Center for Joachimist Studies
The International Center was formally founded on Dec. 2,
1982 in San Giovanni in Fiore with the economic support
of the Municipal Administrations of San Giovanni in Fiore,
Celico and Luzzi. The Silan Mountain Community and the Provincial
Administration of Cosenza gave their support in 1985. The
Region of Calabria recognized the Center with the law N°
11 on Nov. 25, 1989. In 2001 the Municipal Administration
of Carlopoli gave also its support.
the last two decades there has been a great boom of research
and publications on Joachim of Fiore. The Calabrian abbot
is along with Dante and Francis of Assisi, one of the most
studied author of the national cultural tradition in Europe
The International Center for Joachimist studies is the reference
point for this extraordinary revival of interest in the
Abbot of Fiore. It collaborates with famous Italian and
foreign Universities and Institutions , such as the CNR,
the Deutsche Forchsungsgemeinschaft, the Italian History
Institute for the Middle Ages, the Monumenta Germaniae Historica,
the interdisciplinary Institute of Studies on Latin America
of the University of Toulouse, the University of Calabria,
the Accademy of the Lincei and the Berlin-Brandenburghische
Akaademie der Wissenschadffen.
The Center has organized five International Conferences
with the participation of scholars coming from Europe and
America. The proceedings of the five Conferences have been
published. The 14 issues of 'Florensia', the international
literary journal, have also been published with 1000 copies
They have also organized, in collaboration with the Italian
CNR and the Deutsche Forchsungsgemeinschaft, five post-degree
seminars (in 1990 in Berlin, in 1991 in Bad Homburg, in
1992 in San Giovanni in Fiore, in 1993 in Prague, in 1996
in San Giovanni in Fiore, and in 1998 in Paris).
The Center is presided over
by Professor Salvatore Oliverio, whereas its Scientific
Committee, which is composed by Italian, European and American
scholars, is coordinated by Professor Cosimo Damiano Fonseca
of the University of Basilicata and also academic of Lincei.
The library of the Center contains rare books as well as
codices, microfilm, videos and computers for researching..
The Center is working on collecting the manuscript of Joachim
of Fiore's works spread throughout Europe. It is also microfilming
the codices and has already begun the critical and definitive
edition of the "Opera Omnia" of the great Abbot.