Elsa Filosa has been awarded with the Mellon Summer Institute in Italian Paleography to be held at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, CA.
Mellon Summer Institute in Italian Paleography
The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CaliforniaDirected by Professor Maddalena Signorini, Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”This three-week residential course offers an intensive introduction to reading and transcription of handwritten Italian vernacular texts from the late medieval though the early modern periods. The course is taught in Italian.
While the emphasis is on building paleographical skills, the course also offers an overview of materials and techniques, and considers the history of scripts within the larger historical, literary, intellectual, and social contexts of Italy. Participants practice on a wide range of documents including literary, personal, legal, notarial, official, and ecclesiastical works. The course provides insight into the systems of Italian archives and allows participants to work with inventories, letters, diaries, and other primary source materials from the Getty Research Institute and other collections in the area.Directing the institute is Maddalena Signorini, associate professor of Latin paleography at the Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata.” Professor Signorini is an experienced teacher of Latin and Italian vernacular paleography and has directed several previous summer institutes. A widely published and distinguished scholar, Professor Signorini’s research interests are in Italian vernacular texts and the context of transcription in the late medieval and early Renaissance periods. She has written extensively on Petrarch, the culture of literacy, copyists, and the early moment of the printed book.