1 February 2021: Launch

ERC Project GRAPH-EAST Launch

1 February 2021

Jerusalem, CRFJ

14:00-18:00 (CET)

Dealing with inscriptions and graffiti in Latin alphabet in the monumental graphic landscape of the Eastern Mediterranean (7th-16th c.), an area dominated by the Byzantine and mainly the Islamic Empire, this project focuses on interactions between writings to provide a connected history of epigraphy.  The aim of this inauguration is to lay the foundations of the programme for the next five years, as well as to open up wider spatio-temporal horizons.


François-Joseph Ruggiu (Director InSHS/CNRS) and Sylvie Démurger (Deputy Director Europe and International Affairs InSHS/CNRS)

Virginie Laval (Rector of Poitiers University) and Christine Fernandez-Maloigne (Vice-rector of Poitiers University in charge of International Relations)

Martin Aurell (Director of the CESCM) and Vincent Lemire (Director of the CRFJ)

Presentation of the project

Estelle Ingrand-Varenne (Principal Investigator, CNRS/CRFJ): GRAPH-EAST: Latin as an Alien Script in the Medieval ‘Latin East’

Connection of scripts in space and time

Ida Toth (The Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, Oxford University): Epigraphy from a Byzantine point of view

Yair Wallach (SOAS, University of London): A City in Fragments. Urban Texts in Modern Jerusalem: presentation of the book

Link Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89466669326?pwd=bm1mbWhVbUNxdXQ5TGRqQXVQdnVBQT09 

ID de réunion : 894 6666 9326
Code secret : 272609

Contact: estelle.ingrand.varenne@univ-poitiers.fr  

Programme: GRAPH-EAST_Launch_Poster_Web



The GRAPH-EAST project has received funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement n° 948390. The goal is to explore Latin epigraphic writing in the Eastern Mediterranean (7th-16th c.), from Greece and Turkey to Egypt via the coast of Palestine-Syria and Cyprus, in contact, interaction, and competition with Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, Armenian, Syriac etc. inscriptions, reflecting the political, religious, social and cultural issues of the area. The project proposes an innovative study of an outstanding body of texts, an estimated 2,500 inscriptions and graffiti, many unpublished, that opens a new field of research. It aims at understanding the representation and practice of the Latin script, alien in the Byzantine and Islamic empires, providing a connected history of epigraphy in this area, and analysing this migrant Latin writing through the prism of cultural transfers between West and East, with an international and pluridisciplinary team.

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