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

Catriona Gallagher in conversation with Léna Lewis-King and Luca Peretti at Fondazione Giuliani
On 24 March, the British School at Rome presents the event “Catriona Gallagher in conversation with Léna Lewis-King and Luca Peretti: a dialogue and screening
Friday 24 March
The Rome Transformed ‘Provocation’ Conference: Contesting Visualisations of the Eastern Caelian from the C1-C8 CE
Click here to register for online attendance for Day 1 Click here to register for online attendance for Day 2 Click here to see the
Thursday 23/03/2023 And Friday 24/03/2023
City of Rome | Reconsidering the Villanovan phenomenon of pre-Roman Italy through an isotope-based perspective: the Fermo and Tarquinia case-study
During the early first millennium BCE, central Italy experienced geopolitical changes characterized by the nucleation of populations recognized as early forms of urbanization. Human groups
Thursday 6 April
18:00 - 19:30