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
Graffiti as a Cultural Heritage
On Wednesday 22 march a guest lecture on the topic of Graffiti as a Cultural Heritage will be held by Prof.ssa Véronique Plesch (Colby College, Waterville, USA) at the University "G. D'Annunzio" of Chieti-Pescara, on invitation from Prof. Carlo Tedeschi, PI of the Graff-IT ERC-Project. The lecture will take place also online on Microsoft Teams. For more information and registration, please mail to: Graff-ITproject@unich.it
Seminar and debate about the Commodilla graffito
On Thursday 16 March 2023, at 3 p.m., a seminar and debate about the Commodilla graffito will take place at the University Roma Tre. The seminar can also be followed online. Check the full programme.
Standards and Criteria for the Photo Reproduction, Diagnostic Analysis and Preservation of Graffiti
We are very pleased to announce the Second International Workshop on Standards and Criteria for the Photo Reproduction, Diagnostic Analysis and Preservation of Graffiti that will take place in Chieti on 23 and 24 march
Graffiti dell’Umbria fra Medioevo ed Età Moderna
The first publication of the Graff-IT project has just been published! Congratulations to Francesca Malagnini, Carlo Tedeschi and Piero Trevisi https://www.francocesatieditore.com/catalogo/graffiti-dellumbria-fra-medioevo-ed-eta-moderna/...
The first survey of the Lazzaretti, Old and New, in Venice to plan the diagnostic and restoration work prior to the study of the graffiti
On 16 January, the first survey of the Lazzaretti, Old and New, was carried out in Venice to plan the diagnostic and restoration work prior to the study of the graffiti.
Graff-IT un progetto europeo per i graffiti medievali
The ERC Graff-IT project will be presented on Monday 5th December in Ravenna as part of the seminar series “Di Carte, di Libri e Dintorni” promoted by prof. Stefano Allegrezza, Paola Degni, Fiammetta Sabba, Lucia Sardo of the University of...
Fuori dalle Righe la cultura dei Margini
Next 24 November prof. Carlo Tedeschi and dr. Simone Allegria, members of the project, will participate in a workshop at the University of Chieti-Pescara, focusing on the writings on the margins.
L’iscrizione di Commodilla: una nuova ipotesi interpretativa
Next 22 November prof. Tedeschi will participate in a seminar at the University for Foreigners of Siena. The meeting will focus on the text recognized as the earliest extant vernacular Italian text, transmitted in the form of graffito. [el_masonry_gallery...