Keep your historical mind in shape…

Happy Spring to You All!

I have put together several links that may be of interest to those who want to keep their keen historical minds in shape. There are some wonderful seminars, workshops and travel opportunities for those who want to hone their skills and contribute to some amazing historical projects or learn from experts in the field. I will do my best to bring these opportunities to the attention of those reading this blog, and I certainly hope many of your will be able to take advantage of them.

1) The Medici Archive Project – Seminars in Paleography and Archival Studies

Time: May 25 – June 6, 2015
Location: Florence, Italy

For the fifth consecutive year, the Medici Archive Project (MAP) will be offering a two-week intensive seminar on archival research. For the first time, MAP will partner with the Archvio di Stato di Firenze, the Amici dell’Archivio di Stato di Firenze and the Biblioteca Domenicana di Santa Maria Novella “Jacopo Passavanti”.

The principal aim of this seminar is to provide an introduction to Italian archives (with particular emphasis on Florentine archival collections); to examine in-depth various documentary typologies; to read diverse early modern scripts; and to learn how to plan research in Italian archives and libraries.

Especially relevant for advanced graduate students studying Renaissance and early modern topics, this seminar is taught by a team of current and former MAP scholars, as well as university professors, MAP-affiliated researchers, and professional archivists at the Archivio di Stato in Florence.

Participating students will be taught at the Biblioteca Dominicana di Santa Maria Novella and the Archivio di Stato in Florence. Two visits to private archives are also planned. In addition, participants are encouraged to spend their mornings at the MAP office at the Archivio di Stato in Florence in order to work on their projects alongside current MAP fellows and scholars.

The seminar will run for two weeks, composed of twelve three-hour lessons (on average), and is limited to fifteen scholars (so that each participant will receive personal guidance).

Prospective applicants should send a one-page CV and a brief statement explaining how this course will benefit one’s current research and by May 15, 2015. A working knowledge of Italian is required. Please note, as space is strictly limited, places will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. The tuition fee for this seminar is US $1000, payable via PayPal upon acceptance (room and board are not included).

1. Manuscripts and Documents
2. Archives in Florence
3. History of the Medici Archive
4. The Mediceo del Principato: Organization and Structure
5. Letters: Production, Reception, Dissemination, Form and Content
6. The Guardaroba Medicea and Florentine Inventories
7. Heraldry and Related Resources
8. Legal Archives
9. Financial Archives
10. Notarial Archives: Contracts and Wills
11. Religious Archives: Churches, Convents and Confraternities
12. Archival Research and History of Medicine
13. Avvisi and Early Modern News Networks
14. Early Modern Digital Archives

Contact Dr. Elena Brizio for information at:
The Medici Archive Project
Via Ghibellina 123
50122 Firenze ITALY
055 240221
Visit the website at

2) The 2015 Historical Thinking Summer Institute

Time: July 6-11, 2015
Location: University of British Columbia & Museum of Vanvoucer

Historical thinking is now a foundation for history and social studies curricula across the country. Museum and heritage educators are similarly embracing it. This summer institute is designed for teachers, graduate students, curriculum developers, professional development leaders and museum educators who want to enhance their expertise at designing and teaching history courses and programs with explicit attention to historical thinking.

The 2015 Historical Thinking Summer Institute will explore six historical thinking concepts: evidence, significance, continuity & change, cause & consequence, perspective-taking, and the ethical dimension of history.

For more information visit:

3) McGill University Summer Studies in Greece

Time: June 8 – July 5, 2015
Location: Greece (Thessaloniki)

This June, McGill University in collaboration with the International Hellenic University, is organizing its first ever Summer Studies in Greece.

Students from McGill University, as well as those from accredited institutions around the world, have the unique opportunity to take a 3-credit course in one of Greece’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities, Thessaloniki!

The summer course—HIST 462: Mediterranean and European Interconnections—will appeal to all students with an interest in the history, art history, archeology of the Classical and Hellenistic Greek, Byzantine and Ottoman periods, as well as to those with a focus on the geopolitics of the Balkans, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.

The application process is currently ongoing and will remain open until spaces are filled or until APRIL 3, 2015. Spaces are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Information Sessions:

Thursday, January 22, 2015 / 6-8pm – LEA 219
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 / 6-8pm – ARTS 260
Thursday, March 19, 2015 / 5:30-7pm – LEA 738

Contact us at

For more information visit:

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