Aktuelles aus der Forschungsgruppe

This section presents news on the research group, its members and its scientific projects.

MPIeR’s trip to Rome!
October 2017

On the first week of October 2017 a large group of MPIeR researchers and staff members participated of an excursion to Rome that was organized by Department II and the Max Planck Research Group III.


This academic trip had the purpose of promoting dialogue between the MPIeR and research institutions based in Rome, allowing discussion on related research topics, publication issues, working methodologies, among other matters.


In such sense, the group visited the Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte – Bibliotheca Hertziana and the Deutsche Historische Institut in Rom, where presentations and debate from both host and visiting members took place in two fruitful working days.


The trip also included a guided tour to two of the most fascinating archives in Rome, the Archives of the Fabbrica di San Pietro and the Vatican Secret Archives, which gave further insight to the work that MPFGIII and other MPIeR members carry out on a regular basis at Vatican Archives.


It is worth highlighting that, at the DHI Rom, Dr. Benedetta Albani, along with MPFGIII and SFB researchers, made a presentation on their common projects and specific thematic and methodological developments. The communication was entitled “Governance of the Universal Church after the Council of Trent. Communication and actors in a global information regime”. This was the first group presentation of MPFGIII and SFB projects lead by Dr. Benedetta Albani!

In memoriam: Claudio Bella
July 2017

The Max-Planck Research Group would like to remember the photographer Claudio Bella, who passed away last July after battling an unexpected illness. Active as a photographer since 1969, Claudio Bella specialized in the digitalization and digital archiving of ancient and rare books and documents. Over his long career he organized several exhibitions while working with some of the most important libraries and archives in Rome and elsewhere.

Since 2016, Claudio Bella and his team at the “Agenzia Fotografica B.M. Foto” had been cooperating with the Research Group in the digitalization of one important documentary series at the Vatican Secret Archives, the Libri Decretorum of the Congregation of the Council. The scanned documents, supplied along with a database describing the contents, will in the future be available for consultation at the Max-Planck Institute for European Legal History, as well as at the Vatican Secret Archives. Over these years we have had the opportunity to appreciate his professionalism as well as to observe his passion and dedication to his work. Claudio’s contribution to our project will never be forgotten.

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