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Trends in Manuscript Studies (2017)

COURSE: Trends in Manuscript Studies. Sources, Issues and Technologies, Liber International Summer School, Cassino – Montecassino (FR – Italy), 26 – 30 June 2017.

The University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, in cooperation with the Abbey of Montecassino, is pleased to announce the organisation of its third Summer School for the benefit of master and PhD students, scholars, librarians and other experts or interested persons working with medieval manuscripts and early printed books.

The School aims to provide an updated vision of research trends and achievements in the fields of Greek and Latin manuscript research, with a particular focus on the manuscripts preserved in Montecassino. The School will also off er a chance for participants to discuss their own research projects with some of the world leading experts in manuscript studies. The rich programme includes a guided tour to the Abbey of Montecassino, renowned for its abundance of medieval manuscript treasures.


26 June 2017
* Donatella Nebbiai, Medieval Libraries. Sources, History, and Public (9th-15th Century).

27 June 2017
Visit to the Abbey with dom Mariano Dell’Omo osb: the Museum, the Library and the Archive of Montecassino.

University of Cassino
* Marilena Maniaci, Codicology and Manuscript Description (1)
* Giulia Orofino, Manuscript Decoration and Illumination (1).

28 June 2017
Archive of the Abbey of Montecassino
* Marilena Maniaci, Codicology and Manuscript Description (2)
* Giulia Orofino, Manuscript Decoration and Illumination (2).

University of Cassino
* Paolo De Paolis, Latin Grammar Manuscripts (1)
* Sebastiano Gentile, Humanistic and Renaissance Manuscripts (1).

29 June 2017
Archive of the Abbey of Montecassino
* Paolo De Paolis and Maddalena Sparagna, Latin Grammar Manuscripts (2)
* Sebastiano Gentile, Humanistic and Renaissance Manuscripts (2).

University of Cassino
* Roberta Casavecchia, Homiliaries at Montecassino
* Nicola Tangari, Liturgical and musical manuscripts.

30 June 2017
Archive of the Abbey of Montecassino
* Roberta Casavecchia, Texts and Liturgy
* Marco Palma, Latin Paleography
* Nicola Tangari, Music and Liturgy.

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Memory and the Making of Knowledge

COURSE: Memory and the Making of Knowledge in the Early Modern World, Summer school, Graduiertenschule für Geisteswissenschaften Göttingen (GSGG), Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany, 18 – 22 septembre 2017.

Memory is now established as a dynamic and vital field of study in the humanities and social sciences. It is no longer disputed that how, why, and what individuals, communities, and societies remember is essential to under-standing their pasts and presents. A good deal of this work has understandably concentrated on contemporary history: the emergence of social history in the middle decades of the twentieth century shifted the spotlight to focus on ordinary people, and developments in medicine, psychology, and sociology produced a more sophisticated understanding of the functioning of individual and social memory.

This has led to new techniques of oral history opening up a wide vista of perspectives on the recent past. But people living before the twentieth century also remembered, and this summer school aims to explore memory in the early modern period, one from which there are obviously no living witnesses, but which nevertheless left numerous traces of the politics and poetics of memory in its art, literature, and history.

Between 1500 and 1800, remembrance of the past was crucial for creating knowledge in a wide range of personal, social, and political projects, and vital contributions were made to the theory and practice of memory. Actors from across the social spectrum used both old and new media to encode, manipulate, transmit, and deploy memories. The development of the Renaissance ars memoria played an important role in new ideas about memory in early modern elite culture; at the same time, the traumas and crises of the period produced what may be termed an ars oblivia, in which legally prescribed ‘forgetting’ played a vital role in social and cultural reconstruction.

Memory and the Making of Knowledge in the Early Modern World will bring together senior scholars and junior researchers whose work addresses memory in early modern literature and history. It aims to consolidate recent advances in these fields and develop new avenues of inquiry through an intensive programme of skills training, collections-oriented excursions, and – above all – productive intellectual exchange on research topics and techniques. The Summer School will also explore how studies of memory and early modernity might shape one another in the future.

