The 9th EurOMA Summer School will be hosted by the biggest university in Sicily, the University of Palermo.

The University of Palermo with more than 200 hundred years of history is the biggest university in Sicily with more than 40.000 students. Palermo is a wonderful metropolitan city in the heart of the Mediterranean see, whose history has been crossed by several dominations and cultures.

Palermo’s International Airport “Falcone-Borsellino” is served by different airlines providing direct links to Europe and, indirectly, to the rest of the world. Furthermore, June is a wonderful period to take advantage of beautiful climate to visit Palermo and the Sicily with its delightful see.

The School will take place at the Rectorate of University, in the so-called Palazzo Chiaramonte “Steri”, a historical palace in Palermo. The building was begun in the early 14th century, and was the residence of the powerful Sicilian lord Manfredi III Chiaramonte. He commissioned the decoration of the Sala Magna (“Grand Hall”), with a painted wooden ceiling by Cecco di Naro, Simone da Corleone and Pellegrino Darena. From the late 15th century to 1517 it housed the Aragonese-Spanish viceroys of Sicily; later it was home to the Royal Customs and, from 1600 to 1782, the tribunal of the Holy Inquisition.

The palace was restored in the 20th century, with numerous elements associated with its role as a jail of the Inquisition. During the works, the grooves left by iron cages in which had been hung the severed heads of the nobles who had rebelled against emperor Charles V were discovered in the façade. The palace is now a museum; among the artworks, it houses Renato Guttuso’s Vucciria.

The conference dinner location will be held either in Palermo historical downtown or in Palermo seaside neighbourhood. More information on this will be provided soon.