Winter School Roma Caput Mundi

Roma Caput Mundi: World Heritage in Rome

Date: 3-17 January 2018 (Winter School)

Deadline for applications: 1 October 2017

BA/Honours course for students in all disciplines

NB this course takes place twice a year: a Winter School in the first two weeks of January, and a Summer School in the first two weeks of July.


Rome, caput mundi, is the city of cities. No other place in the world has played such an important role in the development of Western culture, from antiquity until today. Rome’s history of three millennia is still tangible on every street corner and every square in the city, from the Capitol to St. Peter’s and from the classical Forum Romanum to Mussolini’s Foro Italico. In this course we will discuss the many ways to approach and think about this rich cultural heritage.

What is so special about Rome? Through the ages, the ruins and artistic treasures of antiquity have served as inspiration for political and creative imagination all around the world. Rome has also provoked feelings of nostalgia and illusionary longing for an authentic past, while locations in the city have time and again been used as lieux de mémoire to convey value-laden interpretations of history. What is the meaning of these phenomena for contemporary Rome, characterised by mass tourism and globalisation? During fourteen days we will research these themes of imagination, authenticity and memory in the construction and presentation of Rome’s world heritage. Participants in the course will actively become acquainted with the fascinating past and present of Rome, visiting a series of famous and less-known sites.


prof.dr. Harald Hendrix, dr. Asker Pelgrom, Jeremia Pelgrom, dr. Arno Witte

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Target group and admission requirements

BA-students of all disciplines from the Universiteit van Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit, Universiteit Leiden, Universiteit Utrecht, Radboud Universiteit, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, as well as Amsterdam University College, University College Groningen, Roosevelt University College, Leiden University College The Hague and University College Utrecht. A positive BSA is required for participation.


The study load is the equivalent of 6 ECTS (168 hours). Each student should arrange with his/her home coordinator whether the course can be a part of the existing curriculum. After successful completion of the course the KNIR provides a certificate mentioning study load and evaluation.

The study load is based on:

a) Before the summer school: independent study of course material and preparatory assignment: 1 ECTS (28 hours)

b) Summer school in Rome (14 days): active participation, presentation and draft essay: 4 ECTS (112 hours)

c) After the summer school (deadline 17 August 2017): essay of max. 2500 words: 1 ECTS (28 hours)

Assessment takes place on the basis of preparatory study of course material (20%), active participation and on-site presentation (30%), and the concluding essay (50%).


Participating students will receive free tuition, accommodation in Rome and excursions (including most entry fees for museums and archaeological sites). After successful completion of the final assignment, travel costs will be reimbursed up to €100,-.

Apply before:

1 October 2017 for the Winter School via the link below, submitting a motivation letter, a recent C.V. and an updated overview of study results. Selection of participants will be based primarily on motivation and the positioning of the course in the student’s curriculum; the results of the selection will be communicated before 1 November.

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