Research Training

The Warburg Institute seeks to extend research training through the Reading Groups to students, Fellows and other interested parties in the pursuit of research excellence
Arabic Philosophy Reading Group  

Participants should have a basic reading knowledge of Arabic. For times please see our events schedule

If you wish to attend please contact Charles Burnett:

Esoteric Traditions and Occult Thought

The Reading Group in Esoteric Traditions and Occult Thought, convened by Liana Saif and Charles Burnett, will meet every Friday from 1.00-2.15 p.m. in Classroom 2 at the Warburg Institute. The group reads texts in Arabic and Latin, spanning from the early Islamic period until the Renaissance. The focus in the autumn term will be on the Liber vacce (‘The Book of the Cow’) and related texts. Translations will be provided. For a timetable please see our events schedule

Those interested in attending are advised to contact Charles Burnett in advance ( for more details, and for copies of the texts to be studied.

Classical Greek Reading Group

Alternate Wednesdays, 12.00 in Classroom 2, beginning Wednesday 10 February. The class will read the Epinomis attributed to Plato. For a timetable please see our events schedule

Please contact Charles Burnett  if you wish to participate.

Warburg-UCL Scholasticism Reading Group

The Warburg-UCL Scholasticism Reading group will continue to meet and explore scholastic texts and themes on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Warburg Institute in the Droz Library. Meetings in term 3 will be on 18 May and 1 June 2016. This year, readings will be on ‘heaven and earth’. For a timetable please see our events schedule

Participation is free and a basic reading knowledge of Medieval Latin is sometimes needed. If you want to join the group please email the organizers who can then send details of readings in advance:

Sophie Page 

John Sabapathy

Tuesdays 16:15-17:15 For a timetable please see our events schedule

Latin Palaeography Reading Group

led by Charles Burnett

[Droz Library]

Please contact Charles Burnett  if you wish to participate.

The Balādhuri Reading Group, 2016-7 For a timetable please see our events schedule

Aḥmad b. Yaḥyā al-Baladhuri’s Futūh al-Buldān (Conquests of the Lands) is perhaps the most important single source for the history of the great Arab conquests of the Middle East in the sixth and early seventh century. The author, who died in 892, was a historian working at court of the Abbasid caliphs in Baghdad. He had access to a wide variety of earlier writings on the conquests and has preserved accounts which are not found anywhere else. But the book is much more than a series of accounts of battles. Balādhuri was very interested in the origins of the Islamic state and its institutions. His work contains a wealth of information about government, land-holding and economic developments. It is, in short, a key text for anyone interested in the formation of the Islamic world. 

The book was edited from two manuscripts by M. J. de Goeje in 1866 Brill, Leiden). Since then a third, earlier, manuscript has appeared but it very largely confirms the texts used by de Goeje and it is de Goeje editio princeps that I shall use. The work has been translated into English before, in two volumes by Hitti and Murgotten. 

For this reading group I will choose a series of excerpts which seem to be of particular interest. We will read in the group and texts and translations will be provided. Some reading knowledge of Arabic is required but this would be the ideal opportunity for anyone who wishes to develop their undertstanding of classical Arabic historical texts. You do not have to be abe to attend all the meetings to join the group.

Thursdays from 5.00 to 6.30 pm: 

2016 13, 20, October, 3, 10, 24, November, 1, 8 December 

2017 12, 19, 26 January, 2, 9, 23 February, 2, 9 March 

If you are interested or have any queries, please contact me Even if you have some doubts about your Arabic, you will be most welcome to join in at the level which suit you. 

Led by Hugh Kennedy, Professor of Arabic, SOAS, University of London.

Resources and Techniques for the Study of Renaissance and Early Modern Culture

The programme provides specialist research training to doctoral students working on Renaissance and Early Modern subjects in a range of disciplines at universities across the UK and the rest of the world. The programme draws on the combined skills of the staff of the Warburg Institute and the University of Warwick, in electronic resources, archival sources, manuscripts, books, and images These are two of the major centres in Britain for the study of the Renaissance and the Early Modern period.

The Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick is a large and broadly-based research and teaching community with a high international reputation. The Centre's members are drawn from the departments of Classics, English, French, History, History of Art, Italian and theatre studies.

Hosted by the Institute of English Studies the London International Palaeography Summer School is a series of intensive courses in Palaeography and Manuscript Studies. 

The Summer School is hosted by the Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies with the co-operation of the British Library, the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House Library, the Warburg Institute, University College, King's College London and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The London International Palaeography Summer School 2017 will take place 12-16 June 2017. Please click here for more details.