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Summer School in Comparative and Transnational History: Theories, Methodology and Case Studies

15-18 September 2014

 Conveners: Profs Regina Grafe,  Pavel Kolár  and Ann Thomson


Schifanoia2Are you convinced that national history and its approaches are limited? Do you want to look beyond the nation in which you live? In this case, you may be interested in attending the HEC 2014 Summer School which will take place in one of the most evocative places in Florence: Villa Schifanoia.

The Department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute is a major centre of comparative and transnational European history and of European history in a global perspective. The Summer School will allow you to  broaden your research interests, whether in political, social, cultural, intellectual or economic history, from this broad perspective.

Well-known specialists from the European University Institute and from other outstanding European institutions will present interesting ways of writing the history of Europe as well as raising important questions about its development.

You will have the opportunity to meet our researchers, who are preparing their Ph.Ds, participate in the academic life of this centre of excellence, visit the Library, the Historical Archives of the European Union and  find out how to apply to the European University Institute to pursue doctoral studies.

Courses are held in English. In the evening, you will have the opportunity to visit Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the world!



Eligibility and How to Apply 

  • Participants should be students of history, the social sciences and related fields, of any nationality. Participants should be graduates or students in their last year. Enrolment numbers are limited and admission is based on merit.
  • The application deadline for the Summer School is over.

Accommodation, Daily Allowance and Insurance

  • Hotel accommodation is provided in rooms shared with other participant and an allowance will be given to the selected participants  during the summer school courses. Travel expenses are not paid.
  • Participants must have their own medical insurance and pay any medical fees themselves. 
  • No registration fee is requested.

Attendance and Certificate of Participation

Participants must stay in Florence for the entire duration of the course. Attendance at all lessons is obligatory.

A certificate of participation is issued at the end of the course.

How to Reach Us 

from Florence Airport and from the Main Railway Station (SMN) : Take the bus shuttle from the Airport to Santa Maria Novella (SMN) railway station. From there you can take bus 1a, 1b, 6, 17, 23 to Piazza San Marco, take the 7 bus for Fiesole and get off at San Domenico. Cross the road and turn sharp left down Via Boccaccio. Villa Schifanoia is on the right after the traffice lights. For further information about timetables you can check the bus company web site.

Buy a ticket before boarding the bus. Tickets cost  € 1.20 or € 4.50 for a multiple of four. Alternatively, a taxi from the station will cost around € 25-30.

by car : If you are coming from the South take the Firenze Sud exit. If you are coming from the North take the Firenze Nord exit. Follow the directions for Fiesole. At Piazza Edison turn left into via San Domenico until you reach the Piazza di San Domenico. Turn sharp left down Via Boccaccio.


Summer school shines spotlight on transnational history 

An article by Rosie Scammell - 17 September 2012

The Department of History and Civilization’s eighth Summer School closed on Friday 14 September, involving participants from 19 different countries.

The four-day programme was opened with a keynote lecture given by Professor Jan de Vries from the University of California, Berkeley, who is currently a Fernand Braudel Fellow at the EUI. A host of academics from institutions in the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and the UK also gave lectures, including professors Laura Downs and Lucy Riall who joined the EUI this month.

The school is designed to encourage students to think beyond histories of the nation-state, especially through comparative, transnational and Europe in a global perspective,” said EUI Professor Steve Smith. The topics touched upon ranged from feminist theory to definitions of genocide, while the 25 participants were equally diverse in their area of study and nationality.

For Professor Miroslav Hroch, of Charles University in Prague, added value came from the “very fine discussion” and the opportunity the MA researchers had to present their own work. “It is interesting to see how in different European countries people are formulating their programmes,” he said. Hroch, who completed his Ph.D 50 years ago, spoke on comparing 19th century national movements.

“For me it was important in this seminar to demonstrate how comparative methods can be used in any empirical material,” he said, “It is important for a historian to be general and not a micro-historian.”

The department’s summer school attracts up to 200 applicants who are undertaking MA programmes and may be interested in taking on a Ph.D.



Francesca Parenti

Department of History and Civilization
Via Boccaccio 121 - 50133 Florence -  Italy

Tel. [+39] 055 4685 541
Fax [+39] 055 4685 203

email: francesca.parenti@eui.eu


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