Junior (postgraduate and postdoctoral) scholars whose research touches on any aspect of memory in the early modern world are invited to participate in the Summer School. Participants will be expected to give a short (no longer than 20 mins) presentation on their research. Particular topics of interest might include (the following list is by no means exhaustive):

* Collective, individual, communicative, and cultural memory
* Memory in art, sculpture, architecture
* Memory in literature, drama, poetry
* Alternative sources of memory: material culture and cheap print
* Early modern oral history: memoirs, testi-mony, legal sources
* Mnemonic techniques and institutions: ars memoria, museums, libraries
* Places of memory / lieux de mémoire
* Memory and identity formation/elaboration: class/rank, nation, empire, religion, sex/gender, race/ethnicity
* Memory and its function for the formation of knowledge
* Relation of memory, historical knowledge and historiography
* Memory and politics: Reformation, the ‘general crisis’ of the seventeenth century, Enlightenment, war, local/regional/urban politics, imperial expansion and trade
* Memory and (early) modernity: print media, early industrialisation
* Mediating and remediating memory: recycling and reusing memories
* Space/place and memory: town, country, nation, empire, private/public spaces.

The Summer School will be conducted in English. The organisers hope to be able to provide return transport to Göttingen, accommodation, and breakfast/lunches for participants. Child care is available for up to four children and is provided on a first come, first served basis.

Prospective participants are requested to send the following to the organisers, Andrew Wells and Claudia Nickel, at memory2017@uni-goettingen.de:
– 1 Page CV
– Brief letter of motivation
– 250-word abstract of your research.

We particularly welcome applications from all individuals from under-represented groups or who may have special requirements (including, but not limited to, physical or mental disability). Such applicants are encouraged to specify any such requirements in their letter of motivation.

Further information will be available shortly at the website of the Göttingen Graduate School of the Humanities.

Deadline: 10 May 2017.

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Medieval Studies Summer Programme 2017

COURSES: Medieval Studies Summer Programme 2017, University of Cambridge (UK), 6 – 19 August 2017.

The programme is open to adults of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities and attracts undergraduates, professionals, retirees and college teachers. Participants can opt to study for one or two weeks. Daily classroom sessions allow for close discussion with course directors and are complemented by morning lectures and evening talks. All are taught by leading Cambridge academics and guest subject specialists.

This year Professor Nigel Saul, Professor Michelle P Brown, Dr Rowena E Archer, Dr Elizabeth Solopova, Professor Mark Bailey, Dr Frank Woodman and Professor Carole Rawclifffe are amongst those who will be teaching and lecturing for us. Participants can choose to stay in one of four Cambridge Colleges, take part in social events, join weekend excursions and enjoy all that Cambridge has to offer.

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The History of Printed Book Illustration

COURSE: The History of Printed Book Illustration, Summer School 2017, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, 26 June – 30 June 2017. Convened by Dr Elizabeth Savage.

Themes: Early illustrated books; methods of printing; the description of illustrations in modern catalogues; early illustrated books in the West; methods of printing; the role of colour; scientific and medical imagery; maps; children’s books; broadsides; ornament; devotional images; workshop and trade structures; the influence of book illustrations on art and architecture; illustrations as propaganda; and art historical, book historical and literary approaches to book illustration.

The course is for those who work with early books as in any academic or professional capacity. In addition to seminars and examination of items from Bodleian collections, students will be instructed in the practical processes used to illustrate early printed books, in the Bodleian’s hand-press printing workshop. Practical printing instruction will be supervised by Richard Lawrence.

The course consists of 15 hours of taught seminars plus 10 hours of practical printing & printing demonstrations at the Bodleian’s Bibliographical Press under the instruction of Richard Lawrence. The course will include examination of materials from the Bodleian Libraries Rare Books collections.

Guest speakers include Roger Gaskell, on the illustration of science books; Ad Stijnman, on intaglio methods; Martin Andrews, on 19th-century illustration processes.

Course fee: £550. The fee covers tuition, lunch and refreshments only. Students must make their own arrangements for accommodation during the course. Applications should include the application form, a cv, and a short onepage statement of your reasons for joining the course.

