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Projects

Humanities & Neuroscience Project

Since 2001, the Academy has developed seminars and public events designed to spread word of scientific advances and to bring together researchers in the sciences and the humanities. (A "Humanities & Neuroscience Fellowships" page details our support for researchers doing ongoing studies.)

International Observatory for Cultural Heritage

The conservation, protection and preservation of heritage and the contemporary destruction of art and architecture are the focus of this new initiative. In 2016–17 the Academy will devote its Fellowship program – and will launch a series of exhibitions and conferences – to addressing the political uses and abuses of cultural heritage as well as the exchange, transport, and trafficking of objects.

Advanced Program of Ancient History and Art

An international summer course of advanced education created by the Academy and by the University of Rome's H2CU. APAHA trains junior scholars in advanced approaches, with first-hand exposure to archaeology.

The Academies Project at the Italian Academy

This project, APIA, is the first website entirely dedicated to the history of scholarly and artistic academies from the Renaissance onward. APIA aims to organize scattered data about academies, their members and their output; to create a network of scholars and readers; to enhance the contemporary conversation about the significance of academies; and to build on their lively patrimony of intellectual innovation, discovery, and creativity.

Digital Serlio Project

Based at Columbia’s Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, an international team of scholars, students and staff will conduct textual and visual analysis and will digitize Sebastiano Serlio’s unpublished manuscript, On Domestic Architecture, as well as published works. Getty Scholars' Workspace™ will provide an online platform; funding for research and scholarship comes from the Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust.

Compagnia di San Paolo Professorship

This Professorship is held by a distinguished visiting scholar from Italy in the fields of History of Art, Musicology, and Italian Studies, teaching within Columbia departments.

Law and its Manifestations

The Academy, in conjunction with the Heyman Center for the Humanities, supports research and seminars to look at law and its images, and at the relationship between law and nature in theory, philosophy, history, and religious thought. (View details of the 2011 and 2012 conferences supported by the Academy.) Fellows Lidia Santarelli and Manuela Bragagnolo have been involved in this project.

SISSA

An agreement with SISSA, the Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati in Trieste, includes an exchange of visiting researchers and cooperation on joint conferences designed to explore the content and evolution of the Universe, and particularly dark energy.