International Summer School: Shakespeare’s Rome

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Within the Shakespearean corpus the image of ancient Rome works as the emblem of the classical past, a goldmine of foundational myths and the model of an authoritative culture early modern England felt compelled to look to. To Ancient Rome Shakespeare devoted five plays (Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, Coriolanus, Antony and Cleopatra, Cymbeline) and a narrative poem (The Rape of Lucrece): the themes and motifs of these works will be examined in depth in the classroom while the city of Rome, with its theaters (and especially the Globe’s replica in the park of Villa Borghese), archaeological sites and artistic resources will offer participants a unique opportunity to complement their study outdoor. 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. The SRISS is held in English and is open to post-graduate students, PhD students, postdocs and high school teachers from all over the world. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate for 6 ECTS. For information on the program, consult the SRISS website.

Selected participants from KNIR partner universities (Universiteit van Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit, Universiteit Leiden, Universiteit Utrecht, Radboud Universiteit, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) are eligible for KNIR bursaries, comprising all expenses related to the summerschool (tuition, lodging in Rome, conference fees, etc.). Personal expenses, including meals, are not included. Students receive a €100 reimbursement of their expenses for travelling to Rome upon completion of the summerschool’s program.

Applications are welcome until TBA. Notice on acceptance will follow by TBA. This will include information on the selection for KNIR bursaries. Candidates can apply by filling out the application form via:

Facilities in Rome
All participants with a KNIR bursary will be housed at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome’s Villa Borghese Park. From there, it is only a short walk to the historical centre of Rome. The KNIR is well connected by public transport to the Roma Tre venue where most of the sessions will be housed. The KNIR accommodation consists of shared bedrooms and bathrooms, and includes a living and dining space, a large kitchen, washing machine and wireless internet. All residents have 24/7 access to the library and gardens of the Royal Netherlands Institute.