Call for application: Summer School in Medieval Epigraphy 2024

The Summer School in Medieval Epigraphy organized by the ERC GRAPH-EAST is pleased to offer a training programme to doctoral and early-career scholars who wish to gain experience using epigraphic materials for research. The aims of the course are to provide theoretical and practical training in epigraphy so that medieval inscriptions and graffiti can be identified, read, used, and preserved, to advance the knowledge of Medieval Latin inscriptional culture and its contributions to the overall heritage of Europe and the Mediterranean world, and to create a network of young researchers in medieval epigraphy.

It will be held at the Centre d’études supérieures de civilisation medieval in Poitiers (France) from Monday, July 8 to Friday, July 12 2024. The course language will be English.

During the week-long gathering, sessions will deal with the functions and techniques, writings and languages – particularly in cosmopolitan and multicultural contexts – and the afterlives of the inscribed artefacts. They will also focus on relevant methods, such as protocols for field observation, the analysis of tool marks and stone cutting, photographic survey and photogrammetry, and digital editions, all with practical exercises in the monuments and museums of Poitiers.

Each participant will also prepare a poster to present their research, explaining their main goals and how they may use inscribed artefacts.

The Summer School will cover candidates’ travel expenses, accommodation and some meals. To apply, candidates must submit the following documents (in English or in French) by January 15, 2024 to this email address:  

  • A cover letter describing their ongoing research and the links with epigraphy,
  • A one-page CV,
  • A presentation of the project for the poster (500 words max.).

The application will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee and candidates will be notified of the results by March 1st, 2024.



  • Clément Dussart
  • Estelle Ingrand-Varenne
  • Savvas Mavromatidis
  • Maria Villano


  • Vincent Debiais (CNRS/EHESS)
  • Carlo Tedeschi (University of Chieti/ERC Graff-IT)
  • Cécile Treffort (University of Poitiers/CESCM)

Mission to the Istanbul Archaeology Museums: Rediscovery of the Genoese Inventory

As a part of the ERC GRAPH-EAST led by Dr Estelle Ingrand-Varenne and acting as a postdoc researcher for the project team, I visited the Istanbul Archaeology Museums for three weeks between January–February 2023, where I had a valuable chance to visit its storages in order to document the Genoese lapidary artifacts and it has eventually become a very fruitful journey. The mission primarily aimed to document two important sets from the museum inventory, being the mural inscriptions that were removed from the Galata Walls, and the tombstones that were brought from the Arab Mosque, formerly the Church of San Domenico.

The Galata suburb of Constantinople / Istanbul, located on the other side of the Golden Horn beyond the main Historical Peninsula part of the city, was a renowned and thriving Genoese colony under the name of Pera between 1267–1453. During this period, the Genoese gradually expanded their trade quarter, which eventually reached an area between the modern Tophane, Karaköy, Azapkapı and Kuledibi neighbourhoods all along the Bosphorus as well as the Golden Horn. The Genoese surrounded this area with walls and towers in different stages, where each significant construction was usually commemorated by a monumental mural slab, having the coats of arms of the Byzantine Empire, the Republic of Genoa, the doge of Genoa and the podesta of Pera. Moreover, inscriptions in Latin accompanied the heraldic devices and provided noteworthy information about the defensive works themselves; by whom and when they were executed. Among the approximately 45 mural slabs that were ever documented from the Genoese period of Galata, fifteen inscribed examples belong to the inventory of the museum today. They were primarily compiled and published by Victor Marie de Launay in the 19th century, in a time when the Galata Walls were started to be demolished for new urban development and the mural slabs were removed to the museum. Later studies of Luigi Tommaso Belgrano and Ettore Rossi not only updated as well as elaborated the information about them but also provided detailed visuals for the first time.

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After an Epigraphic Expedition in Turkey and Greece…

Acting as a postdoctoral researcher for the ERC GRAPH-EAST project and its scientific team, I carried out a long field mission during summer 2022 in Turkey and some adjacent island of Greece. After a quite long, exhaustive series of travel arrangements as well as bureaucratic processes for permissions to inaccessible sites, the mission was overall a productive and, in some occasions, even surprisingly novel experience in my opinion. Therefore, I am feeling very glad on behalf of our project. In this case, I would like to share my documentations and discoveries in brief, accompanied by my impressions and research, concerning the Late Medieval Latin epigraphy in Turkey and Greece, also including the sites that I failed this time. My primary aim during the field mission was to document the inscriptions through detailed photography and taking basic measurements of them, which were formerly either omitted or considered superficially in the literature, so that our efforts shall produce new readings and interpretation in the context of epigraphy. The research is actually still ongoing and will be further elaborated during the 2022-2023 academic year.

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