Italy, Rome

Collecting and Preserving: Admiring the Material world in Rome, Renaissance to Enlightenment

when 26 June 2011 - 4 July 2011
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 ECTS
fee EUR 700

From 26 June till 4 July of 2011 the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen and the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR) will organize the interdisciplinary summer school Collecting and Preserving in Rome.

Central to the summer school are questions concerning the reasons individuals and organizations collected, preserved, exhibited, visited, and used objects of art and natural history, manuscripts, books, and scientific instruments. What were their scholarly, scientific, artistic, aesthetic, and wider cultural motives? What were the reasons for the loss and destruction of some of these collections? How exactly did collection, preservation, and exhibition take place? The focus will be both on private collections as well as on public collections, particularly libraries and museums.

Course leader

Lecturers will be
- Prof.Catrien Santing (Groningen)
- Prof. Wessel Krul (Groningen)
- Dr. Marieke van den Doel (Rome)
- Prof. Steven Vanden Broecke (Ghent)
-Prof. Ingrid Rowland (Rome), key note lecturer

Target group

Participants of the Summer School Rome
- Are currently enrolled in a graduate programme (Masters), Honours programme (Bachelors or Research Masters) or a Ph.D. programme;
- Or are (visibly) planning to start a Ph.D. programme in the near future;
- Have advanced English writing and speaking skills, as well as basic knowledge of the Italian language.

We encourage students and scholars from all over the world to apply to the Summer School.

Course aim

Through interactive lectures, excursions in Rome the participants will research the theory and practice of the collection and preservation of art, manuscripts, books, natural objects and scientific instruments. Rome is an obvious city for this subject, since this is where collecting started at an early date, and some of the earliest examples of collections are still to be admired there.

Credits info

Upon completion of the course, students will be awarded 5 ECTS and a certificate issued by the University of Groningen. Requirements for completion of the course are:
-An active contribution to the discussions;
-A (group-) presentation about a subject of the participant’s choice in consultation with the speakers;
-An essay about the abovementioned subject.

Fee info

EUR 700: The fee is € 700 and includes accommodation, excursions, manuals, a few dinners, social and cultural activities for the during of the Summer School Rome.


The University of Groningen has made available scholarships of 200 euros each. The most promising participants will be granted these scholarships.