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Graduate Workshop Florence Summer 2011
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2/25/2011
When: 2/25/2011
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Translating the Past: A Workshop on Medieval and Renaissance Sources devoted to Art, History, and Literature.

The Institute at Palazzo Rucellai, Florence

This program aims to introduce graduate students to the following subjects: philology, diplomatics, codicology, paleography, translation theory and practice. Its nature will be primarily practical, as students will be taught to read, describe and edit Latin and Italian vernacular sources from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (ca. 1200-1600). Toward this end, lectures will alternate with visits to archives and libraries in Florence. All classes will be taught in English. Since knowledge of Latin and Italian is a prerequisite to the study of the disciplines mentioned above, students will practise translating documents and printed texts from these languages into English. To better contextualize their work, they will also be expected to attend lectures on topics related to medieval and Renaissance culture, such as history, art and architecture, economics, patronage, philosophy, reception theory, and literature.

Organizing institutions:

The Institute at Palazzo Rucellai

Istituto Storico Italiano per il Medio Evo

In collaboration with:

The Charles Singleton Center (Johns Hopkins University)

Georgetown University at Villa Le Balze

Istituto Universitario Olandese di Storia dell’Arte

Provincia di Firenze (Progetto "Knowledge Sharing”)

The Society for Renaissance Studies

Advisory Committee:

Tommaso Astarita (Georgetown University), Stefano U. Baldassarri (The Institute at Palazzo Rucellai), Andreina Bianchini (The Institute at Palazzo Rucellai), Christopher S. Celenza (Johns Hopkins University), Samuel Kline Cohn Jr. (University of Glasgow), James Hankins (Harvard University), Michael Kwakkelstein (Istituto Universitario Olandese di Storia dell’Arte); John E. Law (University of Wales, Swansea; Society for Renaissance Studies), Stefano Lorenzetti (Conservatorio di Musica di Vicenza), Giuseppe Mazzotta (Yale University), Massimo Miglio (Istituto Storico Italiano per il Medio Evo), Fabrizio Ricciardelli (Georgetown University).

Instructors:

Stefano U. Baldassarri (The Institute at Palazzo Rucellai: Philology), Antonella Ghignoli (Università di Firenze: Paleography and Diplomatics), David Marsh (Rutgers University: Translation Theory and Practice), David Rundle (University of Oxford: Codicology and Incunabula).

Visiting Lecturers:

Alison Brown (Royal Holloway, University of London), Humfrey Butters (University of Warwick), Samuel Kline Cohn Jr. (University of Glasgow), William J. Connell (Seton Hall University), Francesca Fumi (Università di Siena), Michael Kwakkelstein (Istituto Universitario Olandese di Storia dell’Arte), Fabrizio Ricciardelli (Georgetown University), Gert van der Sman (Istituto Universitario Olandese di Storia dell’Arte).

Course description and schedule:

A total of 104 hours throughout June 2011 scheduled as follows:

a. Morning: 48 hours (9.00 am -12.00 pm, Mon.-Thurs. at The Institute at Palazzo Rucellai) + 16 hours (9.00 am-13.00 pm on Friday four times a month to visit archives, libraries and museums in Florence).

Topics:

• Paleography and diplomatics

• Codicology and incunabula

b. Afternoon: 32 hours (3.00 pm-5.00 pm, Mon.-Thurs. at The Institute at Palazzo Rucellai) + 8 hours (3.00 pm-5.00 pm on Friday four times a month: lectures by visiting professors on topics relevant to morning classes to be held at Georgetown University at Villa Le Balze, The Institute at Palazzo Rucellai and the Istituto Universitario Olandese di Storia dell’Arte).

Topics:

• Translation theory and practice

• Philology

Fees: US$ 4.000,00 (tuition + housing: US$ 750 deposit by 25 March 2011, US$ 3.250 by 10 May 2011). Housing will be in shared apartments located in downtown Florence specifically selected for the workshop students.

Application procedure: By 25 February 2011 have the following materials sent by email or by air mail to Prof. Stefano U. Baldassarri, c/o The Institute at Palazzo Rucellai, Via della Vigna Nuova 18, 50123 Florence, Italy : cv, list of publications (if any), a one-page statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation by professors who have known you as a student.

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