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Academic Year 2017-2018


First Term

9 October - 15 December 2017

Second Term

8 January - 23 March 2017


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Open from 4 to 17 December


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Seminars offered by the Department of History and Civilization 

Requirements for validating seminar participation

  • Read related seminar materials prior to attending class
  • Participate actively during seminars
  • Attend all seminar sessions
  • Register your presence on the lists circulated at each session. If there is a legitimate reason (e.g. illness, funded mission) for not attending a specific session:
    • inform in writing the supervisor, the professor(s) organizing the seminar and the administrative assistant responsible for that seminar
    • obtain written approval for the absence from the seminar before the session takes place (or immediately afterwards in cases of sudden illness)

Departmental Seminars (DS)

  • The Core Introductory Seminars are reserved to 1st year researchers and aim to promote a common culture of discussion and engagement among researchers from very different backgrounds. They consist in two parts: the first part introduces researchers to the Department, to its fields of research and to its approaches, while the second part focuses on sources (investigating the use of archival and other primary sources, appropriate methods for the use of different types of source material, developing research questions and hypotheses indialogue with the sources).
  • Other Departmental Seminars offer up-to-date views on current debates about methodology and the major historiographical trends. They are often co-taught and rotate in time. In academic year 2017-2018 these will be offered: International History; Global History; History and Social Sciences; Intellectual and Cultural History.

Research Seminars (RS)

  • Address more specific themes which are at the crossroad of professors’ and researchers’ interests.
  • Can be offered in 10 two-hour sessions once a week over one term or in the form of a block seminar (in blocks of two/four days).

Training Seminars (TS)

  • March Paper Seminars are structured around two periods: Early Modern History and Modern History. They are designed to introduce researchers to the basic practicalities of historical research, defining one’s agenda of research questions, evaluating existing historiography, structuring analysis and narrative, etc. These seminars provide a forum in which first-year researchers who are preparing their March Papers can present their sources, hypotheses and ideas to their peers and their professors in order to obtain critical feedback.
  • On demand, and if necessary, the Department can also provide support for Paleography, Latin or extra-European languages courses.
  • The Dissertation Writing Seminars constitute another type of Training Seminar and offer the opportunity to discuss research questions and methods when developing the doctoral dissertation. Dissertation Writing Seminars in the second term are reserved for 2nd year researchers, while Advanced Dissertation Writing Seminars in the first term are especially aimed at 3rd and 4th year researchers.

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