9 am -12 noon Mondays through Thursdays (except the third week, when meetings will take place Tuesday through Friday, due to the Independence Day holiday)
This course will examine French manuscripts and archival materials from the thirteenth to the seventeenth 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.
Eligibility: 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 are also 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.
Prerequisite: This graduate-level course is taught entirely in French; advanced language skills are required.
Award: All successful applicants will receive a stipend of $1,250; non-local participants will receive reimbursement of up to an additional $2,500 for travel, housing, and food. There are no fees associated with the institute.
Notification: We will notify all applicants by April 1 whether they have been accepted as a participant, placed on an alternate list, or declined. Invited participants will have until April 15 to confirm whether or not they will attend.
Learn more about the Center for Renaissance Studies’ Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography, or check out our list of paleography resources for Latin, English, French, Italian, and Spanish.
The application deadline is March 1, 2015.
Download these PDFs for full application instructions:
- Application guidelines and instructions
- Application cover sheet: this is a PDF form. Please fill it in and save it with your last name as part of the file name, then send it to us electronically along with your application materials (as described in the “application guidelines and instructions”).
- Recommendation cover sheet: also a PDF form. Please fill it in, print it, and give it to the person who will write a recommendation letter for you, to sign and send to us with the letter.