Roman Institute of the Görres Society

Science Center for History since 1888

From The Institute

Dr Antonio Musarra (* 1983 in Genoa) completed his academic training in Genoa and was awarded a doctorate by the University of San Marino in 2012 with a thesis on Genoa and the Holy Land in the 13th century. He has been a professor of medieval studies at the Sapienza University in Rome since this year. In addition, he has a teaching assignment on the history of the Holy Land pilgrimage in the Middle Ages at the Roman Franciscan University Antonianum.

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The CASSIS Centre of the University of Bonn (Ulrich Schlie), together with the University of Aberdeen (Thomas Weber) and the University of Notre Dame, organised a study trip from Bonn to Sarajevo and Rome as part of the "Forum on Religious Values & Democracy". The rich programme took the international group of students to the office of the Görres Society in Bonn and in Rome to the Roman Institute of the Görres Society in addition to the Secretariat of State, the German Embassy to the Holy See and the Adenauer Foundation.

Dr Simone Piazza is Professor of Medieval and Byzantine Art History at Ca' Foscari University, Venice, and formerly Maître de conférences HdR at Université Paul Valéry - Montpellier 3. He is a member, among others, of the Comité français d'études byzantines, as well as an Associate Researcher at the Institute of Mediterranean European History (CNR).

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Stefan Heid's lecture of 28 May on the "Anécdota from Paul Maria Baumgarten's biography of the Christian archaeologist Giovanni Battista de Rossi (1822-1894)" is now available on the RIGG YouTube channel (part one). The complete contribution will be published this year in the volume "Il secolo di Giovanni Battista de Rossi (1822-1894): La cultura archeologica dall’Italia all’Europa". 


Avv. Rocco Giacobbe Vaccari (* 1975 in Thiene, prov. Vicenza) works as a lawyer at the Court of Padua. He graduated in law from the University of Padua with a thesis on the history of Roman law on the subject of "Crimen vis". His personal interests are in the field of archaeology and Roman and canon law. For this purpose, he visits the library of the Campo Santo Teutonico on occasion.

In June, the opportunity arose for three custodians of the Joseph Ratzinger / Benedict XVI Roman Study Library at the Campo Santo Teutonico to meet: Florian Schwarz (2015-2017), Heinrich Heidenreich (2019-2021) and Martin Grobauer (2021-2023), who are each working on their doctorates with a scholarship from the Fondazione Vaticana. Dr Schwarz recently represented the RIGG at the matinée in honour of Benedict XVI in Munich. The study library has been expanded over these years into an excellent collection with 2,034 titles in about 40 languages.

This year, for the first time, the summer festival of the Görresians "Zur Letzten Wortmeldung" was celebrated on Corpus Christi Thursday in S. Giovanni a Porta Latina. About 60 guests came, many from abroad. Previously, the summer festival (since 2011) had been celebrated on alternate days in June. However, Corpus Christi Thursday is a better choice, because:

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In September, the new scholarship holder Cornelia Bäurle (* 1994 in Tübingen) will begin her studies at RIGG. Her academic home is the University of Munich, and she already spent a semester in Rome in 2015. She receives her main scholarship from the Gerda Henkel Foundation. For her art-historical doctorate, Ms Bäurle is working on bathroom decorations of the early 16th century in Rome and the surrounding area. In addition to the antique-erotic wall paintings, she is also investigating the architectural location of the bathrooms in villas and palaces, primarily of clerical patrons.