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Research Centre for European Philological Tradition

The name RECEPTIO, an acronym for Research Centre for European Philological Tradition, comes from the Latin word rĕceptĭo (classical pronunciation: reˈkep.ti.o; ecclesiastical reˈt͡ʃep.t͡si.o, rɛˈt͡ʃɛpt̪͡s̪iɔ), i.e. a philological term indicating the reception and assimilation of a cultural element, the fortune of an artistic or literary work among a specific public. In line with the Swiss Federal Act on the Promotion of Research and Innovation (RIPA), and with its own Statutes and Regulations, RECEPTIO is an independent, non-commercial research centre under private law (run by the Società Filologica Internazionale/International Philological Society).

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One-year Fragmentology specialisation course

RECEPTIO offers a unique course to teach how to reconstruct dismembered manuscripts starting from a single leaf (a technique called WayBack Recovery Method). The best students will then be chosen as our centre's scientific collaborators, with a regular contract to work on the Biblioclasm & Digital Reconstruction project

Three-year postgraduate specialisation course

RECEPTIO is the only centre in Europe that combines codicological and philological research with the labour market, training codicologists to work for auction houses and antiquarian bookshops. Every semester we launch a competition for six scholarships to attend it.

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Research at RECEPTIO

Every year, in November, on the occasion of the Tag der Lehre at the University of Zurich, the RECEPTIO scientific committee participates in the dialogue on excellence in teaching in the morning, organising various events, and in the afternoon it meets for a brainstorming session on the new annual projects, to which doctoral students and postdocs, as well as university professors, are invited to participate by call. This habit of reflecting on the close connection that, at academic level, there should always be between higher education at doctoral and post-doctoral level, with specific courses and active research, has resulted in 20 ongoing and completed international projects in six years of activity.

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Appraisals of Medieval manuscripts, leaves, bindings and documents 

Wonder how much a Medieval manuscript or document might be worth and how to buy or sell it? Have you decided to invest in the purchase of Medieval manuscripts online? Do you need extra advice before buying an antique book at auction?

Would you like to get your ancient books appraised for donation, insurance, tax, inheritance, purchase, or other purposes? That is something RECEPTIO can help you with. Our appraisers are professionals who determine the value or authenticity of a Medieval manuscript, of single (illuminated) manuscript leaves, or of fine and historic bindings. 


Our monographs and volumes are resulting from the individual work of RECEPTIO Fellows and other Institute members, from the collaborations among them, or from conferences organized at the Institute.

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Study, Internship & Training Stage at RECEPTIO



Admission decisions are based on the quality of the overall application file. Our selection committees give priority consideration to academic achievement and motivation. Academic achievement is documented using transcripts and recommendations. Motivation factors should be clarified in the cover letter/statement of purpose. The evaluation committees will take into consideration the difficulties encountered by many students around the world in the spring 2020 semester, due to the COVID-19 health crisis. Academic achievement in that semester, and its impact on overall performance, will be evaluated in that context.

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Following the sordid and absurd smear and hate campaign started on Twitter by a person called Peter Kidd, a number of organisations that have sponsored our events have written to us to request the removal of their logos. We have removed them as a sign of respect, although these institutions have in the past contractually required visibility of their own logos

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About us

The name RECEPTIO, an acronym for Research Centre for European Philological Tradition, comes from the Latin word rĕceptĭo (classical pronunciation: reˈkep.ti.o, ecclesiastical /reˈt͡ʃep.t͡si.o/, [rɛˈt͡ʃɛpt̪͡s̪iɔ), i.e. a philological term indicating the reception and assimilation of a cultural element, the fortune of an artistic or literary work among a specific public. 


Established in 2016, in the picturesque city of Lugano (in Switzerland's southernmost Italian-speaking canton), in line with the Swiss Federal Act on the Promotion of Research and Innovation (RIPA), and with its own Statutes and Regulations, RECEPTIO is an independent, non-commercial research centre under private law (run by the International Philological Society), whose members do not receive any pecuniary benefit from their research activities. RECEPTIO hires scientific staff that carries out research in the field of Fragmentology.

The centre is committed to research in the field of Philology and Codicology. The level and quality of RECEPTIO's projects is comparable to that of research carried out by higher education research centres.


a. encourages scientific research;
b. encourages science-based innovation;

c. promotes, coordinates and manages a number of national and international projects, at academic level, which are described on the Projects page
d. supports the analysis and exploitation of research results;
e. ensures cooperation between national and international research bodies;
f. is recognised by the European Commission and registered as Legal Entity (PIC 893550712). It has its operational headquarters in Switzerland (Lugano and Zurich), and offices in the UK (London), and Italy (Florence and Rome). 

The Research Centre for European Philological Tradition belongs to the Honors Center of International Universities (H2Cu), promoting a variety of international programs for scholars in collaboration with US Universities (such as  theMIT-Massachusetts Institute of Technology, NYU-New York University, PACE University, NY, Columbia University, NY, Florida International University, University of Miami, Georgia Institute of Technology, Fordham University, Jesuit University of New York). Our centre defines itself through a series of interlocking core projects that are designed to traverse different disciplines and foster theoretical and critical interventions of cultural inquiry.

