Dana Prescott

Projects and Activities

Research Projects

Digital Paleography Workshop

This tuition-free online workshop is being offered as part of Princeton University's participation in the Rome-based graduate seminars jointly sponsored with the universities of Notre Dame and Stanford, and supported by funding from Princeton's Humanities Council. It is intended to provide graduate students from various fields, including Mediaeval and Early Modern Literature and History, Classics, Religion, and Art & Archaeology with an intensive initiation to Greek palaeography while also exploring the potential for original scholarship in digitized manuscript libraries.

Notre Dame, Princeton and Stanford Consortium

The goal of the consortium is to use the Rome Global Gateway as a platform for research and teaching collaborations among the University of Notre Dame, Stanford University, and Princeton University. Open to faculty from any discipline, it is designed to foster joint projects that draw on resources and opportunities available in Rome.

The first project is the Rome Seminar, a four-week intensive summer program designed to teach graduate students how to work with primary sources in the matchlessly rich but often hard to access archives and libraries of Rome. Financial support for three years from the consortium members sustains the Seminar.

The second project is a Greek paleography workshop for graduate students. Set to launch virtually in January 2021, it will focus on digitized Greek manuscripts from the rich holdings of the Apostolic Vatican Library. Taught online by Prof. Emmanuel Bourbouhakis and David Jenkins at Princeton, the workshop is designed to ground students with strong Greek in the techniques needed to read, transcribe and draw historical arguments from Greek manuscripts. Innovative online pedagogy will be used to teach some of the basic techniques of traditional philology.

The steering committee welcomes proposals for new projects. Please contact Heather Hyde Minor (ND), Paula Findlen (Stanford) or Anthony Grafton (Princeton) to discuss your ideas.The steering committee for the consortium with representatives from the member institutions meets bi-annually to evaluate current programs and to consider proposals for new collaborative projects.

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.  

Winter School in Latin Paleography and Codicology

With the kind collaboration of the American Academy in Rome and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV), the American Academy in Rome offers, every two years, its Winter School in Latin Paleography and Codicology. In 2018, the curator of Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts at the University of Notre Dame, Dr. David T. Gura taught the course and supervised manuscript research. This two-week intensive course introduce participants to various aspects of Latin Paleography and Western Codicology, offering a balance of theoretical and practical applications.

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RGG Research in Progress

This seminar series is an informal forum for the presentation and discussion of work in progress by faculty, visiting fellows, and graduate students associated with the Rome Global Gateway. It aims at fostering local discussion of various research projects and interests. Past meetings featured Henrike Lange, Luca Lombardo, Denis Robichaud, Selena Anders and Matteo  Binasco.

Book Presentations

The Rome Global Gateway organizes and hosts book launches of renowned authors from a variety of fields. Most recently, works by John T. McGreevy, Jane Tylus, Ingrid Rowland, Matteo Binasco, Barry McCrea and Dana Prescott were featured.

OVI Videoconference Seminars 2021

Linguistic and Literary Perspectives on Dante’s Works

The Rome Global Gateway participates via teleconference in the sixth series of seminars sponsored by the Center for Italian Studies at the University Notre Dame (UND), in partnership with the CNR Institute Opera del Vocabolario Italiano (OVI), and covering a wide range of topics related to Dante’s works to commemorate the 700th anniversary of his death. 

The confirmed speakers are (in order of appearance): Gabriella Albanese - Paolo Pontari (Università di Pisa), Leonardo Francalanci (UND), Pär Larson (OVI), and Helena Phillips-Robins (University of Cambridge).

(OVI 2021 Seminar Schedule)

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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.