Social sciences and humanities, cultural heritage

Research in the Cnr Department of Social Science and Humanities, cultural heritage embraces social sciences as a whole as well as material and immaterial cultural heritage. The activity is focused on four disciplinary macro-areas: cultural studies, law, social sciences, linguistics and cognitive research, that are very different from each other but unified by the common goal of contributing to knowledge, preservation, use of cultural identity and cultural heritage.

Among the main themes: information and communication technology, research evaluation and indicators, e-publishing, smart cities, innovation, creativity for knowledge society economics SME, democracy and laws, analysis of European, national, regional and communal institutions, migrations and transmission of culture, Multilanguage, teaching technologies, communications security, social cohesion and competitiveness patterns, cognitive science, computational linguistics, history of language and lexicography, history of philosophy and science, history of ancient and modern Mediterranean, cultural heritage preservation, archiving, cataloguing and representation, cultural heritage diagnostic, conservation, and restoration, archaeology; archaeometry; cultural heritage valorization.

Download the Department brochure - Department video (italian version). 

Investment in innovation for European recovery: a public policy priority

Institutional Area

The 2008 crisis had severe consequences in Europe, especially for investment, including investments
in R&D and innovation. In the Cnr-Irpps working paper researchers argue that there are large scientific and technological opportunities that
could pave the way to a new stage of social development and economic growth, but they need appropriate economic policies to be seized

Ibam Archaeological Missions

Institutional Area

The archaeological park of Hierapolis (Turkey) is an area of extraordinary environmental, as well as historical and archaeological interest: the remains of the Hellensitic-Roman and Byzantine city lay within it. Ibam-Cnr is carrying on archaeological studies in this area since 2001

The archaeology of sound of the cultic theatre in a Greek City in Sicily

Institutional Area

The research project STESICHOROS, held by Angela Bellia at Cnr-Ibam, aims to assess and recover the lost intangible heritage of cultic theatre acoustics through the acoustic reconstruction of spaces of the past, establishing establish a new line of research at the crossroads of archaeomusicology, architecture, acoustics, and digital technologies

2018 Short Term Mobility Programme

Institutional Area

The 2018 Short Term Mobility Programme, aimed at fostering international research cooperation among Cnr and international research institution, is now available.  Deadline for participation is July 31, 2018 

The Ancient Nasca World. New Insights from Science and Archaeology


This Springer book by the Italian researchers Rosa Lasaponara (IMAA-CNR), Nicola Masini (IBAM-CNR) and Giuseppe Orefici (Director of the Study Center CISRAP) presents outstanding chapter contributions on the Precolumbian Nasca culture in a variety of artistic expressions such as architecture, geoglyphs, ceramics, music, and textiles

Joint Archaeological laboratories

Institutional area

The Joint Archaeological laboratories is based on a proposal of joint research made by Italian and Foreign researchers together, who share, as well as their skills also their research facilities, thus creating a meeting place both physical and virtual, with new and improved characteristics when compared to the original participating single structures, that is a Joint Archaeological laboratories

Gugliemo Marconi, the man, the scientist and the inventor

Video october 2017

80 years after his death and 90 from the Cnr’s presidency, the figure of Guglielmo Marconi is celebrated focusing on three aspects: the man, the scientist and the inventor. The documentary, produced by the Cnr webtv, was presented together with 'The sea at the end of the Earth: the Italian research in Anctartica' at the Indian Science Film Festival 2017 held in Chennai (India) from October 13 to October 16