The Prato Consortium Postgraduate Roundtable is an annual event held at Monash University’s Prato Centre in mid-December. Held in a congenial and friendly setting, the Roundtable allows postgraduates from member institutions, as well as others, to showcase their research in an informal, yet highly expert environment.
First held in 2012 and scheduled to conincide with the yearly Consortium meeting, the primary mission of the Roundtable is to give developing scholars the chance to present emerging research to the gathered Consortium academics, gaining valuable feedback and honing their presenting skills in the process. It is also intended that the Roundtable will induct postgraduates into the dynamic and highly respected Consortium community, introducing them to leading scholars from around the world. Papers and sessions are conducted in accordance with the conventional format, and since 2012 over twenty young scholars from across Europe, North America, and Australia have participated in the Roundtable. To round out the program the Consortium has traditionally invited a member academic to run a seminar with the student cohort, a session foucsed on issues relevant to them as they look beyond postgraduate study towards postdoctoral work.
The PCMRS also encourages student networking. Activities take place at major international conferences, facilitating collaboration and socialising among PCMRS postgraduates.
In 2016, the Roundtable will be held on Tuesday 13 December. On the preceding evening (6 pm, 12 December), there will be a public lecture by an eminent scholar and the European launch of Studies on Florence and the Italian Renaissance in Honour of F.W. Kent, edited by Peter Howard and Cecilia Hewlet (Turnhout: Brepols, 2016).
If you are interested in participating, please contact Luke.Bancroft@monash.edu
The PCMRS is also planning a week-long, specially tailored palaeography workshop, organized by the team from the Medici Archive Project at the Archivio di Stato of Florence. Likely dates currently are 5-12 December 2016. For more information contact Peter.Howard@monash.edu