RENOM, a thriving IDEX project reaching from the Côte d'Azur to Minnesota

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Published on July 17, 2020 Updated on July 21, 2020

The Melitensia Newsletter of the Malta Study Center in Minnesota writes about the RENOM project and its spin-off, the RENOwN conference: two projects that received Idex UCA JEDI funding via MSI calls for proposals.


In its last newsletter, the Malta Study Center of Minnesota published an article on the RENOwN workshop organized last October by Anne Brogini, in collaboration with Charles Bouveyron, Germain Butaud, Maria Ghazali and Jean-Pierre Pantalacci with the aim of building a network of national and international researchers working on Military Orders, nobility and the modeling of their relational networks.

This comes as no surprise, since the RENOM (Networks, Spaces, and Nobility in the Mediterranean) project, and its flagship RENOwN (RElationships, Nobles, Orders, Networks) workshop, is now a partner of the Minnesota center whose main mission is to preserve in digital format and maintain a precise catalog of Malta’s and the Order of Malta’s manuscript and archival heritage. As part of this partnership, Daniel Gullo and Valeria Vanesio, researchers from the Malta Study Center, took part in the RENOwN workshop held in Nice on the CMMC (Center for the Modern and Contemporary Mediterranean) site on 24 and 25 October.

For those unfamiliar with it, the RENOM project focuses on the investigation of noble Provencal knights of the Order of Malta between 1400 and 1789. It traces the nobles’ relatives and clienteles, as well as the strategies used to combine and transmit fiefdoms.

RENOM is based on a collaboration between historians (CMMC and CEPAM - Prehistoric, Ancient, and Medieval Cultures and Environments laboratories) and mathematicians (LJAD - J. A. Dieudonné laboratory), who are working on the statistical analysis of unexploited historical data. Because of this strong interdisciplinary footprint, the project and the workshop that grew out of it, were selected for funding in both 2018 and 2019, within the framework of MSI calls for proposals.

Over the years, the project has expanded to include other institutions (tripartite agreements were signed between Université Côte d'Azur, the Ordre de Malte France association, 5 municipalities in the Alpes Maritimes, and the Archives of the Prince's Palace of Monaco). The next step is to become a project sponsored by the French National Research Agency (ANR).

In Villeneuve-Loubet and in partnership with the Municipality of the town, two main events are planned for the fall of 2020 to share the scientific results of RENOM with a wider public.

  • A symposium for a wide audience, Les grandes familles des Alpes-Maritimes à travers l’Ordre de Malte (7-8 November 2020), in partnership with the Service de Valorisation du Patrimoine, Archives et Documentation - Pôle culturel Auguste Escoffier - Salle Irène Kenin.
  • The exhibition, Guerre et chevaliers du Moyen Age aux Temps Modernes (16 October 2020 / 1 March 2021), at the Villeneuve-Loubet History and Art Museum, open to a wide audience, including schoolchildren (4th and 5th grade pupils from the Villeneuve school; 7th grade pupils from the Romée de Villeneuve middle school), and guided tours.