On Monday 3 October, the BSR welcomed sixteen new award-holders into the fold! Their first week has been packed with talks, events and inductions, and it has been a fantastic start to the new academic year.
Highlights of the week included two sessions of introductory talks, in which each award-holder gave a brief presentation on their area of interest and set out what they hope to achieve while at the BSR, and more generally how the experience of being in Rome might enrich their research or practice. It was wonderful to see such a wide range of fascinating topics being discussed, and we are very much looking forward to seeing the fruits of their labours in the coming months!
Our award-holders were also treated to a tour of the Forum and Palatine by our very own Director, Christopher Smith. Previous reviews of this tour have heralded it as ‘life-changing’ and ‘legendary’, and it certainly lived up to its reputation! The tour began and ended in the pouring rain, but the award-holders were rewarded for their perseverance with a burst of sunshine at the very end, giving a spectacular view of the Forum.
Back at the BSR on Thursday evening, our staff, residents and award-holders were joined by a number of guests from London Business School to attend a discussion on the EU Referendum hosted by Jill Morris, the UK Ambassador to Italy. Italians and English alike were very keen to have an insight into how the Embassy intends to approach the issue of Brexit, and the lively discussion continued over a buffet dinner, as the attendees had the opportunity to debate further questions with the Ambassador.
The final introductory event was a visit to the Villa Medici, hosted by the French Academy, where the BSR award-holders met their fellow artists and scholars from the other foreign academies and institutes in Rome.
We hope that the new award-holders had a fantastic first week, and we are extremely excited to see what the months to follow will bring with them on board!
Click here to see a full list of this year’s award-holders.
Ellie Johnson (Administrative assistant)