Graff-IT International Network (GiNet)

Collaboration Agreement

The Graff-IT International Network (GiNet) aims to promote common methodologies for the multidisciplinary study of medieval and renaissance graffiti in the framework of the ERC-2020-ADG European project “Graff-IT”, with administrative seat at the University “G. d’Annunzio” of Chieti-Pescara (GA n. 101020613). The Collaboration Agreement results from a discussion between the PI (Principal Investigator) and the single experts, which started during the planning phase of the project, and is fully accomplished with the signing of the objectives and activities, as described below.


The GiNet’s activities aim at the realisation of several main objectives that converge towards a single cognitive and projectual purpose, according to a principle of close interdisciplinary collaboration. These objectives are defined as follows:


  • To consider graffiti intrinsic to palaeographic research;
  • To bring to light the potential of graffiti as a source for the history of devotional and cultic practices;
  • To bring to light textual and linguistic records belonging to the sphere of orality;
  • To establish the study of graffiti as signs of identity of social groups;
  • To contribute to the dissemination of the study of graffiti as a source of knowledge of the uses and functions attributed to works of art throughout history;
  • To establish a permanent international association of experts for the study of graffiti.


The GiNet will promote the following actions:

  •  To support the development and organisation of international meetings and workshops on graffiti as a historical source. This action is intrinsically associated with the dissemination of the objectives achieved by the project;
  • To promote innovative research methodologies for the study of graffiti as a historical source;
  • To organise and hold training and/or professional development programmes;
  • To promote the knowledge of graffiti within educational programmes, especially at an academic level, in different subject areas (palaeography, history, archaeology, art history, linguistics);
  • To promote the knowledge of graffiti within educational programmes, especially at a university level, in different subject areas (palaeography, history, archaeology, art history, linguistics)
  • To promote empirical research on graffiti in relation to diagnostic, conservation and restoration methodologies of their supports;
  • To promote scientific and educational publications (books, articles) and other media (documentaries, exhibitions). In order to achieve the above-mentioned actions, international mobility and training resources (e.g. ERASMUS+ projects, COST etc.) can also be employed.


The subscribers of the CA are to be considered as founding members. However, other international experts may be affiliated after the parties have signed.

The Collaboration Agreement was signed on 27 October 2022, during the first International Workshop of the Graff-IT Project on “Criteria for the Edition of Graffiti” (WS1), that took place in Rome at the Istituto Storico Italiano per il Medioevo, by:

Prof. Carlo TEDESCHI (University “G. d’Annunzio” of Chieti-Pescara, IT); Dr. Simone ALLEGRIA (University “G. d’Annunzio” of Chieti-Pescara, IT); Prof. Massimiliano BASSETTI (University of Verona, IT); Prof. Gaetano CURZI (University “G. d’Annunzio” of Chieti-Pescara, IT); Prof. Estelle INGRAND-VARENNE (University of Poitiers, F); Dr. Clément DUSSART (University of Poitiers, F); Prof. Antonio Enrico FELLE (University of Bari, IT); Prof. Paolo FIORETTI (University of Bari, IT); Prof. Béatrice FRAENKEL (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, FR); Prof. Nicoletta GIOVÈ (University of Padua, IT); Prof. Francesca MALAGNINI (University for Foreigners of Perugia, IT); Prof. Marco MOSTERT (University of Utrecht, NL); Dr. Elisa PALLOTTINI (University “G. d’Annunzio” of Chieti-Pescara, IT); Prof. Véronique B. PLESCH (Colby College, Waterville, USA); Dr. Clara RENEDO MIRAMBELL (École Nationale des Chartes, Paris, FR); Dr. Federica RINALDI (Parco Archeologico del Colosseo, Rome, IT); Dr. Roberto ROTONDO (Soprintendenza ABAP di Brindisi, Lecce e Taranto, IT); Prof. Raffaella SARTI (University of Urbino, IT); Prof. Cécile TREFFORT (University of Poitiers, F); Dr. Pietro Paolo TREVISI (University for Foreigners of Perugia, IT).