ANN: Summer Seminar: Rome and the Jubilee (Rome, 9-24 June 2016)

Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway (15 Via Ostilia, Rome), June 9 – 24, 2016
Application Deadline: Jan 15, 2016
Rome and the Jubilee, 1300-2015
An International Summer Seminar
Italian Studies at Notre Dame invites junior faculty and advanced graduate students to apply for the sixth annual Rome Seminar, hosted by Italian Studies at Notre Dame, which brings together 30 scholars and students from diverse fields across the globe to reflect, discuss and train on a topic related to Italian studies.
This year’s seminar, Rome and the Jubilee, 1300-2015, is organized by an interdisciplinary team of distinguished professors at Notre Dame: Ingrid Rowland (Architecture and Classics); Heather Hyde Minor (Art, Art History & Design); Margaret Meserve (History); and Robin M. Jensen (Theology). It is co-sponsored by Italian Studies at Notre Dame, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, and its Office of Research.
Jubilees began as a Hebrew tradition, detailed in the book of Leviticus (25:8-13):
And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family. A jubile shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed. For it is the jubile; it shall be holy unto you: ye shall eat the increase thereof out of the field. In the year of this jubile ye shall return every man unto his possession.
In 1300, however, Pope Boniface VIII established a Christian version of this ancient Jewish year of atonement; instead of “returning every man unto his possession,” Christians were invited to visit Rome and experience the ancient Imperial capital as a place of spiritual redemption and atonement. The city’s monuments provided spectacular physical aids to religious contemplation, from the roads that channeled pilgrims into the city to the churches that offered dazzling visual experiences along with redemption from sin. As Pope Francis has declared a special Jubilee of Mercy from December 8, 2015 to December 2016, the study of Jubilees past and present can provide a timely focus for tracking Rome’s changing fortunes as a religious and political capital, to discover how its mission as a destination for tourists and pilgrims has shaped the face of the city and the growth of its public institutions.
Tentative Program
Week 1: Pilgrims
June 9: Introduction. Pilgrimage in the ancient world: Ingrid Rowland (University of Notre Dame). Early Christian Pilgrimage: Robin M. Jensen
(University of Notre Dame). Afternoon tour of the neighborhood with an emphasis on pilgrim routes
June 10: Morning: Pilgrims to Rome from St. Monica to the Via Francigena: Lila Yawn (John Cabot University). Afternoon Seminar: Robin
M. Jensen (University of Notre Dame) and Lila Yawn (John Cabot University)
June 11: Morning: Medieval Pilgrimage: Robin Jensen (University of Notre Dame). Afternoon Panel on Dante’s Jubilee: Theodore Cachey
(University of Notre Dame), Robin Jensen (University of Notre Dame), Lila Yawn (John Cabot University), Jane Tylus (New York University)
June 12: Excursion: Viterbo and Via Francigena
Week 2: Renaissance Jubilees
June 13: Morning: The Instauratio Romae from Martin V to Alexander VI: Elizabeth McCahill (University of Massachusetts, Boston). Afternoon:
The physical Instauratio Romae:  David Karmon (College of the Holy Cross and American Academy in Rome)
June 14: Morning: Pilgrims and Monuments in the early sixteenth century: Claudia La Malfa (University of Nettuno). Afternoon: Pilgrims,
Relics, and Politics in Rome and across Renaissance Italy: Margaret Meserve (University of Notre Dame)
June 15: Morning: Pilgrim Guidebooks: Victor Plahte Tschudi (Technical University, Oslo). Afternoon Panel: Victor Plahte Tschudi, Margaret
Meserve, David Karmon, Ingrid Rowland
June 16: Pilgrimage in the later sixteenth century: Margaret Kuntz (Drew University). Afternoon: Pilgrimage in the later sixteenth
century: Marco Ruffini (University of Rome, “La Sapienza”)
June 17: All-day Excursion: Pilgrimage of the Seven Churches
Week 3: Baroque and Modern Jubilees
June 20: Morning: 1600 and 1650: from Clement VIII to Alexander VII: Tod Marder (Rutgers University). Afternoon Seminar: Tod Marder (Rutgers
University), Margaret Kuntz (Drew University), Ingrid Rowland (University of Notre Dame), or trip to San Giovanni in Laterano
June 21: Morning: The Jubilee in eighteenth-century Rome: Heather Hyde Minor (University of Notre Dame). Afternoon Seminar: Heather Hyde Minor
June 22: Morning: Pius IX and nineteenth-century Rome. Afternoon Trip
to San Lorenzo, or San Paolo Fuori le Mura
June 23: Morning: Pius XII and the Jubilee of 1950. Afternoon Lecture: tbc
June 24: Pilgrimage, Jubilee and Pope Francis: Ken Hackett (U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See)
Application Details
The deadline for applications is January 15, 2016, and admission decisions will be announced by mid February. For more information, and
to apply, please visit our website:
Junior faculty and advanced graduate students are invited to apply. Knowledge of Italian or Latin, while helpful, is not required.
Tuition is $1,250, a below-cost figure made possible by a University of Notre Dame subsidy. Participants are responsible for their own travel, room, and board. Applicants are encouraged to seek funding for tuition and travel from their home institutions. Scholarships may be available. Contact for more information about funding assistance.

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