MEDICI CENTER SHANGHAI AT A GLANCE
A Distinct Identity
MeCS hopes to become China’s premier Renaissance research institution, funding research and inspiring a deeper interest of the Italian Renaissance culture in China through events, research and teaching. MeCS’s teaching will serve both scholars and non-academics, acting as a hub for Renaissance studies in China. Crucially, the center provides important links with Western scholarship through its relationship with MAP, a core part of which will be the opportunity to attend an advanced archival study program in Florence.
OUR FLORENTINE PARTNERSHIP
The Medici Archive Project
Since its foundation in the early 1990s, the Medici Archive Project has been innovating new strategies for research in the humanities. During the early stages of its existence, MAP’s mission was to merge archival research with technological innovations for data management. A pioneering group of scholars began to catalog in a rudimentary electronic database the letters of one of the most exhaustive and complete courtly archives of early modern Europe: the Medici Grand ducal Archival Collection (Mediceo del Principato). This archival collection ― comprising over four-million letters distributed in 6,429 volumes and occupying a mile of shelf space ― covers a chronological span of two hundred years, from 1537 to 1743. It documents the political, diplomatic, gastronomic, economic, artistic, scientific, military and medical culture of early modern Tuscany and Europe. Through years of dedication and innovation, MAP has become an indisputable leader of Italian Renaissance research today: producing groundbreaking publications, organizing international conferences and exhibitions, running an educational program, and sponsoring fellowships.
WAYS WE WORK
The Medici Center Shanghai provides world class courses to both enthusiasts and serious academics. With unparalleled access to primary sources in both Shanghai and Italy as well as programs taught by leaders of Renaissance research, contact us to learn more about our educational opportunities.
One of our organization’s core objectives is to increase the general knowledge of the Italian Renaissance in China. To achieve this, we take advocacy very seriously. Other than research, our center strives to host conventions, exhibitions, and partner with leading Italian businesses to make a lasting impact in society. Find out more about our programs.