SUMMER SCHOOL OF PALEOGRAPHY, KOTOR 2000.

Pocetak rada skole

The Centre for Preservation and Presentation of Kotor Documentary Heritage (CDK) "Notar" starts with the project of establishing a Summer School of Paleography, Diplomatics and Archival Science in Kotor, which will, from this year onwards, be held in Kotor once a year. The realization of the project this year will be partly subsidized by the Open Society Institute of Montenegro (OSIM) – Podgorica, within the scope of support of High Education Programs, and the course itself will be carried out in collaboration with the Historical Institute of Montenegro, which is a university unit. This year, the course will be held from 2nd to 11th October, with 15 attendants. The course will begin with Latin paleography and the working material will be some documents from the archival material stored in Kotor archives and libraries, written in medieval Latin, in Gothic cursive script. The lecturers will be from the School of archival science, paleography and diplomatics at the State Archives of Venice with the director, Mr. Paolo Selmi, leading specialist in this field in Italy. Considering limited funds, this year the selection and the admission of applicants will be carried out through immediate contacts with persons who are engaged or will become engaged in the medievalism and the work of notary public and those who have got the need to refresh their knowledge of Latin paleography, or who are starting to acquire the skill of transcription of old scripts.

The project of establishing a Summer School of paleography, diplomatics and archival science in Kotor has as its primary goal the education and training of professionals who are missing in Montenegro. Those are the persons who ought to prepare finding aids or explore the oldest preserved archival sources which were handwritten in old scripts, in Latin, Italian and in other foreign languages or in Old Slavic. The goal is to make these sources stored in the Republic of Montenegro accessible by means of education and advanced training of professionals, researchers and students, as well as to stimulate the research of complementary sources about Montenegro in foreign countries, which have not so far been systematically explored (Italy, Croatia, Austria, Turkey, Albania).

The target groups are: students of history, history of language and literature, foreign languages (especially Italian language and classical languages), library sciences, archaeology, history of art, conservation and restoration studies, musicology, information technology, then professors of mentioned scientific disciplines from universities and secondary schools, and all professionals who work on description, appraisal and preservation of manuscripts or incunabula in state or church institutions, as well as various scientific researchers.

Ucesnici kursa

The intention of the organizer is to make this project traditional, bearing in mind specific character and complexity of the material requiring continuous contact with documents. Depending upon the successfulness of this initial course, there would be workshops all trough the year, which would be within the framework of the project. The project should contribute to defining the cultural and scientific space of Montenegro as thoroughly as possible. This project would instigate raising awareness of importance of this cultural heritage for the affirmation of Montenegrin local and national history, with individuals who professionally work with documentary heritage, as well as with cultural, scientific and educational institutions, relevant bodies and general public. In the actual process of the reform of education system, this project could make a strong influence on the present problems regarding the concept of teaching history and writing of history textbooks. In that sense, within the Summer School there would be discussions focusing on problems of using primary sources in the process of teaching history or writing of history textbooks, professional and scientific literature. Then, there would be discussions on how much contemporary forms of electronic description and searching of primary sources are used in the process of teaching history, or on problem of raising interest with young people to opt for studying the Middle Ages or classical languages, or generally for research work. Then, to what extent the precious sources in church and private possession are accessible and so on. There is a plan to present the realized program of the Summer School, immediately after the completion of the cycle, on CD-ROM and on Internet and thus distribute it to the institutions and individuals within the country and abroad.