Learning Diplomatics with MOMCa (Prof. A. Ambrosio)

Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici – Naples, Italy

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The Diplomatics course for Master’s Degree students at the University of Naples, Federico II, organized in the context of the activities of the ENARC project, will trace a path from traditional to the new methodologies of the Digital Age.

The students will acquire consciousness of the changes induced by the new technologies, but also a sensibility for the original documents. Therefore, some lessons will take place at the conservation sites of the charters to be studied, the parchments of the Neapolitan convent of SS. Pietro and Sebastiano, preserved at the Library of the Società Napoletana di Storia Patria and at the States Archive Naples. Another lesson on the history of the monastic community and its archive is scheduled at the monastery itself, today a secondary school focusing on humanities (Liceo Classico Vittorio Emanuele).

Thus attained an idea of the historical and archival context of the documentation, the students will approach in a computer lab the same charters and private deeds as part of a digital archive, in this case a virtual reconstruction of the convents’ archive on Monasterium.net (http://www.mom-ca.uni-koeln.de/mom/AVSPS/collection).

There, the students will apply the methods of traditional diplomatic analysis using the digital editor of Monasterium.net, MOMCa, and investigate the transformations set off by the new tools.