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. (An "Art, Humanities, and Neuroscience Fellowships" page details our support for researchers doing ongoing studies.)
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.
An international for-credit 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.
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.
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team of scholars, students and staff conducts textual and visual analysis and has digitized Sebastiano Serlio’s unpublished manuscript, On Domestic Architecture, as well as published works.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.
In a three-year program illuminating aspects of this Mediterranean crossroads, the Sardinia initiative will launch in Spring 2020 with a conference on the history and recent restoration of the Giants of Mont’e Prama, dozens of ancient stone statues that were found by chance in the 1970s.
With funding from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and the participation of Prof. Giuseppe Gerbino, former Fellow Francesca Bortoletti is developing a project on the interactions among texts and images in humanistic and court culture.
A continuing virtual exhibition on the earthquake-flattened town of Amatrice and the fate of its damaged 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.
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 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 selected for this project, along with 2019-2020 Fellow Carolin Behrmann.
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.