Paleography Seminars

Summer Seminar in Paleography and Archival Studies

Palazzo Alberti, 12-18 July 2021

The Medici Archive Project is pleased to announce the dates for the upcoming 2021 Summer Seminar in Paleography and Archival Studies which will take place in Florence the week of 12 -18 July.

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, Sheila Barker, Brendan Dooley, Pasquale Focarile, Piergabriele Mancuso, Marcello Simonetta and Lorenzo Vigotti.

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.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, availability is limited to 10 spaces.

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 education@medici.org:

  • 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: 25 June 2021

Tuition for one session is USD 1000.

For further information: education@medici.org

2021 SUMMER SESSIONS

INTRODUCTION TO ARCHIVAL RESEARCH IN ITALY – Alessio Assonitis

THE ARCHIVE OF THE MEDICI IN THE QUATTROCENTO – Marcello Simonetta

THE ARCHIVE OF THE MEDICI GRAND DUKES (1532-1743) – Alessio Assonitis

MEDICI INVENTORIES, PAYMENT RECORDS AND MATERIAL CULTURE RECORDS – Sheila Barker

THE ARCHIVE OF THE STROZZI – Marcello Simonetta

MINORITIES AND ARCHIVES: THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE JEWISH GHETTO IN FLORENCE – Piergabriele Mancuso

MEDICINE, PHARMACOLOGY AND SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITY IN FLORENTINE ARCHIVES – Sheila Barker

AVVISI AND NEWSLETTERS IN EARLY MODERN ITALY – Brendan Dooley

FAMILY ARCHIVES IN TUSCANY – Pasquale Focarile

CATASTO AND NOTARIAL ARCHIVES IN FLORENCE – Lorenzo Vigotti

VASARI AND THE CORRIDOIO – Francesca Funis

ARCHIVAL SOURCES FOR MILITARY HISTORY – Maurizio Arfaioli