III International Conference of Palaeography and Diplomatics

The Congress will be in a mixed regime: for those who want to attend or/and present communication, they can do so presencial in Évora or for those who are unable to travel, it will also be done via Zoom. The Organizing Committee will try to record and make streaming via Youtube.

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Call for Papers

Throughout human history, writing has held indisputable importance. It is a constant presence in our daily lives, not static, but changeable. Its form, its medium and the crafts linked to it have undergone various transformations, according to the time and the circumstances in which they were found.

Interpretation of documentary sources, with their textual richness, is fundamental for historical knowledge. Sciences such as paleography and diplomatics, sigillography, heraldry, linguistics and codicology, among others, constitute a decisive element in a historian's work. They often, however, end up being relegated to the background and continue to be seen as "auxiliaries" in history. Nevertheless (and despite the work by several researchers), the questions that still arise, the hypotheses that they open and the challenges that they pose to historiographic work constitute a fertile field for advancing the study of them.

In the first conference on palaeography and diplomatics held by CIDEHUS in 2021, our aim was to raise awareness of the development which these sciences have undergone, especially regarding the digital world. Knowledge was gained of palaeographic transcription software, methods for preserving documents and stamps and techniques for collecting sigillographic images, in addition to other valuable knowledge for the practical work of historians.

In the second edition of the conference, in 2022, we intend to pose questions and debate hypotheses for work beyond, but also including, the digital humanities in history.

Now, for 2023 congress, we will focus once again on the future of archival science, codicology and sigillography as sciences, upstream and downstream of written texts, while also maintaining the focus on palaeography and diplomatics. Among other aims, the intention is to reflect on the new challenges facing the future of these sciences and on new working methods and how they relate to the past.

We are therefore pleased to invite all students, technicians and researchers to present their work and bring these or other issues to the debate.


  • Paleography
  • Filology and paleography
  • Diplomatics
  • Sigillography and Codicology
  • Archives
  • Chanceries and agents of writting

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11 May


09:30 UTC+1

professor Hermínia Vilar (Dean of University of Évora)


09:45 - 10:00 UTC+1

professor Attílio Bartoli Langeli (University of Padova, Italy)

Plenary/Opening Session

10:00 - 10:45 UTC+1

“L’écriture et l’histoire, le document et l’histoire : les tournants de la paléographie et de la diplomatie”. Online Zoom.

10:45 - 11:10 coffee break

Session I


11:10 - 13:00 UTC+1

  • 11:10 - 11:40 Keynote – Julia Crick (King’s College, UK)
    “Palaeography and the transnational”.

  • 11:40 - 12:00 João Alves Dias (CHAM, University Nova of Lisbon, Portugal)
    “O português é tramado: formas gráficas na língua portuguesa”.

  • 12:00 - 12:20 Chiara Rosso
    Standing on the shoulders of the giant: localizing ninth-century manuscripts after Bischoff”.

  • 12:20 - 12:40 Israel Aquino-Cabreira (University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil)
    “Use of paleographic sources for the construction of metasources: potentialities and challenges in the production of historical knowledge”. Online Zoom.

  • 12:40 - 13:00 Francesca Pontini (University of Stirling, Scotland, UK)
    “Secretary and Italic hand in Britain in the sixteenth-century: a problem of perceptions”.

  • 13:00 - 13:30 Debate

13:30 - 15:00 Lunch

Session II

Linguistics and paleography

15:00 - 16:30 UTC+1

  • 15:00 - 15:30 Keynote – Alícia Duhá Lose (UFBA, Brasil)
    “Critérios de transcrição e o impacto no acesso aos dados linguísticos: o caso das "Memórias do Cardeal Patriarca de Lisboa" ou "Memórias do Marques de Pombal", português do Séc. XVII”.

  • 15:30 - 15:50 Antonio Ackel (University of S. Paulo, Brazil)
    “Teorias e métodos filológicos e paleográficos para o estudo de criptogramas”.

  • 15:50 - 16:10 Fernanda Olival, Helena Freire Cameron, Renata Vieira, Fátima Farrica (CIDEHUS - University of Évora, Portugal)
    “Entidades Nomeadas e anotação de textos históricos: categorias e critérios”.

  • 16:10 - 16:30 Debate

  • 16:30 - 16:45 coffee break

Session III


16:45 - 18:00 UTC+1

  • 16:45 - 17:15 Keynote – Daniel Piñol Alabart (University of Barcelona, Spain)
    “La historia del notariado hoy: investigación, oportunidades, retos”.

