Special Programs:

Special one-time programs are organized by application due date.

MIDDLE FRENCH PALEOGRAPHY WORKSHOP, Columbia University in the City of New York, JUNE 1-19, 2015

Applications Due: February 2, 2015

This paleography workshop will provide intensive training in the accurate reading, editing, and interpretation of a manuscript in Middle French, in this case a complex and intriguing late-Renaissance compilation of a practical and proto-scientific nature. Participants will gain paleographic skills in middle French as they collaborate on a transcription and translation of this manuscript, making use of new digital tools and methods.
The manuscript, Bibliothèque nationale de France, fr. 640, probably written around 1580 by an anonymous French-speaking craftsperson, covers some 170 fols. with detailed instructions, including first-hand observations and illustrations, for a number of processes that we would now classify as part of fine arts and technology, such as drawing-instruction, pigment-making, metal-coloring, counterfeit gem production, cannon-casting, tree-grafting, land-surveying, a practice of taxidermy to manufacture monstrous composite animals (kittens and bats), making papier mâché masks, and much more. The margins are filled with comments on experiments, an indication that the text was most likely a record of practice. The manuscript thus offers exceptional insight into how natural materials and art objects were made, collected, appreciated, and circulated in the late Renaissance.
The workshop, directed by Prof. Marc H. Smith (École nationale des chartes/École pratique des hautes études) and Prof. Pamela H. Smith (History, Columbia University) is part of a larger interdisciplinary research and pedagogical initiative, The Making and Knowing Project, that aims to support the transcription, translation, annotation, and experimental reconstruction of the technical processes described in the manuscript, with the final goal being the publication of a digital critical edition and English translation of the manuscript.

The three-week course, held on the campus of Columbia University, will begin with general instruction and bibliographical information concerning the historical context of the manuscript, French Renaissance paleography, Middle French, and principles for transcription and translation, as well as instruction in digital methods, such as collaborative editing, annotation and versioning methods. Then, for five days a week, sessions will be devoted to reading, annotating, and translating selected sections of the text in groups.

Up to 15 participants will be enrolled from the U.S. and abroad. The workshop is offered tuition free. Advanced French-language skills are required. First consideration is given to PhD students, but applications will also be accepted from professional staff of libraries and museums, and from qualified independent scholars. The workshop expects to be able to provide some financial support to selected PhD applicants to help defray the costs of travel and accommodation.

Applicants should submit a CV containing names and addresses of two references, no more than three pages explaining their reason for application (including the relevance of the workshop to their dissertation research), and transcripts showing successful completion of coursework or other evidence of competence in the French language. Experience and interest in the digital humanities will be an advantage.

Applications, along with supporting documents, should be emailed to Miriam Pensack (mrp2162@columbia.edu) by February 2, 2015. Inquiries should be directed to the same address. Successful applicants will be notified by February 27th.


NEH Summer 2015 Programs

For full list of programs, and more info go here.

The Irish Sea Cultural Province: Crossroads of Medieval Literature and Languages

Deadline: March 2, 2015
Dates: June 8-July 12 (5 weeks)
Project Director(s): Charles MacQuarrie, Joseph Nagy
Visiting Faculty: Thomas Clancy, Peter Davey, Sioned Davies, Jennifer Kewley-Draskau, Katherine Lowe, J.P. Mallory, Gillian Rudd, Sir David Wilson
Location: Douglas, Isle of Man and Glasgow, Scotland
For more information: (661) 654-2144 http://www.csub.edu/~cmacquarrie/isle_of_man/.

The Materiality of Medieval Manuscripts: Interpretation Through Production

Deadline: March 2, 2015
Dates: June 15-July 10 (4 weeks)
Project Director(s): Jonathan Wilcox
Visiting Faculty: Timothy Barrett, Cheryl Jacobsen, Julia Leonard, Jesse Meyer, Sara Sauers
Location: Iowa City, IA
For more information: jonathan-wilcox@uiowa.edu (319) 335-0454 http://www.uiowa.edu/manuscript-materiality.

The Alhambra and Spain’s Islamic Past

Deadline: March 2, 2015
Dates: June 15-July 10 (4 weeks)
Project Director(s): D. Fairchild Ruggles, Oscar Vázquez
Visiting Faculty: Antonio Almagro Gorbea, Jerrilynn D. Dodds, Lara Eggleton; José Antonio González Alcantud, Richard Kagan, Mariam Rosser-Owen
Location: Granada, Spain
For more information: neh.alhambra@gmail.com (217) 333-0176 http://neh-alhambra.squarespace.com.

Between Medieval and Modern: Philosophy from 1300 to 1700 Deadline

Deadline: March 2, 2015
Dates: July 6-31 (4 weeks)
Project Director(s): Robert Pasnau
Location: Deborah Brown, Edwin Curley, Daniel Garber, Peter King, Christia Mercer, Calvin Normore, Alison Simmons
For more information: pasnau@colorado.edu (303) 492-4837 http://www.colorado.edu/p171e2ebce1a/.

