Minor Program Rome-Florence

Italian Art & History

Date: 1st semester 2020-2021 (September – December)

Deadline for applications has been extended.
New deadline: 15 May 2020

Rome and Florence are of paramount importance to those working in the humanities, since most of its disciplines originate in late medieval or early modern Italy, and even postmodernism has some of its most significant roots in Italian intellectual debates. Therefore, Rome and Florence offer an ideal ground to explore the historiography of art history, history and adjacent fields from both a historical and a contemporary perspective. This Minor program, hosted and financed by the Dutch Institutes in Rome and Florence, offers the opportunity to do so to a select group of students from Dutch universities, allowing them to work with a large variety of methodologies in order to understand present-day Italy through its historical developments, as well as stimulating them to critically assess their disciplinary orientation in a profoundly cross-disciplinary context.

What distinguishes this Minor is the on-site teaching, where students are invited to always take into account the first-hand observation of objects, locations, urbanistics and social contexts. In all its courses, students are trained in documenting and analysing visual materials and performative practices in the Roman and Florentine contexts. This Minor is also unique because of the integration of essential skills. First, students acquire a basic proficiency in the Italian language that allows them to read both primary sources and contemporary scholarship. Following an introductory intensive language course, a reading laboratory focuses on the comprehension of relevant source texts in Italian, by means of collaborative translations. Second, skills such as archival research and the use of historical bibliographic material are trained on location during working sessions in historical libraries and archives. All courses have the format of an intense workshop that invites students to actively participate.

The program runs during the first semester, from September till Christmas, starting with a two-months stay in Rome at the KNIR and followed by a two-months stay in Florence at the NIKI. It consists of an introductory Italian language course (in Rome) and four consecutive seminars: two in Rome (tba) and two in Florence (tba). 

Teaching staff
All seminars are taught by staff members from Rome, Florence and/or one of the six Dutch universities that participate in financing the Dutch Institutes in Rome and Florence: RUG, UvA, RU, VU, UL and UU. The program is monitored by a group of art historians and historians from these universities.

English and Italian (language training and source reading)

Course reading
Information will follow.

Target group and admission
The course is open to a maximum of 10 selected 3rd year BA students from KNIR and NIKI partner universities (Universiteit van Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Universiteit Leiden, Universiteit Utrecht, Radboud Universiteit, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen). Applicants have obtained a minimum of 90 ECTS by the time of application and 120 ECTS by the time of the start of the program. A committee of art historians and historians from the six Dutch universities affiliated with the KNIR and the NIKI, together with staff members from the two institutes will carry out the selection of candidates.

Course format and assignments
The course is organized by and hosted at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR) and the Dutch University Institute for Art History in Florence (NIKI). It consists of five intensive seminars of ten days to two weeks each, with lectures, on-site visits and discussions. Active participation of the participants is required. Assignments consist of a language test, translations, oral (on site) presentations and essays. The time in between courses students will dedicate to the reading laboratory and preparatory research or the concluding essay.

Credits and assessment
This minor comprises 30 ECTS and consists of 6 components: 4 seminars of 6 EC each, one Italian language course of 3 EC, and one final paper of 3 EC (to be written in January, following the stay in Rome and Florence). 

Tuition and lodging in Rome and Florence at the KNIR and the NIKI is free for selected participants from the above-mentioned Dutch universities. Personal expenses, including meals, are not included. Students receive a €100 reimbursement of their expenses for travelling to Rome and from Florence after submission of their final essay; also the transportation from Rome to Florence is covered by the two institutes.

Facilities in Rome and Florence
All participants will be housed at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome and the Dutch University Institute for Art History in Florence, respectively. From both institutes it is only a short walk to the historical city centers. The KNIR and NIKI accommodation consists of shared bedrooms (max. 2 per room) and bathrooms, and includes a living and dining space, a kitchen, washing machine and wireless internet. All residents have 24/7 access to the library and gardens of both institutes.

Apply before
15 May 2020 via the link below, submitting a motivation letter, a recent C.V. and an updated overview of study results. Applicants will be notified by June 1 whether they have been selected or not.

More info
E-mail: secretary@knir.it
Phone: (+39)063269621