Online Summer School: 2nd Verona International Summer School in Medieval Manuscripts (7-11 September 2020), deadline 31 August 2020

The Verona International Summer School in Medieval Manuscripts offers an intensive course in writing culture from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages (415-1500).

Due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak, the 2020 edition is offered only via a digital platform (Moodle).

It provides an overview of the main elements of Latin palaeography, showing the evolution of letter forms and most common abbreviation systems; the course consists of practical exercises, reading and transcribing several different types of script. It is also open to students with some experience in Latin and Greek palaeography, who wish to refresh or improve their skills. Participants must have elementary Latin in order to benefit from lectures; when applying, they should indicate whether they had any previous experience in palaeography.

This course will last for five days and lectures will be both recorded and live streamed by experts in their respective fields, working both at Verona University, Culture & Civiltà Department, and at a wide range of other institutions.

Subject areas include Latin, Gothic, Greek and Early Modern Italian palaeography, illuminated manuscripts, codicology, liturgical and devotional manuscripts.

Most of the morning lectures will be offered as pre-recorded talks, exploring the outstanding original Late Antique and Medieval writing materials preserved at the Biblioteca Capitolare, the «Queen of all Late Antique and Medieval Libraries», according to E.A. Lowe.

In the afternoons, recorded lectures will take turns with live Zoom meetings hosted by our lecturers in order to: – offer practical sessions on manuscripts and charters; – get specific insights through topics discussed during the morning sessions; – answer attendees questions.

The course also provides training for historians, archaeologists and textual scholars in the discipline of reading and interpreting medieval graffiti and epigraphic evidence, analysed in their original context. The importance of understanding graffiti and inscriptions within their archaeological and topographical contexts will be explored during virtual site visits to S. Giorgio/S. Elena, S. Zeno and S. Maria in Stelle. These virtual visits will be led by experts in Medieval Archaeology, Art and Architecture History.


The full program of 2020 Summer School (recorded lectures and live Zoom meetings) is open to a maximum of 20 students. Attendees are asked to submit a short statement of why they wish to take the course together with a CV. Non-selected applicants will still have the chance to enrol for the light program of the Summer School (please, see below).

In order to apply you are kindly asked to write as soon as possible to with your CV attached. You will receive an application form and the instructions for the bank transfer.

Your completed application form and your bank statement must be sent back via email before August, 31st, 2020.

Fees and Payments

  • Student Five-Day full program Fee (recorded and live streamed sessions): Euro 120,00.
  • Student Five-Day light program Fee (recorded-only sessions, available after September, 11th): Euro 60,00.

Fees include attendance (recorded and live streamed sessions for the full program, recor- ded-only sessions for the light one) and a wide ranging of teaching and bibliographical mate- rial (for both programs), available on ours Moodle.

Payments must follow the indications given by the Scientific Coordinators per email.

  • Summer School Administrator Dipartimento Culture e Civiltà, Room 3.19 Università degli Studi di Verona
    Viale dell’Università, 4
    I-37129 Verona
  • Tel: +39 (0) 45 8028733
  • Email:

More information can be found here.

Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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