  • 17:15 - 17:45 Enrico Fenu (Soprintendenza archivistica della Sardegna)
    “El simbolismo gráfico en la firma autógrafa de los reyes de Aragón: notas sobre la "L coronada de Valencia". Online Zoom.

  • 17:45 - 18:15 Luis Felipe Vélez Pérez (Universidad Nacional de Colombia)
    “Diplomática y sigilografía en los protocolos de escribanos de la ciudad de Rionegro durante la Primera República de la Nueva Granada, 1810-1816”. Online Zoom.

  • 18:15 - 18:35 Debate

12 May

Session IV

Sigillography and Codicology

10:00 - 11:50 UTC+1

  • 10:00 - 10:30 Keynote – Laurent Macé (University of Toulouse, France)
    “Un prélat dans un cercle de plomb. La bulle épiscopale dans la Provence rhodanienne (XIIe-XIIIe siècle)”. Online Zoom.

  • 10:30 - 10:50 Justina Sipaviciute
    “Forgery of seals and stamps in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in the 16th-18th centuries”.

  • 10:50 - 11:10 Sofia Orsino (University of Ca' Foscari Venice, Italy)
    “Logical manuscripts from the Latin 12th century and how to describe them. Challenges and perspectives”.

  • 11:10 - 11:30 Maria do Rosário Morujão (CHSC, University of Coimbra)
    “Um colector apostólico do século XIV e a sua matriz sigilar”

  • 11:30 - 11:45 Debate

11:45 - 12:00 coffee break

Session V


12:00 - 12:30 UTC+1

  • 12:30 - 12:50 Keynote – Jorge Janeiro (Director of Distrital Archive of Évora, Portugal)
    “Arquivística: de ciência auxiliar a ciência interdisciplinar”.

  • 12:50 - 13:10 Ana Margarida Dias da Silva (University of Coimbra)
    “Reconstruir o Cartório da Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Coimbra gaveta a gaveta (século XVI a XIX)”. Online Zoom.

  • 13:10 - 13:30 Montserrat Andrea Báez Hernández (University of Teramo/KU Leuven)
    “Desiderosi di avere il corpo di un S. Martire…The Archivio Storico del Vicariato di Roma, the archival source for the research of corpi santi donations from Rome to America, 1850-1890”. Online Zoom.

  • 13:30 - 13:50 Debate

13:50 - 15:00 Lunch

Session VI

Agents and chanceries

15:00 - 16:50 UTC+1

  • 15:00 - 15:30 Keynote Carmen del Camiño Martinez (University of Seville, Spain)
    “Agentes, cancillerías y escritura. Algunas reflexiones”.

  • 15:30 - 15:50 Adrián Ares Legaspi (University of Zaragoza, Spain)
    “La escribanía del "bispado de Tuy da parte de Portugall": organización, componentes y funcionamiento”. Online Zoom.

  • 15:50 - 16:10 João Costa (CHAM – University Nova of Lisbon, Portugal)
    “Das letras à política. Os tabeliães de Palmela e Setúbal na Idade Média”.

  • 16:10 - 16:30 Marcin Sumowski (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland)
    “A Long Life of the Accounting Book. Medieval Accounts of Toruń Churches from Writing Down to Electronic Edition”.

  • 16:30 - 16:50 Debate

16:50 - 17:15 coffee break

Closing session

17:15 - 18:00 UTC+1 Manuel Salamanca Lopez (University Complutense of Madrid, Spain)

“When History needs to be written: the “green book” by Marcelino de Vergara”.

Important dates

21 November 2022

Opening Call for papers

31 January 2023

Closing call for papers

15 April 2023

Closing inscriptions for assistence

11 May 2023


Organising Committee

Ana Pereira Ferreira

Ana Pereira Ferreira

CIDEHUS-UÉvora; CH-ULisboa
Leonor Dias Garcia

Leonor Dias Garcia

Marcus Dores

Marcus Dores

Ofélia Sequeira

Ofélia Sequeira


Scientific Committee

Fernanda Olival

Fernanda Olival

Filipa Roldão

Filipa Roldão

Hermínia Vasconcelos Vilar

Hermínia Vasconcelos Vilar

Leonardo Marcotulio

Leonardo Marcotulio

Mª Helena C. Coelho

Mª Helena C. Coelho

Pilar Ostos

Pilar Ostos

Universidad de Sevilla

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