Some world-renowned academics were honoured by Richmond and The American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) by being invited to attend a Fellowship Symposium in June at the University’s Rome campus.

Each summer AIFS and Richmond awards non-stipendiary Richmond summer visiting faculty Fellowships for existing university partners and AIFS affiliates.  Once again, the Fellowship was hosted by Richmond’s Rome Centre and the Fellows were granted apartment accommodation near Spanish Steps and access to  the Study Centre on Piazza Sant’ Andrea della Valle, a few steps away from the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.

The Fellowships are designed to enhance faculty research and improve collaboration between universities and academics, strengthen best practice in teaching as well as enhancing the relationship between the University and its partners.

The one-day informal symposium concluded the Fellowship and was opened by Rosanna Graziani, Dean of Richmond’s Rome Campus, together with Ailsa Brookes, Senior Vice President, American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) and Professor Dom Alessio, Vice President of Richmond.

The Fellowship recipients were joined by some eminent Richmond academics, including Professor Dom Alessio, who spoke about, The Appropriation of Norse Religion by the Contemporary Radical RightDr Paul Rekret, who teaches political theory at Richmond, also addressed the attendees about Melodies Wander Around as Ghosts: On Playlist Ambience, while Professor of Economics, Sabine Spangenberg, presented a paper on Generating Global Norms for Development: The Role of International Economic Law” with Edward S Cohen of Westminster College.

Professors Marco Bracci and Francesca Passeri from the Richmond Florence Centre presented respectively on, Media, Italian Popular Music and the Redefinition of Italian Culture since the 1960s and From Handcraft to Luxury: Branding Italian Style.

Professor Gabriele Simoncini from the Richmond Rome Centre talked about, Global Perception of Identity and Community: the Case of Italian Mafia.

The visiting Fellows each presented their research as follows:

Amanda ElBassiouny (California Lutheran University): Intersectionality in Italy: Exploring the Interaction between Religious Identity and Gender Identity among Women in Contemporary Rome

Jill Swiencicki, Barbara Lowe & Maria Stella Plutino Calabese (St John Fisher College): The Civic Landscape of Moral Imagination: Public Space, Fascism, and Contemporary Rome

Fred Dotolo (St John Fisher College): The Political Philosophy of Cardinal Ercole Consalvi: Principles and Practical Problems

Alexander Bertland (Niagara University): Giambattista Vico and Gianvincenzo Gravina on the Role of Poetic Wisdom in Politics

Robert J. Meadows (California Lutheran University): Developing Pedagogical Programs on Comparative Justice: Italy and the United States