From an operational and scientific point of view, the Research Centre is part of the International Philological Society, based in Switzerland, and since 2016 it has had its own publishing house, RECEPTIO Academic Press Ltd, based in London.


RECEPTIO strengths the research skills of scholars working in Europe in the field of historical, codicological and philological studies. In a small country like Switzerland, a country with a philological tradition of the highest value, but where many professorships of philology have been suppressed in recent years, no single institution has the critical mass needed to coordinate teams of philologists and codicologists for large-scale joint international research programs.

The international codicological seminars organised by the centre are worth university credits recognised by the University of Cassino and Lazio Meridionale, the University of Salento and by the Universities belonging to the international H2Cu network.


In line with the Federal Act on the Promotion of Research and Innovation (RIPA), and with its own Statutes, when planning funded activities, RECEPTIO takes the following into account:

a. the freedom of research, the scientific quality of research and innovation, and the variety of scientific opinions and methods;
b. the freedom of teaching and the close relationship between teaching and research;
c. scientific integrity and good scientific practice.


RECEPTIO encourages:

a. the career development of promising young researchers;
b. equal opportunities and true gender equality between men and women.

Since 2016 RECEPTIO has provided a base from which strengthen interdisciplinary philological, codicological, art-historical projects, by bringing together professors, researchers and advanced students across Switzerland, Europe, USA and Israel.


RECEPTIO initiates and supports a range of academic activities across universities that would not get support from any single institution, by recognizing the importance of partnerships with regional and international networks. 


On the basis of these premises, the Centre conceives, promotes and supports (also financially) initiatives for the development of scientific research in the fields of its own interest and for the dissemination of humanistic culture, also through socio-cultural exchanges in Switzerland and abroad. RECEPTIO is involved in philological, historical, artistic, codicological, linguistic, applied and targeted research projects at international, national, regional and local level. 
In accordance with its memorandum of association, and in line with its name, the Centre specifically proposes to carry out and implement on its own, with its own financial resources, and/or with the support of public and/or private bodies, specific research projects on the historical, artistic, codicological and linguistic philological tradition, carrying out any initiative related to this purpose. By way of example, it proposes to study the application of philological methods to various fields of knowledge and everyday life (such as the analysis of news disseminated via the web). 

In order to pursue the above-mentioned aims, the Centre is be able to:

1. organise research teams, made up of professors active at various universities in Switzerland and abroad, including emeriti, who collaborate with each other, forming senior teams, or with young researchers, forming mixed teams;

2. organise projects

3. organise conferences;

4. interact with cultural institutions and/or study groups;

5. publish - in traditional or digital form - monographs, volumes, databases, journals, blogs, bulletins, conference proceedings, audio and video materials; organise meetings and events.

In particular RECEPTIO proposes
a) the publication of the journal "Theory and Criticism of Literature and Arts";
b) the publication of series and any other work (essays, studies, conference proceedings), in which the research activities in the field of philological and linguistic studies are also organised;
c) the recognition and inventory of literary texts, as well as documents of literary or linguistic interest, both ancient and modern;
d) recovery, restoration and interpretation of texts and documents;
e) editions of texts;
f) reconstruction and documentation of events and historical moments, both national and international, also related to ancient and modern languages, regardless of the available literary evidence.


Areas of interest

Our centre conducts researches on among other areas the following:

​- Arab tradition in Europe
- Art and architecture of antiquity
- Artistic literature and history of art criticism
- Byzantine and medieval art
- Christian Tradition
- Classical and comparative Indo-European philology
- Classical and medieval philosophy
- Cultural heritage and intellectual history of the middle, ancient and modern ages
- Cultural landscape and monuments of the Mediterranean area
- English literature (from the Middle Ages to the present day)
- French literature (from the Middle Ages to the present day)
- History of art and architecture from Baroque to Neoclassicism
- History of artistic techniques and restoration
- History of costume and fashion
- History of crafts and minor arts
- History of photography, design and computer art
- Italian literature (from the Middle Ages to the contemporary era)
- Jewish Tradition
- Medieval and Renaissance art and literature in Europe (comparative)
- Modern linguistic and cultural heritage
- Romance Philology
- Sociology of art and communication
- Spanish literature (from the Middle Ages to the contemporary era)

Other areas of activity may be defined by the scientific committee.



You can contact us in different ways: 

- Phone: +41(0)912349715  Company mobile phone: +41(0)794199944
- Email: (or by filling out the contact form below)
- Via our permanent, free video line Whereby :
- In person: 20-22 WENLOCK ROAD, LONDON, ENGLAND - N1 7G
Operative Headquarters: RECEPTIO, Casa La Rosa, Via Rolino 13, 6963 Lugano


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