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CfP: X Seminar of Ph.D. Studies on The Sources for European Economic History (13th–18th centuries)

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X Seminar of Ph.D. Studies on The Sources for European Economic History (13th–18th centuries)


Arezzo – Fraternita dei Laici
3–7 July 2017

The Universities of Lille (IRHiS Lab) and Rouen (GRHIS Lab), in collaboration with ANR, IUF, Grand Réseau de Recherche-CSN, Université Paris-7 «Denis Diderot», Institut d’histoire moderne et contemporaine (CNRS-ENS-Université Paris-1), Fraternita dei Laici of Arezzo and the University of Siena (DSFUCI of Arezzo) offer 15 scholarships to young scholars – Master 2, Ph.D. students, post-doc from within the European Community – dealing with the following research themes: apprenticeships, transmissions of knowledge, their connections with labour market and guilds in pre-industrial Europe.

Such scholarships will cover expenses for food and accomodation. Over the span of five working days, the X session of the Doctoral Seminar of Arezzo will investigate «Apprenticeships and transmissions of knowledge in Europe (13th–18th centuries)». Starting from such an (intentionally broad) cover-title, it will investigate in particular structures and attitudes of organisations connected with workers’ training and the transmissions of practical knowledge and know-how within the multiple sectors of European economy (including the areas of artistic production) during the Low Middle Ages and the Early Modern period. Also matters such as the importance of family and social networks, the role of women in transmitting practical skills and, more in general, the multiple links between apprenticeship, talent, and artistic creation will be investigated.

Papers and lectures will be given in Italian, French, English and Spanish. During their presentations in any of the above mentioned languages, both teachers and students will be meant to provide power-point presentations in a language different from the one they usually speak. Such presentations should give a close idea about what primary sources and method have been employed, together with technical notions and vocabulary related to the topic they are exploring.

The Seminar will be organised in two daily sessions:

1. During the morning, there will be two lectures by teachers coming from European universities and scientific institutions.

2. In the afternoon, students will give their (30 minutes long) presentations.

All papers will be followed by a discussion. Candidates should send via e-mail to the following address,, by and no later than 15 May 2017, a dossier including:

  • A hand-signed request of participation;
  • A curriculum vitae (2 pages long) together with a brief hand-out and work phased break-down of their current on-going research;
  • Title and summary (4.000 characters min.) of their afternoon presentations;
  • One letter of reference.

The Scientific Committee will have the option to also select and welcome other participants, provided they are prepared to personally contribute to their expenses for their food and accommodation, and will strongly motivate their research interests for attending the Seminar. Applicants winning a scholarship will be informed by 1 June 2017. Attendance is compulsory.

For information, please contact Riccardo Cella, researcher of the project ANR/FNS GAWS (Apprenticeship, Work and Society in Early Modern Venice, XVI-XVIII centuries), email:

Scientific Committee: Mathieu Arnoux, Anna Bellavitis, Jacques Bottin, Amedeo Feniello, Franco Franceschi, David Igual Luis, Antonella Moriani, Valentina Sapienza.

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