Dr. Eugenio Riversi


Department of Medieval History
Konviktstraße 11
53113 Bonn

Room:      U2.012
Phone:   +49 (0) 228  73-5378
E-Mail:     eugenio.riversi@uni-bonn.de

Office hours

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© Eugenio Riversi


  • 1975 born in Fossombrone, Italy
  • 1989-1994 Liceo Scientifico in Pesaro, Italy
  • 1994 – 2001  University of Bologna (Laurea in Medieval History)
  • 1997 – 1999 School for Paleography, Diplomatics and Archival Science at the Bologna State Archives
  • Dec 1999 –  March 2000 Internship at the Granorolo City Archives with a Scholarship of the Soprintendenza per i beni Archivistici dell’Emilia Romagna e della Provincia di Bologna
  • 2001 – 2002 Fellow at the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici, Naples
  • 2003 – 2007 PhD in History, University of Pisa (Dottorato di ricerca in Storia), including a study abroad semester at the University of Frankfurt (Sept 2005 – Feb 2006)
  • July to Dec 2008 Fellow at the German Historical Institute, Rome
  • 2007 – 2009 Postgraduate teacher training course / teaching qualification in philosophy and history (for secondary schools), University of Bologna
  • 2009 – 2010 Postgraduate special education course /  teaching qualification for special education at secondary schools, Catholic University of Milano

  • April 2011 – March 2014 research associate, DFG project „Rhetorik und Öffentlichkeit im sogenannten Investiturstreit“,  University of Bonn
  • April – Oct 2013 and April 2014 – Sept 2016 (temporary) lecturer, Department of History, University of Bonn
  • Feb 2015 Fellow at the Institute of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Munich
  • Since 2016 research associate, Department of History, University of Bonn
  • 2018 NRW certificate program „Professionel teaching skills for Higher Education“

Current Project:

  • 2022-2023 Scientific Exhibition „The Rhinelands and the ‘inventition of the Cathars’. The construction of a religious concept of an enemy in the high-middle ages in Europe


  • 2013–2017 DFG-funded International Scientific Network Ars dictaminis
  • 2018–2023 Board of Directors of the Mathilde International Association
  • 2020–2023 DFG-funded International Scientific Network „Krise und Aufbruch“

Current research projects

Research interests

  • Matilda of Canossa and her dynastic lineage
  • Polemic literature of the investiture controversy
  • Bishops‘ schisms and the development of political autonomy in Italian cities
  • Heresy construction in the 12th century
  • Inclusive education in Italy in the 1970s

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