Rome Lecture Series

10 June 2019



This lecture series grew out of an earlier series of research seminars on ‘Rome: the Growth of the City from the Return of the Popes to the Present’, which supported jointly by the Italian department and Birkbeck College, with assistance from the Italian Cultural Institute, the British School at Rome, the Comune of Rome, and the Region of Lazio.

Nine all-day meetings were held between 2005-2008. They brought together scholars from a range of disciplines with a shared interest in Rome and its development as a metropolis. The central theme of reading the present – be it the Renaissance or the twenty-first century – through the city’s inescapable past produced a highly original approach that has been lacking from both Anglophone histories of Rome and urban studies. A book based on these seminars Rome: Continuing Encounters between Past and Present was published by Ashgate.

Following the conclusion of the three-year project, the series has been maintained as a termly lecture. Speakers who have given lectures to date are: John David Rhodes (Sussex), Rose Marie San Juan (UCL), Jacopo Benci (British School at Rome), Eileen Rubery (Courtauld Institute of Art) and Mark Wilson Jones (Bath). 

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Call for Papers

The organisers invite all those working on or interested in any aspect of Rome to attend and welcome suggestions for papers.