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Rome Seminar


Philology Among the Disciplines

June 14 to 27, 2015
University of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway

About the 2015 Rome Seminar

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Notre Dame Rome Centre

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 the Office 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, classics, 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.


Frequently Asked Questions
Rome Seminar Online Application


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. 


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Application Information

1. The application deadline is January 30, 2015.

2. Applications are online and available at:

3. Applications require:

(a) a completed online 2015 Rome Seminar application form

(b) one letter of recommendation from an individual that can address the specific questions about the applicant;

(c) a statement of interest (no more than three pages) in which you explain your interest in participating in the 2015 Rome Seminar, including:
(i) the role and relevance of philology to your scholarly work;
(ii) what you may be able to contribute and to gain from this experience; and
(iii) how you envisage collegial exchange and interdisciplinarity as vital necessities of modern scholarship.



Those scholars selected to participate in the 2015 Rome Seminar are expected:

• to attend each morning lecture and seminar discussion, each afternoon colloquium, and each week's culminating symposium;
• to contribute intellectually in the seminar discussions; and
• to engage, in the afternoon colloquia, the ideas and questions raised earlier each day in lecture and seminar.

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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 forthcoming). Applicants are encouraged to seek funding for tuition and travel from their home institutions. Scholarships may be available and interest in these should be noted in the appropriate section of the application.

Contact the NDIAS for more information about funding assistance.


Notre Dame's Seminar Organizers:

  • W. Martin Bloomer, Professor of Classics; Director of the Ph.D. in Literature Program
  • Carsten Dutt, Assistant Professor of German
  • Brad S. Gregory, Professor of History and Dorothy G. Griffin Collegiate Chair; Director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study
  • Donald L. Stelluto, Associate Director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study

Seminar Speakers include:

  • Lewis Ayres (Durham University)
  • Elisabeth Décultot (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris / Universität Halle-Wittenberg)
  • Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (Stanford University)
  • Ralf Grüttemeier (University of Oldenburg)
  • Harry Liebersohn (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
  • Suzanne Marchand (Louisiana State University)
  • Glenn Most (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa)
  • Christiane Schildknecht (University of Lucerne)
  • Alain Schnapp (Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne)
  • Enrica Sciarrino (University of Canterbury, Christchurch)
  • Dieter Teichert (University of Konstanz and University of Luzerne)


Frequently Asked Questions
Rome Seminar Online Application

Thank you for your interest in the 2015 Rome Seminar, "Philology Among the Disciplines." Please direct any questions you may have on the 2015 Rome Seminar to Donald L. Stelluto, Associate Director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, at


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