The Shakespeare’s Rome Project

Università degli Studi Roma Tre
Dipartimento di Lingue Letterature e Culture Straniere

URGENT NOTICE: due to the current health emergency, the fourth edition of the Shakespeare’s Rome international Summer School


New deadline for registration: JULY 15, 2020.

The SRISS is an International Summer School dedicated to Shakespeare’s Rome, a field of research deeply rooted in Roma Tre University as “The Shakespeare’s Rome Project” (2004 – ).

For the first time the SRISS opens a double track: one for undergraduate students (BA) and one for post-graduate students (MA, PhDs, Postdocs, ESL teachers).

Within the Shakespearean corpus the image of ancient Rome works as the emblem of the classical past, a goldmine of foundational myths and the model of an authoritative culture early modern England felt compelled to look to. To Ancient Rome Shakespeare devoted five plays (Titus AndronicusJulius CaesarCoriolanusAntony and CleopatraCymbeline) and a narrative poem (The Rape of Lucrece): the themes and motifs of these works will be examined in depth in the classroom while the city of Rome, with its theatres (and especially the Globe’s replica in the park of Villa Borghese), archaeological sites and artistic resources will offer participants a unique opportunity to complement their study outdoor. Participants will be provided with appropriate methodological tools which will help them to develop a specific competence on Shakespeare’s Rome within an intercultural and interdisciplinary perspective.


The SRISS is under the auspices of the European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA) and of the Italian Association of Shakespearean and Early Modern Studies (IASEMS).

It is supported by the KNIR (The Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome) with bursaries for students from the Netherlands, by UARC (University of Arkansas Rome Center) and by the Silvano Toti Globe Theatre.

             Advisory Board 2020

  • Francesco Bedeschi (Resident Director University of Arkansas Rome Program)
  • Rui Carvalho Homem (Universidade do Porto)
  • Maria Del Sapio Garbero (Roma Tre University)
  • Michael Dobson (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham)
  • Keir Elam (University of Bologna)
  • Andrew Hadfield (University of Sussex)
  • Harald Hendrix (Utrecht University)
  • Coppélia Kahn (Brown University)
  • Maddalena Pennacchia (Roma Tre University)
  • Manfred Pfister (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Gilberto Sacerdoti (Roma Tre University)
  • Elmer Sterken (Interim Director KNIR, Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome)
  • Ramie Targoff (Brandeis University)

            Teachers 2020

  • Victoria Bladen (University of Queensland)
  • Maria Del Sapio Garbero (Roma Tre University)
  • Michael Dobson (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham)
  • Massimo Giuseppetti (Roma Tre University)
  • Coen Heijes (University of Groningen)
  • Hans Jansen (University of Groningen)
  • Consuelo Lollobrigida (University of Arkansas Rome Center)
  • Domenico Lovascio (University of Genoa)
  • Luca Marcozzi (Roma Tre University)
  • Robert Miola (Loyola University Maryland)
  • Maddalena Pennacchia (Roma Tre University)
  • Loredana Scaramella (Silvano Toti Globe Theatre)
  • Ramie Targoff (Brandeis University)
  • Maria Wyke (University College London)

Summer School Director

Maddalena Pennacchia

Honorary President

Maria Del Sapio Garbero


Maria Del Sapio Garbero (ed.), Rome in Shakespeare’s World, Roma, Edizioni Storia e Letteratura, 2018.

VISIT the ESRA 2019 website


Contact: sriss@uniroma3.it


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