COURSE: Winter Seminar in Paleography and Archival Studies, The Medici Archive Project (MAP), Florence, Italy, 11 – 16 January 2016.
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).
1. Introduction to Archival Research in Italy (9am-12pm, Monday, January 11th, 2016)
2. Introduction to Renaissance and Early Modern Documents (3pm-6pm, Monday, January 11th, 2016)
3. History of the Medici Archive (9am-12pm, Tuesday, January 12th, 2016)
4. Reading Documents from the Medici Archival Collections (3pm-6pm, Tuesday, January 12th, 2016)
5. Using the Guardaroba Medicea and other Florentine Inventories (9am-12pm, Wednesday, January 13th, 2016)
6. Finding Artists in the Archives (3pm-6pm, Wednesday, January 13th, 2016)
7. VISIT: Archivio di Stato di Firenze (9am-12pm, Thursday, January 14th, 2016)
8. Notarial Archives: Contracts and Wills (3pm-6pm, Thursday, January 14th, 2016)
9. Early Modern Economics and Accounting in the Archives (9am-12pm, Friday, January 15th, 2016)
10. Researching Jewish and Women’s in Early Modern Italy (3pm-6pm, Friday, January
11. VISIT: Archivio Capponi, Palazzo Capponi (9am-12pm, Saturday, January 16th, 2016)
12. Research Practices Roundtable (3pm-6pm, Saturday, January 16th, 2016).
Prospective applicants should send a one-page CV and a brief statement explaining how this course will benefit one’s current research to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Deadline: 21 December 2015.