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

14 - 17 September 2015

Conveners: Profs Regina Grafe,  Laura Lee Downs and Ann Thomson


summerschool2Are you dissatisfied with the study of national history? Do you want to widen your historical horizons? If so, the tenth EUI Summer School in Transnational and Comparative History is for you. It will take place in September 2015 in the historic Villa Schifanoia amidst its  beautiful gardens overlooking Florence.
The Department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute is a major centre for the study of comparative and transnational European history and of European history in a global perspective. Its annual Summer School has established itself as an exciting and stimulating experience for postgraduate students. Whether you are interested in political, social, cultural, intellectual or economic history, it will give you a unique opportunity to broaden your research interests and methodological reflection.

The summer school will combine discussion of methodological issues in transnational and comparative history with case studies by leading specialists from the European University Institute and other major universities, who will also provide feedback on the students' own research projects. This year's seminars, covering early modern, modern and contemporary history, will concern gender, nationalisms, colonialisms, material culture, and the transnational history of technological democracy.

You will also have the chance to meet EUI doctoral researchers, participate in the academic life of this centre of excellence, and visit the Library and the Historical Archives of the European Union. Information will also be given on possibilities for pursuing doctoral studies at the European University Institute.

In addition, you will have an opportunity to explore 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 deadline for sending the applications for 2015 Summer School has now passed)

Accommodation, Daily Allowance and Insurance

  • Hotel accommodation is provided in rooms shared with other participants 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 traffic 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.


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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