Research Seminars 2021 (January – March), Thursdays at 17.00 on Zoom

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11 March 2021, 17.00, on zoom

Ragnar Hedlund (Uppsala University Coin Cabinet): “Roman Emperors and Local Elites in Asia Minor”

 

HedlundAbstract
The Roman empire was a world of monumental architecture and images. However, characterizing the monuments of the Roman age as imperial “propaganda” falls somewhat off the mark. This is because monumental buildings in the Roman world were frequently constructed and dedicated to the emperor by other actors in Roman society - the Roman senate, wealthy elites or ambitious individuals. Accordingly, during the last decades, the Roman imperial monuments have frequently been characterized as “public displays of consensus” rather than propaganda.

In the Roman provinces, the desire to participate in such “consensus” could lead to intense competition among local elites. The landscape of Roman Asia Minor is a telling example of this. Here, Swedish archaeologists have been excavating the sanctuary of Labraunda in the southwestern part of the region since 1948. During these excavations, a number of monumental buildings from the Roman imperial age were found. For the last 10 years, these buildings have been studied systematically. In this seminar I will present some of the some of the findings from these investigations.

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18/03   Johan Eriksson (Dept. of Art History, Uppsala University) presents his latest book: The Condottiere Prince – A Visual Rhetoric: Leonello d’Este, Sigismondo Malatesta, Alessandro Sforza, Federico da Montefeltro (Editorial Committee of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome, 2020)

 

Earlier Seminars 2021

4 March 2021, 17.00, on zoom

Simon Malmberg (Dept. of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, University of Bergen): “Understanding Ancient Rome as a Port City: A Survey of the Banks of the Tiber”

Trastevere1870Abstract
For several centuries, Rome was the largest city of the ancient Mediterranean world, with a probable peak population of around one million inhabitants in the second century CE. A massive infrastructure was necessary to be able to sustain such a huge population. The Tiber and its harbours were the most important part of this supply organisation.

Within the urban area of Rome, along 18 km of the Tiber, there is a concentration of large-scale archaeological remains related to the port. Through an examination of some of these remains, this presentation will try to demonstrate that the city of Rome might have been one of the major port cities of the ancient Mediterranean world. It will also present evidence for two different kinds of harbours in Rome: one related to inland traffic, the other to Mediterranean shipping.

Simon Malmberg is Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Bergen. He has previously worked as research fellow at the Swedish Institute in Rome, and as guest professor at the Norwegian Institute in Rome. His research has been devoted to movement and its impact on urban development in major cities of the Roman Empire such as Rome, Ostia, Ravenna and Constantinople. He is currently conducting a project on the evolution of Rome as a port city in the period 200 BCE-600 CE.

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25 February 2021, 17.00, on zoom (in Swedish)

Kristian Göransson, Francavilla di Sicilia: Resultat från institutets utgrävningar 2016-2018


Francavilla di Sicilia

Francavilla di Sicilia ligger ca 2 mil väster om Naxos som var den äldsta grekiska kolonin på Sicilien. Naxos är väl undersökt men om inlandet vet vi betydligt mindre. Fyndet av en arkaisk helgedom till bl.a. Demeter och Persefone i Francavilla 1979 riktade uppmärksamheten mot denna lilla stad. Det spekulerades i om den stod under Naxos kontroll och om den gick att identifiera med den aldrig funna antika staden Kallipolis. I ett samarbete med Parco Archeologico Naxos Taormina och Francavillas kommun kunde Svenska Institutet i Rom 2016 inleda undersökningar på platsen. Hittills har tre kortare utgrävningskampanjer ägt rum, 2016, 2017 och 2018. De övergripande målen med det svenska projektet är att det skall sprida ljus över frågan om vilket förhållande den anonyma staden kan ha haft till Naxos, när staden grundades och – i förlängningen – om Francavilla går att identifiera med Kallipolis. Ett mer konkret mål med projektet är att undersöka den antika stadens stadsplan och förstå bebyggelsens utbredning.

Kristian Göransson är fil dr och universitetslektor i antikens kultur och samhällsliv vid Göteborgs universitet. Under åren 2013–2019 var han direktör för Svenska Institutet i Rom och tog då initiativ till utgrävningen av Francavilla på Sicilien. Hans forskning har främst rört antikens greker på Sicilien och i Libyen, handel och ekonomi, studier av antik keramik, särskilt amforor från klassisk och hellenistisk tid. För närvarande driver han ett av RJ finansierat projekt om det grekiska Cyrenaika i Libyen vid Svenska Institutet i Athen.

