2020 Mellon Summer Institute in French Paleography | Newberry

2020 Mellon Summer Institute in French Paleography

Genealogy of the kings of France, c. 1425 (VAULT Case MS 37.1)

At the Newberry Library
Monday, July 6, 2020Friday, July 31, 2020
Led by Marc Smith, École Nationale des Chartes, Paris
Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography

This course will examine French manuscripts and archival materials from the thirteenth to the seventeenth century. The institute will provide a summary outline of the history of handwriting in France, followed by intensive training in reading from facsimiles, both in class and at home. Students will become familiar with the development of handwriting as well as further aspects of written communication in the late medieval and early modern period.

Learn more about the instructor: Marc Smith, École Nationale des Chartes, Paris.

Eligibility: The institute will enroll 15 participants. First consideration will be given to advanced graduate students and junior faculty at U.S. colleges and universities, but applications are also accepted from advanced graduate 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 French; advanced language skills are required.

Award: All successful applicants will receive a stipend of $1,275; non-local participants will receive an additional $2,500 to cover travel and lodging expenses. There are no fees associated with the institute.

Deadline: All applications must be received by March 2, 2020. We will notify all applicants by April 1 whether they have been accepted as a participant, placed on an alternate list, or declined. Invited participants will have until April 15 to confirm their place in the institute.

Learn more about the Center for Renaissance Studies’ Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography, or check out our list of paleography resources for Latin, English, French, Italian, and Spanish. Applicants for this institute are especially encouraged to visit our website for French Renaissance Paleography.

Cost and Registration Information 

The application deadline is March 2, 2020.

Applications for the institute will be submitted through SlideRoom. All applicants will be required to set up a free SlideRoom account, if they do not already have one. To apply, sign in to SlideRoom and click on “2020 Mellon Summer Institute in French Paleography” and complete the application form. If you have any questions about the application process, please send an email to fletcherc@newberry.org.

Your application should include:

1. An essay of no more than 500 words that

describes in detail how the institute training pertains to your research, teaching, and/or professional interests;
details your past experience and training in using primary source materials; and
describes your level of fluency in speaking and reading French, especially if your discipline is not French literature. Note that the institute will be conducted entirely in French; advanced languages skills are required.

2. Current curriculum vitae (CV) of no more than three pages

3. One letter of reference. The letter must address the substance of the applicant’s research plans. For graduate students, it must also assess his or her skill in French. Note that once you create a SlideRoom account, your referree will receive a personal link where they can upload their letter of reference.