Rome Seminar: June 6-20, 2014

Location: Rome, Italy



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. This year's Seminar, American Catholicism in a World Made Small: Transnational Approaches to U.S. Catholic History, is co-sponsored by the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the College of Arts and Letters, and the Office of Research.

The 2014 Rome Seminar is the first to be held in the University of Notre Dame's new building on Via Ostilia in the San Giovanni neighborhood. Our meeting place is a 15-minute walk from the Basilica of Saint John Lateran and just a few blocks from the Colosseum.

The Seminar will explore the surge of interest in transnational approaches and global questions in historical scholarship as it relates to the history of Catholicism in the United States. Specifically, participants will focus on interaction between a European (and particularly Italian) institutional church and American culture. The goal is to catalyze scholarly work that places the history of Catholicism at the center for global narratives. With that in mind there will be three components to the Seminar:

  1. Prominent U.S.-based historians of Catholicism in the United States will explore how traditional questions in the field become reframed when placed in a more global key.

  2. Leading Italy-based historians of North American Catholicism will offer perspectives on transatlantic approaches to the field.

  3. Participants will attend workshops at key archives in Rome, where archivists will guide them through their inventories.

The goal of the Seminar is to develop new insights and fresh methodological perspectives from which the field at large may benefit. It is also our aim to create an environment that can foster ongoing friendship and collaboration.

Junior faculty and advanced graduate students are invited to apply. Lectures will be in English; no Italian language background is necessary.
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 (information on local housing options will be available). Applicants are encouraged to seek funding for tuition and travel from their home institutions. Scholarships may be available.


Email the Cushwa Center at with any questions. The application deadline is December 1, 2013.