Conference: "Mapping Rome: The Eternal City as a Site for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education"

Location: McKenna Hall

Rome has always been a center of gravity within the western world, whether as a site of political and cultural power, as a holy place, or as a tourist destination and more recently as the capital of one of the key states in the Mediterranean that are the destination of migrants especially from Africa and South Asia.  The city has been a vital hub in international humanistic research at least since the Renaissance: indeed, the main cultural and research institutions in the city, those still central to the interests of scholars across the humanities, were founded by humanists through the centuries, whether clerics (across religious orders) or laymen and women, as a way to make available the primary resources that the city offered to scholars and the knowledge produced utilizing these resources. These institutions, whether universities, libraries, archives, academies, or museums are an integral part of the history of Rome from the Renaissance to present. "Mapping Rome" seeks to feature how the city figures into the research of Notre Dame faculty and of a select group of invited faculty from other institutions, who will form six panels that reach across a wide range of humanistic disciplines, including Architecture, Anthropology, Art History, Classics, History, Literary and Media Studies, Political Science, and Religious Studies. In their papers, participants are asked to reflect personally and professionally on the city of Rome as a site for research and education in the Humanities, both in historical perspective and with respect to present sites.