Graff-IT ERC Project
Graff-IT ERC Project

The ERC AdvGrant Graff-IT Project aims to develop a new interdisciplinary approach to the study of medieval and Renaissance Italian graffiti (7th – 16th century) as a historical source. Graffiti are meant here as a form of writing, sometimes mixed with figurative patterns, made on a surface not primarily designed for this purpose by means of an occasional tool, regardless of the technique used and beyond the writer’s dependency on an authority. In Italy, there are hundreds of monumental and natural sites preserving graffiti, most of which are still undeciphered or have been studied only marginally.

The Project, therefore, represents the first attempt to survey and investigate this immensely rich body of sources through the lens of Palaeography, with the overall goal to assert the full dignity of graffiti as written sources and integrate them into the realm of historiographical thought and practice. New in this Project is the idea of considering graffiti as but one part of their cultural context, and consequently as an essential component of the communication system of their time. Graffiti allow us to get access to the worldview of individuals in the past. This explains why the Graff-IT Project wants to examine graffiti in their multifaceted complexity (writing, image, language, and material aspects) and in relation to all kinds of written media within specific space-time and social-production frames. By doing so, it will be possible to shed more light on the nature and role of graffiti in medieval and early modern culture, thereby bringing into the focus of scholarly research a history of signs that claims its due place in the yet far too strict classification of historical sources.

This Project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 101020613).

News & Events

Lectures & Conferences

Graff-IT Seminars

The Graff-IT project is pleased to announce the new cycle of seminars that will be held at the University of Chieti-Pescara on 7, 14 and 15 May 2024. With the partecipation of Maria Giovanna Fadiga (UNESCO National Commission of the Republic of San Marino), Andrea...

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Lectures & Conferences

I Lazzaretti Veneziani

On Wednesday 27 March 2024, Prof Francesca Malagnini (University for Foreigners of Perugia, member of the senior staff of the Graff-IT project) will participate in Gerolamo Fazzini’s presentation of his new book “I Lazzaretti veneziani. Il sistema sanitario della...

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Lectures & Conferences

Rovereto

From the 22nd to 23rd of February 2024, the Graff-IT and SCRENIM research groups spent two intense days in Trento and Rovereto to discuss historical graffiti at the Fondazione Bruno Kessler and to carry on inspections on site, which led to the discovery of new...

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Lectures & Conferences

Guest lecture on prison graffiti

On 13 March 2024, Prof Rita Foti (University of Palermo) will give a lecture on prison graffiti during the time of the Inquisition in Palermo, on invitation by the FARE Screnim Project within the Graff-IT ERC Project. The lecture will take place at the University...

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Workshops

The diagnostic analysis of graffiti

The diagnostic analysis of graffiti: Techniques and issues A seminar on the diagnostic analysis of graffiti, organised by the Lab of the CAAM within the Graff-IT Project, will take place at the University of Chieti-Pescara on 18 January 2024. With the participation...

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