Mellon Summer Institute in French Paleography
June 21-July 15, 2010
The Newberry Library, Chicago, IL
Director: Marc Smith, École Nationale des Chartes, Paris
This course will examine French manuscripts and archival materials from the 13th to the 17th century. Professor Smith will provide a summary outline of the history of handwriting in France, followed by intensive training in reading from facsimiles, both in class and at home. Students will become familiar with the development of handwriting as well as further aspects of written communication in the late-medieval and early-modern period. The class is taught entirely in French, so advanced language skills are required.
The institute will enroll 15 participants. First consideration will be given to advanced graduate students and junior faculty at U.S. colleges and universities, but applications will also be accepted from advanced graduate students and junior faculty at Canadian institutions, from professional staff of U.S. and Canadian libraries and museums, and from qualified independent scholars. Applicants selected for admission will receive a stipend to help defray the cost of attending the institute.
Applications are due March 1, 2010. See www.newberry.org/renaissance for application information, or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
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