Eligibility for the course: You must be over 18 and be able to demonstrate an interest in the subject of early printing. Experience working with early printed books either for academic study or in a professional capacity will be an advantage, but special expertise is not required. Places on the course are limited to 12.

Applications accepted from 20 January 2017.

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L’enluminure médiévale


COURSE: Charlotte Denoël, L’enluminure médiévale, École nationale des chartes, 65, rue de Richelieu, 75002 Paris, 6 – 8 juin 2017.

Cette formation abordera à la fois des aspects théoriques et pratiques de l’enluminure : le contexte de production des manuscrits enluminés, leur typologie, les méthodes de travail des enlumineurs et les procédés techniques, les rapports texte-image, le marché des manuscrits médiévaux en France et à l’étranger, les pigments utilisés dans les enluminures, la pratique actuelle de l’enluminure : démonstration de procédés d’enluminure dans l’atelier d’une enlumineuse, les catalogues et bases de données sur les manuscrits enluminés.

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Livres enluminés à la cour des Sforza

E-COURSE: Pier Luigi Mulas et Chiara Chopes (Université de Pavie), Livres enluminés à la cour des Sforza,

Un voyage dans les bibliothèques italiennes à la découverte des livres enluminés des Sforza, les ducs de Milan : ces objets rares et précieux dévoilent l’éducation, les pratiques religieuses, les ambitions politiques d’une cour princière de la Renaissance

Ce cours est consacré aux livres enluminés à la cour des Sforza, ducs de Milan de 1450 à 1499. Il est conçu autour d’une idée simple : la vision “en directe” des manuscrits, car les lessons se déroulent au sein même des bibliothèques qui conservent ces objets rares, exclus d’habitude de la consultation.

Les livres sont ainsi montrés et feuilletés devant la caméra, leurs pages enluminées commentées afin d’illustrer les enjeux de leur iconographie, profane, religieuse ou politique. Des images de comparaison, illustrant les personnages évoqués, ou d’autres manuscrits et tableaux de la même époque, permettent de mieux situer ces livres dans leur contexte historique et artistique.

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Rare Book School Summer, 2017

COURSES: Rare Book School Summer Applications are Now Open.

Rare Book School offers five-day, intensive courses in several locations focused on the history of manuscript, print, and digital materials. Our courses this spring and summer will be held at the University of Virginia, Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Indiana University, Bloomington.

Among our more than thirty courses on the history of books and printing, we are pleased to offer courses of interest to book historians. The following is a sample of the breadth of classes offered:

– H-85 “The History of the Book in China,” taught by Soren Edgren (Princeton University, emeritus)

– I-10 “The History of Printed Book Illustration in the West,” taught by Erin Blake (Folger Shakespeare Library)

– G-10 “Introduction to the Principles of Bibliographical Description,” taught by David Whitesell (University of Virginia)

– H-50 “The American Book in the Industrial Era, 1820-1940,” taught by Michael Winship (University of Texas at Austin)

To be considered in the first round of admissions decisions, course applications should be received no later than 20 February 2017. Applications received after that date will be released for review on a rolling basis.

Source: MAA blog

Scuola per Librai

COURSE: Scuola per Librai Umberto e Elisabetta Mauri, XXXIV Seminario di Perfezionamento, Venezia, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, 24 – 27 gennaio 2017.

La Scuola per Librai Umberto e Elisabetta Mauri nasce nel 1983 per volontà di Luciano Mauri in memoria del padre Umberto e della figlia Elisabetta, prematuramente scomparsa.

Nel corso di un’attività didattica quasi trentennale ha formato nuove generazioni di librai ed è diventata un laboratorio di sperimentazione e discussione sulle possibilità del libro.

Primo esempio in Italia, secondo in Europa, dopo Francoforte, la Scuola promuove una discussione che non rimane circoscritta all’organizzazione e alla gestione del punto vendita, ma che si estende a tutti gli aspetti che coinvolgono l’attività della libreria: distribuzione, commercializzazione e promozione.

Dal 1984 la Scuola per Librai Umberto e Elisabetta Mauri è tra le poche realtà europee, insieme alla Scuola di Francoforte e alla Scuola Librai Italiani di Orvieto, ad organizzare corsi specialistici per aspiranti librai e librai professionisti.

