In memoriam Giles Constable

We learned with grief that Giles Constable passed on January 17 of 2021, 91 years old. After  teaching during three decades at the University of Harvard from 1958 on, he was awarded the prestigious chair of professor in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton in 1985. It is there that he organised, as a member of our Commission, a succesful colloquium on ‘La tradition des documents diplomatiques’ (published by A. J. Kosto – A. Winroth, Charters, Cartularies, and Archives: The Preservation and Transmission of Documents in the Medieval West, Toronto, Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 2002).  He was an influential explorer of the religious and cultural history of the twelth century, the 12th and 14th century crusading, the origins of monastic tithes, the Benedictine reform of the twelfth century, the history of Cluny. His kindness inspired many talented young scholars, and promoted their careers. In respect for his explicit wishes we have limited to this short, but sincere notice.

Walter Prevenier

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CID colloquium postponed

Due to the current sanitary crisis, the CISH resolved to postpone its congress in Poznań, meaning that the CID colloquium, which was to be a part of this event, must follow suit. At the moment, congress and colloquium are scheduled to take place at the end of August 2021.

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XVIth International Colloquium of the CID (27-29 August 2020, Poznań): programme

Documents and Chanceries between West and East

[This programme is also available as a PDF document]

Thursday 27 August


Olivier GUYOTJEANNIN, Opening of the Congress

Historical background and basic concepts / Historischer Hintergrund und Grundbegriffe

Thomas WÜNSCH, Von der „Ostmark” bis Sibirien. Länder und Staaten des östlichen Europa im Verbreitungsgebiet der mittelalterlichen Urkunde

Reinhard HÄRTEL, Urkundenlandschaften: Mittel und Ziel diplomatischer Forschung

Wolfgang HUSCHNER, Die Genese salischer und staufischer Diplome (11.-13. Jahrhundert): Aussteller- und Empfängeranteile

Discussion Continue reading

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CID Colloquium in Poznań (27-29.VIII.20): information from Th. de Hemptinne

Word version of the letter

Programme to follow soon!

Gent, 05/03/2020

Chères et chers collègues,

J’ai le plaisir de vous apprendre que les préparatifs pour notre XVIe Congrès international de Diplomatique « The document and the chancery between West and East » sont en bonne voie. Continue reading

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Giovanna Nicolaj, « A conclusione delle ChLA, seconda serie »

[Prof. Giovanna Nicolaj has accepted to republish here the pages she wrote as an afterword to the last volume of the Chartae Latinae Antiquiores: Part CXVIII, Addenda II, Dietikon-Zürich 2019. Her text is also here as a PDF].

[Queste pagine sono già uscite come Postfazione nell’ultimo volume della serie: Part CXVIII, Addenda II, Dietikon-Zürich 2019].

Nell’ormai lontano 1954 usciva il I volume delle Chartae Latinae Antiquiores, la grande serie di documenti fondata e diretta da Albert Bruckner e Robert Marichal e dedicata alle chartae su papiro o pergamena, datate o databili entro l’VIII secolo (fino all’anno 800). Continue reading

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Call for Papers: Domäne des Dilettantentums? (Prag, 7-8 November 2019)

The Charles University and the Czech National Archives in Prag organize a conference for the 100-year jubilee of the National School of Archival studies. Proposals for papers in Czech, Slovak, Polish or German are welcome until April 20th, 2019, on the teachers, researchers, text editors and archivists who have contributed to the development of archival sciences, auxiliary sciences, text edition, history of administration… and of their teaching. See the enclosed call for papers (in German language) for more details and contact information.

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Colloquium Un théâtre du pouvoir à l’épreuve du temps : les actes originaux des rois mérovingiens (02.10.18)

The French Archives nationales and the Research group 7041 Archéologies et sciences de l’Antiquité will hold a colloquium in Paris on Tuesday, October 2nd, under the title Un théâtre du pouvoir à l’épreuve du temps : les actes originaux des rois mérovingiens (Paris, Archives nationales, Hötel de Soubise, 60 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75003 Paris).

Programme (can also be downloaded here)

9h Accueil des participants Continue reading

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New edition of the proceeding of the XIIIth CID-Colloquium Les formulaires

Les formulaires : compilation et circulation des modèles d’actes dans l’Europe médiévale et moderne, XIIIe congrès de la Commission internationale de diplomatique (Paris, 3-4 septembre 2012), éd. Olivier Guyotjeannin, Laurent Morelle et Silio Scalfati, avec la coll. de Marie Bláhová, Prague, Éditions Karolinum (Université Charles), 2018, 394 pages. [Version papier corrigée et mise à jour de la version en ligne]

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15th International Congress of Diplomatics : Letters – Charters – Treaties (Leipzig, 4-6 octobre 2018)

The 15th International Congress of Diplomatics / XVe Congrès international de Diplomatique will be held at Leipzig (Germany) from October 4th to October 6th, 2018, under the title Sources for the History of “International” Relations between Political Centres in Europe and the Mediterranean (ca. 800–1600): Letters – Charters – Treaties.

The venue will be the Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig, Karl-Tauchnitz-Str. 1, 04107 Leipzig.

French, German, and English versions of the programme are available on the dedicated homepage, as well as all necessary details for, especially for the (compulsory) registration, for which the deadline is September 15th, 2018.

PROGRAMME (German version)

Donnerstag, 04. Oktober 2018

9.00-9.30 Uhr

Eröffnung der Tagung

Einführung in die Tagung


9.30-10.00 Uhr
The Kalmar Treaty: Historiography and Political Background Continue reading

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Conference: Private Charters and Documentary Practice in the Long 10th Century, Rome, 18-20 April 2018

The Institut für Mittelalterforschung der ÖAW, the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and the Stiftsarchiv St. Gallen will hold a conference in Rome on the 18-20 April 2018: Atti privati e pratiche documentarie nel lungo X secolo / Actes privés et pratiques documentaires: le long Xe siècle / Privaturkunden und Dokumentationspraxis im langen 10. Jahrhundert / Private Charters and Documentary Practice in the Long 10th Century (ca. 870-ca.1030). Please find enclosed its programme, complete with all necessary details.

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