Practicum: Mining Library Treasures

KNIR’s Rare Books Collection

Date: 23-30 November 2015

Deadline for applications: 1 October 2015

Practicum in Rome for BA/MA students

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 Apostolica Vaticana, and offers wide-ranging insights on the history of reading and on the present prospects and challenges of special library collections. Participants in the course will choose a specific topic for individual study, such as the first prints of Van Mander’s Schilderboeck and Vasari’s Vite, changing depictions of the catacombs and Roman antiquities, the works of Dutch engineers and scholars in Rome, or Italian atlases and guidebooks of Rome through the centuries.

The course culminates in a digital exposition of the highlights of the KNIR collection, curated by the participants.

Dr. Arthur Weststeijn (coordination), Janet Mente (librarian KNIR), guest lecturers

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.

22 October: introductory workshop in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague
23-30 November 2015: 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 2015