Practicum: Mining Library Treasures

KNIR’s Rare Books Collection

Date: 26 November – 3 December 2018

Deadline for applications: 1 October 2018

In collaboration with the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and KB National Library of the Netherlands

Deeply hidden in the basement of the KNIR, a secret treasure is waiting to be unveiled: a unique collection of over 500 rare books, mostly from the seventeenth and eighteenth century and covering a wide array of topics related to Italy and Rome.

In this KNIR-practicum, an intensive course for BA and MA students in history of the book, (art)history, archaeology and related disciplines, students will gain hands-on experience in exploring this thus far largely unstudied collection.

The course combines lectures and practical workshops with excursions to famous libraries in Rome such as the Biblioteca Angelica and the Biblioteca Casanatense, and offers wide-ranging insights on the history of reading and on the present prospects and challenges of special library collections. Participants will choose a specific topic for individual study from the KNIR’s collection of folio formats, such as atlases and other topographical works, albums with reproductions of artworks, heraldica, architecture treatises, collections of cityscapes, vedute of ancient monuments, travel accounts, monumental histories, memorial books and many others. The course culminates in a digital exhibition of the highlights of the KNIR collection, curated by the participants.

Dr. Arnold Witte (coordination), Dr. Asker Pelgrom, Janet Mente (librarian KNIR), Marieke van Delft (KB The Hague), Eva van Kemenade MA

Target group
BA and MA students in history of the book, (art)history, archaeology and related disciplines from UvA, VU, UL, UU, RU, and RUG.

Date to be announced: Introductory workshop in Amsterdam

26 November – 3 December 2018: intensive course period at KNIR

Form of education
Workshops, library assignments, excursions, self-study

Participating students will receive free tuition and accommodation in Rome. After successful completion of the final assignment, travel costs will be reimbursed up to €100,-

The study load is the equivalent of 3 ECTS (84 hours). Each student should arrange with his/her home coordinator whether the course can be a part of the existing curriculum. After successful completion of the course the KNIR provides a certificate mentioning study load and evaluation.

The study load is based on:

a) Before arriving in Rome: introductory workshop, independent study of course material and preparatory assignment: 1 ECTS (28 hours)

b) Intensive course period in Rome (7 days), including final assignment and contribution for digital exposition: 2 ECTS (56 hours)

Application and admission
The course is a selective course with a maximum of 10 participants. The selection of participants is based on grades, the positioning of the course in the student’s curriculum, and a letter of motivation.

Students can apply via the link below; include in your application:

a) a letter of motivation

b) a cv

c) a recent list of grades officially supplied by your university

More info

Apply before
1 October 2018