Dr. Morgane Uberti
Epigraphy, writing practices, historiography of late antique and Christian epigraphy, time and temporalities, Late Antiquity, Middle Ages, dating systems
Since my PhD (2014) dedicated to funerary inscriptions in the Late Antique Gaul (provinces of Aquitania and Novempopulania), I pursued my research on late antique inscriptions from Gaul and more broadly on epigraphic habits and writing practices in Late Antiquity and Medieval period. My involvement in this field has been recently concretized by the implementation of a collective research project dedicated to the Inscriptions from Gaul between Antiquity and Middle Age, co-jointly with C. Treffort (University of Poitiers) and M. Heijmans (CNRS, Camille Jullian Center, Aix-en-Provence).
In parallel, I have developed a diachronic approach through crosscutting issues applied to late antique and medieval inscriptions (Program LIMITS) and by my participation in various cases study in collaboration with medievalists. Since almost three years ago, while my fellowship at the Casa de Velazquez (Madrid, Spain), I developed the foundations of a research about temporalities in Central Mediterranean from Late Antiquity to Middle Ages in order to address the awareness and experience of time over the ‘longue durée’ with a focus on the epigraphic material and dating practices. Lastly, my fellowship in the RomanIslam Center (2020) at Hamburg had let me the opportunity to though about relationship between time and power, and more specifically the control of time as a way to govern.
What is dating? Date between temporalities and History, focus on late antique inscriptions
My project focuses on time as it appears in late antique inscriptions via the date and aims to provide a ground-breaking analysis of the ancient dating practices as evidences of experience and awareness of time. During Late Antiquity, dates become a recurring feature in epigraphic inscriptions in the Latin world. At that moment, many dating systems is used and sometimes coexists within a same area (provinces, cities, necropolis) and even within a single inscription, where three dating systems could be used to locate the event in time. In this context, dating habits can be seen as traces of the experiences of multiple social times, lived and shared by groups and their relationships to past, present and future: that is, date is both an indices of temporality and a sign of an awareness of historical time.
My research in the EC-Chronoi bases on a multiscale analysis of dated inscriptions from north Africa and Iberia Peninsula in order to draw a first network of temporalities in Late Antique and early medieval Central Mediterranean. This will shed light both on dynamics behind dating acts and forms, and on various rhythms, time horizons and memories, with more or less universal, more or less shared, scopes which meet in Late Antiquity. From a more epistemological point of view and knowing that our contemporary word “date” has no lexical exact equivalent in Latin before the Middle Ages (e.g. date is tempus), the project aims to approach all the meanings of dating actions in late Antiquity, to avoid any anachronism in considering exclusively their contemporary background and the diversity of their manifestations. Therefore, the analysis might invite to think the “date” as an historical phenomenon and a time sub-concept and rather not only as a chronological tool. These research will lead to an essay on these issues.
2014 | PhD., Late Antique archaeology, Paris-Sorbonne University (with distinction)
2006 | MA, Late Antique archaeology, Paris-Sorbonne University
2005 | MA, Late Antique archaeology, Paris-Sorbonne University
Fellowships and positions
Visiting Scholar, RomanIslam Center - University of Hamburg
Postdoctoral Fellow, Ecole des Hautes Etudes Hispaniques et Ibériques - Casa de Velazquez, Madrid
Temporary Lecturer and Research assistant – Roman History, University of Bordeaux
Temporary Lecturer and Research assistant – Roman and Medieval History, University of Pau
Doctoral Fellow, University of Paris IV-Sorbonne, Paris
Research responsibilities and main projects
Jointly responsible and coordinator of IGAMA project (Inscriptions de la Gaule entre Antiquité et Moyen Age), Universities of Poitiers, Bordeaux, Aix
Co-founding member and coordinator of LIMITS project, with V. Debiais (EHESS, Paris) and I. Velázquez Soriano (UCM, Madrid), Casa de Velázquez, Spain-France
Curator, Exposition Sendas Epigráficas, Casa de Velazquez, Madrid
«Un règne sans roi. Le non-dit du temps dans quelques inscriptions de la Gaule alto-médiévale» in: Debiais V., et al. ed., Words/les mots, Turnhout, 2020, 181-208.
«Un temps nu. Dater comme acte (épi)graphique per se?» Polygraphe(s). Temporalités, 2/2020, 47-55.
«Les sarcophages inscrits entre Loire et Pyrénées, IVe-VIIe siècles: pratiques, formes, contextes», in: Cartron I. et al. (ed.), Les sarcophages de l’Antiquité tardive et du haut Moyen Age: Fabrication, utilisation, diffusion, Bordeaux, 2015, 281-301.
«Église Sainte-Croix, inscription de Mommolenus», in: C. Doulan, Carte Archéologique de la Gaule, 33.2, Bordeaux, 2014, 349-350