Documenting Multiculturalism
Co-existence, law and multiculturalism in the administrative and legal documents of Norman and Hohenstaufen Sicily, c.1060-c.1266

Project Team

PROFESSOR JEREMY JOHNS (Principal Investigator) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. webpage is Professor of the Art and Archaeology of the Islamic Mediterranean, and Director of the Khalili Research Cente for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East, in the Faculty of Oriental Studies of the University of Oxford. He is principally interested in relations between Muslim and Christian societies in the medieval Mediterranean as manifested in material and visual culture. His research has focused upon the archaeology of the transition from late antiquity to early Islam in the Levant and, especially, upon the archaeology, history and art history of Sicily under Islamic and Norman rule, from the Muslim conquest of the island in the 9th century to the destruction of the Islamic community of Sicily by Frederick II in the 13th century. As the Principal Investigator of Documenting Multiculturalism, he will overesee the whole project, and will also lead the Arabic team, having particular responsibility for the historical aspects of the team’s research. He is the author of Arabic Administration in Norman Sicly. The Royal Dīwān (Cambridge, 2002, online 2010) and many articles on different aspects of multiculturalism in Norman Sicily. A full list of his publications is available here, most of which may be downloaded from his academia.edu site.


DOCTOR NADIA JAMIL (Senior Researcher: Arabic Documents) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. webpage is Senior Instructor in Arabic in the Faculty of Oriental Studies of the University of Oxford. She is particularly interested in the language of early Arabic poetry, and in representations of the pre-Islamic ethic and its transformation in early Islam — see here. She and Jeremy Johns are married and have collaborated effectively for almost twenty years on the study of the Arabic and bilingual documents from Sicily — see von Falkenhausen, Jamil and Johns 2016; Jamil and Johns 20152018; Johns and Jamil 2004. She will be primarily responsible for the linguistic aspects of the Arabic documents, and will take joint lead in the preparation of two of the project's summative monographs: A Lexicon of the Arabic of Norman Sicily, and a companion volume on Diplomatic, Language and Palaeography in the Arabic Documents of Norman Sicily.


PROFESSOR BEATRICE PASCIUTA (Co-Investigator and Senior Researcher: Latin Documents) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. webpage is Professore Ordinario in the Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza at the Università degli Studi di Palermo. She has published editions of numerous Latin documents — e.g. Mazzarese Fardella and Pasciuta 2011 and many studies on the legal foundations of the society of medieval Sicily — e.g. Pasciuta 2008, 2016. She is internationally recognised as a leading expert upon the history of law in medieval and early modern Sicily and south Italy. She will lead the team responsible for the edsition and study of the Latin documents. Her detailed knowledge of not just royal legislation, but also communal and customary law in the Latin tradition will be crucial to the project's summative monograph The Legal Foundations of Coexistence: Coexistence in Law and in Practice.


PROFESSOR CRISTINA ROGNONI (Senior Researcher: Greek Documents) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.webpage is Professore Associato di Civiltà Bizantina at the Università degli Studi di Palermo. She is internationally recognised for her expertise in the culture and society of Byzantium and, especially, for her detailed knowledge of the Greek documents and the Roman-Byzantine legal tradition and the communal and customary laws of Byzantine and Greek south Italy and Sicily. She has published two volumes of editions of the private Greek documents from the Archivo Ducal de Medinaceli in Toedo — see Rognoni 2004 and 2011 — as well as many articles on the documents and history of the Greek communities of medieval and early modern Italy, some of which may be downloaded from her academia.edu site. She will lead the team responsible for the edition and study of the Greek documents.


DR UMBERTO BONGIANINO (Postdoctoral Researcher: Arabic Palaeography) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.webpage is Departmental Lecturer in Islamic Art and Architecture in the Khalili Research Centre (Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford). He is principally interested in the architecture and material culture of the Islamic dynasties that ruled across the medieval Mediterranean between the 7th and the 13th centuries. His doctorate  — “The origin and development of Maghribī round scripts. Arabic palaeography in the Islamic West (4th/10th-6th/12th centuries)”, Oxford, 2017 — concentrated on the arts of the book in the Maghrib and al-Andalus between the 10th and the 13th centuries. His publications on the calligraphy, palaeography and arts of the book in the Maghrib, and on a variety of other subjects, may bee seen on his academia.edu site. For Documenting Multiculturalism, he will will analyse the scripts of the Arabic documents and write the first palaeographical study of the Arabic scripts of Norman Sicily.


