Beyond the Institute’s traditional focus on classical archaeology and art history, current research by its academic staff, postdoctoral researchers, and visiting scholars encompasses comprehensive interdisciplinary research interests ranging from early Christian studies, architectural theory, history of ideas, medieval politics, religion, theology, languages and literature.
The many monuments, museums, archives and libraries in Rome provide a unique research environment for a variety of subjects for the international community. The Norwegian Institute in Rome forms part of this rich research setting both through its academic activities, and through its specialized library collections and archives. The Institute hosts three full-time academic researchers, and yearly hosts dozens of scholars from Norwegian universities for short and long term research visits.
The Institute holds regular academic presentations by scholars, and hosts multiple workshops, conferences, and seminars in collaboration with Norwegian universities. In the recent past, major conferences, such as those on the Reuse and Recycling of Rome, or the Medieval Symbolism of Marriage have been held at the Institute.