I Corsi Monografici di Milano offrono infatti una vasta gamma di risorse di approfondimento, specializzazione e aggiornamento. Il Seminario di Perfezionamento che si tiene a Venezia a fine gennaio è invece riservato ai soli librai professionisti.

Grazie alla generosità e alla passione delle famiglie Mauri e Ottieri si continua oggi la discussione riguardo alla qualità del libro, alla sua vendibilità e alle sue possibili estensioni, anche dopo la scomparsa di Luciano Mauri e Silvana Ottieri, principali sostenitori di questa iniziativa.

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Corso sul manoscritto (Firenze)

COURSE: III Corso Internazionale di Formazione sulle Problematiche del Manoscritto, Firenze, Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino (SISMEL), via Montebello 7, e Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (BNCF), Sezione Manoscritti, Piazza Cavalleggeri 1, 26 settembre – 1 ottobre 2016.

Il Corso, volto a favorire la conoscenza del manoscritto con particolare attenzione agli aspetti gestionali e catalografici, si configura quest’anno, grazie alla cortese disponibilità della Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale e alla collaborazione scientifica della sua Sezione Manoscritti, come stage di catalogazione con elaborazione di descrizioni di manoscritti selezionati dal fondo Conventi Soppressi.

Le linee direttrici prevedono una serie di lezioni frontali (in istituto) specificamente orientate (codicologia/metodologie di catalogazione/ricostru- zione dei fondi manoscritti) o condivise con il Corso di Formazione Bibliografica MEL; uno stage operativo presso la BNCF; la rielaborazione dei dati acquisiti su sistemi informatici diversi (in istituto).


Lunedì 26 settembre 2016
* Agostino Paravicini Bagliani (Presidente della SISMEL), Saluto.
– Presentazione del corso
* Gabriella Pomaro, Teoria e tecnica della catalogazione
* Lucia Pinelli, Strumenti e repertori per l’identificazione degli autori mediolatini
* Roberto Gamberini, Definire l’autore medievale: i confini dello scrivere tra storia, filosofia, letteratura e pratica bibliografica.

Martedì 27 settembre
* Palmira Panedigrano , Presentazione della sede e dei Fondi
– Catalogazione (BNCF)
* Martina Pantarotto, Ricostruzione di una raccolta e gestione dei dati di provenienza
* Elena Somigli – Giovanni Fiesoli, Un progetto al servizio delle biblioteche medievali e umanistiche: RICaBiM.

Mercoledì 28 settembre
* Ida Giovanna Rao, I fondi manoscritti della Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana
* Gabriella Pomaro, Elementi di catalogazione informatica: sistemi a confronto (Codex – Manus)
– Catalogazione (BNCF).

Giovedì 29 settembre
– Catalogazione (BNCF)
* Paolo Eleuteri, Catalogare manoscritti greci: situazione, problemi, prospettive
* Silvia Fiaschi, Le richieste del filologo al catalogatore.

Venerdì 30 settembre
* Gabriella Pomaro, Elementi di catalogazione informatica: sistemi a confronto (MADOC – ABC)
– Catalogazione (BNCF).

Sabato 1 ottobre
– Immissione dei dati; chiusura dei lavori.

Per motivi organizzativi verranno ammessi non più di 8 partecipanti; saranno previsti rimborsi spese fino a un massimo di 300,00 € per allievi non residenti. Il rimborso sarà assegnato a discrezione della Commissione in base alla graduatoria degli ammessi. L’ammissione al Corso e la tipologia saranno stabilite da una commissione istituita dal Presidente della S.I.S.M.E.L. sulla base del curriculum e della bibliografia che ciascun candidato allegherà alla domanda. La frequenza è obbligatoria per tutta la durata del Corso.

Per partecipare è necessario inviare il modulo di domanda allegato, corredato da curriculum vitae e eventuale bibliografia, alla Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino. Domanda e allegati potranno essere inviati per posta elettronica oppure per posta ordinaria (via Montebello 7, 50123 – Firenze), non farà fede il timbro postale.

