Colloque – Die italienische Stadtkommune. Akteure – Artefakte – Abläufe

Friday, 27 August, and Saturday, 28 August 2021

Organised by the Department of Medieval History at RWTH Aachen University (Giuseppe Cusa), in collaboration with the German Historical Institute in Rome (DHI Rom) and funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Informations: kommune(at)

The Italian city communes are a topic which has been dealt with by international, not least German medievalists. The conference aims on the one hand to revive the sometimes neglected German-Italian dialogue and on the other hand to bundle the latest research tendencies. The focus will be on the former inhabitants (actors) of communal Italy, their material, primarily written artifacts, and the social, institutional, and political processes of the time.

Conference languages are English, German, and Italian. There will be no registration fees to attend the online conference. Those interested can register by e-mail to kommune(at) to receive the access data for the online conference.

Programme :

Friday, 27th August 2021

09:30 : Giuseppe Cusa (RWTH Aachen University): Welcome and introduction

09:50 : Tiziana Lazzari (Alma mater studiorum Università di Bologna): Sicut fremitus leonis, sic et terror regis. Sperimentazioni istituzionali e rapporti con l’impero nei comuni del regno italico (1151-1153)

10:30 : Pietro Silanos (Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro): Retorica figurata e nuovi spazi politici. I linguaggi del potere in età podestarile

11:10 Coffee break

11:40 : Gianluca Raccagni (University of Edinburgh): The Italian city republics and crusading at the time of Frederick II (1194-1250)

12:20 : Enrico Faini (Università degli Studi di Firenze): Relazioni epistolari tra i Comuni toscani attorno alla metà del XIII secolo

13:00 Lunch break

14:30 : David Napolitano (Universiteit Utrecht): Training city magistrates to become trustworthy men. A comparative look at Italian and Dutch Mirrors-for-Magistrates through a political trust perspective

15:10 : Giuseppe Cusa (RWTH Aachen University): Die ostoberitalienische Historiographie am Übergang von Kommune zu Signorie

15:50 Coffee break

16:20 : Christoph Dartmann/Margherita Mariani (Universität Hamburg): Il mondo sulla pagina. Manuali di mercanti nell’Italia tardomedievale

Saturday, 28th August 2021

10:10 : Roberta Mucciarelli (Università degli Studi di Siena): Il governo dei poveri. Giustizia e scritture: l’apodixa paupertatis (XIII-XIV sec.)

10:50 Coffee break

09:30 : Riccardo Rao (Università degli Studi di Bergamo): Le signorie dell’Italia settentrionale fra la metà del Duecento e la metà del Trecento

11:20 : Alma Poloni (Università di Pisa): Cambiamento economico, mobilità sociale e ricambio politico nel XIII e XIV secolo

12:00 : Christina Abel (Universität des Saarlandes): Et nullus audeat ponere duas personas supra equum vel equam. Die italienische Kommune und die kommerzielle Vermietung von Pferden und Maultieren im 13. und 14. Jahrhundert

12:45 Lunch break

14:30 : Andreas Rehberg (Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rom): Mettere un segno. Il comune di Roma e le concessioni del capo del Senato Romano (secoli XIV e XV)

Florian Hartmann (RWTH Aachen University): Summary and outlook

15:30 : Concluding remarks

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