DR MARTA CERRITO (Postdoctoral Researcher: Latin documents) webpage graduated cum laude from the Faculty of Law, University of Rome “Roma Tre”. Her doctoral dissertation, “Auctoritas iudicialis ed autonomia privata. Aspetti della giustizia criminale nel Regnum da Federico II ad Alfonso il Magnanimo (sec. XIII-XV)”, examines the relationship between the criminal law and the autonomy of private citizens in the resolution of criminal cases in the Kingdom of Sicily from FredericII to Alfonso the Magnanimous. She carried out her research in Italy (Rome and Palermo), at the University of California - Berkeley (Robbins Collection Fellowship), in Paris at the École des Haute Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)and in Frankfurt am Main at the Library of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (MPI). She is currently Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Palermo. For Documenting Multiculturalism, she will analyse the Latin documents from a historico-legal perspective.


MR DANIEL BURT (IT Officer) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. webpage has been responsible for all aspects of information technology and computing in the Khalili Research Centre (KRC) since its foundation in 2005. He has extensive experience of database development and website design, especially for the museums of the University of Oxford and for research projects based in the KRC. He is responsible for all technical aspects of Documenting Multiculturalism, including this website and the development of the DocuMult Database that will be the basic research tool of the project.


 

Advisory Committee

 

PROFESSOR EMANUELE CONTE (Advisory Committee) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. webpage graduated from the Faculty of History, University of Rome “La Sapienza” and wrote his PhD in Legal History at the University of Milano-Statale. He is Full Professor of Legal History, Faculty of Law, University of Roma Tre, and Directeur d'Études, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociale - EHESS (Centre d’Etudes en Normes Juridiques - CENJ), Paris. His principal research interests lie in the fields of legal historiography, the use of history as a legal argument, the construction of law as a scholastic discipline in the Middle Ages, and law and the humanities in a historical perspective. He is the author of six monographs, five edited works, and more than sixty articles, many available on his academia.edu site. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous international, peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Comparative Legal HistoryMedieval Law and Its PracticeRivista Internazionale di Diritto Commune;Studies in the History of Law and Justice; and Bullettino dell’Istituto Storico Italiano per il Medio Evo. Since 2017, he has been Senior Researcher on the ERC-funded project Civil Law, Common Law, Customary Law at the University of St Andrews (P.I. Prof. John Hudson). 


PROFESSOR ADALGISA DE SIMONE (Advisory Committee) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. webpage was for many years Extraordinary Professor of Arabic Language and Literature at the University of Palermo before taking early retirement. She is currently a fellow of the Accademia Nazionale di Scienze Lettere e Arti di Palermo and the Istituto Siciliano di Studi Bizantini e Neoellenici ‘Bruno Lavagnini’ di Palermo. Her research has focused on modern and contemporary Arabic literature, on the Arabic of Sicily during the Middle Ages, and above all on the historical and literary sources for Islamic Sicily and eighteenth-century Palermo. In addition to many articles, book reviews, translations of modern Arabic fiction, and edited works — including Studi arabo-islamici in memoria di Umberto Rizzitano (Mazara del Vallo, 1980) — she is the author of Palermo nei geografi e viaggiatori arabi nel medioevo (Naples, 1968), La luna risplendente: Palermo nei ricordi di un ambasciatore marocchino del ’700 (Mazara del Vallo, 1979), La descrizione dell’Italia nel Rawḍ al-Miʿṭār di al-Ḥimyarī (Mazara del Vallo, 1984), Splendori e misteri di Sicilia in un’opera di Ibn Qalāqis (Soveria Mannelli, 1996), Nella Sicilia “araba”: tra storia e filologia (Palermo, 1999) and (with Giuseppe Mandalà), L’immagine araba di Roma: i geografi del medioevo - secoli IX-XV (Bologna, 2002).