18 February 2021, 17.00, on zoom

Hampus Olsson, The Biedano Region 480-50 BC: Political and Socio-Cultural Development in a South Etruscan Town and Its Hinterland

OlssonAbstract
About 70 km north of Rome, we find the sleepy hilltop town of Blera. It is far from being one of the most important towns in the region today but impressive archaeological remains in the surrounding countryside tell of Blera's ancient importance. Together with other minor centers in the region, Blera can boast of astonishing rock-hewn necropoleis, an architectural feature unique to this region. These marvelous tombs reveal a very prosperous local aristocracy flourishing here in the 4th to the 2nd centuries BC. In the 4th century BC the Biedano region found itself in the middle of a military conflict between Rome and the South Etruscan cities, which eventually would lead to the end of the Etruscan cities as independent City-states. How did this period of turmoil affect a somewhat peripheral region as the Biedano? Who were these local aristocratic gentes, and how were their lives influenced by the inevitable coming of Rome? These are some of the questions we will try to answer with this seminar.

Hampus Olsson, Ph.D. Candidate in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Lund University in Sweden, holds the annual fellowship in Archaeology at the Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome 2020/21. The focus of his research is mainly on identity and socio-political change during the Hellenistic and Roman Republican periods in Etruria. Olsson has participated in various archaeological field investigations in Etruria (Tarquinia, San Giovenale) and in Lucania (Rionero in Vulture). The Biedano Region 480-50 BC: Political and Socio-cultural Development in a South Etruscan town and its Hinterland is the title of his upcoming Ph.D. thesis.  

11 February 2021, 17.00, on zoom.

Magnus Borg, Solidity and Inconstancy – Roman Spolia and the Semiotics of Culture

 

Vatican Obelisk, Maarten van Heemskerck  1535Abstract

The remains of ancient Roman architecture - in situ or as transferred and reused objects - were ubiquitous in medieval Rome as well as across Italy. The interpretations of their re-use have varied widely but so far little work has been done to accommodate these views or to apply a contextualising historical approach. The cultural semiotics of among others Jurij Lotman offer a potentially useful theoretical framework for deeper understanding, but also present methodological challenges. How can researchers "mine" sources to extract information attributable to specific spoliatic objects? Is the study of spolia relevant to historical research?

Magnus Borg, MA in History from Stockholm University, has a background in theatre, music production and computing. He has published the articles "Våld och Visioner - Möten med högre makter i Peter de Dusburgs Cronica Terre Prussie" (Collegium Medievale 2018) and "Good Men Gone Bad? Resistance to monastic reform in the tenth and eleventh centuries" (Early Medieval Europe 2021 (forthcoming)). Borg holds the Friends of the Swedish Institute in Rome’s Fellowship 2020/21.

 

 4 February 2021, 17.00 on zoom

Gustav Zamore (Centre of Medieval Studies, Stockholm University): “Medieval Contestations of Sacred Space: Rome and Beyond”

ZamoreA strange event took place in Rome on Maundy Thursday of 1116 when Pope Paschal II celebrated the chrism mass in San Giovanni in Laterano. On his way to the high altar, his path was blocked by a man standing with torn clothes, scissis uestibus. The man was Pietro di Conti, son of the recently deceased urban prefect, who sought to publicly challenge the Pope’s refusal to name him the new urban prefect.     

 This event and its aftermath highlight how sacred spaces and the rituals that defined them could be harnessed for political and subversive purposes, a strategy that has been used both by elites and non-elites in medieval society.

In this paper, I will present some findings from my preparatory research for a project on the role of sacred space in high and late medieval culture. I will present a reading of the events in Rome described above and contrast these with examples from across Europe, leading to a tentative theorisation of how we can understand sacred spaces as an arena of political contestation.

Gustav Zamore (DPhil Merton College, Oxford University, 2017) is a guest researcher at the Dept. of History and the Centre for Medieval Studies at Stockholm University. His research interests lie in the religious culture, broadly defined, of the High and Late Middle Ages. Zamore is currently working on a project on political contestations of sacred space for which he has received a Rausing scholarship at the Swedish Institute in Rome.

