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European Renaissance III: The Mediterranean

Explore the aspects of the Renaissance period (14th-16th centuries) across the Mediterranean Basin, as a key to the construction of an European cultural tradition rooted in classical heritage

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CIVIS focus area
Society, culture, heritage
Open to
  • Master's
  • PhD
Field of studies
  • Social Science and humanities
  • Blended Intensive Programmes (BIP)
Course dates
8 February - 14 June 2024

The course adopts a comparative methodology in order to study the integration of Renaissance culture in a broader context of cultural exchange.  It examines a variety of ideas and products that the West retrieved from the East and vice versa, reflecting on the creative assimilation of different traditions across the Mediterranean.

This BIP is organized by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in collaboration with Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Sapienza Università di Roma, Aix-Marseille Université, Université Libre de Bruxelles and the University of Bucharest.

Main topics addressed

  • Culture and Society of the Renaissance
  • History and Politics of the Renaissance
  • Arts, Literature, Music and Architecture
  • Navigation, commodity trades
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Translations Studies
  • Renaissance Studies
  • Mediterranean Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Travel writing

Learning outcomes

The program invites attendees to explore as-yet-underexplored connections between Renaissance cultural traditions across Europe and the Mediterranean.

The objective is to examine and emphasize the impact of transnational connections and dialogues in (re)shaping modern social and individual civic responsibility on the national, European and global levels.


Dates: 8 February - 14 June 2024 Total workload: 90 hours
Format: Blended ECTS: 3*
Locations: Athens, Greece Language: English (B2), Italian

*Recognition of ECTS depends on your home university.

Physical mobility

The physical mobility part will be running in Athens (Greece), between 10-14 June 2024:

  • Monday, 10.06.2024: Introduction to Culture and Society of the Renaissance
  • Tuesday, 11.06.2024: Literature, Arts and Music
  • Wednesday, 12.06.2024: History, Politics, Economy
  • Thursday, 13.06.2024: Sciences, Philosophy and Religion
  • Friday, 14.06.2024: Geography, Cartography, Antiquities

Virtual part

The virtual part will be running from 8 February to 7 March 2024. Compulsory readings will be indicated to students before and after each lesson:

  • Session 1 (8 Feb. 2024): Presentation of the course. Introduction: Culture and Society of the Renaissance
  • Session 2 (15 Feb. 2024): Literature, Arts and Music
  • Session 3 (22 Feb. 2024): History, Politics, Economy
  • Session 4 (29 Feb. 2024): Sciences, Philosophy and Religion
  • Session 5 (7 Mar. 2024): Geography, Cartography, Antiquities


This course is open to Master's and PhD students at CIVIS member universities enrolled in Early Modern European history and literature.

Participants should have a good level of written and spoken English (B2 level), as well as critical thinking, creativity, text analysis writing, presentation and communication skills. The course will be held mainly in English, but workshops and presentations might include Italian. 

NB: Visiting Students - Erasmus Funding Eligibility

To be eligible for your selected CIVIS programme, you must be a fully enrolled student at your CIVIS home university at the time you will be undertaking the programme. Click here to learn more about the eligibility criteria.

Students from CIVIS’ strategic partner universities in Africa cannot apply for participation in this course..

Application process

Send your application by filling in the online application form by 7 November 2023. Don't forget to also include:

  • CV

  • Motivation Letter

All applications will be evaluatedd based on the quality of the motivation letter and the relevance of the CV.

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The assessment will be based on the following criteria:

  • Written paper (6.000 characters aprox): 50%
  • Oral presentation (20 minutes): 50%

Blended Intensive Programme

This CIVIS course is a Blended Intensive Programme (BIP): a new format of Erasmus+ mobility which combines online teaching with a short trip to another campus to learn alongside students and professors across Europe. Click here to learn more about CIVIS BIPs.

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  • Lorenzo Bartoli, Profesor Titular (Associate Professor) at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Sophie Berangere Singlard, Maître de conférences in Spanish studies at the Aix-Marseille Université
  • Veronica Della Dora, Professor of Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London
  • dr. Renard Gluzman, Senior Lecturer at M.Des in Digital Game Design and Development, Shenkar Engineering, Design, Art
  • Vassiliki Koutsobina, Assistant Professor of Historical Musicology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Gerassimos D. Pagratis, Professor of Italian History & Cvilization at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Georgios Pelidis, Assistant Professor of Italian Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Raffaele Ruggiero, Professor of Renaissance Italian Literature and Civilization at the Aix-Marseille Université
  • Anna Themou, Associate Professor of Contemporary Italian Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Ioannis Dim. Tsolkas, Professor of History of the Italian Literature & European Culture at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens