University of Notre Dame

Center for Italian Studies


Rome Seminar 2015

The 2015 Rome Seminar: “Philology Among the Disciplines”

Sunday, June 14 through Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the University of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway


The Italian Studies at Notre Dame Program sponsors an annual Rome Seminar to bring together scholars from around the globe to reflect, discuss, and train on a topic related to Italian studies. Talented international junior faculty and advanced graduate students are invited to participate in this year's seminar, "Philology Among the Disciplines," offered by Notre Dame professors W. Martin Bloomer, Carsten Dutt, and Brad S. Gregory and co-sponsored by Italian Studies at Notre Dame, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, and theOffice of the Vice President for Research.

Noted international scholars from diverse disciplines will discuss the role and relevance of philology in its relations to archaeology, anthropology, history, art history, literary criticism, law, philosophy, and theology.

The seminar will be held in the University of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway, on Via Ostilia in Rome’s beautiful San Giovanni neighborhood, a short walk from the Basilica of Saint John Lateran and just a few blocks from the Colosseum.

Participants will explore the theoretical foundations and practical benefits of philological approaches in a number of disciplines and fields of study in order to develop new insights and fresh methodological perspectives that enrich the application of philology to modern scholarship. Drawing on descriptive as well as normative questions and comparative analyses, especially as they will be applied to documents and collections in Rome and in Italy, this seminar series is designed to foster greater engagement and interdisciplinary collaboration among scholars who rely and reflect on philological knowledge.

The seminar program features three main interrelated components:

  1. Each morning, a prominent international scholar will raise major questions and issues in philology from the perspective of their discipline and field in a short introductory lecture and in a subsequent seminar focused on significant selected texts with particular attention to the epistemic principles, methodologies, and applications of philological procedures.

  2. Each afternoon, scholars will join seminar participants for a colloquium focusing on ideas and questions raised by the day’s lecture and seminar.

  3. Each week will culminate in a symposium led by a team of panelists addressing overarching questions of
    the seminar.

Junior faculty and advanced graduate students from any discipline, especially anthropology, archaeology, art history, classics, history, law, literature, philosophy, and theology, are eligible. Applicants with an interest in philological methods and their application to topics related to Rome and Italy are especially encouraged to apply. Seminars and lectures will be in English; no Italian language background is necessary. 

Tuition is a below-cost figure made possible by a University of Notre Dame subsidy. Participants are responsible for their own travel, room, and board (information on local housing options will be available). Applicants are encouraged to seek funding for tuition and travel from their home institutions. Scholarships may be available. Contact the NDIAS for more information about funding assistance.

The application deadline has passed.

This seminar is part of an annual program sponsored by Italian Studies at Notre Dame. “Philology Among the Disciplines” is co-sponsored by Italian Studies at Notre Dame, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, and the NDIAS.

For information on costs, the program, and application instructions, please visit the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) website.