New projects for ULiège in Italy


Teaching and research programmes are planned with the University La Sapienza of Rome and the Archaeological Park Ostia Antica

A Belgian State Visit to Italy was planned for 1-3 December 2021. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic situation, it has been cancelled. However, the ULiège has maintained the elements of a specific programme planned in parallel to the official part of the mission. The Rector, Prof. Pierre Wolper, thus went to Rome.

The programme, condensed over two days, included meetings with academic authorities and students, as well as a scientific study programme.

On 2 December, a meeting was organised with the Vice-Rector for International Relations of the University of La Sapienza, Prof. Bruno Botta, as well as with the Director Dr. Sabine Van Sprang of the Academia Belgica and her deputy director Charles Bossu. An event also brought together 25 former Erasmus students who studied at ULiège and current ULiège students in Rome.

The day of 3 December was dedicated to the visit of the excavation site of Prof. Thomas Morard's team (History of Art and Archaeology of Greco-Roman Antiquity, Research Unit Art, Archaeology and Heritage) at Ostia Antica and to the meeting with the director of the Archaeological Park, Alessandro D'Alessio.

New perspectives of collaboration are opening up for the University of Liege. Prof. Thomas Morard wishes to develop with the University of La Sapienza a joint laboratory in the fields of archaeology and archaeometry, combining the expertise of the ULiège with the Department of Archaeology of Prof. Domenico Palombi.

Within this framework, a first project could be the implementation of an intensive Erasmus + programme allowing students to follow a course in the field of archaeology in partnership with the Archaeological Park of Ostia Antica.

It is also worth noting that Prof. Morard has just been selected for funding by the FNRS for a four-year research programme on : "Revisiting the urban forms of Ostia in the Republican period and the first century of the Empire: a dialogue of history and non-invasive archaeology".

Photos © ULiège 2021

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