PROFESSOR HORST ENZENSBERGER (Advisory Committee) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. homepage webpage  studied the ancillary sciences of history, Byzantine studies and medieval Latin philology at the University of Munich and University of Rome “La Sapienza”, before receiving his doctorate at the University of Munich with Peter Acht and Peter Herde. After lecturing at Frankfurt am Main, he moved to Bamberg in 1982, where he was Professor of the Ancillary Sciences of History from 1985 until his retirement in 2010. He also lectured in the same subject at the University of Würzburg, and has held visiting fellowships at the universities of Chieti and Palermo. He is an internationally renowned specialist in the documents of Southern Italy in the eleventh to thirteeenth centuries, and in the chanceries of the Norman rulers of Sicily and their Hohenstaufen successors. Amongst his indispensable publications in this field are: Beiträge zum Kanzlei- und Urkundenwesen der normannischen Herrscher Unteritaliens und Siziliens (Kallmünz, 1971); Italien im Mittelalter. Neuerscheinungen von 1959–1975 (with Alfred Haverkamp, Historische Zeitschrift, Sonderheftvol. 7, Munich 1980:Süditalien, pp. 299–447), and the edition of the documents of King William I — Guillelmi I. regis diplomata in the series Codex diplomaticus regni Siciliae, 1: Diplomata regum et principum e gente Normannorum 3(Cologne and Vienna,1996). His edition of the documents of King William II is in progress onlineIn addition, he has published more than a hundred articles, conference papers, reviews and other studies, many of which are available from his academia.edu site. He has long been an active champion of the application of information technology and the internet to the study of medieval history, and is a long-term member of the Virtual Library Historische Hilfswissenschaften.


PROFESSOR LUCA LOSCHIAVO (Advisory Committee) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. webpage  graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, and wrote his PhD in Medieval and Modern History of Law at the universities of Turin, Milan, Bologna, Rome and Catania. He is currently Full Professor of the History of Medieval and Modern Law at the University of Teramo (since 2005) and in the Faculty of Law of the University of Roma Tre (since 2013). His principal research interests lie in the juridical history of the West in the High Middle Ages, including the revival of legal jurisprudence, and the common law. He is particularly interested in the circulation and manuscript tradition of Roman legal texts in the early Middle Ages, the rediscovery of Justinian’s Corpus iuris civilis in the 11th century, and its study by the early generations of glossators. He has also investigated the encounters between the Roman Empire and early Christian communities, and between Germanic societies and the juridical cultures of the romanised West in the early Middle Ages. He is author of three monographs, and of many articles, reviews and other studies. He serves on the editorial boards of the following peer-reviewed journals: Rivista Internazionale di Diritto Comune, Rivista di Storia del Diritto Italiano and Teoria e Storia del Diritto Privato.


PROFESSOR SANTO LUCÀ (Advisory Committee) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. webpage graduated in Classics from the University of Messina, and has taught Greek and Latin Paleography at the University of Roma "Tor Vergata" since 1985, first as Associate Professor, then as Extraordinary Professor (2000), and finally as Full Professor (2003). He is Professor of Greek Paleography by invitation in the Faculty of Eastern Ecclesiastical Studies at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, President of the Associazione Italiana Paleografi e Diplomatisti, Member of the Associazione Italiana di Studi Bizantini, a Corresponding Member of the Istituto Siciliano di Studi Bizantini e Neoellenici “Bruno Lavagnini”, and a Member of the Comité Internazionale di Paleografia greca. He has been co-director of the journal Nea Rhome: Rivista di Ricerche Bizantinistiche, and of the same journal’s Quaderni, since its foundation in 2004. He is also on the editorial board of Rivista di Studi Bizantini e Neoellenici, Erytheia (Madrid), Orpheus (Catania), Litterae Caelestes (Roma), Schede Medievali (Palermo), and Archivio Storico per la Calabria e la Lucania.He is principally interested in palaeography and the history of the book in the Byzantine and post-Byzantine communities of Italy, especially South Italy and Sicily. He has studied in particular manuscript production and Greek scripts in Calabria and Campania, from the "Scuola Niliana" to the minuscule of Rossano. He has edited the Anonymus in Ecclesiasten commentarius qui dicitur Catena Trium Patrum for the Corpus christianorum (Turnhout and Leueven, 1984), authored a catalogue of the Manoscritti "rossanesi" conservati a Grottaferrata (Grottaferrata, 1986), and published numerous analytical studies and syntheses on book production in Byzantine and post-Byzantine Italy, especially in Calabria, Sicily and Salento.


