Summer School in Comparative and Transnational History: Theories, Methodology and Case Studies, 14 - 17 September 2015, Italy

Publish Date: Mar 31, 2015

Deadline: Apr 30, 2015

Event Dates: from Sep 14, 2015 12:00 to Sep 17, 2015 12:00

Are 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 set in 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.

Leading specialists from the European University Institute and other major universities will lead seminars on different aspects of comparative and transnational history, and provide feedback on your own research projects. All the activities are conducted in English.

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.
  • Send now your application  -  deadline:  30 April 2015

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


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