 

Seminars 2020

28 January 2021, 17.00 (in Swedish)

Astrid Capoferro: En bortglömd text: Flavia Capitolinas gravinskrift från Viminalen

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Abstract

Under tidigmodern tid kunde man fortfarande se en del inskrifter in situ på de antika monumenten i Rom, men ett stort antal inskrifter bevarades i kyrkor, palats, trädgårdar, villor. Oftast handlade det om gravinskrifter som grävdes upp i stadens omgivningar. Samlingar av antika inskrifter kan rekonstrueras tack vare de lärda antikvarier och resenärer som besökte Rom och transkriberade texterna i sina anteckningsböcker. Mitt specifika forskningsintresse, vid sidan av de stora och kända antiksamlingarna, är de mindre och ofta helt okända kollektioner av antika inskrifter som samlades under 15- och 1600-talen. Genom arkivforskning kan man ibland identifiera dessa samlare och utforska deras särskilda intresse för inskrifterna samt rekonstruera samlingarnas historia. Ny information om inskrifternas proveniens eller om texterna dyker ibland upp, som jag kommer att berätta om under seminariet. Flavia Capitolinas ofullständiga gravinskrift, bevarad i Schloss Glienicke, i närheten av Potsdam i Tyskland, publicerades 1972 med okänd proveniens. Texten har nu spårats i handskrifter och äldre litteratur som visar att marmorplattan upptäcktes på Viminalen år 1633. Tack vare dessa hittills okända källor kan vi även rekonstruera inskriptionstexten och läsa Flavia Capitolinas fullständiga namn.

Astrid Capoferro är bibliotekarie vid Svenska Institutet i Rom och forskare inom ämnet latinsk epigrafik. Hennes mångåriga arbete med konstnären Alessandro Moranis kopior av etruskiska gravmålningar, bevarade på Svenska Institutet i Rom, har resulterat i vetenskapliga artiklar om samlingens historia.

17 December (in Swedish)
Studentseminarium: San Giovenale

san giovenaleVälkommen på zoomseminarium den 17 december kl. 17.00 med tre masterstudenter från Uppsala universitet (Ghaza Alyasin, Kristine Gierow och Joacim Seger) som kommer presentera resultat från arbetet med sina uppsatser. Alla tre behandlar material från utgrävningarna på San Giovenale.

Svenska institutet i Rom genomförde från 1956 till 1965 utgrävningar på San Giovenale i södra Etrurien. Resultaten fick mycket uppmärksamhet och arbetet med materialet från utgrävningarna pågår än idag. Ghaza Alyasins uppsats handlar om de etruskiska byggnadsresterna på den så kallade ”kungens terrass” i Area C, Kristine Gierows uppsats handlar om den s.k. protovillanova-kulturen och dess keramik medan Joacims Segers uppsats handlar om bucchero-keramik och konsumptionsmönster.

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10 December
Ann Glennie (Florida State University): Monumental cisterns and euergetism at Cosa 

Water reservoir at Cosa, American Academy in Rome, Cosa Archaeological CollectionCosa (modern Ansedonia, Italy), a Latin colony founded by the Romans in 273 BCE on a waterless hill in Etruria, depended solely on rainwater for its survival and as such the site is provisioned with dozens of features to collect and store water—several of which are largescale and associated with non-domestic structures. Previous scholarship notes the necessity of these rainwater harvesting features, however, no complete synthesis of them has ever been undertaken. My dissertation seeks to fill this gap by examining the mechanisms of water management at Cosa during the Roman Republican and Imperial periods in order to understand the scheme and how rainwater harvesting shaped the colony’s history. In this talk, I focus on one aspect of that investigation, arguing that these non-domestic and largescale reservoirs and cisterns should be viewed not only as architecturally monumental, but also as the product of euergetic building projects undertaken by local Cosan grandees seeking to heighten their public profiles. 
Ann Glennie is a Ph.D. candidate in Classics at Florida State University with a dissertation focused on hydraulic engineering and rainwater harvesting in the ancient Mediterranean. She excavates at Cosa, a Latin colony, and the Etruscan site of Poggio Civitate (Murlo).

 

3 December
Marie Kraft (Circolo Scandinavo): Re-take, re-store and re-activate. New uses of urban heritage produces urban regeneration in Rome

KraftIn a time when sustainable urban development has become a necessity and systematic demolition embedded in Modernist city planning, contemporary architects in many countries has been pushed to reconsider reuse of the existing built environment. In this discussion Rome could be considered an exception, where the contemporary city has been built by integrating its heritage since Ancient Rome. French historian and urban anthropologist, Francoise Choay, underlines the specificity of an Italian perspective on heritage, which allows a non-monumentalizing of historical buildings. Whether the transformation is planned by authorities or a result of informal occupation, is is generally linked to a lack of space for a certain function as a need for housing, green areas or places for religious practice which transformed roman basilicas into the first Christian churches.

