This seminar is designed to introduce Ph.D. students from across the humanities to the unique primary sources available in Rome. Working hands-on with materials in the city’s archives and libraries, students will be exposed to the rich potential of a wide range of sources produced from 1100 to today. Seminar meetings will be held at the Vatican Apostolic Library, the Biblioteca Nazionale, and the Archivio di Stato, and elsewhere. The seminar will also include a series of presentations by senior scholars who will discuss how they have collected and interpreted Roman primary sources in their own research.
Previous seminar participants include students of art history, history, political science, medieval studies, and musicology. Their areas of intellectual interest ranged from humanism under the popes to textile production under the fascists. They have worked in the archives with Anglo-Latin manuscripts, a Hebrew Arthurian legend, and twentieth-century letters. Participants have come from Catholic University, Northwestern University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Chicago, University of Melbourne, University of Minnesota, University of Notre Dame, University of Toronto, and others.
We welcome applications from students from any discipline at any stage in their graduate education. To be eligible to apply, you must be enrolled full-time in a Ph.D. program. The focus of your research need not be Rome but you should have an interest in developing that research through the use of primary sources located in the city. Each successful applicant will receive a stipend of up to $3,500 to defray travel costs, housing, and meals in Rome.