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Old December 18th, 2017, 02:48 AM   #1

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Become a Medievallist (academic)


Hail to all! What advices can you give me about becoming a Medievallist (academic)? What is necessary to become a Medievallist, what do I need to know mostly?
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Old December 18th, 2017, 12:10 PM   #2

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You should come and study in an Italian university, in particular the one at Florence.

Discussing about King Arthur I had occasion to contact a medievalist [Franco Cardini, quite famous, you can find him] and he came from that environment.

Now, an other great uni to get a degree in medieval history is Bologna [that university is medieval since it exists since the middle age!].

So, on the base of my knowledge, come to Italy to study.

An alternative can be Paris.
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Old December 19th, 2017, 05:41 AM   #3

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You should come and study in an Italian university, in particular the one at Florence.

Discussing about King Arthur I had occasion to contact a medievalist [Franco Cardini, quite famous, you can find him] and he came from that environment.

Now, an other great uni to get a degree in medieval history is Bologna [that university is medieval since it exists since the middle age!].

So, on the base of my knowledge, come to Italy to study.

An alternative can be Paris.
What can you say wrt the price of tuition fees of Italian Universities that you speak ok?
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Old December 19th, 2017, 06:52 AM   #4

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First, successfully complete an undergraduate four year degree in History. In the meantime, read so much of the secondary sources as possible. St. Augustine and Boethius are a good starting point. Read the The Song of Roland, Tristan and Isolde, and]Beowulf are good expressions of those times. Everything written during, or about the 4th to the 14th centuries will give you a valuable chair to stand on.
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Old December 19th, 2017, 07:11 AM   #5

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What can you say wrt the price of tuition fees of Italian Universities that you speak ok?
My brother is paying them for her daughter [she's studying biology]. Italian universities are in large part public so that the costs are similar. Here the amount depends on the family earns [to aid not wealthy families].

I would say that the mean annual fees are around 1,200 x year.

You have to add texts, books, materials ... this depends on the faculty. 2,000.

So, the uni can cost 3,200 x year [3,680$]. This means that to graduate in Italy you spend about 18,400$. A not wealthy family can spend even a nice 40% less.

The problem [as usual] is where you're going to stay. In an apartment with other students? That's the better solution. The expenses for the accomodation are the problem ...

And of course, coming from abroad, there are also the flights from a to your country.
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My brother is paying them for her daughter [she's studying biology]. Italian universities are in large part public so that the costs are similar. Here the amount depends on the family earns [to aid not wealthy families].

I would say that the mean annual fees are around 1,200€ x year.

You have to add texts, books, materials ... this depends on the faculty. 2,000€.

So, the uni can cost 3,200€ x year [3,680$]. This means that to graduate in Italy you spend about 18,400$. A not wealthy family can spend even a nice 40% less.

The problem [as usual] is where you're going to stay. In an apartment with other students? That's the better solution. The expenses for the accomodation are the problem ...

And of course, coming from abroad, there are also the flights from a to your country.
Thank you for the information AlpinLuke. The University fees in Italy seem to be less compared to that of the USA. And certainly I have not heard of such a setup in my country where folks pay tuition based on what their family earns. We do have scholarships of course as well as financial aid.. Living fees can also be an issue for folks who want to attend a University here in the USA.

I will say , I think the idea of attending an Italian University, considering the history of the country, is attractive for any potential Medievalist.
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Old December 19th, 2017, 07:51 AM   #7

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The University fees in Italy seem to be less compared to that of the USA.[/QUOTE]
But how about Notre Same university (USA)? Where you can get PhD degree in Medieval studies for free because there is fully funding for all accepted appliers
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Old December 19th, 2017, 08:23 AM   #8

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Hi,

Well, you have already some tips here. To became a Medievalist first of all you must became a Historian, after all a Medievalist is a historian specialized in the Medieval Period.

Secondly, the Medieval Period is basically an European concept, so you should study in Europe, not necessarily in Italy, like AlpinLuke pointed, personally I think France still leads the way, but in generally in Europe are the best Universities to study this period, both in Master and Doctoral courses.

Don’t know much about the Russian historiography for this period, or the stage of the art there, or even in what stage you are or if you want to get specialized in Russia, but you can make the bachelor there and then continue there or abroad for the Master and Doctoral course.

Meanwhile learn Latin and if you can Epigraphy, Palaeography and Diplomatic, those instruments will be much needed later for reading directly Medieval primary sources. And Latin is a must for the Medieval period at least form the Early and High Medieval period, since just in the Late Medieval period the sources begin to be written in the local languages.

As for books right now, just follow and develop your personal tastes, the major works you will probably will have to read it in the course of your Academic specialized studies.

Anyway, in short, in theory it is just to follow the Academic path with crescent Medieval specialization, your teachers will surely help you if they find that you are really into it… and in the academy if they find potential they will surely begin to invite you to do researches, go to workshops, seminars, lectures… to write articles (you will need them to the master and doctoral path)… make presentations…
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Old December 19th, 2017, 09:00 AM   #9

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Thank you very much Tulius! I heard about Latin and Paleography but I didn't think that I need firstly to be historian so thank you, now I understand it
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Old December 20th, 2017, 12:52 AM   #10

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Tulius, is it suitable way to get Bachelor's in Religious studies or Linguistics (because I can't complete requirements for Bachelor's History) and get Master's degree in Medieval studies (National Research University – Higher School of Economics) in Russia and then to get PhD in Medieval studies in, for example, Central European University (Budapest)?
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