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Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships and internships, meetings, and exhibitions. Located in residential Georgetown, Dumbarton Oaks welcomes researchers at all career stages who come to study its books, objects, images, and documents. It opens its doors to the public to visit its historic garden, designed by Beatrix Farrand; its museum, with world-class collections of art; and its Music Room, for lectures and concerts. The institute disseminates knowledge through its publications and online resources. Innovative programming has introduced students of all ages to the museum, garden, and collections.

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Dumbarton Oaks Response to COVID-19

As a public health precaution, the Museum and Garden are closed temporarily, at least through December 31. During the fall term, all public events will be virtual.

We are closely monitoring developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and will update our website to reflect any changes to our operations and programming.



Oct 01, 2020 - Oct 01, 2020

Memoryscapes of King Philip’s War: Revisiting Indigenous and Colonial Places, Histories, and Legacies

Christine DeLucia revisits late 17th-century Native American and colonial encounters, shedding new light on how and why diverse communities pursued diplomacy, peacemaking, and violence.
Oct 30, 2020 - Oct 30, 2020

Rethinking Byzantine Masculinities: Gender, Sexuality, Emotions, Devotion

Four scholars engage in conversation about research on gender, sexuality, emotions, and devotion.
Nov 04, 2020 - Nov 04, 2020

When Cortés Met Malinche, and Montezuma Met Cortés: Alternative Facts and Disturbing Truths

Matthew Restall offers new theories and perspectives on the Spanish-Aztec encounter, arguing that it is time to upend the traditional tale of the so-called Conquest.



 

Research

Dumbarton Oaks supports and publishes scholarship in the three areas of study supported by Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss: Byzantine Studies, including related aspects of late Roman, early Christian, western Medieval, Slavic, and Near Eastern Studies; Pre-Columbian Studies of Mexico, Central America, and Andean South America; and Garden and Landscape Studies, including garden history, landscape architecture, and related disciplines.

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Online Resources



Reviving an Eighth-Century Coptic Chronicle

Felege-Selam Solomon Yirga shifts our understanding of what constitutes a Byzantine person

Baboons, Hyenas, and Slow Science

Erika Milam investigates the role of landscape in decades-long scientific projects

Breaking Your Oath

Savvas Kyriakidis talks tyrants, trial by hot iron, and social relationships in Byzantium