Negotiating Identities in the Christian-Jewish-Muslim Mediterranean

Deadline: March 2, 2015
Dates: July 5-August 1 (4 weeks)
Project Director(s): Sharon Kinoshita, Brian Catlos
Visiting Faculty: Thomas Burman, Cecily J. Hilsdale, Marcus Milwright, John Tolan
Location: Barcelona, Spain
For more information: mailbox@mediterraneanseminar.org http://www.barcelonaneh2015.com.


Ongoing Programs:

Ongoing yearly programs are organized alphabetically.

THE AMERICAN SCHOOL OF CLASSICAL STUDIES AT ATHENS, MEDIEVAL GREEK SUMMER SESSION
AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY, SUMMER 2015
Deadline: January 15

The Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens announces the 2015 summer session focused on the teaching of Medieval Greek.

Founded in 1881, the American School is the most significant resource in Greece for American scholars in the fields of ancient and post-classical studies. One of the two major research libraries of the School, the Gennadius Library, which houses over 120,000 volumes and archives, is devoted to post-classical Hellenic civilization, and will offer a month-long Summer Session for Medieval Greek at the Intermediate Level from June 30 to July 29, 2015. The objective is to familiarize students who have a sound foundation in Classical Greek with Medieval Greek language and philology by exposing them to primary sources, different kinds of literary genres, paleography and epigraphy as well as bibliographic and electronic tools, drawing on the resources of the Gennadius Library. The two Professors leading the session are Professor Alexander Alexakis, University of Ioannina and Professor Eustratios Papaioannou, Brown University.

Eligibility:  The program is offered at the intermediate level, and will be geared to twelve qualified students enrolled in a graduate program in any field of late antique, post-antique, Byzantine or medieval studies at any university worldwide. A minimum of two years of college level Classical Greek (or the equivalent) is required. If there are available slots, college professors in any university worldwide, who have no access to the instruction of Medieval Greek in their home institutions, may also be considered. A diagnostic test (available electronically) may be administered to finalists before the final selection of students is made.

Applications:  Submit online application, curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation (one from the academic advisor and one from a Greek language teacher) on the ASCSA web site at http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/admission-membership/gennadius_library_summer_session/. Students are required to submit academic transcripts, scanned from the originals issued to the candidate in legible pdf format, as part of the online application. Application fee is US$25.

Web site: www.ascsa.edu.gr
or http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/gennadius/medieval-greek-summer-session
E-mail: application@ascsa.org

The selection results will be announced March 15.


California Rare Book School

http://www.calrbs.org/

California Rare Book School is a continuing education program dedicated to providing the knowledge and skills required by professionals working in all aspects of the rare book community, and for students interested in entering the field. Founded in 2005, CalRBS is a project of the Department of Information Studies at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. CalRBS is supported by an informal consortium of many of the academic and research libraries and antiquarian booksellers of Southern California.


CARA Summer Programs

http://www.medievalacademy.org/?page=CARA_Scholarships

CARA members sponsor a number of summer programs in Latin, paleography, manuscript studies, etc. CARA awards full tuition scholarships to students participating in several of these programs; other programs are funded entirely by or jointly with the hosting institution.


CUNY Latin/Greek Institute

https://www.gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiatives/Centers-and-Institutes/Latin-Greek-Institute

The Latin/Greek Institute offers total-immersion programs in Latin or Ancient Greek that enable students to master the material normally covered in two to three years in a single summer. Founded in 1973 as a collaborative effort between Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, the Institute is the most intensive summer language program of its kind. All programs are team-taught by experienced instructors. Hourly rotation of faculty provides for exposure to a variety of approaches, and faculty closely mentor and advise students.


Folger Institute Programs

http://www.folger.edu/Content/Folger-Institute/Folger-Institute.cfm

The Folger Institute is a dedicated center for advanced study and collections-focused research in the humanities at the Folger Shakespeare Library. The Institute fosters targeted investigations of the world-class Folger collection. Through its multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural formal programs and residential research fellowships, the Institute gathers knowledge communities and establishes fresh research and teaching agendas for early modern humanities. Its advanced undergraduate program introduces students to rare materials and the research questions that can be explored with those materials.  The Folger Institute helps set the intellectual agenda for early modern humanities. Through their interpretations of primary source materials, its associated scholars bring to light important issues from early modernity that still resonate today.


