2014 Mellon Summer Institute in Italian Paleography

Liber memoralia, 1557, Newberry Barga collection (Angelio family collection), Case MS 5A 46, f. 24v.
Liber memoralia, 1557, Newberry Barga collection (Angelio family collection), Case MS 5A 46, f. 24v.
At the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography
Monday, July 14, 2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014
Directed by Maddalena Signorini, UniversitĂ  degli Studi di Roma

This three-week institute offers 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 inventories, letters, diaries, and other types of manuscripts and documents in the collections of the Getty Research Institute.

Eligibility: 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.

Prerequisite: This graduate-level course is taught entirely in Italian; advanced language skills are required.

Cost and registration information: 

The application deadline has passed.

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