Since several years, I have developed a practice-based research in collaboration with several Italian architects and researchers, focusing on how incrementally transformed buildings or sites can contribute to urban regeneration on a larger scale. Taking several recent transformations of sites in Rome as a starting point, this seminar will discuss the complexity in the process of reactivating abandoned areas or buildings, and more specifically, look into the relation between users, political decisions and physical context.

 

Marie Kraft is director of the Circolo Scandinavo in Rome, an architect and artist. She teaches urban planning and Architecture at Umeå School of architecture, the department of Urban studies at Malmö university and the Faculty of architecture at the University Federico II in Naples.

Discussant: Maria Luna Nobile is an architect and an urban planner with a PhD in Urban research from University Federico II in Naples. She teaches Urban planning and Architecture at Umeå School of architecture and at the Faculty of architecture at University Federico II in Naples.

26 November 2020 

University of Amsterdam, prof. Patricia S. Lulof and Maarten Sepers, M.: The Acquarossa Memory Project

zon FAcquarossa lies in the heart of the Etruscan territory, close to the Lago di Bolsena, but far enough from the primal coastal centers to be regarded as a hinterland town. The town is named after the red-coloured creek surrounding the site, which is situated on a tufa-plateau. Excavations carried out by the Swedish Institute in Rome in the last century, revealed a large series of Etruscan houses and public buildings, inhabited from the late 8th century BC until shortly after the middle of the 6th century BC, when the town was suddenly and inexplicably abandoned. Since 2016, the University of Amsterdam, in collaboration with the Swedish Institute in Rome and many other partners, within the department of ACASA and the research school AHM, this project AMP has been carried out with funding from the Dutch Scientific Research Foundation (NWO). The project focused on the recreation of Etruscan domestic life and integration in the Archaeological park of Acquarossa (Italy), in such a way that both international scholars and tourists-visitors will acknowledge virtual reconstructions of Etruscan houses within their successive phases of creation, construction, function, and destruction. In general, this project aims at knowledge exchange and multidisciplinary scientific research, using both digital methods (3D and drones) as (in-) tangible heritage (GPR and other remote sensing techniques). The reconstruction and analysis of one of the most important areas in Acquarossa, the so-called Zone B, is subject to a Ph.D. project, that will be further discussed in the latter part of this presentation.

Patricia Lulof is an Associate Professor in Pre-Roman Archaeology and Director of the 4D Research Lab at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam. She specializes in terracotta roof-decoration and archaic architecture, as well as 3D reconstruction and digital applications in archaeology and heritage.

Maarten Sepers lectures (digital) archaeology at the Saxion University of Applied Sciences and works as an independent researcher on the Acquarossa Memory Project. He has a keen interest in the integration of digital techniques and methods in archaeological research. 

 
19 November
Eleonora Cappuccilli (Universitetet i Oslo): In the steps of Birgitta of Sweden. Women prophets on theology and politics in Renaissance Italy

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The seminar presents some of the results of my current research project which delineates the impact of Birgitta of Sweden (1303-1373) on women’s prophetic experience in Renaissance Italy as a part of the international research project The Legacy of Birgitta of Sweden. Reviving the prophetic model embodied by St. Birgitta, whose Revelations discussed the most urgent political and theological issues of her time and circulated widely in the peninsula in fifteenth and sixteenth century, Italian women prophets gave voice to claims of renovation within Church and communities, exerted authority, interpreted the Scriptures, and challenged patriarchal and ecclesiastical hierarchies. The seminar focuses on the case studies of Paola Antonia Negri (1508-1555), Domenica Narducci da Paradiso (1473-1553) and Caterina Mattei da Racconigi (1486-1547) exploring their relationship with secular and spiritual powers, intellectuals and literary women and men involved in reform movements. The seminar discusses some questions concerning the significance of St. Birgitta as a prophetic model in the experience of Negri, Mattei and Narducci: how do they relate to this model in debating pressing religious, political and social problems? Which processes of legitimation and delegitimation of women as speaking subjects emerge from the prophetic experience? Through these questions and more, the seminar aims to shed light on the uneasy paths of the Birgittine revival in the Italian Renaissance.

Eleonora Cappuccilli is postdoctoral fellow in History of Ideas at the University of Oslo and her main area of work is women's political and religious thought in the Renaissance and early modern era.

 

12 November
Johannes Luchmun (ark.form.luchmun): Re: Use In Rome On: Architectural Form and Material from Ancient to Contemporary Rome.

