The Nanovic Institute promotes and supports research on a broad range of issues relating to the social, cultural, political, economic, and religious dynamics of Europe. The Institute is particularly interested in research that has implications for contemporary debates about European unification and division, though the concept of unification is not restricted to any particular period. The Institute promotes interdisciplinary projects that, like that transcend a focus on any one country, state, or people to stimulate new ways of thinking about Europe as a whole.
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- Religion & Secularism
- Movement of Peoples
- Social & Political Geographies
- Patterns of Integration
In her academic research, Nanovic Fellow Debra Javeline leads two lives. She is passionate about sustainability—and how post-Communist Russia is perceived. She is focused on coastal adaptation to climate change—and...
Eight full-time faculty fellows received Institute funding to conduct exciting and innovative research projects this summer in Europe. Each project intersected with at least one of the Institute's five research...
The premise that somehow Italy’s venerable buildings and urban fabric are inherently fragile is, at best, an exaggeration.
In the story of religious liberty in France, Ernest Renan (1823-1892) holds an influential and complicated place. Is his just a tale of a dissident running afoul of the Church?...
Leading scholars of the Russian Revolution meet in Rome to take into account new information from freer access to previously closed Soviet archives.
Dmytro Sherengovsky, the Nanovic Institute's visiting scholar, answers a few questions about his work and his home country of Ukraine.
An interdisciplinary group focused on cultural revolutions in Europe has a proven track record of award-winning publications and national awards.
Distinguished US-Italian Fulbright Scholars reflect on "The Humanities in a Global Context" at a Nanovic gathering in Rome. Papers are online here.
Do we have adequate histories of European secularism? New translations in philosophy and theology by Nanovic fellows challenge the narrative.
Europe's tent cities are disasters. Are there better ways of housing asylum seekers? A panel exploration and a remarkable new proposal.
Johannes Ambrosius Rosenstrauch (1768-1835) lived a cosmopolitan, protean life. What does this tell us about the social geography of Russia?
How will future generations perceive a common world heritage? Scholars digitize the Forum for the first time and reflect on the implications.
Why does interethnic violence in Europe persist across generations? A major empirical study by scholars at Notre Dame and Milan has answers.
How and why are Catholic European universities involved in the civic formation of their students? A conference in Rome, with papers online here.
What is the place of Islam in contemporary European literature? Muslim and Muslim-born writers gather to reflect together for the first time.
Physical conditions are often staggeringly bad in Europe’s “tent cities,” which are intended to house migrants and asylum seekers. Can they be improved in the short term? In the longer term,...
Nanovic fellow Emilia Justyna Powell (Political Science) has been awarded a Muhammad Bin-Laden Visiting Fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies for April 24 - June 18, 2016. During her...
Alexander M. Martin, Nanovic Fellow and Professor of History, was awarded the 2013 Marc Raeff Book Prize for Enlightened Metropolis: Constructing Imperial Moscow, 1762-1855. The prize, given by the...
Disheartened by anti-Muslim rhetoric that followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Anne García-Romero resolved to write a play that explored the intricacies and nuances of interfaith love, tolerance, and peaceful coexistence....
Each day seems to bring a troubling new chapter as Europe confronts a staggering refugee crisis. On Thursday (Aug. 27), 71 refugees were found dead in the back of an...