Conference: "Mapping Rome: The Eternal City as a Site for Interdisciplinary Research and Education"

(part of a series)

Location: McKenna Hall (View on map )

Spizzichino Bridge
Spizzichino Bridge
Settimia Spizzichino Bridge, Rome, Italy

“Mapping Rome as a Site for Research and Education” is an ongoing (2020-) project fostering interdisciplinary conversations and collaborations among University of Notre Dame faculty whose research takes Rome as a focal point. This meeting investigates how the ND scholarly community might develop resources and pathways to facilitate an inclusive and non-siloed approach to research and education in the humanities and in the social sciences in Rome through the University’s Rome Global Gateway. An intended outcome of the “Mapping Rome” project is the creation of a consortium of ND Centers and Institutes in collaboration with the Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway in support of research and education in Rome.

The program is available here

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Guest Arrival and Check-in at Morris Inn

Thursday, March 17, 2022

8:30 am: Continental Breakfast at McKenna Hall - Ryan Family Forum

9:15 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks (McKenna Hall - Reyes Family Board Room)

Panel 1: 9:30 am - 11:00 am: “Rome and Migration Studies” - Roundtable

  • Maurizio Albahari (Anthropology), Chair
  • Meredith Chesson (Anthropology)
  • Ilaria Schnyder von Wartensee  (Kellogg Institute)
  • Valentina Napolitano (Anthropology, University of Toronto)

11:00 am - 11:30 am: Coffee Break

Panel 2: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm: “New Developments at the Rome Global Gateway” - Roundtable

  • Jonathan Noble (Senior Assistant Provost for Internationalization), Chair
  • Christian Smith (Sociology)
  • Felicia Caponigri (Law School)
  • Patrizio Piraino (Director of the Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity)
  • Michael Driessen (Director, Rome Summer Seminars on Religion and Global Politics, John Cabot University)
  • Paola Farenga (RGG - “Roma nel Rinascimento”)
  • Anna Modigliani (RGG - “Roma nel Rinascimento”)

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Lunch at the Morris Inn

Panel 3: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm: “Ancient Rome and its Heritage”

  • Luca Grillo (Classics), Chair
  • David Hernandez (Classics), The Archaeology of Rome
  • Hildegund Müller (Classics), Late Ancient Rome as a Site and Topic of Research and Education
  • Corey Brennan (Classics, Rutgers University), From the Gardens of Sallust to the Rione Ludovisi: A Comprehensive Approach to the Villa Aurora and its Site in Rome
  • Martin Bloomer (Classics), Respondent

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Coffee Break

Panel 4: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm: “Medieval and Renaissance Rome”

  • Margaret Meserve (History), Chair
  • Marius Hauknes (Art History), Researching Roman Frescoes with Mind and Body
  • Denis Robichaud (Program of Liberal Studies, Medieval Institute), Renaissance Philosophy and Philology: a Case Study of Marsilio Ficino
  • Thomas V. Cohen (History, Humanities, York University), Violence in the City: Micro-Tale, Macro-Questions

7:00 pm: Dinner at the Morris Inn (Private Dining Rooms)

Friday, March 18, 2022

8:30 am: Continental Breakfast at McKenna Hall - Ryan Family Forum

Panel 5: 9:00 am - 10:30 am: “Early Modern Rome”

  • Theodore J. Cachey Jr. (Italian), Chair
  • David Mayernik (School of Architecture), Mapping Invention: Lacunae and Inspiration
  • Heather Hyde Minor (Art History), The City as Archive: The Rome Seminar
  • Ingrid Rowland (School of Architecture, History), The View from Siena

10:30 am - 11:00 am: Coffee Break

Panel 6: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm: “Rome and the Cinema” - Roundtable

  • Charles Leavitt IV (Italian), Chair
  • Jim Collins (Film, Television and Theatre)
  • John Welle (Italian)
  • Pam Wojcik (Film, Television and Theatre)
  • John David Rhodes (Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics, University of Cambridge)

