University of Notre Dame

Center for Italian Studies



Cachey Boitani

The Rome Seminar is directed by:

  • Joseph Buttigieg (University of Notre Dame)
  • Piero Boitani (University of Rome “La Sapienza”)
  • Theodore Cachey (University of Notre Dame)


The program is coordinated by a scientific committee that also includes:

  • Roberto Antonelli (University of Rome “La Sapienza”)
  • Zygmunt G. Baranski (University of Cambridge)
  • Keith Bradley (University of Notre Dame)
  • Dennis Doordan (University of Notre Dame)


The 2011 Rome Seminar faculty:


Albahari 2 Maurizio AlbahariUniversity of Notre Dame
Albahari focuses on immigration in Italy from a social-cultural perspective, with an emphasis on citizenship and integration, political participation in the public sphere, and Catholic-Muslim relations. He has guest-edited a related issue of Italian Culture [28(2010)2]; recent articles have also been published in the ISIM Review and in the International Journal of Euro-Mediterranean Studies.

Roberto Antonelli Roberto Antonelli, Professore ordinario di filologia romanza, Sapienza Università di Roma
Professor Antonelli’s scholarly work concentrates on the origins and the development of romance literatures, especially on lyric poetry and Anglo-Norman romance, with a particular interest in ecdotic problems, formal structures and cultural relations. He has paid special attention to the Italian poetry of the XIII and XIV cent (over fifty essays and the volumes Le Origini 1973, Seminario romanzo 1979, Giacomo da Lentini Rime 1979 e 2008, Repertorio metrico della Scuola poetica siciliana 1984).
 He has also studied the connection between Tradition and Innovation (including the Canon), especially from the point of view of the European intellectual groups, in medieval and modern society up to the 20th century (I magazzini della memoria. Luoghi e tempi dell’Europa 2000, L’Europa degli Scrittori 2008).

Piero Boitani Piero Boitani, Professore ordinario di letterature comparate, Sapienza Università di Roma
Medievalist and modernist, Dante scholar and comparatist, Professor Boitani has authored a great number of books, including Chaucer and Boccaccio, English Medieval Narrative of the 13th and 14th Centuries, The Tragic and the Sublime in Medieval Literature, The Shadow of Ulysses: Figures of a Myth, The Bible and its Rewritings, and, with Notre Dame University Press, The Genius to Improve an Invention. His most recent books include Parole alate (Mondadori, 2004), The Cambridge Companion to Chaucer (Cambridge University Press, 2004), Winged Words: Flight in Poetry and History (The University of Chicago Press, 2007), Letteratura europea e Medioevo volgare (Il Mulino), and Il Vangelo secondo Shakespeare (Il Mulino).

Buttigieg Joseph A. Buttigieg, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English, Director, PhD in Literature Program, University of Notre Dame
Joseph A. Buttigieg’s main interests are modern literature, critical theory, and the relationship between culture and politics. He is the editor and translator of the multi-volume complete critical edition of Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks, and a founding member and executive secretary of the International Gramsci Society. The Italian Minister of Culture appointed him to a commission of experts to oversee the preparation of the “edizione nazionale” of Gramsci’s writings.

Cachey Theodore J Cachey Jr., Professor of Italian and Chair, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame
Theodore Cachey is professor and chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame.  He specializes in Italian Medieval and Renaissance literature. He has authored, edited and co-edited several books, including Le isole fortunate (1994); Pigafetta's First Voyage Around the World (1995, 2007); Dante Now (1995); Petrarch's Guide to the Holy Land (2002), Le culture di Dante (2004), Dante and Petrarch: Anti-dantism, Metaphysics, Tradition (2009).  His essays have appeared in Annali d'Italianistica, Belfagor, California Italian Studies, Intersezioni, The Italianist, Italica, The History of Cartography, Modern Language Notes, Schede umanistiche, and Rivista di letteratura italiana.

Dainotto Roberto M. Dainotto. Chair of Romance Studies and Professor of Italian Studies, Duke University
An expert on modern and contemporary Italian culture, Professor Dainotto’s research focuses on the relationship between writing and places (real or imaginary). His publications include Racconti americani del Novecento (Einaudi, 1999), Place in Literature: Regions, Cultures, Communities (Cornell UP, 2000), and Europe (in Theory (Duke UP, 2007). His interests include the Italian historicist tradition (Vico, Cuoco, Manzoni, Labriola and Gramsci), the formation of national identity between regionalism (including the so-called “Southern Question” and “Jewish Question”) and European integration, and Italian cinema. Prof. Dainotto is currently working on a book on Antonio Labriola, and on several essays focusing on the historical role of the Italian intellectual as imagined in the narrative works of Vincenzo Cuoco and Luciano Bianciardi.

Doordan Dennis P. Doordan, Professor of Architecture, University of Notre Dame
Dennis Doordan, an architectural & design historian, museum consultant and co- editor of Design Issues, is the author of Building Modern Italy: Italian Architecture 1914-1936, and has published widely on architecture, urbanism and design in Italy.

MacCormack Sabine G. MacCormack, Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C. College of Arts and Letters Chair, University of Notre Dame
Professor MacCormack works on the Roman empire, late antiquity and the Spanish empire in the Americas during early modernity. In recent years, she has written about the impact of the Roman thought and culture in the works of Augustine of Hippo (The Shadows of Poetry: Vergil in the Mind of Augustine, Berkeley, 1998), and has published pioneering work about the role of the classical and patristic heritage in the formulation of religious and cultural policies in the Spanish empire (On the Wings of Time: Rome, the Incas, Spain and Peru, Princeton 2007). She has won the Award of the Mellon Foundation for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities, and is a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, a member of the American Philosophical Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Meserve Margaret Meserve, Carl E. Koch Associate Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
Margaret Meserve specializes in the intellectual and cultural history of the Italian Renaissance, the urban histories of Florence and Rome, social and family history, and the age of European exploration. In 2006-7 Meserve held NEH and ACLS fellowships as well as a Rome Prize fellowship from the American Academy in Rome, where she began a new project on the circulation of news and political commentary in Italy in the first decades after the arrival of print (ca 1470-1527).

