GLOBALVAT. Rebuilding the World, Society, and Human Identity (1939-1958): The Global Perspective of the Vatican Archives

Axe 6 – L’Italie dans le monde

Projet funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR)

  • Section : Époques moderne et contemporaine
  • Director : Laura Pettinaroli, École française de Rome (Scientific coordinator)


Project ANR-21-CE41-0026-01


The GLOBALVAT project is linked to the five-year-EFR program ARCHIVESPIE12. This project seeks to access data of exceptional value to history and the social sciences – namely, the Vatican archives on the pontificate of Pope Pius XII, opened in 2020 – and to harness it as a resource for twentieth-century world history. Beyond the Second World War and purely ecclesiastical matters, this previously unseen collection sheds new light on a wide range of subjects and places, which the project will study with regard to a central issue: how did the Catholic Church commit to rebuilding a world destroyed by war through its involvement in numerous areas, from the reorganization of international relations to the redefinition of human identity? The project aims to answer this question by using a multi-scalar approach to study three areas – the international system, the regulation of society, and human identity – and will also include the creation of a cross-cutting database.

Led by an experienced and close-knit multidisciplinary team and backed by a consortium associating the École française de Rome and the LARHRA (CNRS-UMR 5190), the GLOBALVAT project aims to provide a resource and training platform that will enable the French research community, in collaboration with its network of colleagues abroad, to play a pivotal role in this international field of research.

The project will span four years (2022-2025): it supports field research in the Vatican archives, fosters international scientific cooperation (monthly general seminar, thematic conferences), elaborates tools to facilitate research into these complex archives including through digital humanities (database Udienze on Pope XII’s audiences), organises training of young researchers and delivers a wide range of resources.


  • UMR 5190 Laboratoire de recherches historiques Rhône-Alpes (LARHRA, CNRS-Université Lumière Lyon 2-Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3-Université Grenoble Alpes-ENS de Lyon)

Related fixe-year-EFR program


Scientific coordinator & EFR scientific leader

  • Laura PETTINAROLI (École française de Rome)

LARHRA scientific leader

  • Christian SORREL (LARHRA, Université Lyon 2)

Other persons involved in the project

  • Vincent ALAMERCERY (LARHRA - ENS Lyon)
  • Jean-Baptiste AMADIEU (CNRS – République des savoirs)
  • Fabien ARCHAMBAULT (Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne- CHS)
  • Luc BERLIVET (CNRS – Cermes3)
  • Xavier BONIFACE (U. of Picardy CHSSC)
  • Maddalena CATALDI (École française de Rome)
  • Olivier CHATELAN (LARHRA, Université Lyon 3)
  • Édouard COQUET (Sorbonne Université)
  • Magali DELLA SUDDA (CNRS – Centre Émile Durkheim)
  • András FEJÉRDY (RCH, Budapest)
  • François JANKOWIAK (Université Paris-Saclay)
  • Fabrice JESNÉ (Université de Nantes)
  • Frédéric LE MOIGNE (Université de Brest – CRBC)
  • Marie LEVANT (Gerda Henkel Foundation)
  • Raffaella PERIN (Università cattolica di Milano)
  • Blandine PONT-CHÉLINI (Aix-Marseille Université)
  • Stéphanie ROULIN (Université de Fribourg)
  • Olivier SIBRE (SIRICE)
  • Fabien THÉOFILAKIS (Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne- CHS)
  • Nina VALBOUSQUET (École française de Rome)

Calendar / Meetings & Events

See the French version

Page translated from French, last update 08/04/2022

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Prochaines manifestations et actualités


Axe 1 – Espaces maritimes, littoraux, milieux insulaires

Programmes structurants 2022-2026

Axe 2 – Création, patrimoine, mémoire

Programmes structurants 2022-2026

Projet Impulsion 2021-2022

Axe 3 – Population, ressources, techniques

Programme structurant 2022-2026

Projet Impulsion 2021-2022

Projet financé par l'Agence nationale de la Recherche (ANR)

Axe 4 – Territoires, communautés, citoyenneté

Programmes structurants 2022-2026

Projet Impulsion 2021-2022

Projet financé par l'Agence nationale de la Recherche (ANR)

Axe 5 – Croyances, pratiques et institutions religieuses

Programmes structurants 2022-2026

Projets Impulsion 2021-2022

Projet financé par l'Agence nationale de la Recherche (ANR)

Axe 6 – L’Italie dans le monde

Programmes structurants 2022-2026

Projet financé par l'Agence nationale de la Recherche (ANR)