Projects & Initiatives
The conservation, protection, and preservation of heritage and the contemporary destruction of art and architecture are the focus of this initiative. A series of exhibitions and conferences—and some selected Fellowships—address the political uses and abuses of cultural heritage as well as the exchange, transport, and trafficking of objects.
Titled On the Move: Prehistoric Mobility and the Spread of Agriculture in Eurasia and funded by NOMIS, a private Swiss foundation, this initiative engages evolutionary anthropology, genetics, archaeology, and more to address a fundamental demographic and cultural change in human evolutionary history: the transition from foraging to farming.
The Italian Academy marks Holocaust Remembrance Day with an annual academic event exploring issues of discrimination and crimes against humanity. Over the years, the Academy has broadened its focus to explore groups that were targeted in the racism and xenophobia of the Nazi and Fascist regimes, and that suffered and died along with the millions of Jews.
Based at Columbia’s Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, an international team of scholars, students and staff conducts textual and visual analysis and has digitized Sebastiano Serlio’s unpublished manuscript, On Domestic Architecture, as well as published works. Funding for research and scholarship is provided by the Sidney J. Weinberg, Jr. Foundation and by the Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust.
A digital exhibition on the earthquake-damaged town of Amatrice and the fate of its cultural heritage. Developed by former Fellow Francesco Gangemi, together with Rossana Torlontano and Valentina Valerio, in collaboration with the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, and with the Soprintendenza archeologia del Lazio as an official partner.