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Summer School: University and Diversity (Bologna, 6-14 Oct 17)

700px-bologna_panoramaSummer School: University and Diversity, Bologna, October 6 – 14, 2017
Deadline: May 1, 2017

University and Diversity: The Bolognese Experience (1088-2017)
Studienkurs of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz –Max-Planck-Institut

In 2013, the Municipality of Bologna set up a competition to find a
logo that represents ‘at a local, national and international level’ all
the ‘features and elements that make up the face of the city’. The
winning project ‘è Bologna’ provides a visual translation of the
endless perceptions of the city, linking letters to geometrical forms
inspired by archetypical Bolognese images, such as the city walls and
the brick mosaic of Santo Stefano. By typing a script, these forms are
superimposed with fixed proportions and chromatic relationships. Thus,
written words generate different but related signs that render the
‘multiplicity of elements which describe Bologna’.

The 2017 Summer School (Studienkurs) of the KHI focuses on
‘universitas’ and ‘diversitas’, concepts that are emblematic of Bologna
from the medieval to the modern period. The idea that the sum of all
things comprises a whole entity (‘universum’) provides a starting point
for exploring the city, whose urban fabric is characterized by its
former canals, medieval towers and porticoes. Bologna’s university, the
‘Alma Mater Studiorum’, considered to be founded in 1088, encapsulates
the city’s manifest identities through its original organization as a
conglomeration of loose societies called ‘nations’; the teaching of
canon and civil law and medicine; and the training of personages such
as Petrarch, Leon Battista Alberti and Copernicus. Bologna as a
cosmopolitan city is shaped further by its relationship to religious
institutions (the Dominicans and the Papacy, for example); by persons
acting on an ‘international’ scale, such as the Bentivoglio, Gabriele
Paleotti, Ugo Buoncompagni (Pope Gregory  XIII), Pier Paolo Pasolini;
and by the artworks within the city of Nicola Pisano, Giotto, Raphael,
Giambologna or the Carracci. Carlo Cesare Malvasia, writing in the
seventeenth century, described Bologna as the ‘metropolis of a kingdom’
due to its role as the capital of ancient Etruria and as the ‘school of
the universe’ for having taught philosophy, letters and religion before
all other cities. The images of the city as an important geographical
crossroad linking central and northern Italy to the rest of Europe and
as hub of learning, culture and avant-garde thinking pervades into
modern times. They impacted, for example, the tragic bombing of the
city during World War II or the Neo-Fascist attack at the Central
Station in 1980, a site that in recent years witnessed the construction
of the Alta ‘velocità’ railway, with its projected architectural
complex by Isozaki-Maffei.

The seemingly disparate histories of Bologna will be explored through
notions of ‘universitas’ and ‘diversitas’ in an attempt to better
understand the common links that, just as in the dynamic logo, comprise
the character of the city and will allow the Summer School to engage,
more generally, with the mechanisms that contribute to the cultural
constructions of multi-faceted urban centres and their relationship to
surrounding and interconnected environments. Shifting between
synchronic and diachronic approaches, topics to be explored, through
individual presentations and discussions, include: Santo Stefano and
its artistic and religious connections to the Eastern Mediterranean;
Bolognese manuscript illumination and its ‘international’ impact; the
open-air tombs of professors of law and medicine; ‘foreign’ cults
within the city, such as the Madonna di San Luca and the Madonna of
Guadalupe; spaces as places for display and as sites of alterity:
relics, bodies and burials of saints (e.g., St Dominic and St Caterina
Vigri), anatomical waxes, collections of natural objects and artefacts
with transcultural trajectories, especially to the New World and the
Ottoman Empire, and their role in the history of science and scientific
knowledge (Ulisse Aldrovandi and Ferdinando Cospi); as well as the
writing of artistic traditions and the so-called Bolognese School of
Painting. How does the city space and the civic cultures embodied
within it participate in connecting the local with the universal? How
can shifting notions of university/universality and diversity be
described and analyzed within the interplay of individuals and groups
that together make up the experience of the city?

