Past Projects

North Atlantic Catholic Communities in Rome, 1622-1939

The Charles and Margaret Hall Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism is widely recognized as the leading center for the historical study of Roman Catholicism in the United States. The project carried out by the Cushwa Center at the Rome Global Gateway was entitled "North Atlantic Catholic Communities in Rome, 1622-1939". This project was developed under the supervision of Professor Kathleen Sprows Cumming, Cushwa director, and of Professor Luca Codignola, Senior Fellow at the Cushwa, with the cooperation of Dr. Matteo Binasco, postdoctoral fellow at the Cushwa. Its key aim was to study and assess any aspect of the Catholic communities originating from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, English- and French-speaking Canada, and the United States who established in the Eternal City from 1622 to 1939. More information on this project can be found at the Cushwa's website or by requesting information at

Sources on the Patriarchate of Constantinople in the Vatican Archives (Byzantine Studies and the Medieval Institute)

Through this program, advanced graduate students had the opportunity to participate in a research project based on Byzantine manuscripts from the Vatican archives and oriented toward the investigation of paleographical and codicological issues and problems of critical textual editing. Two graduate students assisted Professor Alexander Beihammer in his project and stayed at the RGG for six months.

Knowledge and Social Network Analysis (College of Engineering)

This research project involved the collaboration of the Data Science Group at the University of Notre Dame (ND-DSG) and two of faculty members in the Computer Science and Automation Department at the University of Roma Tre. The key application of the research was to identify how humans generate, curate and search for information in the pursuit of knowledge. To that end, the project developed tools and algorithms that collect, analyze and model large amounts of data.

In order to develop such project two Notre Dame PhD students under the supervision of Prof. Tim Weninger, came to Rome for seven total months during 2016.

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Cambridge Vertical Readings

Cambridge Vertical Readings in Dante’s Comedy is a four-year long series of workshops and public lectures organized by the Department of Italian at Cambridge in collaboration with the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies. The lectures explore the “vertical” connections between cantos of the same number across all three canticles. Scholars and students at Cambridge, Leeds and Notre Dame participate in workshops on single cantos via teleconference before each lecture. Beginning in the fall 2014, the Rome Global Gateway has joined this conversation via teleconference with the participation of Professors Ted Cachey and Luca Marcozzi of the Università di Roma Tre and other scholars and researchers from Roma Tre and the University of Rome La Sapienza.

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Progetto Frutaz / Frutaz Project

The Frutaz Project is a two-year research collaboration on printed maps of modern Rome, between the Rome Global Gateway, the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana and the Centro di Studi sulla Cultura e l'Immagine di Roma. The project will result in a catalog of all the printed maps of Rome created from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries. It will serve to update Amato Frutaz's extraordinary volumes, Le Piante di Roma, published in three volumes in 1962. The project will catalogue more than two hundred maps of modern Rome, many of which are not included in Frutaz's repertory. It will provide a new research tool that will be useful for scholars interested in the city from the time of the Renaissance to the contemporary city.

Irish Women Religious in the Anglophone World, 1840-1950

Irish Women Religious in the Anglophone World, 1840-1950 is a postdoctoral project co-hosted at the Rome Global Gateway by the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism and the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen.  With Prof. Kathleen Sprows Cummings (Cushwa), Prof Michael Brown (RIISS), and Dr. Colin Barr (Aberdeen), postdoctoral research fellow Dr. Rose Luminiello is developing grant applications to support the creation of a digital resource for the study of the history of Catholic women religious in Ireland, Australia, Canada, and the United States.  The project aims to make global research on Irish women religious more easily accessible to scholars, as well as to provide new perspectives on the role, experiences, and networks of women religious in developing migrant societies and nascent national identities through, for example, education, healthcare, and social care.

Archivio Brasini

The Rome Global Gateway and the Archivio Armando Brasini agreed in a six months' collaboration for the Progetto di valorizzazione dell'Archivio dell'architetto Armando Brasini (1879-1965), the collaboration will be focused on the " Progetto di restauro della Carte Brasini / Brasini's Papers Conservation Project". The goal of the Project is to safeguard and enhance selected items in the Archivio Armando Brasini, including original architectural drawings, documents, and original photographs.  

Re-reading Dante's Vita Nova

"Re-reading Dante’s Vita nova" is a collaborative research project involving researchers from University College London, the University of Bristol, the University of Cambridge, the University of Leeds, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Oxford, the University of Reading, and the University of Warwick.

A series of events held over two years, each focusing on a different section of the Vita nova, its contexts and its implications, will produce a vibrant and varied new reading of this text. Lectures are live streamed and discussions are facilitated via teleconference.