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Project leaders: Dr. Anna Blennow and Dr. Stefano Fogelberg Rota

For more than 2000 years, travellers from all over the world have gathered in Rome for the purpose of taking part in history and sharing and expanding knowledge and beliefs. Strangers or foreigners have thus through the centuries formed their own societies and meeting points within the society; urban areas where they could interact. This has created the effect that a stranger often feels at home in Rome, sometimes more so than in their actual hometowns. A guidebook to Rome is more than a guidebook to an unknown city; it is a guidebook to finding ones ‘real’ home. This home could be described in terms of a common cultural heritage, which has been re-experienced by generations of travellers up to the present day.
The aims of the project are to trace the origins and development of the guidebook genre, with focus on the city of Rome; to define the elements, functions and strategies that shape the identities of the author, the traveller and the place, and further to discuss the impact of the guidebooks, through history, on the modern guidebook of today and its role in cultural meetings and exchanges in Europe. The image of the city and its inhabitants varies greatly in the texts depending on, for instance, historical, national and political context as well as literary canon. The project will be concerned with all these aspects considering how they interact, over time, with the particularities of the guidebook as a genre.
The project is financed 2013–2015 by the Tercentenary Fund of the Swedish National Bank (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond)


Dr. Anna Blennow: ’The Stone Guide. The interplay between guidebooks and Latin epigraphy in the Middle Ages and Early Modern period’

Dr. Anna Bortolozzi: ’Describing and representing ancient Rome. The role of Renaissance architects between treatises, itineraria and antiquarian studies’

Associate Prof. Carina Burman: ’Rome in 8 days’

Dr. Stefano Fogelberg Rota: ’The foreign in guidebooks to Rome and its influence on Swedish eighteenth-century travel literature’

Associate Prof. Sabrina Norlander Eliasson: ’The Baedeker effect and the Arts. Regular Paths and Liberal Shortcuts to Aesthetic appreciation’

Prof. Victor Plahte Tschudi: ’Bartholomeo Marliano – the first modern guidebook’

Dr. Frederick Whitling: ’The topography of the mind: passing through the Roman centuries with Henrik Schück and Erik Sjöqvist’

Expert reference group

Prof. Michael Rowlands, Dr. Chloe Chard, Assoc. Prof. Claes Gejrot, Prof. Anders Cullhed, Prof. Bengt Lewan, Assoc. Prof. Simon Malmberg


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