The letters in the Medici Granducal Archive (Mediceo del Principato) constitute an impressive historical reservoir of Jewish history. The content of this vast collection---over six thousand volumes---opens new windows onto cross-sections of Jewish culture in early modern Italy and Europe. Only in recent years have historians of various humanist disciplines begun to assess this vast body of information. The great majority of these documents have yet to be explored. It is for this reason that the Medici Archive Project (www.medici.org) is offering an eleven-month fellowship (1 September 2013 – 1 August 2014) for conducting research on the history of Jews and Jewish culture, to be carried out on-site at the Archivio di Stato in Florence, working on the Mediceo del Principato. The selected candidate will be responsible for organizing, editing and preparing for on-line publication the copious archival material on Jewish culture gathered by Medici Archive Project research team and staff since 2000.
Applicants should have all of the following qualifications: a completed Ph.D. in any field of Renaissance or early modern Jewish studies; fluency in English and Italian (a knowledge of Hebrew and Latin is desirable); substantial research experience with original documentary material; commitment to a scholarly career involving archival research; significant publication record in the field of Renaissance or early modern Jewish studies.
The stipend is $43,000 plus an allowance for travel expenses, and may be renewed for a second year, pending available funds.
This fellowship is supported in part by the Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust and by private donors including Eugene M. Grant, E. Robert Goodkind, The Norman E. Alexander Family Foundation, Joan McClure & Michael Schler, Bertram Cohn, and Robert B. Strassler.
To apply for this fellowship, the following material should be sent electronically to Dr. Elena Brizio (email@example.com): a full and updated curriculum vitae; a concise discussion of the applicant’s previous experience in archival research (three pages maximum) with specific references to sources used in Italian archives; a concise proposal for research and publication related to Jewish studies and to the work of the Medici Archive Project (three pages maximum not including selected bibliography); the names and addresses of two scholars who can comment on the applicant’s qualifications and the merits of the research proposal (please do not include letters of recommendation with the application).
1. The application deadline is on 29 March 2013 at noon.
2. All material submitted by the applicant should be in English.
3. All material should be sent in pdf format.
4. Please do not include supplementary material (publications, papers, syllabi, etc.). If additional material is needed, it will be requested by MAP Staff.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Dr. Elena Brizio
The Medici Archive Project
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