The KHI Summer School invites applications from the fields of Art
History and related disciplines, from graduate students, doctoral
candidates and scholars who are embarking on post-doctoral research.
The number of participants is restricted to fifteen. Each participant
is expected to contribute to the success of the course not only with a
presentation, but also by actively engaging in the discussions. To
allow for active participation in the discussion, good passive
knowledge of Italian and German is required. The Institute will bear
the cost of accommodation and will reimburse half of the incurred
travelling expenses; in addition, participants will receive a daily

Applications should include: a letter of interest comprising a research
statement, a one-page Curriculum vitae and a presentation proposal (ca.
300 words). These materials can be written in English, Italian or

Please send your documents by 1 May 2017 in a single PDF file (max. 2
MB), referencing ‘Studienkurs 2017’, to the attention of Prof. Dr.
Gerhard Wolf (

Concept and organization: Annette Hoffmann, Marco Musillo, Jessica N.
Richardson and Gerhard Wolf

ANN: Summer Course: Study of the Arts in Flanders (Leuven, 18-29 June 2017)


campagne_sc3bis_0Leuven, Belgium, June 18 – 28, 2017

Deadline: Nov 30, 2016



Several Flemish research centres, universities and art museums
collaboratively organise the third edition of the Summer Course for the
Study of the Arts in Flanders in the summer of 2017. After the success
of the two previous editions with a focus on Jan van Eyck and Peter
Paul Rubens, this edition zooms in on Late Medieval and Early
Renaissance Sculpture. The target group for the course are master and
PhD-students in (art) history and junior curators from all over the

The aim of the Summer Course is to bring to Flanders, annually, a group
of 18 select national and international, highly qualified young
researchers and to present them with an intensive 11-day program of
lectures, discussions, and on-site visits. The theme varies annually
and focuses each year on a different art-historical period. The aim is
to provide the participants with a clear insight into the Flemish art
collections from the period at hand, as well as into the available and
most suited research methods, the state of the research and the
research needs. After the course the students will be ambassadors for
the Flemish arts abroad.

The third edition of the summer course is titled Medieval and
Renaissance Sculpture in the Low Countries and will take place from
June 18 through June 28, 2017. It is coordinated by Museum M – Leuven
and the Flemish Art Collection. Excursions will be made to Leuven,
Mechelen, Bruges, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Maastricht, Aachen,
Liège, Zoutleeuw and Brussels. The language of the Summer Course will
be English.

Candidates have earned an MA or are enrolled in a PhD programme, with a
focus on Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Sculpture. Candidates are
at the start of their professional career.
Thanks to the generous support of the Flemish Government the
participation fee of the Summer Course is now set at €900 per person.
The fee includes the full 11-day programme, 10 overnight hotel stays in
a single-occupancy room, all transportation within the programme, all
entry tickets, 2 receptions, 5 lunches and 5 dinners. Not included in
the participation fee is the transportation to and from Belgium.

Four grants in total will be awarded. Thanks to the generous support of
the Samuel H. Kress Foundation’s History of Art Grants Program 2 US
students and citizens are offered a grant that will fully cover the
programme fee and round trip flights between Belgium and the US.

The organisers of the Summer Course together with the Flemish
Government have made available 2 grants of €450 each. The recipients of
the grant will pay a reduced participation fee of €450 instead of the
regular fee.

Apply now through November 30, 2016. Mail to

The Summer Course is a joint initiative of Museum M – Leuven, the Royal
Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, the Groeninge Museum Bruges, the Museum of
Fine Arts Ghent, the University of Ghent, the Catholic University of
Leuven, the Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian
Netherlands, the Rubenianum and the Flemish Art Collection. The
structural content partner for this edition is the Royal Institute for
Cultural Heritage.


Summer School: intensive introduction to Latin language and literature of the late antique and medieval periods, Notre Dame University, June 13-July 22


Summer School: intensive introduction to Latin language and literature of the late antique and medieval periods, Notre Dame University, June 13-July 22, 2016
Apply now! 
This summer, the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame is offering an intensive introduction to Latin language and literature of the late antique and medieval periods (please see the attached poster). In this course, students will
  • learn about developments in medieval Latin (morphology, syntax, vocabulary, orthography and pronunciation)
  • practice close reading and accurate translation of a broad and representative selection of medieval Latin texts, including Latin influenced by another language; administrative Latin; technical texts; scholastic Latin; Latin of various professions; narrative accounts; imitations of classical style; formal styles; rhymed prose; cursus; ornamented styles; rhymed and metric poetry
  • review and practice the principal constructions of classical Latin
  • overcome your anxiety about sight reading
  • be introduced to the history, areas, and tools of medieval Latin philology through active exercises
  • work very hard, and have lots of fun!
The course runs from June 13-July 22. Online registration is open now. Visit for additional information and to register. Graduate students who take Medieval Latin are eligible to compete for the Medieval Academy’s CARA (Centers and Regional Associations) scholarships, which provide full tuition for either course taken for credit. Visit for application details.
Should you have additional questions about the course, please contact the instructor, Dr. Andrew Irving, at Inquiries about registration and summer courses at Notre Dame should be directed to the Summer Session Registrar.