Nolli map, La Nuova Topografia di Roma,1748Luchmun TeatroMarcello

A path through Rome's rich history of re:use: from the geological conditions of the landscape, via the resilience of form and material of urban spaces, ancient monuments and building elements, towards a future use of the urban fabric.
Urban space in Rome has retained major parts of its form and character through continuous renewal negotiations. Buildings that define the urban space have changed, through physical and material alterations and extensions, but also by allowing new use. Both urban spaces and buildings have shown a strong resistance and adaptability to different programs and activities. In this way, the urban fabric gives space for both history and future for the citizens. This overlay and re:use can be described as a Palimpsest, in the same way as the text on a parchment was rubbed off during the middle age to allow the valuable material to be re:used and create space for a new layer of meaningful characters. 
A selection of cases from the history of architecture enables us to follow how Rome utilized and re:used its material heritage throughout history.

 

5 November
Davide Zori (BaylorUniversity): From Etruscan Urban Center to Medieval Fortified Village: San Giuliano Archaeological Research Project

Excavation of Etruscan chamber tomb. Photo: San Giuliano Archaeological Research ProjectThe San Giuliano Archaeological Research Project is conducting surveys and excavations at the multicomponent site of San Giuliano (Lazio, Italy). Here we have uncovered a dynamic landscape of interlocking settlement and burial that span the advent of Etruscan civilization to the zenith of the High Middle Ages. We have documented over 500 previously unmapped Etruscan tombs, conducted salvage excavations of four previously-looted chamber tombs, and discovered four transitional Villanovan-Etruscan trench tombs dating to around AD 700. Excavations on the plateau have revealed a medieval castle complex, including a feasting hall, a defensive tower, and a crypt with dozens of burials associated with a private chapel. An urban center developed atop the San Giuliano plateau in the 7th century BC, and flourished in the 6th and 5th century. After Roman Conquest in the 3rd century, people chose to leave the site in favor of dispersed lowland habitation. In the Middle Ages—sometime between AD 800 and 1200—the local population reoccupied and refortified the earlier Etruscan acropolis. Our project seeks to understand the nature and motivations of these settlement shifts.

29 October, 17.00 - online (in Swedish)
Johanna Vernqvist (Linköpings universitet): Subversiva uttryck av kropp, genus och kärlek: tidigmoderna kvinnors estetiska och retoriska strategier i konst och litteratur

Elisabetta Sirani: Timoclea uccide il capitano di Alessandro Magno, 1659Under 1500- och 1600-talen blomstrade det kulturella klimatet i de italienska stadsstaterna och furstendömena såsom Venedig, Rom, Florens och Bologna. Salongerna, de konstnärliga workshopsen och akademierna blev allt fler under perioden, vilka utgjorde inspirerande arenor för intellektuella, filosofer, konstnärer, poeter och författare att mötas, debattera, framföra sina verk och samarbeta på. Det fördes livliga filosofiska debatterna om kvinnors och mäns kroppsliga konstitutioner, förmågor och genusideal, vilka var nära sammanvävda med idéer och diskussioner om hur kärleken skulle förstås och praktiseras. Mot den här bakgrunden undersöker jag i mitt nya projekt hur kvinnor, verksamma inom olika estetiska praktiker, destabiliserade tidigmoderna hegemoniska diskurser om genus, kropp och kärlek genom liknande estetiska och retoriska strategier. Under seminariet kommer jag att presentera projektet i korthet och visa några exempel ur det material som ingår i min pågående forskning.

 

22 October, 17.00 - online (in Swedish)

Anna Blennow, Göteborgs universitet: Vägar genom det medeltida Rom - itinerarier och inskrifter

Vägarna genom det medeltida Rom kantas av texter. Itinerarierna ur handskriften Einsiedeln nr. 326 visar de vindlande lederna från stadsport till stadsport via både kristna kultplatser och antika monument. Men längs vägen förväntades den bildade pilgrimen också inhämta information och inspiration från den mängd latinska inskrifter som tjänade som guider i sten på färden. Under seminariet presenterar jag mitt arbete med att rekonstruera de medeltida itinerarierna samt ett kommande projekt med fokus på de samlingar av antika inskrifter som finns förtecknade i medeltida handskrifter.

15 October
Helena Wangefelt Ström, Uppsala University:  Saving souls or cultivating characters? Heritagization of religion in Early Modern Rome and Venice.

