Paleography Seminars

The Medici Archive Project is pleased to announce the dates for the upcoming 2024 Winter Seminar in Paleography and Archival Studies which will take place in Florence  on 3 – 8 June 2024 and 1 – 6 July 2024.

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 to assist in planning 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.

Seminar lecturers include: Maurizio Arfaioli, Alessio Assonitis, Gaston Basile, Davide Boerio, Pasquale Focarile, Piergabriele Mancuso, Oscar Schiavone, Marcello Simonetta, and Lorenzo Vigotti.

Special guest: John Henderson.

Teaching will take place at MAP head offices at Palazzo Alberti in Via de’ Benci 10 and on-site, in public and private archives in Florence.

The seminar week is composed of lectures on archival practice and paleography sessions, lasting between 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours, for a total of 6-7 hours a day.

A working knowledge of Italian is recommended. No previous archival and paleographic experience is required. Teaching will be in English.

Participants will be encouraged to develop 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

  • a one-page CV
  • a brief statement explaining how this course will benefit the applicant’s current research

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

Deadline: June Seminar: 25 May 2024: July Seminar: 25 June 2024

Tuition for one session is Euro 1000 (which includes six lunches and other cultural activities)

For further information:

The 2024 winter program will based around the 2023 winter program