Roman Curia Conference

The Historical Outlines and Contexts of the Roman Curia


26-28, 2022


Via Paolo VI, 25 - 00193 Roma

The goal of this event is to bring leading academics to discuss the Roman Curia in its various aspects throughout the course of Church History.

Seminars will be presented in Italian, English, German, and French.
– Simultaneous translation will be provided in English & Italian

The Roman Curia is the oldest extant body of institutional administration in the world. Indeed, it was the prototype for the development of centralized government in the monarchies of the middle ages. Further, it was the administrative backbone of the first worldwide organization in human history. It developed policies, laws, and procedures that continue to affect the entire world. This conference will synthesize various scholarly approaches to a broad historical overview that will offer a window into the lived history of the central administration of the Catholic Church.

Conference Speakers

Rosamond McKitterick

Rosamond McKitterick

Professor Emerita

University of Cambridge
Keeper of Manuscripts & Archives

Bronwen Neil

Bronwen Neil

Professor of Ancient History

Macquarie University
Sydney, Australia

Rita Lizzi Testa

Rita Lizzi Testa

Professor of Roman History

University of Perugia, Italy

Dominic Moreau

Dominic Moreau

Associate Professor in Late Antiquity

Université de Lille, France

Bruce Brasington

Twanna Caddell Powell Professor of History

West Texas A&M University, USA

Danica Summerlin

Danica Summerlin

Senior Lecturer in Medieval History

University of Sheffield

Peter D. Clarke

Peter D. Clarke

Professor of Medieval History

University of Southampton

Donald Prudlo

Donald Prudlo

Warren Chair of Catholic Studies

University of Tulsa

Anthony Lappin

Anthony Lappin

Professor in Romance Studies and Classics

Stockholm University

Sandro Carocci

Professor of History

University of Rome
Tor Vergata

Kirsi Salonen

Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion

University of Bergen

Barbara Bombi

Barbara Bombi

Professor of Medieval History

University of Kent

Elena Bonora

Professor of Early Modern History

University of Parma

Miles Pattenden

Senior Research Fellow in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Australian Catholic University

Maria Teresa Fattori

Research Associate

Humboldt University of Berlin

Birgit Emich

Birgit Emich

Professor of Early Modern History

Goethe University
Frankfurt am Main

Giovanni Pizzorusso

Associate Professor

d'Annunzio University of Chieti–Pescara

Cesare Santus

Cesare Santus

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Catholic University of Louvain

Massimo Carlo Giannini

Associate Professor of Early Modern History

University of Teramo

Conference Schedule

May 26, 2022

14:00 – 15:30
15:30 – 17:30
Session 1:

“From Regulation to Restraint: Appeals to the Curia in the Second Half of the Twelfth Century”
   • presented by Bruce Brasington

“The Bishop of Rome and His Entourage: At the Origins of the Papal Curia”
   • presented by Rita Lizzi Testa

“Ex codicibus et ex antiquis polypticis scrinii Sanctae Sedis Apostolicae: Canonical Collections and Archives of the Church of Rome in Antiquity”
   • presented by Dominic Moreau

17:30 – 18:00
Coffee Break
18:00 – 19:00
Keynote Lecture:

“The Versatility of the Early Medieval Papal Officials in the Light of the Liber pontificalis”
   • presented by Rosamond McKitterick

19:00 – 19:45
Dinner Reception & Book Launch

May 27, 2022

8:30 – 10:30
Session 2:

“Negotiations with Schismatics in the Letters of the Collectio Avellana”
   • presented by Bronwen Neil

“Papal Councils and the Curia”
   • presented by Danica Summerlin

“Nepotism and the Papal Curia between the Eleventh and Fifteenth Centuries”
   • presented by Sandro Carocci

10:30 – 11:00
Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:30
Session 3:

“A Most Successful Alliance: The Roman Curia and the New Orders in the Thirteenth Century”
   • presented by Donald Prudlo

“The lector curie romane and Papal Education”
   • presented by Anthony Lappin

“English and Welsh Petitioners and the Late Medieval Papal Penitentiary: Sources in Papal and Local Archives”
   • presented by Peter D. Clarke

13:30 – 15:30
Catered Lunch
15:30 – 17:30
Session 4:

“Sacra Romana Rota – The Papal Tribunal of tribunals?”
   • presented by Kirsi Salonen

“Administrative and Diplomatic Practices at the Papal Curia between the 13th and 14th Centuries”
   • presented by Barbara Bombi

“Locating the Renaissance Curia, 1420-1563”
   • presented by Miles Pattenden

May 28, 2022

8:30 – 10:30
Session 5:

“From Europe to Rome: the conflicts of the Counter-Reformation”
   • presented by Elena Bonora

“The Congregation of the Council and the Worldwide Provincial Councils, 1564-1622”
   • presented by Maria Teresa Fattori

“The development of Curial institutions in the post-Tridentine era”
   • presented by Birgit Emich

10:30 – 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 – 13:00
Session 6:

“The New World of Francesco Ingoli, First Secretary of Propaganda Fide (1622-1649)”
   • presented by Giovanni Pizzorusso

“Rome and the Christian East, 16th-18th Centuries: Cultural Policy, Mission and Confessional Control”
   • presented by Cesare Santus

“Two Bodies and one Soul: The Papal Finances in the Early Modern Period (1564-1800)”
   • presented by Massimo Carlo Giannini

13:00 – 15:00
Catered Lunch
15:00 – 16:00
Plenary Comments and Closing

Conference Venue

The Augustinianum - Rome

The Augustinianum is an institute of specialization and patristic theological research, where the Tradition of the Church, that is the living transmission of the Christian faith in the first centuries, occupies a prominent place. Together with the ancient cultures, in fact, the Jewish-Christian message developed, which left a legacy of literary texts, inscriptions, monuments (sarcophagi, churches, deaconies), images, living testimonies of an ecumenical Church.

Located only a few steps from Piazza San Pietro

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