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Lunch at the Morris Inn

Panel 7: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: “Rome and the Interdisciplinary Study of Christianity”

  • Gabriel Radle (Theology), Rome as a Center for Byzantine Studies and Liturgical Studies, Chair
  • Robin Jensen (Theology), Early Christian and Jewish Rome: Art and Archaeology
  • Trent Pomplum (Theology), Rome and the Study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East
  • Luisa Nardini (Music, University of Texas), Rome and its Sacred Music Traditions

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm: short break

Panel 8: 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm: “Global Catholicism in Rome”

  • Kathleen Sprows Cummings (Director, Cushwa Center; American Studies, History), Chair
  • John McGreevy (History), Global Catholicism and Rome
  • Susanna De Stradis (History), The Pius XII Archives: New Roman Sources for the History of Global Catholicism
  • Colin Barr (Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History, University of Aberdeen), The Roman Metropole of Ireland's Spiritual Empire

5:15 pm - 5:30 pm: short break

Panel 9: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm: “Rome Book Panel: Recent Books by Notre Dame Authors”

  • Ingrid Rowland (School of Architecture, History), Chair
  • Kathleen Sprows Cummings, (Director, Cushwa Center; American Studies, History), A Saint of Our Own: How the Quest for a Holy Hero Helped Catholics Become American (North Carolina, 2019)
  • Charles Leavitt (Italian), Italian Neorealism: A Cultural History (Toronto, 2020)
  • Margaret Meserve (History), Papal Bull: Politics, Propaganda, and Print in Renaissance Rome (Johns Hopkins, 2021)
  • Heather Hyde Minor (Art History), Piranesi Unbound (Princeton, 2020)

7:00 pm: Reception in McKenna, dinner on your own

Saturday, March 19, 2022

10:00 am: Continental Breakfast at McKenna Hall - Ryan Family Forum

Panel 10: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm: “Irish Studies and Rome”

  • Sara Maurer (English), Chair
  • Rose Luminiello (Cushwa Center), From Hibernia to Rome to the World: Irish Influences on the Catholic Vision of Society
  • Fr. Mícheál Mac Craith (Irish), Irish Exiles in Early Modern Rome: Unpacking a Gaelic Travelogue
  • Barry McCrea (English, Keough, Romance Languages, Irish), Contemporary Ireland, Contemporary Fiction, and Rome
  • Enrico Terrinoni (Università per Stranieri di Perugia), Joyce’s Rome

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch at the Morris Inn

Panel 11: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm: “Jewish and Postwar Rome”

  • Chiara Sbordoni (Rome Global Gateway), Chair
  • Tracy Bergstrom (Hesburgh Library), Special Collections & Research Resources for the Study of Primo Levi
  • Valentina Geri (Italian), Navigating the Possibilities of the RGG as a Graduate Student: A Case Study
  • Robert Gordon (Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics, University of Cambridge), Postwar Rome 1944-1951: Transnational Flows
  • Vittorio Montemaggi (King’s College London), Primo Levi, Dante and Rome
  • Silvia Ross (Italian, University College Cork), Researching Italian Ruins in Literature: From World War II to Industrial Dereliction

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm: short break

Panel 12: 3:15 - 4:30 pm: Closing Plenary Roundtable

  • Ted Cachey (Director, Center for Italian Studies), Co-Chair
  • Silvia Dall’Olio (Director, Rome Global Gateway), Co-Chair
  • Thomas E. Burman (Director, Medieval Institute)
  • Michael Schreffler (Associate Dean for the Arts and International, College of Arts and Letters)
  • Clemens Sedmak (Director, Nanovic Institute)
  • Kathleen Sprows Cummings (Director, Cushwa Center)

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Reception & Closing dinner in Foley’s in O’Neill Hall

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Guest Departure and Check-out from Morris Inn


  • Center for Italian Studies
  • Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism
  • Kellogg Institute for International Studies
  • Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies
  • Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts
  • Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies
  • Nanovic Institute for European Studies 
  • Rome Global Gateway.

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