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Venice Summer School Application Process

(Applications for this event are now closed)

The Centre for the Study of the Renaissance (University of Warwick) is pleased to invite applications for a doctoral Summer School in Venice on Cultural Exchange in Renaissance Europe: Texts and Objects for 27 May-7 June 2019. The Summer School is a collaboration between Warwick’s CSR, the Charles S. Singleton Center for the Study of Premodern Europe (Johns Hopkins University), and the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti, together with the University of Venice (Ca' Foscari). Over a period of two weeks, PhD students from Warwick, JHU, Ca' Foscari and other institutions from across the world will be involved in lectures, seminars, and site visits illuminating the mechanisms of cultural exchange and the methodology of studying both texts and objects for the Renaissance period. Venice and its environs will be used as a lense onto broader cultural issues throughout Europe.

PhD students from across the world may apply. There are 16 places available, 12 of which are reserved for students from the three collaborating universities.

The Summer School will be articulated in four blocks, dealing respectively with:

• history of art • history of science and medicine • history of the book and libraries • literature and theatre

Lectures and seminars will be delivered mainly by staff from Warwick (Ingrid De Smet, David Lines, Lorenzo Pericolo, Caroline Petit), JHU (Shane Butler, Stephen Campbell, Larry Principe, Eugenio Refini), and the Istituto Veneto (Gherardo Ortalli). Many of the sessions will run as seminars or on-site lectures, with discussion of predistributed reading materials.

Site visits will take in several of the key monuments and museums in Venice as well as in the surrounding region, including Padua and Bologna.

Costs: All participants selected to join the Summer School will pay a registration fee of £150. Lodging in Venice (in shared rooms) will be covered for all participants, and students from Warwick and JHU will also have their travel costs covered. Participants will have to pay for their meals, entry to museums, and local travel in Italy.

The Summer School has two travel bursaries available for external applicants from outside of Europe and North America. If you are applying for one of these, please specify clearly in your application form why you are applying for these funds.

How to apply:

Complete the following documents, save them as a single PDF in the sequence indicated, and send them to Jayne Sweet ( by Monday, 18 February (midnight):

(1) the application form, including general information on you and a 500-word statement about why you would like to apply for this Summer School. (Spaces are limited, so applicants are invited to make the strongest case possible.) (2) students not at Warwick or JHU will also need to send a 2-page CV and request a letter of support from their doctoral supervisor (this should again be sent to and should arrive, directly from the supervisor, by the application deadline) (3) students from outside Europe and North America applying for a travel bursary should provide a 300-word statement justifying their request for funds.

We aim to inform applicants about the success of their applications by the beginning of March.

Event application is now closed

Payment link to complete application registration here.

Terms & Conditions here (with which you should thoroughly familiarise yourself, before registering for this course)