lunches arranged via College.

Signing up
Applicants are requested to send to Dr Birgit Mikus their curriculum vitae (max 2 pages) and explain their interest for attending the summer school.

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La décoration du livre médiéval


COURSE: Charlotte Denoël, La décoration du livre médiéval: Initiation, Séminaire centré sur la décoration du manuscrit médiéval occidental. Bibliothèque nationale de France, salle des commissions, 5, rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris. Du lundi 15 février 2016 au lundi 6 juin 2016 (10 séances de 1 h 30, de 17 h 30 à 19 h). Tarif : 200 €.

Après une introduction générale sur les différents outils existants sur l’enluminure médiévale (bibliographie, bases de données, bibliothèques virtuelles…), la première partie de ce séminaire sera consacrée à la présentation des principaux types de manuscrits enluminés et des différentes catégories de décor. Ensuite seront abordées les questions liées aux méthodes de travail des enlumineurs et aux procédés techniques auxquels ils avaient recours pour réaliser leurs compositions ; enfin seront étudiés les livres de recettes médiévales pour la préparation des pigments et les différents pigments employés dans les enluminures.

Certaines séances se dérouleront à la Bibliothèque nationale, afin de permettre la présentation de manuscrits originaux.

Charlotte Denoël est Conservateur au département des manuscrits, Bibliothèque nationale de France.

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