COURSE - Rome and the Jubilee, 1300-2015: An International Summer Seminar, Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway, Via Ostilia 15, Rome, 9 – 24 June 2016.
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.
Week 1: Pilgrims
Ingrid Rowland (University of Notre Dame), Pilgrimage in the ancient world
Robin M. Jensen (University of Notre Dame), Early Christian Pilgrimage
Afternoon tour of the neighborhood with an emphasis on pilgrim routes.
Morning: Lila Yawn (John Cabot University), Pilgrims to Rome from St. Monica to the Via Francigena
Afternoon Seminar: Robin M. Jensen (University of Notre Dame) and Lila Yawn (John Cabot University).
Morning: Robin Jensen (University of Notre Dame), Medieval Pilgrimage
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).
Excursion: Viterbo and Via Francigena.
Week 2: Renaissance Jubilees
Morning: Elizabeth McCahill (University of Massachusetts, Boston), The Instauratio Romae from Martin V to Alexander VI
Afternoon: David Karmon (College of the Holy Cross and American Academy in Rome), The physical Instauratio Romae.
Morning: Claudia La Malfa (American University of Rome), Pilgrims and Monuments in the early sixteenth century
Afternoon: Margaret Meserve (University of Notre Dame), Pilgrims, Relics, and Politics in Rome and across Renaissance Italy.
Morning: Victor Plahte Tschudi (Technical University, Oslo), Pilgrim Guidebooks
Afternoon Panel: Victor Plahte Tschudi, Margaret Meserve, David Karmon, Ingrid Rowland
Morning: Margaret Kuntz (Drew University), Pilgrimage in the later sixteenth century
Afternoon: Marco Ruffini (University of Rome, “La Sapienza”), Pilgrimage in the later sixteenth century.
All-day Excursion: Pilgrimage of the Seven Churches.
Week 3: Baroque and Modern Jubilees
Morning: Tod Marder (Rutgers University), 1600 and 1650: from Clement VIII to Alexander VII
Afternoon Seminar: Tod Marder (Rutgers University), Ingrid Rowland (University of Notre Dame), or trip to San Giovanni in Laterano.
Morning: Heather Hyde Minor (University of Notre Dame), The Jubilee in eighteenth-century Rome
Afternoon Seminar: Heather Hyde Minor.
Morning: Pius IX and nineteenth-century Rome
Afternoon Trip to San Lorenzo, or San Paolo Fuori le Mura.
Morning: Pius XII and the Jubilee of 1950.
Afternoon Lecture: Alberto Melloni (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), Jubilee and Vatican II.
Ken Hackett (U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See), Pilgrimage, Jubilee and Pope Francis.
Eligibility: Junior faculty and advanced graduate students are invited to apply. Knowledge of Italian or Latin, while helpful, is not required.
Application deadline: 15 January 2016.