News 27 February 2024

Émilie Rosenblieh: Direct Access to All Editions of Conciliar Sources

The research stay she had thanks to the RESILIENCE TNA Fellowship Programme gave Émilie Rosenblieh direct access to all editions of conciliar sources and the most recent bibliography on the history of the Church and medieval canon law.

We asked her how she experienced the research stay:

“Thanks to the TNA fellowship and the European program RESILIENCE, I’ve had the opportunity to spend two weeks at the Fondazione per le scienze religiose (Fscire) in Bologna in February 2024. I was hosted at the Andreatta College which is located next to the Giuseppe Dossetti library, in Via San Vitale, in the beating heart of the university district.

Dossetti Library

At the Dossetti library, my working conditions were excellent: I had direct access to all editions of conciliar sources, both ancient and recent, not all of which are digitalized. This was very useful to me, when studying the many councils which gathered in the Latin Church during the Fifteenth century, from the Council of Pisa (1409) to the Fifth Lateran Council (1512-1517). Until then, I had never had such access to published conciliar documentation by any library, in France or anywhere else.

The two weeks I spent working at the Dossetti library also gave me access to the most recent bibliography on the history of the Church and medieval canon law. I could consult Professor Orazio Condorelli’s papers on the making of consensus in medieval canon law, which are published in collective works by the University of Catania and couldn’t be found in the Paris libraries. My stay at the Fscire was extremely beneficial to the progress of my work on the parliamentary making of the law in the Latin Church in the Fifteenth century.

Presenting Research

During my stay in Bologna, I was also able to present my current research to the experts working at Fscire. My presentation dealt with The decision-making vote, a secret conciliar practice. Discussions with the Foundation’s experts, in particular with Professor Davide Dainese, have enabled me to broaden the scope of my work, especially concerning communal or papal models that might have influenced voting practices at the Council of Basel.”


Thank you for sharing your experiences with us, Émilie! We wish you all the best for your continued research.


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