Humanities & Social Sciences



Study of the Humanities has been at the heart of the BSR since its foundation in 1901 while the Social Sciences are an equally important but more recent addition to its activity.

Our aim is to act as a catalyst for academic research and creative practice through engagement with Mediterranean, Italian and Rome-based international agencies to enhance connectivity, partnership and collaboration for UK and Commonwealth researchers and creative artists.

Humanities research at the BSR covers all periods from antiquity to the present. Our work in the Science Sciences engages with global challenges as our pre- COP26 roundtable series run in conjunction with UCL under the auspices of the British Embassy show.

Public lectures, Conferences and Workshops

From October to June the BSR presents public lectures by our award-holders and other invited speakers. These are complemented by the talks, lectures and exhibitions offered as part of the Fine Arts and Architecture programmes.

The BSR’s superb 120 seat Sainsbury Lecture Theatre, Gallery and seminar spaces, host conferences and book presentations providing a forum for speakers from many disciplines. These augment the interdisciplinary lecture programme and promote intellectual exchange, both within the BSR and amongst the wider academic community.

The BSR hosts conferences throughout the year. These range across the full interdisciplinary scope of the BSR and enable resident scholars and artists to present their research, as well as promoting intellectual exchange with the wide range of artists and scholars in Rome, Italy and internationally.

Explore more on Humanities activities in the British School at Rome Annual Review.

Evening film screening ‘Quo Vadis’, photo by Antonio Palmieri

Latest Events

Latest Events

Visit “Verve”, the first Bridget Riley painted ceiling at the BSR
Verve, the latest work by one of the UK’s most celebrated contemporary artists, Bridget Riley, a painted ceiling for the British School at Rome (BSR),
28 September
15:00 - 16:00
“Specially placed to uphold a load: Reading & In conversation” with Holly Graham and Kwanza Musi Dos Santos
On 29 September at 6 pm Libreria GRIOT will host ‘Specially placed to uphold a load: Reading & In conversation’ with Holly Graham, artist and
29 September
18:00 - 19:30
ARTIST’S TALK: Zineb Sedira in conversation with Morad Montazami
On Wednesday 4 October 2023 at 6 pm, the BSR is pleased to present a Fine Arts Talk with French artist Zineb Sedira, who will
4 October 2023
18:00 - 19:30