Rosenberg Charles M. Rosenberg, Professor of Art History, University of Notre Dame
Among Professor Rosenberg’s many scholarly interests are Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art, Renaissance coinage, and Renaissance Ferrara. He is the editor, most recently, of The Court Cities of Northern Italy: Milan, Parma, Piacenza, Mantua, Ferrara, Bologna, Rimini, Pesaro, Urbino. New York and Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Ingrid Rowland Ingrid Rowland, Professor of Architecture, University of Notre Dame
Ingrid Rowland writes and lectures on Classical Antiquity, the Renaissance, and the Age of the Baroque for general as well as specialist readers. She is the author of The Culture of the High Renaissance: Ancients and Moderns in Sixteenth-Century Rome (1998) and, most recently, Giordano Bruno, Philosopher/Heretic (2008).

Maria Serena Sapegno Maria Serena Sapegno, University of Rome "La Sapienza"
Sapegno’s scholarly interests include Medieval Italian poetry and prose, and in particular Boccaccio, Saccehetti, and Petrarch. She has studied the history of political pamphlets from their origins into the 17th century, including utopian thought in Italy and Europe and the politics of Renaissance Florence. She has studied the formation of an Italian literary tradition, including its connection to the 18th-century novel.
She is also interested in Italian women writers, and has collaborated on the feminist journal DWF. Since 1997, she has represented “La Spaienza” in ATHENA, the European organization for women’s studies, and recently edited the volume Donne in rete. La ricerca di genere in Europa.
Other recent publications include Elisabetta Caminer tra gestione d’impresa e battaglia culturale (2002); La costruzione di un Io lirico al femminile nella poesia di Vittoria Colonna (2003); L’Italia. Unta tradizione poetica (2003); L’Italia tra mito e storia. Dalla poesia alla prosa (2003); Carloantonio Pilati e il discorso della passione politica (2004); Donne e Romanzo (2004); and the 3-volume L’Europa degli scrittori (La Nuova Italia, 2008).

Salvatore Settis Salvatore Settis, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
Director of the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa and Professor of Art History and Classical Archeology, Settis is the Director of LARTTE (Laboratorio Analisi, Ricerca, Tutela, Tecnologie ed Economia per il patrimonio culturale), and a former Directore of the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities.He is a member of the Comitato di Esperti per la Politica della Ricerca of the Ministero dell’Istruzione dell’Università e della Ricerca, the European Research Council, the Consiglio Scientifico dell’Enciclopedia Italiana, and from 2006 to 2009 Presidente del Consiglio Superiore per i Beni Culturali e Paesaggistici of the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali. His primary research interests include the history of classical art and religious iconography in Medieval Europe. His 2003 bookItalia S.p.a. L'assalto al patrimonio culturale won the Premio Viareggio. Other recent books include I Greci. Storia, cultura, arte, società (Einaudi 1996-2002); Futuro del "classico" (Einaudi 2004); Battaglie senza eroi. I beni culturali tra istituzioni e profitto (Electa, 2005); Memoria dell'antico nell'arte italiana (Einaudi, 2005); Iconografia dell'arte italiana 1110-1500: una linea (Einaudi, 2005); Artemidoro. Un papiro dal I secolo al XXI (Einaudi, 2008); and Artisti e committenti fra Quattrocento e Cinquecento (Einaudi, 2010).

Aldo Schiavone Aldo Schiavone, Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (SUM)
Professor of Roman Law and Director of the Istituto italiano di Scienze Umane, Schiavone has served as President of the Scuola Superiore di Studi Storici di San Marino, Director of Research at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, Director of the Istituto Gramsci in Rome, and as a member of Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. He has been on the faculty at the Università di Napoli, the Università di Bari, and the Università di Firenze. His many publications include L'Italia contesa. Sfide politiche ed egemonia culturale (Laterza, 2009); Storia e destino (Einaudi, 2007); Ius. L'invenzione del diritto in Occidente (Einaudi, 2005); I conti del comunismo (Einaudi, 1999); Italiani senza Italia (Einaudi, 1998); La storia spezzata. Roma antica e occidente moderno (Laterza, 1996); and Ai confini della storia (Einaudi, 1995). He is also the executive editor of Einaudi’s 7-volume Storia di Roma.


Maurizio Viroli Maurizio Viroli, Princeton University
Professor of Political Theory within the Department of Politics and associated faculty within the Department of History at Princeton University. He is Director of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies at the Università della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland, where he is full professor of Political Communication. His main fields of research are political theory and the history of political thought, classical republicanism and neo-republicanism, with a special expertise on Niccolò Machiavelli and Jean Jacques Rousseau, republican iconography, the relationship between religion and politics, patriotism, constitutionalism, classical rhetoric, political communication, citizenship, and civic education. 

His recent books include Dialogo intorno alla Repubblica (Laterza, 2001); Il Dio di Machiavelli e il problema morale del'Italia (Laterza, 2006 - English trans. Machiavelli’s God, Princeton University Press, 2010); How to read Machiavelli (Granda, 2008); L’Italia dei doveri (Rizzoli, 2008); Come se Dio ci fosse. Religione e Libertà nella storia d’Italia (Einaudi, 2009 - under translation by Princeton University Press); La Libertà dei Servi (Laterza, 2010 - under translation by Princeton University Press).