PROFESSOR MARINA RUSTOW (Advisory Committee) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. webpage studied Literature at Yale, and then wrote her PhD at Columbia with Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi. She is currently Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East and Professor of Near Eastern Studies and History at Princeton University. She has won many prestigious awards, including the MacArthur Fellowship 2015. She is a social historian of the medieval Middle East, and works with medieval documents, especially sources from the Cairo Geniza, and with other Arabic papyri and paper documents from Egypt. She is Director of the Princeton Geniza Lab. Her current research is centred around a set of related questions: what makes social and religious groups cohere and fragment; how people demanded justice of the state and facilitated or resisted its extraction of resources; how written documents structured the exercise of power and the creation and maintenance of social bonds; and how to decode the graphic and semiotic features of documents. She also studies the use of the Arabic language by the Jews of Sicily in the years following the expulsion of the Muslims from the island in the thirteenth century. In addition to many articles, most available on her academia.edu site, she is the author of Heresy and the Politics of Community: The Jews of the Fatimid Caliphate (Cornell University Press, 2008), and is currently writing a book on the Fatimid state documents preserved in the Cairo Geniza (Princeton University Press, forthcoming).


PROFESSOR VERA VON FALKENHAUSEN (Advisory Committee) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. webpage  read Byzantine studies at the University of Munich, where she wrote her doctoral thesis in 1966 under Hans-Georg Beck. In 1968–70, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies in Washington, D.C. She has been a member of the German Historical Institute in Rome since 1970. She was active from 1974 as Professor of Byzantine History and Literature at the universities of Pisa, Basilicata (Potenza), Chieti, and finally Roma Tor Vergata, and became Professor Emeritus in 2007. She is Honorary President of the Associazione Italiana di Studi Bizantini. Her field of research covers the various aspects of Byzantine rule in southern Italy and Sicily, especially the analysis and critical edition of Greek primary sources, including the Greek documents of Byzantine and post-Byzantine Italy and Sicily. Since 2006 she has been the editor of the Archivio Storico per la Calabria e la Lucania, and she is a member of the scientific advisory council of the journal Nea Rhome: Rivista di Ricerche Bizantinistiche, founded in 2004, and of many other journals. She is the author of La dominazione bizantina nell’Italia meridionale dal IX all’XI secolo (Bari, 1978) and some two hundred articles and studies, many available from her academia.edu site.


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Administrative Assistant: Oxford — start date 1st October 2018

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Postdoctoral Research Grant: Greek Documents: Palermo — start date 1st October 2018.  

NOW ADVERTISED WITH APPLICATION DEADLINE OF 1st AUGUST 2018 — SEE HERE

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH GRANT IN MEDIEVAL GREEK DIPLOMATICS AND PALAEOGRAPHY IN NORMAN SICILY: ADVANCE NOTICE

Over the summer (June to August) 2018, the Università degli Studi di Palermo, Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza, will publish the advertisement for a Post-Doctoral Research Grant in Medieval Greek Diplomatics and Palaeography, as part of the research project Documenting Multiculturalism: co-existence, law and multiculturalism in administrative and legal documents of Norman and Hohenstaufen Sicily, c.1060-c.1266 (DocuMult), funded by an ERC Advanced Grant to Professor Jeremy Johns of the University of Oxford, in partnership with the Università degli Studi di Palermo. For further information about the DocuMult project, see here: http://krc.orient.ox.ac.uk/documult/index.php/en/

The successful candidate will work under the direction of Prof.ssa Cristina Rognoni, Professore Associato di Civiltà Bizantina at the Università degli Studi di Palermo, who is the Senior Researcher responsible for the study of the Greek documents for the DocuMult Project, and under the overall supervision of the Principal Investigator, Prof. Jeremy Johns. The normal place of work will be the Università degli Studi di Palermo; the successful candidate will be expected to make annual research trips to Oxford.

