Training schools are a core part of the PIMo network’s mission, empowering postgraduate and early career researchers to develop and apply research skills to conducting new and exciting research. We are very happy to announce that we will be leading three training schools in 2022 and ask you to please share and promote the details with prospective applicants.
PIMo Training School, University of Belgrade, 25-28 May 2022, ‘Empires and Emotions, Rethinking Intellectual and Cultural Transfers/Translations in Southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean (15th-19th Century)’.
The training school in Belgrade will explore this world, divided among different Empires in the Early modern period, and became the place where different thoughts and ideas crossed visible and invisible borders and overcame language barriers finding carriers among people and objects. Thought in motion, captured on paper, represented in an image, or whispered in the ear, created the intellectual bridge that connected Otherness and unified Diversities. Intellectual/cultural transfer and translation became powerful tools for acquiring, expanding, and sharing knowledge and constant companion of human history. The translation was always a human journey through inner and outer worlds, an emotional and intellectual adventure that challenged certainties, prejudices, and personal convictions. It compared languages and contexts, world views, cultures, and empires.
The task of the training school in Belgrade is to shed light on these issues and to equip young scholars with the specific intellectual tools necessary for understanding the central role of translation/cultural transfer in the Mediterranean context and with practical skills for writing grants applications. It aims to explore the “visible and invisible networks” between cultures, religions, and politics in the Mediterranean area from the 15th to 21st century and to show the ways such connections were (and are) artificially separated by political, ideological, and physical borders.
Please see the full Call for details of the eligibility criteria and the application process. Deadline for applications is March 31st 2022: https://www.peopleinmotion-costaction.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/PROGRAM-BELGRADE-Training-School.pdf
PIMo Training School Centro Studi sui Monti di Pietà (Bologna) and Biblioteca Roncioniana (Prato) 24-27 January 2022
Moving Goods for Charity Across the Mediterranean (15th–19th centuries)
The PIMo Training School will investigate the multiple links between economy and charity in the Mediterranean area, from the fifteenth to the early nineteenth century, by investigating the material and immaterial goods that formed the basis for institutions such as: those supported by the legal framework of the waqf in the Islamic and Ottoman societies; Christian hospitals, charitable confraternities, and the Monti di Pietà; and forms of Jewish solidarity, like the collective efforts to redeem Jewish captives. How far can we speak of community economies for this period or even of a sort of welfare system?
The School’s main objective is to offer an opportunity for research development, training, and exchange of ideas for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers working in the fields of Mediterranean Studies, Economic History, Religious Studies, Late Medieval and Early Modern History, and Material Culture. The entangled intellectual, cultural, and material histories of the Mediterranean will be unfolded by following the people, objects, and institutions that were involved in the enterprise of charity or mutual help. This school also aims to provide participants with a critical introduction to some of the most influential interpretative frameworks on these topics and to foster a discussion among trainees about their own research projects.
Call will be available soon here: https://www.peopleinmotion-costaction.org/training-schools/
PIMo WG3 – Summer Training School, Armagnaean Institute Copenhagen 31 August – 3 September 2022
Paper in Motion: Restoration, Conservation, Transmediation
Convened by Prof. José María Pérez Fernández, leader of the Paper in Motion work group, and organized with our host, the Arnamagnaean Institute in Copenhagen, and the collaboration of the Thinking Paper Project at the University of Cambridge
This training school will bring together scholars in the history of paper-based documents, in both manuscript and print, alongside experts in techniques for their conservation and restoration. A third group of trainers will teach seminars on the transmediation of these documents into digital e-texts. All these experts work in institutions, libraries, archives and universities devoted to the study, care and conservation of these documents, many of which were produced in different periods, and above all in different places, frequently very distant from their current locations. The training school will look into the history of some case studies, will trace the paths these books and documents have followed over the course of their history, and examine how this has affected them in material terms. Trainees will attend workshops on traditional paper production techniques, methods and materials for the care and conservation of paper-based documents, and seminars on how their contents are turned into e-texts. In short, the training school offers a unique opportunity to learn about the history and background of these documents in motion, as they also acquire hands-on practical knowledge through close examination of particular case studies, against the overall background of the momentous transition we are undergoing from traditional means of communication on to electronic-digital media.
Trainers will include:
Prof. Matthew Driscoll, and other experts (still to be appointed) from our host, the Arnamagnaean Institute in Copenhagen, Dr. Alessandro Sidoti (Senior Conservator, National Library and Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Florence), Dr. Nil Baydar (Manuscripts Institution of Turkey, Head of the Conservation and Archive Department), Prof. Orietta da Rold, Dr. Suzanne Paul and a third expert (still to be appointed), from Cambridge University Library and the Thinking Paper Project.
Call to be issued soon here: https://www.peopleinmotion-costaction.org/training-schools/