Events Archive

December 2022

Presentazione dei libri “Companion to the Early Modern Cardinal” (2020) e “Portrait Cultures of the Early Modern Cardinal” (2021)

Il cardinale nell’epoca moderna: tra soggetto speciale e sguardo complessivo nella storia e la storia dell'arte

Workshop “Anchoring Ancient Colonization”

November 2022

Symposium Practices of Privacy

Hybrid Seminar: Dutch Brazil in Print and Poetry

This event is part of the Seminar Series "Storie connesse. Orientamenti di storia globale dell’età moderna" (Connected Histories: Orientations of Global History in the Early Modern Period)

Seminar: Collecting the World in Rome

Rome is home to almost one hundred museums and countless collections from the four corners of the worlds. How did these collections of ethnographical, natural and archaeological objects come about and what do they reveal about Rome’s and Italy’s engagement with the expanding world, its colonies in Africa, and the ‘New’ World after 1492?

Research Seminar: Il fascismo visto dagli altri

Reception and Self-representation of Italian Fascism from the March on Rome to the Fascist Empire

Public Lecture: Rome in the 10th Century AD

This event highlights ongoing research into the town of Rome a thousand years ago, in the middle of the Middle Ages.

Public Lecture “Ideologies of Latin in Fascist Italy: the language of Rome between Fascism and Catholicism”

October 2022

The Three Narratives of the Florentine Codex: Discrepancies and Complementarity between Texts and Images

KNIR Research Dialogues (KRD)

On Observing Plants and Exploring Imagination in Art and Science: De Onkruidenier and Marjo Postma on their work in Rome

KNIR Art Dialogues (KAD)

Public Lectures: Dutch Diplomacy and Venice

The Making of Dutch Diplomacy in the Seventeenth Century and the letters of the first Venetian envoy in the Hague (1616-1623)

International Workshop on the Importance of Salt-production in Antiquity

Salt and Power. Early States, Rome and Resource Control

International experts from various disciplinary backgrounds are brought together to present and discuss the current state of research related to a diverse set of research topics concerning salt.

September 2022

Beyond ‘The Battle of Algiers’. Fiction, Non-fiction, and Militant Cinema

KNIR Research Dialogues (KRD)
Baksteen Uit Het Friese Klooster Mariëngaarde, Met Een Afbeelding Van De Heilige Norbertus (fries Museum)

Lezing: De Heilige, de horzel en de abt. Het raadsel van de eerste Premonstratenzers in Rome

Public Lecture: Early Modern Scientific Institutions and Their Images

Keynote Lecture of the Workshop “Images and Institutions”

Workshop “Images and Institutions”

The Visual Culture of Early Modern Scientific Societies

Images and Institutions brings together an international team of historians of art and science for a three-day symposium in Rome to gain a larger picture of the relationships between visual culture and the developing practices of collaborative science.

International Summer School: Shakespeare’s Rome (SRISS)

The SRISS is held in English and opens for the first time a double track: one for undergraduate students (BA) and one for post-graduate students (MA, PhDs, Postdocs, ESL teachers). Participants will be provided with appropriate methodological tools which will help them to develop a specific competence on Shakespeare’s Rome within an intercultural and interdisciplinary perspective.

Archaeological Field Work: Exploring Mountain Society in Ancient Samnium (Molise)

August 2022

Minor Program Rome-Florence

What distinguishes this Minor is the on-site teaching, where Bachelor students are invited to always take into account the first-hand observation of objects, locations, urbanistics and social contexts. In all its courses, students are trained in documenting and analysing visual materials and performative practices in the Roman and Florentine contexts.

July 2022

Summer School: Roma Caput Mundi

Vriendendag 2022

Vriendendag 2022

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Dag van Rome

Public Lecture: Ethnic Diversity and Prosocial Behavior

Keynote Lecture of the Symposium "Cultures of Resilience. Transdisciplinary Inquiries

June 2022

Tegel Seminar Greek Epigrams

CANCELLED – Hybrid Seminar: The World of the Greek Epigram

Studying Inscribed Funerary Poetry from the Hellenistic and Roman Greek East

Unfortunately we have to inform you that the seminar: The World of the Greek Epigram, which would take place on June 30th has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. The seminar will be rescheduled to a date to be determined.

Workshop: Centuriated Landscapes in Italy and the Iberian Peninsula

Between Methodological Innovation and New Historical Insights

Workshop: Paper Heritage Making: Mexican Treasury and Baroque Rome

Public Lecture “The Return of the Golden Age: Sycophancy and Subversion”

Opening Exhibition Menno Balm

From 16 June till 29 July, the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome will host the exhibition Linea e Luce, Firenze e Roma nei disegni di Menno Balm. The opening of the exhibition is 16 June 2022 at 17:00 CET.

A selection of Menno’s drawings of Florence and Rome will be on display at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome. You are welcome to visit the exhibition during office hours on Monday to Friday from 9 am till 17.30.

