Rome Seminar

Each year 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 univeristies, 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 the rest of the world.

Italian Studies at Notre Dame's annual Rome Seminar will come together with the annual Irish Studies Seminar for a joint seminar on “Ireland and Italy” from June 16-30 June, 2017, at the Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway. A variety of scholars, from Ireland, Italy, and the United States will address the historical, cultural, political and social connections between the two countries, including some of the following broad areas: Ireland and the Vatican; the early modern Irish presence in Italy; Joyce and Italy; Yeats and Ravenna; Yeats and Fascism; political and revolutionary thought in Ireland and Italy; the reception and translation of Irish literature in Italy; Italian themes in contemporary Irish literature; Ireland, Italy and the European Union. The seminar will include a tour of the Irish College, a trip to the Vatican Library to inspect Irish manuscript holdings there, a field trip to the iconic Cinecittà film studios, a launch of the new Italian translation of Finnegans Wake, an exhibition on the reception of Irish literature in Italy (including Irish authors unknown at home who had great success in Italy), a reading by the poet Michael Longley, and tours of sites of Irish interest in Rome such as the tomb of the Great O’Neill in San Pietro in Montorio, the Irish basilica of San Clemente, and the apartment near the Spanish Steps where Joyce wrote “The Dead”.
For a full list of invited speakers and further information about the program, and how to apply, please visit the Seminar webpage.

Past Seminars

2016 Rome Seminar, Jubilee

2015 Rome Seminar

2014 Rome Seminar

2013 Summer Seminar, Dante's Theology

The 2012 Rome Seminar, CineRoma

The inaugural Rome Summer Seminar