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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

Young researchers grant

The Institute wishes to encourage young researchers to delve into the archaeology, art, language, culture and society of Italy and the Mediterranean. 

Apartment for researchers

Visting researchers may apply to stay in the apartment at the Institute without any charges.

Research projects

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

The Institute participates in the following projects and research groups:

The L'Orange annual lecture

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. 

ACTA – the journal of the Institute

ACTA is the Norwegian Institute in Rome’s journal, and publishes articles about the Mediterranean regions archaeology, art history and within the Institute’s broader interdisciplinary mission.


Find a researcher

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.