CFA Deadline: April 21, Workshop “The Pope, the Roman Curia and the World,” Germany

As in previous years the Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte invites doctoral students and young researchers to participate in the workshop “Studientage”. This year the focus will be on “The Pope, the Roman Curia and the World. Research tools for History and History of Law”. The workshop will take place in Frankfurt am Main from 16th to 18th June 2014.

The purpose of the workshop is to offer participants the basic tools for beginning research in the archives of the Roman Curia dicasteries and of other Roman ecclesiastical institutions as well as to provide elements for a critical interpretation of the sources and their contextualization through the most current literature.

Three work sessions will be held:
1. Heritage: The Roman dicasteries of long duration;
2. Modernity: Reformation and reforms of the Roman curia;
3. Towards the contemporary era: New forms of communication with the world.
The seminar will also focus on the methodology of archival investigation, with special attention to historical and legal-historical issues, and the description of specific competences and tools that are essential for the purposes of archival work.

The seminar is organised by Olivier Poncet (École nationale des chartes, Paris) and Benedetta Albani (MPI für europäische Rechtsgeschichte). The lessons will be held by researchers and archivists specialised in several disciplines and with long experience in the Roman archive and library research: Paolo Aranha (Marie Curie-Gerda Henkel Stiftung/LMU München), Orazio Condorelli (Università di Catania), Cecilia Cristellon (Goethe Universität, Frankfurt/M.), Irene Fosi (Università di Chieti-Pescara), Thomas Frenz (Universität Passau), Silvano Giordano (Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Roma), Armand Jamme (CNRS, Lyon), Wolfgang Müller (Fordham University, New York), Giovanni Pizzorusso (Università di Chieti-Pescara), Roberto Regoli (Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Roma), Benjamin Weber (Université de Toulouse 2 Le Mirail), and Hervé Yannou (Administrator of the Castle de Maisons-Laffitte and former press correspondent in Rome).

In addition, round table talks will provide ample room for methodological discussions as well as for the presentation of problems and questions related to the research activity of the participants. The lessons will be delivered in English, German, and Italian; an English summary will be provided at all times.

Applications (available at this website) must be submitted to Mrs. Nicole Pasakarnis ( by 21st April 2014 and include, together with the application form duly completed, a short description of the candidates’ research activity (max. 1000 characters, spaces excluded) and an updated CV (max. 3 pages). The selected candidates will be notified by 30th April 2014.

The Max-Planck Institute will provide accommodation, however travel expenses must be covered by the participants. In exceptional cases it may be possible to obtain financial aid.

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