Philology Among the Disciplines

This conference, which took place in Rome, was led by W. Martin Bloomer, Carsten Dutt, and Brad S. Gregory; it was co-sponsored by the Italian Studies at Notre Dame Program, as part of its annual Rome Seminar Series, along with 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 discussed the role and relevance of philology in its relations to archaeology, anthropology, history, art history, classics, law, philosophy, and theology. Sessions were held June 14 to 27, 2015 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.

Over the course of the programming, participants explored 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 program series was designed to foster greater engagement and interdisciplinary collaboration among scholars who rely and reflect on philological knowledge.