15oktoberWhat happened when pious pilgrims had to share space with cultural tourists in the religious and political hot spots of 17th century Rome and Venice? During the aftermath of the Reformation and the prelude to the Grand Tour, the religious monuments, artifacts, and feasts in Rome and Venice were subject to a transforming agent, namely what we today may refer to as the tourist gaze. Religious practice and its material and immaterial expressions were increasingly seen, described, and used also by other visitors than devote pilgrims, and for cultural more than cultual purposes. This seminar will, through a selection of images and sources, explore and discuss the possible driving forces behind this transformation and the new narratives produced from it.

 


8 September

Samuel Douglas, Uppsala University: Ekphrasis in Statius’ Silvae

The poet Statius is best known for his epic poetry, but also wrote significant amounts of non-epic poetry collected in the volumes of his Silvae. Many of these poems are highly descriptive, with extensive sections on the villas, bath-houses, and environments enjoyed by the various patrons who supported his work. This project aims to examine these poems in light of the ekphrastic theory of his first century AD contemporaries and the ways that Statius’ ekphrastic poems function as encomiastic texts.

 

27 February

Cecilia Beer (senior independent researcher, Stockholm University): Children in Capua: Terracotta Votives from the Fondo Patturelli Sanctuary, an Inventory for a Catalogue Raisonné

Abstract 
This project was initiated many years ago in the Museo Provinciale Campano in Capua. Many of the sculptures in that museum presumably derive from the excavations carried out at Curti on the outskirts of ancient Capua (modern S. Maria Capua Vetere) already around 1850. The findings revealed two consecutive temple buildings, one Archaic and one Hellenistic, and both periods have left us numerous votive sculptures spanning the period c. 550-50 B.C. The oldest statuary consists of large, almost life-size, enthroned women of tufa stone. The “Matres”, as they are called, hold from one to twelve swaddled baby-children in their lap or in their arms.
Another important group of votives, c. 100 pieces and fragments and the focus of my research, consists of terracotta children and generally boys or babies. Their iconography is reminiscent of the temple-boys of Cyprus as well as a group of votive boys from Etruscan Caere.
The cult is unfortunately anonymous, no inscriptions are there to identify the deity, which must be assumed to be female.My project aims at understanding the function of the cult and its possible contact zones and ways of influence as well as the mechanisms of production and distribution of certain types of votives to or from other places in the surroundings (or further away).

20 February

Astrid Nilsson (Lerici stipendiat, Svenska institutet i Rom): Marco Polo på latin – början till en vetenskaplig textutgåva 
Marco Polos (1254–1319) beskrivning av Fjärran Östern har sedan medeltiden översatts gång på gång till alla upptänkliga språk och utkommit oräkneliga gånger. Under ett handelskrig mellan Genua och Marco Polos hemstad Venedig kring 1299 tillbringade han en tid i fängelse i Genua. Då lär han ha dikterat verket på italienska för sin medfånge Rustichello, som skrev ned det hela på franska med starka italienska inslag. Någon gång mellan 1310 och 1322 översattes verket så till latin av Francesco Pipino, dominikanermunk från Bologna. Det var i denna latinska skepnad Marco Polo huvudsakligen lästes av medeltidens lärde, vilket förstås gör översättningen kulturhistoriskt synnerligen betydelsefull. Bara det faktum att 60 manuskript av Pipinos översättning bevarats och finns utspridda på olika bibliotek runtom i världen pekar i sig på dess bestsellerstatus. Ändå finns det fortfarande ingen vetenskaplig utgåva av texten. Mitt projekt här i Rom bedrivs huvudsakligen i Vatikanbiblioteket, där det finns flera manuskript, och är början till en utgåva. Den kommer så småningom att omfatta samtliga kända manuskript.

13 February

Sabrina Norlander Eliasson, Universitetslektor i konstvetenskap (Stockholms Universitet): Vi lever som drottningar”. Materiell kultur i kvinnliga kloster i det senbarocka Rom.

Abstract:
Efter Konciliet i Trent (1545-65) utgick allt strängare påbud för de katolska kvinnliga klostren beträffande klausur och dess regelverk. Klostren utgjorde viktiga institutioner för försörjning för kvinnor inom alla samhällsklasser, men de aristokratiska nunnorna och deras familjer bidrog även till sekulär status och politisk makt. De sistnämnda utverkade också aktivt dispens från de strikta reglerna gällande livsföring, mobilitet och konsumtion. Seminariet diskuterar ovanstående paradox med utgångspunkt i nunnornas celler som exempel på liminala platser i en starkt reglerad samhällsordning.