The successful candidate will begin work on 1stOctober 2018 and will be employed for two years in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal for a total of up to five years until 30thSeptember 2023. 

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate: 

  • expertise in the field of medieval Greek diplomatics and palaeography, working with original documents (not just editions or transcriptions);
  • publication, appropriate to the applicant’s stage of career, of original historical research making use of medieval Greek documents; 
  • excellent communication, interpersonal, and organisational skills, including a fluent command of spoken and written Italian, and the ability to work successfully as part of a team.
  • good command of Latin and of spoken and written English, with at least passive knowledge of French and German; some knowledge of Arabic, while not essential, might be an advantage;
  • experience and competence in the use of relational databases for research;
  • a good knowledge of the history of the island of Sicily under Norman and Hohenstaufen rule, or the willingness to acquire it.

Potential candidates are invited to express their interest in the post to Prof.ssa Cristina Rognoni by submitting a curriculum vitae and a brief letter outlining why they are interested in the DocuMult Project, both as pdf files, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., ideally so as to arrive before 30 June 2018.

 

AVVISO: ASSEGNO DI RICERCA PER LA DIPLOMATICA E PALEOGRAFIA GRECA NEI DOCUMENTI DELLA SICILIA NORMANNA

Nell’ambito del progetto Documenting Multiculturalism: co-existence, law and multiculturalism in administrative and legal documents of Norman and Hohenstaufen Sicily, c.1060-c.1266 (DocuMultfinanziato da un ERC Advanced Grant al Professor Jeremy Johns dell’Università di Oxford, in collaborazione con l’Università degli Studi di Palermo (http://krc.orient.ox.ac.uk/documult/index.php/en/), il Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza dell’Università degli Studi di Palermo bandirà a breve (luglio-agosto) un bando di concorso per l’attribuzione di un assegno di ricerca per la diplomatica e paleografia greca nei documenti della Sicilia normanna. La/Il dottore di ricerca lavorerà sotto la direzione della Prof. Cristina Rognoni, Professore Associato di Civiltà Bizantina, Senior Reseacher responsabile dello studio dei documenti greci, e la supervisione del Principal Investigator, Prof. Jeremy Johns. 

Durata dell’incarico: a partire dal 1° ottobre 2018 2 anni rinnovabili fino a un massimo di 5 (30 settembre 2023). 

Sede dell’incarico: Università degli Studi di Palermo; soggiorni di ricerca previsti presso l’Università di Oxford.

La /Il candidata/o dovrà dimostrare:

  • esperienza nel campo della paleografia e della diplomatica greca medievale;
  • capacità di condurre una ricerca storica a partire da fonti documentarie consultate in originale;
  • eccellenti capacità communicative e organizzative, compresa la padronanza dell’italiano parlato e scritto, e buona attitudine al lavoro di gruppo all’interno di una equipe di ricerca.
  • buona padronanza del latino e dell’inglese parlato e scritto; comprensione del francese e/o del tedesco; la conoscenza, anche di base, dell'arabo, sebbene non essenziale, può costituire un vantaggio.
  • esperienza e competenza nell’uso di database relazionali.
  • di possedere, o voler acquisire, una buona conoscenza della storia della Sicilia in epoca normanno-sveva.

 

Gli aspiranti candidati sono invitati ad esprimere il loro interesse alla Prof.ssa Cristina Rognoni (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) presentando un curriculum vitae e una breve lettera di motivazione in file pdf preferibilmente entro il 30 giugno 2018.

 


Postdoctoral Researcher: Latin Documents: Palermo — start date 1st October 2018.  

NOW ADVERTISED WITH APPLICATION DEADLINE OF 1st AUGUST 2018 — SEE HERE


Translator: Greek Documents: Oxford) — start date 1st September 2021.  Further particulars will be advertised in Autumn 2020. 


Translator: Latin Documents) — start date 1st September 2021.  Further particulars will be advertised in Autumn 2020. 


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