Courses & Workshops/Apr 24, 2019

IIPS 2019 - International Itinerant Paleographic School

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IIPS 2019 - International Itinerant Paleographic School, Italy, June 2019

PSL (Paris Sciences et Lettres - Research University Paris), the Ecole Française of Rome, the CéSor (Centre d'études en sciences sociales du religieux) and the Istituto Ellenico of Venice fund the third edition of the IIPS-International Itinerant Paleographic School. The action (which is supported by the Collège de France, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes, the University of Cassino, the University of Florence, the University of Naples Federico II, the University of Caserta, the University of Rome Sapienza, and the Parco Archeologico of Herculaneum) will consist of two training sessions. Trainees will be divided into two groups: Group 1: Rome/Venice – June 9th to 20th and Group 2: Naples/Florence June 24th to 28th.

The program, open to a maximum of thirty fellows and six selected auditors, will focus on ancient and medieval books, documents and inscriptions, and will consist of seminars, conferences and guided visits of libraries (Casanatense and Corsiniana of Rome, Vittorio Emanuele III of Naples, Medicea Laurenziana of Florence, Marciana of Venice), research institutes (Istituto papirologico “G. Vitelli” of Florence, Centro Internazionale per lo Studio dei Papiri Ercolanesi “Marcello Gigante” of Naples, Istituto Centrale per il Restauro e la Conservazione del Patrimonio Archivistico e Librario of Rome), a museum (Museo Nazionale Romano - Sede del Museo della Comunicazione scritta dei Romani) the archeological site of Herculaneum and the Villa Campolieto.

The IIPS will be a transdisciplinary and comparative action focused on written materials produced in the Mediterranean area from Antiquity to Middle Ages (Greek, Latin, Arabic and Coptic papyri, ostraca, rolls, codices and inscriptions). It aims at offering (a) a unique and international training opportunity, thanks to the collaboration of researchers gathered from many universities and research institutes from different countries; (b) an exclusive and direct access to original documents and research materials and (c) a chance to share experiences with experts in all the fields related to the study, preservation, restoration and valorization of written heritage.

Special emphasis will be given to archiving and cataloguing techniques used in different areas and periods, to the creation and developing of collections and to the general dynamics of loss and preservation of written heritage.


A call for application is launched for 30 fellowships maximum, which will be awarded to master and doctoral students and will give the right to participate in only one of the two sessions.


  • students enrolled in a Master’s program
  • doctoral students
  • students enrolled in Master’s or doctoral programs in 2019/2020 (letter from the supervisor required)

Candidates must understand French and English.