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La base de données SIPROJURIS consacrée aux enseignants et aux enseignements dans les facultés de droit françaises de la Révolution aux années 1950 est désormais accessible. Elle propose actuellement la reconstitution des carrières d’enseignement, de la formation, des origines sociales de près de 600 individus.
Elle est, en particulier, l’occasion d’une très riche mise au point sur les statuts des enseignants.

The online database SIPROJURIS is dedicated to the french faculties of law, from 1800 to 1950. You can find career and other information about 600 academics.

New online database

Deux nouvelles bases en lignes / Two new online datadbase:

  • EXTRANEI – Les étudiants étrangers en France à l’époque moderne (16e-18e s.) (P. Ferté- FRAMESPA -Université de Toulouse)
  • CAT – Etudiants et professeurs de l’université de Toulouse (16e-20e) (P. Ferté/C. Barrera)- FRAMESPA -Université de Toulouse)

ASFE: presentation and additional

Two more presentation about the ASFE project (U. Bologna)


Comité scientifique / Advisory Committee

A l’issue de l’atelier de Bologne (juin 2013), les participants aux rencontres d’Heloise ont pris la décision de mettre en place un comité scientifique, destiné à piloter l’organisation des rencontres suivantes et des initiatives communes. Il est composé, d’une part, de membres ès qualités, reconnus pour leur compétence en matière de bases de données prosopographiques et d’histoire des universités en Europe (englobant toutes les formes d’enseignement supérieur institutionnalisé), depuis leurs origines médiévales jusqu’à nos jours (Peter Denley, Hilde De Ridder-Symoens, Willem Frijhoff, Jean-Philippe Genet, Victor Karady, Jacques Verger), et, d’autre part, de représentants des bases de données en cours, retenues selon les critères suivants : il doit s’agir de bases centrées sur les universitaires, à savoir les professeurs, étudiants, gradués ou autres membres de l’institution (et non de bases prosopographiques généralistes) ; elles ne doivent pas être des bases personnelles de travail, mais de véritables projets formalisés, qui impliquent en principe une gestion collaborative ; il faut enfin qu’elles soient librement accessibles sur Internet ou au moins destinées à l’être (ce qui exclut les bases à accès privé). Un seul représentant par base participera au comité scientifique, mais chaque équipe pourra éventuellement désigner un suppléant, en plus du titulaire.


The Advisory Committee is in charge of coordinating various initiatives and projects collectively. On the one hand, it is made up of ex officio members who are known for their expertise in the field of the prosopographical databases and the history of European universities (and similar institutions of higher education) from their medieval origin to the present (Peter Denley, Hilde De Ridder-Symoens, Willem Frijhoff, Jean-Philippe Genet, Victor Karady, Jacques Verger). On the other hand, it consists of representatives of every database in progress which would be selected in accordance with the following criteria : these databases have to be focused on the academics, i.e. university teachers, students, graduates, or other members of higher education institutions (unlike a general-interest database) ; they must not be personal work databases but collectively managed projects ; at last they have to be open access databases, at least intentionally, after completion (what excludes private access databases). Only one representative by database will take part in the committee, but each team could possibly appoint a deputy on top of the incumbent.


Members of the Advisory Committee of the Heloïse Network

The advisory committee is made up of ex officio members and representatives of databases who can be replaced by deputies

  • Suse Andresen (deputy for the Repertorium Academicum Germanicum)
  • Caroline Barrera (deputy for the Pool Corpus Project)
  • Francesco Beretta (deputy for the Symogih Project)
  • Manuel Ángel Bermejo Castrillo (representative of the Diccionario de catedráticos españoles de Derecho)
  • Gian Paolo Brizzi (representative of the ASFE Project)
  • Yannis Delmas (representative of the Repertorium Academicum Pictaviense)
  • Peter Denley (ex officio member)
  • Patrick Ferté (representative of the Pool Corpus Project)
  • Willem Frijhoff (ex officio member)
  • Carla Frova (representative of the Onomasticon Project)
  • Jean-Philippe Genet (ex officio member)
  • Jean Hiernard (deputy for the Repertorium Academicum Pictaviense)
  • Victor Karady (ex officio member)
  • Thierry Kouamé (representative of the Studium Parisiense Project)
  • Stéphane Lamassé (deputy for the Studium Parisiense Project)
  • Ulf Morgenstern (representative of the Catalogus Professorum Lipsiensium)
  • Thomas O’Connor (representative of the Irish in Europe Project)
  • Emmanuelle Picard (representative of the Symogih Project)
  • Hilde de Ridder-Symoens (ex officio member)
  • Rainer Christoph Schwinges (representative of the Repertorium Academicum Germanicum)
  • Jacques Verger (ex officio member)
  • Stefania Zucchini (deputy for the Onomasticon Project)