Ai vincitori verrà data tempestiva comunicazione e l’elenco degli stessi sarà pubblicato sul sito SISMEL. Al termine del Corso verrà rilasciato un attestato di frequenza.

Data limite per iscriversi: 10 settembre 2016.

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Le origini della stampa tipografica

COURSE: Le origini della stampa tipografica: mito, tecnica e storia, Scuola estiva, Torrita di Siena, Agriturismo Valcelle, 5 – 8 settembre 2016.

Sono trascorsi 550 anni dagli inizi della stampa a Subiaco, uno snodo essenziale della storia culturale italiana. L’occasione è opportuna per ripensare alle origini europee dell’arte tipografica, tentando di distinguere ciò che è certo e ciò che, invece, resta ancora materia di discussione.

L’immersione in un eccezionale contesto naturalistico e artistico come il borgo di Torrita di Siena, in Val di Chiana (a pochi chilometri dall’autostrada, ma raggiungibile anche in treno, non lontano da Pienza, Montepulciano e Cortona) e la formula residenziale vorrebbero favorire l’instaurarsi di un clima fecondo di lavoro, ma conviviale nelle modalità di svolgimento. Lo sforzo di contenimento dei costi, cui si affiancano soluzioni alberghiere di alta qualità, consente di offrire ai partecipanti un’occasione unica di formazione e conoscenza.

Il corso si rivolge a studenti universitari, neolaureati e dottorandi di ricerca nelle discipline del libro, bibliografia e storia del libro e dell’editoria, ma anche a tutti coloro, bibliotecari, collezionisti, amatori e bibliofili, che hanno interesse per il libro antico a stampa. Il numero minimo di partecipanti è di 12.

Docenti del corso: Edoardo Barbieri (Università Cattolica di Milano), Mario De Gregorio (Società Bibliografica Toscana), Luca Rivali (Università Cattolica di Milano) e Piero Scapecchi (già Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze). Con la collaborazione di Marco Cicolini (Presidente dell’Associazione Librai Antiquari Italiani) e Paolo Tiezzi (Società Bibliografica Toscana).


Lunedì 5 settembre
* Saluti di Giacomo Grazi (Sindaco di Torrita di Siena), Simona Giovagnola (Presidente della Fondazione Torrita Cultura) e Marco Cicolini (Presidente dell’Associazione Librai Antiquari Italiani)
* Mario De Gregorio, Introduzione ai lavori
* Edoardo Barbieri, Le favolose origini dell’ars impressoria
* Luca Rivali, La storiografia sulla stampa quattrocentesca: da Panzer ad Hain a Bradshaw.

Martedì 6 settembre
* Edoardo Barbieri, Gutenberg fra Strasburgo e Magonza: cosa accadde esattamente?
* Luca Rivali, La scuola inglese del British Museum: da Proctor a Pollard, da Scholderer a Rhodes e Hellinga
* Edoardo Barbieri, Problemi di tecnica e capitali
* Luca Rivali, I metodi di Konrad Haebler e l’impresa del GW.

Visita guidata alla cittadina di Torrita di Siena.

Mercoledì 7 settembre
* Edoardo Barbieri, L’arrivo della stampa in Italia: alcune certezze e alcune domande
* Luca Rivali, Tra Francia e Belgio: Marie Pellechet, Marie-Louis Polain e la guerra dei libri.

Visita alla Biblioteca dell’Accademia Etrusca di Cortona con Edoardo Barbieri, Esame autoptico di alcuni incunaboli.

Incontro pubblico – Presentazione del catalogo degli incunaboli dell’Accademia Etrusca di Cortona, con Piero Scapecchi.

Giovedì 8 settembre
* Luca Rivali, Il presente di una tradizione bibliografica: i repertori per le edizioni del XV secolo
* Piero Scapecchi, I segreti della Passio Christi e la protostampa italiana
* Edoardo Barbieri, Conclusioni.

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Les Enluminures Internship Program

COURSE: Les Enluminures Internship Program.