L’Italia brandisce la spada dell’Antica Roma. Classical Archaeology, Ancient History, and Modern Myths in Early 20th Century Italy

KNIR Research Dialogues (KRD)

Conference: The Responsible Society in Early Modern Christianity

Voices & Fruits

Social responsibility as the moral obligation individuals or organizations have towards the wellbeing of society, is a key topic in 21st century public debate. The conference centers on the question how this topic was dealt with in Early Modern Christianity (ca.1400-ca.1700) as a period that brought about fundamental and long-lasting changes and brought forth inspiring individuals with innovative ideas. The conference seeks to shed historic light on the relevant issue of social responsibility in the expectation that academic research comes up with inspirational results. The conference is interdisciplinary and comparative regarding various geographical and confessional positions.

Excavating National Pasts

Rome and the (Trans) National Archaeologies of Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries

May 2022

Seminar: Heritage and Memory Theory

This seminar will explore the complexity of heritage and memory theory departing from an exceptional case study: the city of Rome.

Workshop: Building the Exotic through Transmedial Practices

This research seminar aims to investigate the ways in which Fascist colonialism endeavored to construct a coordinated public image of its colonies and occupied territories through a “media convergence”.

KNIR Open House

Summer School: Cultures of Science and Art in Rome, 1400-1900

Mapping Uncertainty. Early Modern Global Cartography, 21st Century Discussions

KNIR Colloquium by Dr. Djoeke van Netten (University of Amsterdam)

Workshop: Cultural Exchange, Interaction and Innovation in Early Sixteenth-Century Venice

The Interdisciplinary Artistic Milieu of Silvestro Ganassi

April 2022

Simposio del corso Narrazioni e Memorie di un’Italia divisa e postsecolare

Transnational Perspectives on Post-Secular Italy: Arts, Media and Religion

International Research Seminar
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Voorjaarsactiviteit Vrienden van het KNIR

Masterclass “Humanist and Scholastic Roots of Early Modern Philosophy”

After a successful first edition in 2018, Professor Lodi Nauta and colleagues offer the opportunity to (R)MA/PhD students to participate in an unique masterclass which will examine the legacy of what we term late-medieval and Renaissance thought in early-modern philosophy.

American Things Reduced into Art: Epistemologies and Politics of Knowledge Appropriation in the 16th Century

KNIR Research Dialogues (KRD)

Research Seminar: WW2, Trauma, and the Effects for the Next Generation

History, Cultural Memories, and Economics
Seminario Rotte Globali Tegel

Seminario ibrido: Storie Materiali – Storie Globali

Ciclo ISEMinari

March 2022

International Mediterranean Survey Workshop

42nd edition

Hybrid Conference: A Hellenistic Revolution? Objects and Change in Afro-Eurasia from the 3rd to 1st centuries BC

An international conference organised in the framework of the Leiden University VICI project Innovating Objects. The impact of global connections and the formation of the Roman Empire

Early Roman Imperialism in the Making

The course adopts a diachronic and systemic perspective with a focus on archaeology, in order to better understand Rome’s initial expansion between the late Regal and mid-Republican period (mid 6th to 3th century BC). Through a critical reading of Rome’s material record and that of Rome’s competitors in contemporary central Tyrrhenian Italy, you will explore the characteristics and socio-economic impact of early Roman expansion and colonisation, and evaluate different theories regarding the nature of early Roman imperialism.

Webinar: Rotte globali

Un progetto di storia globale e culturale della navigazione commerciale transoceanica

Webinar: Rotte globali

Un progetto di storia globale e culturale della navigazione commerciale transoceanica

Webinar: Rotte globali

Un progetto di storia globale e culturale della navigazione commerciale transoceanica

Webinar: Rotte globali

Un progetto di storia globale e culturale della navigazione commerciale transoceanica

Lecture: Making Money in Republican Rome

by Prof. dr. Fleur Kemmers, Goethe Universität

Numismatics: Faces of Power

Coinage as a historical source in the Roman and early modern period

February 2022

Latin Epigraphy on location

Narrazioni e Memorie di un’Italia divisa e postsecolare

December 2021

Tavola Rotonda 16 Dicembre

Tavola rotonda: Resistere alla violenza: memorie, narrazioni e pratiche culturali

Evento in modalità ibrida

Public Lecture: Federico Finchelstein, On Why the History from the Margins is Central to Fascism and Populism

hybrid event

Tavola rotonda: Testimonianze e narrazioni fra l’Italia e l’America Latina

Evento in modalità ibrida

KNIR Colloquium: “Us versus Them”

Exploring Transatlantic Practices of Fascism(s) and Populism(s) from the Margins

This KNIR Colloquium is a joint initiative of dr. Maria Bonaria Urban (KNIR), dr. Monica Jansen and dr. Reindert Dhondt (Utrecht University), and explores the role of Europe’s fascist and far-right legacies in shaping models of authoritarian government and dictatorship in a global world where populism is on the rise.

