The Medici Archive Project will offer a 12-week Online Paleography Course 3 March – 24 May 2014 under the instruction of Dr. Sheila Barker, Director of the Jane Fortune Research Program on Women Artists at the Medici Archive Project.. Participants will develop fundamental skills and relevant knowledge-base for reading 15th-18th-century Italian archival materials. This course also introduces participants to research in Italian archives. From personal letters to the inventories and wills, the digitized documents used to train the course’s participants in paleographic skills will expose them to a wide range of document types useful for scholarly research. A special focus on the theme “Women and Art in Early Modern Italy” underlies the selection of some of this pedagogical material, and lively interpretive discussions of these materials will include reflections of a historiographic and analytical nature. Enrollment limited to 20 students to allow for private tutorials. Priority will be given to graduate students, post-graduate scholars, and professionals with relevant scholarly interests. A basic reading knowledge of Italian is required, and participants are expected to commit at least 3-5 hours weekly on a continual basis for good results. The course is taught in English. Tuition for this course is US $500, payable through PayPal upon acceptance. To apply, send an email to Dr. Elena Brizio with a brief letter of introduction explaining the motivation for taking the course; a curriculum vitae that details linguistic aptitude and (if applicable) archival experience; a statement regarding the participant’s time-zone and preferred weekday for the occasional scheduling of lunch-time tutorials with the instructor. Deadline 15 February 2014.

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