The Institute creates and supports encounters between researchers and students in the humanities at the University of Oslo and other educational institutions. It is an active facilitator and promoter of collaboration between Norwegian, Italian and international universities.
The objectives of the Institute include:
- Initiate and support research in the humanities in line with strategies and policies promoted by the UiO and Norwegian collaboration partners.
- Be a part of the international research community in Rome.
- Nurture networks with relevant Italian and international institutions.
- Facilitate access to research resources for Norwegian scholars.
A recurring theme for research at the Institute has been:
- Mobility and knowledge systems from Prehistory to Antiquity, the Renaissance and present day.
- Cultural heritage and illegal trade in conflict settings
- The Dark Side of Monuments. The detrimental effects of, and opposition to, building activity and urban development in the ancient city of Rome between the 2nd century BC and 3rd century AD.
The Institute is a project partner of:
The Institute has at any given time three to five employees with distinct research profiles, and in addition a steady stream of guest researchers from Norwegian institutions.
An annual lecture is held in memory of Hans Peter L'Orange, the founder of the Institute of Rome. The lecture is open for all.