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In recent years significant changes in university curricula, both in Europe and in the U.S., have made it increasingly difficult for students to receive advanced training in philology, palaeography and codicology. And yet, these subjects are crucial for the study of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance at the graduate and postgraduate level. Consequently, a number of prestigious universities and institutions have decided to take a first step to fill this serious gap. Starting in 2010, The International Studies Institute at Palazzo Rucellai, the Istituto Storico Italiano per il Medio Evo, the Society for Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti (The Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies), The Charles Singleton Center for Italian Studies (Johns Hopkins University), The Dutch Institute for Art History in Florence (Istituto Universitario Olandese di Storia dell’Arte), and Georgetown University at Villa Le Balze have joined their efforts to promote Translating the Past: A Workshop on Medieval and Renaissance Sources devoted to Art, History, and Literature. This initiative has proved a remarkable success. The first two editions have been attended by some thirty students coming from the best-known universities and study centers from all over the world.
After a one-year pause, devoted to seeking a considerable number of bursaries to support as many applicants as possible, Translating the Past will be offered again in summer 2013 at The International Studies Institute at Palazzo Rucellai (Florence, Italy). Throughout June 2013, students will participate in a one-month summer workshop in Florence devoted to these disciplines and taught by internationally renowned specialists who are noted for their scholarly contributions and long teaching experience. Students attending the workshop will acquire both a methodological and a practical introduction to the subjects through seminars and hands-on assignments. Furthermore, they will explore the Florentine collections in the famous local libraries and archives, such as the Archivio di Stato, the Biblioteca Nazionale and the Biblioteca Riccardiana.
Classes will be held at The International Studies Institute at Palazzo Rucellai.
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