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Family Archives, Families in the Archives

Posted By Elena Brizio, Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Family Archives, Families in the Archives


When researching in the Archives scholars may come across documents that relate to the history and life of families. Although these documents are often part of family archives, they can also be scattered among civic and public repositories. These documents are an invaluable source of investigation: when put into context, they can advance our understanding of the political, cultural and social life of a family at a given time and place. In some instances, in fact, family documents may be the only extant traces of an otherwise lost history, and unearthing these papers can help us posing further research questions and exploring new research approaches.

 Focusing on the use of primary sources, this panel, or series of panels, seeks to explore the importance of family archives and the documents kept within them in the Renaissance period. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

 -       family history

-        women’s history

-       material culture

-       artistic patronage and matronage

-       politics

-       religion

-       economics


Organizers: Irene Mariani (University of Edinburgh) and Elena Brizio (Georgetown University - Fiesole Campus).

Please send your paper title, abstract (150-words maximum), CV (300 word maximum), and keywords to Elena Brizio by 25 May 2016 the latest.


Tags:  Archives  Families  History  Material Culture  Renaissance Europe 

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