For our centre it has been six intense years of work, research, study, sadness, but also of enormous satisfaction.
Sadness, because the pandemic is forcing us to adapt group activities to remote sessions.
Satisfaction, because despite the distance, we are more and more united and researchers and students are actively collaborating.
Here, in brief, is our story.
Our research centre was established in 2016, at the behest of the International Philological Society, in two locations, the main one (our headquarter) in Lugano and the second in London, in the culturally vibrant district of Islington. Since the early years, the Lugano headquarter has housed our library which, over time, thanks to donations and legacies, has grown to twenty thousand volumes.
The London branch, during the first years, welcomed scholars interested in carrying out research mainly at the British Library and, later on, in attending auctions of medieval manuscripts.
The watercolours you see in the photos of both the Lugano and London offices were painted by the writer Lev Matvej Loewenthal.
In 2019, the RECEPTIO International Foundation was established under Swiss private law, to fund the centre's research and has enabled important scientific projects to be carried out.
Unfortunately, the pandemic forced the Foundation into liquidation in 2021, but the research centre, mainly thanks to the quality of its projects, and to the tireless, tenacious and relentless work of its Director, Prof. Carla Rossi, has grown over the past six years and continues growing. Today, the centre is mainly sponsored by the International Philological Society.