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
The Institute wishes to encourage young researchers to delve into the archaeology, art, language, culture and society of Italy and the Mediterranean.
A recurring theme for research at the Institute has been:
- Mobility and knowledge systems from Prehistory to Antiquity, the Renaissance and present day.
- 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.
- Cultural heritage and illegal trade in conflict settings
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.