Since 2011, the Italian Studies Program at Notre Dame, along with the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and in collaboration with various other departments and universities, has sponsored an annual seminar in Rome. This interdisciplinary seminar brings together graduate students and junior faculty members from Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States, and around the world.
The Rome Seminar is designed to introduce graduate students from across the humanities to the unique primary sources available in Rome. Working hands on with materials in some of the city’s archives and libraries, students are exposed to the rich potential of a wide range of sources produced from 1100 to 1750. Seminar meetings are held at the Vatican Apostolic Library, the Biblioteca Nazionale, and the Archivio di Stato (state archives), and elsewhere. Practical skills for using non-textual primary sources like works of art and architecture are taught. The seminar also includes a series of presentations by senior scholars who discuss how they have collected and interpreted Roman primary sources in their own research.
Each successful applicant will receive a stipend of up to $3500 to defray travel costs, housing, and meals in Rome. Participants will also receive a pass for Rome’s public transportation system.
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 graduate 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.