Practicum: Mining Library Treasures

KNIR's Rare Books Collection

Italian colonialism and the building of national belonging from XIX Century to the Republic

KNIR Research Dialogues (KRD)

Projection of the documentary film “Hidden Pages”

November 2021

We Are the People

Transnational Imaginaries of (Anti-)Fascism and Populism

Public Lecture: Decolonizing the Roman Frontiers

This lecture focuses upon heritage interpretation aimed at the public on the sections of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site within the UK (The Antonine Wall and Hadrian’s Wall) and can be followed live or online.

Italian Colonial Museums and Collections. Between History, Memory and Today’s Challenges

KNIR Research Dialogues (KRD)

Seminar: Raphael’s Antiquity

Raphael was a prominent member of a network that would have a dramatic impact on cultural history, including the most prominent humanists and antiquarians of the period. During this course we will look at the way Antiquity was interpreted by Raphael and his peers, and at the reception of Raphael’s antiquity by subsequent generations. Most of all we will discuss and visit the Roman works of the master himself, in painting, drawing, architecture and antiquarian scholarship.

October 2021

Vine-growing and winemaking in the Roman world

A 3-day hybrid event in honor of Jean-Pierre Brun to discuss new data, trends and approaches to Roman viticulture and wine production.

Indigenous Epistemology and Early Modern Science. Nahua Scholars and the Making of “De historia animalium Novae Hispaniae” (1571-1577)

KNIR Research Dialogues (KRD)

KNIR Colloquium: Plaster face casts and the heritage of colonialism and racial science

We are happy to announce that after a year of lockdown due to the pandemic, we are able to relaunch the KNIR Colloquium programme. This year’s first colloquium has been organized by Fenneke Sysling (Leiden University) and will be held from 18 till 20 October. Sysling’s colloquium focuses on collections of plaster face casts, found in anthropological museums all over Europe. You are welcome to attend the public lecture Densità e opacità degli oggetti sensibili. Prospettive nella curatela delle collezioni coloniali by Rosa Anna Di Lella (Museo delle Civilità di Roma) on Tuesday 19 October at 17.00 CET at the institute.

Byzantine Rome

Unknown Archaeology and History of the Eternal City (400-1000 AD)

Academic Workshop: The Year 1000 in Rome

September 2021

Knir Debate

KNIR Debate

Skyline Rome Lijn

Zoomsessie: Van ‘zona rossa’ tot ‘Green Pass’. Tips voor een Romereis in 2021/2022

Toegang is gratis
Boekomslag Mafiopoli

Mafiopoli: Een zoektocht naar de ‘Ndrangheta, de machtigste maffia van Italië

Archaeology Field School: Exploring Mountain Society in Ancient Samnium

July 2021

Nascholingscursus De interdisciplinaire Romereis

Verplaatst naar 23-28 juli 2021

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Keynote Lecture: The Theology of a Pagan Philosopher

Prof. Dr. Rainer Hirsch-Luipold (University of Bern)

Monday 12 July at 17.00h our visiting professor Rainer Hirsch-Luipold will present his current research on the fascinating pagan-religious thinker Plutarch of Chaeronea, who inspired creative minds such as Shakespeare, Montaigne, Schiller and even Beethoven. Please join us live (RSVP: or on Zoom.

Ongoing Research Projects on the Mid-Republican Colonies of Rome in Southern Lazio and Sabina: Fregellae, Terracina and Cascia, Villa San Silvestro

KNIR Research Dialogues (KRD)

Summer School: Roma Caput Mundi

June 2021

Dynamics of the Durable. A History of Making Things Last in the Arts

KNIR Research Dialogues (KRD)

Seminar: Latin Epigraphy on Location

Postponed to 22 June – 1 July 2021

Seminar: Jesus’s Polymorphism in the Wider Context of Greco-Roman Religion

May 2021

Field Practicum Mountain Archaeology: Survey, Aerial, Remote Sensing

Memory of the Risorgimento in the South: New Challenges

KNIR Research Dialogues (KRD)

From Mexico to 16th-Century Italy: The Transatlantic Lives of Mesoamerican Artifacts

KNIR Research Dialogues (KRD)

April 2021

Des Aff A3 Corp Facult

Conference Augustine and the Humanists

Symposium Masterlanguage 23.04.2021 Website

Simposio Masterlanguage

March 2021

Imagining Institutions Otherwise: Art, Politics, and State Transformation

KNIR Research Dialogues (KRD)

Seminar: Excavating National Pasts

CANCELLED due to Covid-19

Seminar: Excavating National Pasts

Seminar: Early Roman Imperialism in the Making

Suspended due to Covid-19

About the Nuraghe: Colonialism and Rural Exploitation at S’Urachi, Sardinia

KNIR Research Dialogues (KRD)

February 2021

Masterclass: A Greek Philosopher and Priest of Apollo in Rome. Plutarch’s Religious Philosophy and its Impact on Christian Thinking

January 2021

Winter School: Roma Caput Mundi


September 2020


Garden Day


Opening academic year 20-21

Practicum: Exploring Mountain Society in Ancient Samnium

In this field school, you explore the archaeology of mountain society with a small, international team in mountain sites in the Apennines.