MAA GSC Mentorship Program

http://www.medievalacademy.org/?page=Grad_Students

The Graduate Student Committee of the Medieval Academy of America will continue its popular Mentorship Program for 2015 and offer mentorship contacts at the MAA Annual Meeting (12-14 March, University of Notre Dame), Kalamazoo (14-17 May), and Leeds (6-9 July). Due to the organizational demands of the program, it may be necessary to restrict the number of participants, so please sign up early. The call for participants is usually released six to eight weeks ahead of the conference date and is posted online and sent via the listserv. Mentor shortages have been a reality in past years, so if you know faculty attending these conferences, please encourage them to sign up. Any questions or concerns regarding the program may be sent to Vanessa Corcoran (vrosetaylor@gmail.com)


Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography

http://www.newberry.org/mellon-summer-institutes-vernacular-paleography

These summer institutes provide intensive practical training in reading late medieval, Renaissance, and early modern manuscripts in European vernacular hands: English, French, Italian, and Spanish. The institutes emphasize the skills needed for the accurate reading and transcription of vernacular texts, but attention may also be given to the instruments of research, codicology, analytical bibliography, and textual editing, depending on the expertise of the instructors and the nature of the historical documents under consideration.


Paideia Institute Programs

http://www.paideiainstitute.org/programs

The Paideia Institute’s programs, whether online, in the U.S., or in Europe’s most inspiring historical settings, are designed to help participants forge a closer personal relationship with the classics.  Includes: Living Latin in Paris, Living Latin in Rome, Telepaideia: Latin and Greek Online, and Aequora: Latin tutoring at Still Waters in Bushwick.


Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto — Diploma Programme in Manuscript Studies

The Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, in conjunction with the American Academy in Rome, is proud to offer a new Diploma Programme in Manuscript Studies. A complete description of the curriculum, as well as details about eligibility and application, is available from the link below. The venue will alternate between Rome and Toronto.

Next year the Programme will convene at the America Academy in Rome from 8 June to 17 July 2015. The courses to be offered are MSST 1000: Latin Palaeography, taught by the Pontifical Institute’s Leonard E. Boyle Professor of Manuscript Studies, M. Michèle Mulchahey, and a Special Subject, MSST 1004, entitled, “Form and Function: The Medieval Liturgy and its Manuscripts”, offered by our 2015 guest instructor, Prof. Richard Gyug of Fordham University. For further details please see our flyer. The deadline for applications is 30 January 2015.

http://www.pims.ca/academics/diploma-programme-in-manuscript-studies

 


Rare Book School, University of Virginia

http://www.rarebookschool.org/

Rare Book School (RBS) provides continuing-education opportunities for students from all disciplines and levels to study the history of written, printed, and born-digital materials with leading scholars and professionals in the field. Founded in 1983, RBS moved to its present home at the University of Virginia in 1992.


 San Gemini Preservation Studies Program

http://sg-pres.org

We are now accepting applications for our summer 2015 field school, the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program, now in its 16th year, dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage and offering students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy.

Session One (June 1 – 26)
Building Restoration* Revised program
· Restoration of Traditional Masonry Buildings in Italy
· Sketching and Analyzing Historic Buildings
Ceramics Restoration
· Introduction to Conservation of Archaeological Ceramics
· Workshop on Ceramics and Ceramics Conservation in Italy

Session Two (July 13 – August 7)
Book Bindings Restoration
· Introduction to the Restoration of Book Bindings in Italy
· Workshop on the Restoration of Book Bindings
Paper Restoration
· Introduction to Restoration of Paper in Books and Archival Documents
· Restoration Workshop – Paper in Books and Archival Documents
Traditional Painting Materials & Techniques
· Traditional Painting Methods and Techniques in Italy, including Issues of Weathering and Aging
· Painting Workshop – Traditional Painting Methods and Techniques in Italy
Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy
· Restoration in Italy – Issues and Theory
*Field Projects:
· Restoration of the façade of the Church of San Carlo (13th Century)
· Analysis of medieval buildings in San Gemini as part of an urban study of the city

Inter-Session Programs (June 27 – July 10):
Restoration of Canvas Support of Paintings (June 29 – July 10)
· An expert workshop dealing with the restoration of canvasses: the structural support of oil paintings. The program includes theoretical classes and practical workshops.
Inter-session Field Trip – Italy (June 28 – July 7)
· A ten day trip visiting Siena, Florence and Rome: places of cultural interest, the urban and historical development of each town, and specialized visits to places of interest to restorers.
Inter-session Field Trip – Athens (check-in Saturday, June 27 – check-out Friday, July 10)
· A twelve day visit of Athens: an exploration of the history of preservation and conservation issues facing the city lead by some of the top Athenian experts in their field.

To find out more about our program and review the syllabi, please visit our WEBSITE.

Our courses are open to students from various disciplines, both undergraduate and graduate. All lessons are taught in English.

If you know any students, scholars, or others interested in this type of study, please inform them about our program. We would appreciate it if you could list our program on your organization’s website as an available educational resource.

We have a 2015 flyer that you may wish to post on your department notice board or forward to interested parties. You can print this from our website, on our About Us page. Please let us know if you have any problem printing and we can email you the PDF.  Contact: Polly Withers, Associate Director, San Gemini Preservation Studies Program, pwithers@sg-pres.org.