Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR)

The Royal Netherlands Institute Rome (KNIR) will focus on a selection of themes that are particularly relevant to the city of Rome. In the past students have done research on the tension between the religious and cultural ‘functions’ of churches in Rome, but they have also examined questions on (preserving) fascist architecture. How do we deal with the (tangible) memories of this troubled past, and its impact on the collective identity of the city and its inhabitants?

Moreover, there is a growing tension between an economic need for tourism in the city and the pressures it puts on the city and its ecological system, culture and well-being. Not to mention the impact air traffic has on the climate. Finally, the debate on and return of the Parthenon Marbles (also by the Vatican) is a case study that potentially connects the ‘Rome project’ with the ‘Athens project’.

These are possible and very relevant directions you and your research group can take, however other innovative ideas based on your interest, expertise and academic background are welcome!

For students interested in:

  • Heritage & Religion
  • Sustainability & Tourism
  • Contested Heritage

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The Royal Netherlands Institute Rome (KNIR) is one of the five Dutch Academic Institutes abroad (NWIB) which aims to inspire and support students in their studies of Rome through on-site research and training.

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