Call for Applications: Cathedral Cities. Planning and Building a Medieval Utopia – II TEMPLA Summer School

catedralvistaaereaCall for Applications: Cathedral Cities. Planning and Building a Medieval Utopia –
II TEMPLA Summer School,
“Nicolau d’Olwer i Pere i Joan Coromines” room,
Institut d’Estudis Catalans, Carrer del Carme 47,  08001 Barcelona, July 14th-16th 2016
Deadline: May 29, 2016

TEMPLA, a permanent workshop of Medieval Studies composed of specialists from universities, museums and archives from different parts of Spain, Europe and in particular Catalonia, seeks applications for its second Summer School, Cathedral Cities. Planning and Building a Medieval Utopia. National and international researchers into medieval art history and related disciplines are invited to to debate the concept and expression of “Cathedral Cities”, which have boosted in European episcopal sees during the medieval period. The studies of Cathedral City Landscapes could reveal the historical and living memory they  contain.
This call aims to understand how the fragile historical centers of cathedral cities have become the bearers of European’s identity, memory and their complex and plural intangible heritage. The medieval cathedral is widely seen as one of the most important contributions to European and global cultural history. Besides they often are the largest and oldest of all monuments in a city or town, cathedrals and their functioning influenced the way the city evolved. They are therefore essential to our understanding of local and regional history. Alongside their urban influence cathedrals are places for people – social congregation for secular and religious occurrence, where the memories of people and events were made and are now stored, where history and “invented traditions” intertwine.
The progress about knowledge of this European heritage is a necessary measure to protect its visibility and understanding as well as to justify the survival and sustainability of their uses. This living heritage, condenser and referential framework of social and cultural pan-European principles, is at risk of depletion and irrelevance. Therefore the results of the II TSS will be transferred to the academic community, but also to policy makers and citizens in general.

The School’s aims are:

1. To analyse the confluence of diverse resources and actors (institutional, economic, topographic, architectural…) activated to planning and building the place of cathedrals inside medieval cities and development of medieval cities around their cathedrals.
2. To propose new forms of contextualising historical building of European bishoprics in order to explain the results of artistic promotion underlining extra-artistic factors: e.g. liturgical, devotional, circulatory, … as well as convergence of actions by ecclesiastical and civil policies. For proper understanding of this issue it is necessary to emphasize the corresponding “framework for action”.
3- To evidence that the urban and architectural heritage of medieval cathedral cities is bearer of axiological meaning and transmitter of European identity, the validity of the collective memory and also builder of real and imaginary urban landscape.
4- To establish, on the basis of the results of the two previous objectives, new approaches and multidisciplinary research in the urban and social environments of European Cathedral Cities.

Organised by: Gerardo Boto, Marta Serrano, Vincent Debiais; TEMPLA. Institut de Recerca Històrica, Universidad de Girona.

How to Apply:  This scientific meeting is intended for a small number of participants; the application procedure allows for 10 researchers to be invited to present their research. Participants will be expected to take an active role in the debates that will follow each presentation. Every researcher must benefit from the contributions of the other specialists. The presentations and debates may take place in Spanish, French, Italian or English.
Format: The debates will take place on the first two days. On the third day there will be a visit to a Catalan Cathedral City to highlight in situ its particular specificities regarding episcopal and civil urbanism.
The workshop is principally aimed at young pre- and postdoctoral researchers in the areas of history of art, history and liturgical studies. Those who are interested in participating in the TEMPLA Summer School 2016 must submit:
• A letter of motivation that includes a description their current research,
• A CV (maximum one page)
• A presentation proposal (maximum 300 words).
These documents may be in Spanish, French, Italian or English.

The deadline for submitting this documentation is May 29 2016. It must be sent to (both): and
Applicants will receive a response before June 13 2016. The successful candidates must provide the organizers with a description of the ideas they wish to present, any images relating to their presentation and a brief bibliography by June 26 2016. This documentation will be used to create a dossier a hand-out for the other attendees. The aim of this initiative is to encourage participants to submit proposals of direct interest to the planned debates.

Expenses for accomodation, lunch and other activities will be covered by the organisers. Participants must pay their travel expenses to the workshop.