The medical world of early modern England, Wales and Ireland, c.1500-1715

Une initiative développée par le Centre for Medical History (University of Exeter) peut intéresser les chercheurs qui travaillent sur l’université, puisqu’une partie de son projet consiste à étudier les lieux et cursus de formation des médecins anglo-saxons de la période moderne. Le projet “The medical world of early modern England, Wales and Ireland, c.1500-1715” vise à produire une base de données de nature prosopographique.

Academic Databases in eastern Europe

Text: Victor Karady, Professor, History Department Central European University (Budapest), Former research director emeritus of the French CNRS (EHESS)

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Processed prosopographical databases (sets of statistical tables for multivariate data analyses) related to students and educated elites in Hungarian institutions of higher education[1] (cc. 1867-1949) produced in the framework of the research project :

  • “Culturally composite elites, regime changes and social crises in multi-ethnic and multi-confessional eastern Europe (The Carpathain Basin and the Baltics in comparison, cc. 1900-1950)[2]; Realized thanks to the financial support of the European Research Council (Advanced Leadership Grant ELITES08)[3]


The data banks referred to below concern prosopographies with varying contents, depending on the existence, the accessibility and the personal information comprised in the sources exploited. The latter were both archival ones (mostly inscription files and exam records) and printed ones (lists of alumni enrolled, graduates, members of student or professional associations, etc.). The data consigned in the personal files draw essentially upon the following information :

  • life cycle (place and date of birth and – occasionally – death)
  • educational track (secondary schools and institutions of higher education attended – those abroad included – with dates of attendance, degrees obtained, scholarships awarded, grades obtained)
  • social background (parents’ profession, residence, religion, mother tongue, ethnic belonging or origin)
  • professional career and success (from lists of professionals, publications, citations in national biographical dictionaries, encyclopaedias).

With some exceptions for all the student populations cited below computerized prosopographies are available (in Access or SPSS programs) together with a sizable collection of statistical tables for each, prepared for multivariate analyses. A number of relevant publications are in preparation on different clusters of students and graduates (like jurists, medical doctors, artists, theologians, etc.) aiming explicitely at the comparative study of the collective properties of alumni having emerged from different institutions of higher learning training students for the given sector of professional activity. Some of the basic prosopographies are prepared for publication as such.[4]

All data banks listed below may be consulted upon demand for purposes of academic or even genealogical reseach.

List of available computerized and statistically processed prosopographies

[1] Besides the data banks below on alumni of post secondary education in Hungary, several other large scale computerized prosopographical data collections have been achieved for Hungary (within its historically changing territories) in the framework of the project. The biggest among them concern the prosopographies of classical secondary school graduates for 1851-1950, amounting to 281.000 cases registered.

[2] The data banks referred to below do not include those collected in the same project for the Baltic countries and for regions detached from Hungary after 1918 (Slovakia, Transylvania and surrounding regions, Voivodina), that is for the period when their educational provision of these territories was placed under the authority of successor states – Czechoslovakia, Romania, Yugoslavia.

[3] Exhaustive surveys of enrolled students unless otherwise indicated. Reference to universities and other institutions of higher education abroad concern only students from Hungary (by birth or by residence).

[4] See for example: Victor Karady and Lucian Nastasa (ed.), The University of Kolozsvár/Cluj and the Students of the Medical Faculty (1872-1918), Cluj, Ethnocultural Diversity Resource Center, Budapest-New York, Central European University Press, 392 pages.


Mettre en réseau les bases de données historiques sur les universités

Tel était le thème de la première rencontre à l’initiative de la création du réseau Heloise. Elle s’est tenue à Poitiers, à l’invitation des promoteurs du projet Repertorium Academicum Pictaviense, les 24 et 25 mai 2012 et a rassemblé une vingtaine d’universitaires engagés dans la réalisation de bases de données historiques sur les universités. Ces journées ont été l’occasion d’une présentation des différentes équipes et d’une discussion scientifique et technique sur les modalités d’une coopération à l’échelle européenne. Il en est né Heloise, réseau et carnet de recherche.

Programme de l’atelier de de Poitiers mai 2012