Writing on the Margins Graffiti in Italy and beyond (7th-16th c.) First international conference of the ERC-2020-AdG Graff-IT project - Rome

Rome 10-12 April 2024 Eventi Internazionali

Writing on the Margins Graffiti in Italy and beyond (7th-16th c.)

First international conference of the ERC-2020-AdG Graff-IT project

Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome

10-12 April 2024

The first international conference of the ERC-2020-AdG Graff-IT Project aims at bringing together scholars from all over Europe who are concerned with the study of medieval and Renaissance graffiti as a historical source. “Graffiti” and “margins” are the two key, interrelated concepts which this conference wants to further explore from a European and multidisciplinary perspective, with papers embracing a broad chronological timeline that begins in the early Middle Ages and extends to include the early modern period (7th-16th c.). Taken together, these two key-concepts explain the importance of graffiti as a historical source capable of providing first-hand evidence of a wide variety of aspects of past societies, and therefore, worthy of being studied in its own right, alongside the conventional ones. The conference, thus, seeks to provide an interdisciplinary forum for scholars who are willing to discuss several topics related to graffiti from continental and insular Europe, thereby contributing to an in-depth and better assessment of the material evidence uncovered from surveys within the Italian peninsula.


9 April
15:30/17.30 Reception participants and introductory remarks (Rome, KNIR)
20:00 Dinner

10 April
9:15 Welcome and opening remarks
10:00/10:30 Carlo Tedeschi (“G. d’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara), * Keynote lecture
10:30/11:00 Véronique Plesch (Colby College, USA), Graffiti on frescoes: * typology, models, metaphors, and critical frameworks
11:00/11:15 Break
11:15/11:45 Estelle Ingrand-Varenne (CNRS Poitiers) – Clément Dussart * (University of Poitiers), On the margins of graffiti: writings * ‘fixed’ to pilgrimage sites in the Holy Land
11:45/12:15 Khachik A. Harutyunyan (Scientific Research Center of the * Historical and Cultural Heritage, Matenadaran), The Armenian * graffiti of the church of Holy Sepulcher
12:15/12:45 Adam Łajtar (University of Warsaw)* Wall graffiti in Christian Nubia
Discussant Oliva Menozzi (“G. d’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara)
13:00/14:30 Lunch break
14:45/15:15 Wendy Scase (University of Birmingham), From pillar to page: * medieval graffiti in British churches and manuscript marginalia
15:15/15:45 Laura Pani (University of Udine), Memorial graffiti and Libri * vitae: an intersection?
15:45/16:15 Elisa Pallottini (“G. d’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara)* Nominal graffiti and liturgical objects. Some case studies from * the medieval Latin West
Discussant: Nicoletta Giovè (University of Padua)
16:15/16:45 Final discussion

11 April
9:00/13:00 Excursion with the guide of Marco Albertoni, Vittoria Sichetti, * Carlo Tedeschi (“G. d’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara)
13:30/15:00 Lunch break
15:15/15:30 Poster 1: Alice Di Cocco (“G. d’Annunzio” University of Chieti-* Pescara), Graffiti and history of the Italian language: some case* studies from the “Italia mediana” (15th-16th c.)
15:30/15:45 Poster 2: Giulia Saccomani (University of Verona), Connection * between the “global” and the “local”: exploring marginality * through late fourteenth century graffiti near Verona
15:45/16:00 Poster 3: Roberto Rotondo (Soprintendenza nazionale per il * patrimonio culturale subacqueo – Taranto), Cristina Comasia * Ancona (Independent researcher), «Caverna(e) solertes * inquisitores». A scratched testimony of a speleological * exploration in the 16th c. in Martina Franca (Taranto)
16:00/16:30 – Discussion on posters 1-3
Discussants Pier Paolo Trevisi (University for Foreigners of Perugia) and * Martina Cameli, Antonello Vilella (“G. d’Annunzio” University * of Chieti-Pescara)
16:30/16:45 Break
16:45/17:00 Poster 4: Desi Marangon (Independent researcher), * The graffiti of the Arsenale in Venice: a preliminary survey (17th c.)
17:00/17:15 Poster 5: Flavia Tudini (Fondazione Bruno Kessler – Trento), * Prisons’ graffiti. Justice, society and images in the Trentino * prison system in the modern age (16th-19th c.)
17:15/17:30 Poster 6: Rocco D’Errico (“G. d’Annunzio” University of Chieti-* Pescara), Diagnostic imaging applied to the study of graffiti: * photogrammetry, RTI, high-resolution photos, multispectral * photography, virtual tours
17:30/18:00 Discussion on posters 4-6
Discussants Simone Allegria – Sabrina Centonze (“G. d’Annunzio” * University of Chieti-Pescara), Antonella Undiemi (University of Padua)

12 April
9:00/9:15 Opening of the works
9:15/9:45 Kristel Zilmer (University of Oslo), Runic graffiti and * inscriptional spaces in medieval Norway
9:45/10:15 Jos Schaeken (Leiden University), The place of graffiti in the * graphic environment of Kyivan Rus
10:15 /10:30 Break
10:30/11:00 Béatrice Fraenkel (EHESS, Paris), How did Petrucci manage (or * not) to integrate graffiti into La Scrittura...?
Discussant Antonella Ghignoli (Sapienza University of Rome)
11:00/11:45 Final discussion with the participation of Francesca Malagnini* (University for Foreigners of Perugia), Gaetano Curzi, Mario * Marrocchi (“G. d’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara)
11:45/12:30 Marco Mostert (Utrecht University), Closing lecture
12:30/13:30 Break
13:30/14:30 Closing remarks and end of the works


Scientific Committee
Carlo Tedeschi, “G. d’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara
Nicoletta Giovè, University of Padua
Francesca Malagnini, University for Foreigners of Perugia
Marco Mostert, Utrecht University


Promoting Committee
Carlo Tedeschi, “G. d’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara
Simone Allegria, “G. d’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara
Elisa Pallottini, “G. d’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara
Maria Bonaria Urban, Royal Netherlands Institute (KNIR)


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