The internship program has been in operation since 1995. Many students from different graduate programs have participated in the program. Some have become permanent members of the team at Les Enluminures. Some work elsewhere in the art market, galleries or auction houses. Some work in libraries and museums.

We aim to have at least one and sometimes two advanced students per year, who will spend a minimum of six months working at Les Enluminures in Paris. Employment is typically not less than 20 hours per week. In certain instances, a shorter period might be possible.

Candidates should have an interest in art history, possess good communication skills, be well organized and, preferably, bilingual (English and French). Internships are usually through the “Convention du Stage” in France and are remunerated accordingly.

If you are interested, please email a full CV and cover letter in English.

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Neo-Latin Studies Today


COURSE – Neo-Latin Studies Today: Tools, Trends and Methodolo- gies, IANLS Vacation School, Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, University of Warwick’s Venice, Italy, 7 – 9 July 2016. Full registration fee: £85; Warwick staff fee: £75; student fee: £65

Neo-Latin Studies (NLS) concerns the rich body of Latin writings from the dawn of humanism in Trecento Italy and the spread of the Renaissance to the present. Three new companions to Neo-Latin (NL) (Brill, OUP, CUP) illuminate the development of NLS from an emerging discipline into a recognized field of study per se. Nonetheless, there are few, if any, “departments of Neo-Latin Studies”: institutionally, Neo-Latinists are affiliated with Classics (especially on the Continent), Modern Languages (including English), International Studies, History (including History of Science); others work in History of art, Music, Philosophy, Theology, and in libraries and archives; a few are based in interdisciplinary centres.

If Neo-Latin is united by the use of one language (a Latin that consciously reacts against Medieval usage and harks back to, but inevitably remains distinct from, Classical Latin) and a strong consciousness of its Ancient heritage, NLS remains diverse in terms of national paradigms, topics and genres (from scientific discovery and confessional debate to occasional poetry, diaries and jokes). As a living language, NL played an enormous role in education, and in international communication through diplomatic and scholarly correspondences, in Europe as well as the New World and the Orient. Today, Latin serves in academic publications, taxonomy, inscriptions, speeches, and semi-popular culture, witness, e.g., Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation speech (February 2013), the world news bulletin Ephemeris, and the Latin Harry Potter.

Navigating these diversities is no easy task, especially for doctoral and early career researchers who are as yet carving out an academic identity of their own. Common uncertainties range from the most immediate and practical, to long-term career planning: what are the best dictionaries and databases to use alongside those advocated by Classicists, historians or modern linguists? What are the (dis)advantages of web-based editions? Should any study of NL take into account productions in the vernacular? What are the best venues for publishing articles and books? Given the various “national schools”, what constitutes best practice for studying and teaching NL? And what kind of academic jobs are open to holders of a PhD on NL topics? How should a budding Neo-Latinist prepare for the job market? Our Vacation School offers a unique opportunity to address these issues.

The event consists of a programme of lectures and/or workshops aimed at UK, European and transatlantic Early Career Researchers (normally advanced PhD students, or those with up to three years of postdoctoral experience) working with Renaissance and Early Modern Latin sources. It may also be of interest to some more experienced researchers who are only just developing an interest in the field (e.g. Classicists newly turning to reception studies). NLTS also intends to aid Early Career Researchers in the establishment of new networks, placing their publications in an international forum, and preparing the ground for postdoctoral and mobility applications.

This international advanced training programme brings together the expertise of nine established specialists, from the USA (Craig Kallendorf), Austria (Florian Schaffenrath), Hungary (Énikö Békés), Finland (Raija Sarasti-Wilenius), Germany (Marc Laureys), Austria (Johann Ramminger), Spain (María Teresa Santamaría Hernándes) and Joaquín Pascual Barea and the UK (Ingrid De Smet), all of whom fulfil leading roles in the International Association for Neo-Latin Studies (IANLS) and/or are active as Neo-Latinists in the Renaissance Society of America, and other regional/national networks and learned societies. Through presentations and round tables, we aim to enhance the as yet uneven quality of NL research and prepare participants for their future careers.

View the Provisional programme

Registration closes at 6pm (GMT) on Wednesday 29th June 2016.

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