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.

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Researchers find the key to preserving "The Scream"

Press release 15/05/2020

Moisture is the main environmental factor that triggers the degradation of the masterpiece "The Scream" by Edvard Munch, according to the finding of an international team of scientists led by the National Research Council of Italy (Cnr) using a combination of in situ non-invasive spectroscopic methods and synchrotron Xray techniques. After exploiting the capability of the European mobile platform Cnr Molab in situ and non-invasively at the Munch Museum in Oslo, the researchers came to the ESRF, the European Synchrotron in Grenoble (France), the world’s brightest X-ray source, to carry out non-destructive experiments on micro-flakes originating from one of the most well-known versions of The Scream. The findings could help better preserve this masterpiece, which is seldom exhibited due to its degradation. The study is published in Science Advances, here is the ESRF press release

The Loggia of Cupid and Psyche

Institutional Area

The Visual Computing Lab of Cnr-Isti developed an interactive web system to explore the Loggia of Cupid and Psyche, frescoed by Raffaello Sanzio, and other paintings of  Villa Farnesina (Rome). The system allows to immerse in the paintings, examining and discovering -both from an historical, artistic and scientific point of view- the 170 species of the vegetal festoons, and the 50 animal species represented in the vault 

Towards a conscious management of smart working

Institutional Area

How to preserve the delicate balance between private and professional life when work breaks into the home through networked connections? This is a question deeply felt by many smart, or "agile" workers. A question all the more acute today, given the condition of domestic isolation in which these workers find themselves operating due to the spread of the Coronavirus: an opinion by researchers Daniele Demarco and Luisa Errichiello (Cnr-Ismed) 

Elexis, towards a European lexicographic infrastructure 

Institutional area

The Institute for computational linguistics “A. Zampolli” (Cnr-Ilc) is among the partners of Elexis, the european project funded under the programme Horizon 2020 aimed at building a European lexicographic infrastructure. The project aims to harmonize the enormous amount of dictionaries and dictionary data published by European institutions, publishers, universities and communities, and to develop tools which can be used by everyone  

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

Cnr-Issirfa Newsletter

Institutional area

The lastest issue of the newsletter of the Cnr Institute for the Study of Regionalism, Federalism and Self-Government 'Massimo Severo Giannini' gets a glimpse on recent activities, publications and events

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

Babylonian Talmud translation project

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The goal of the Babylonian Talmud translation project  is the computerized Italian translation of this central text in Jewish culture.  Key element of the project is the innovative computerized system developed by the Cnr's Institute for Computational Linguistics based in Pisa: this system, called Traduco, has been designed specifically for this project to enhance the work of translators, and it's being constantly supported by Cnr's highly experienced researchers of computational linguistics and computer experts

Journal of Cultural Heritage

Institutional area

The Journal of Cultural Heritage (JCH) is a multidisciplinary journal of science and technology for studying problems concerning conservation and awareness of cultural heritage in a wide framework

Joint Archaeological laboratories

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The Joint Archaeological laboratories are 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

Cnr-Ismed library repository

Institutional Area

The library catalogie of the Institute for Studies on the Mediterranean of the National research coincil of Italy, is available, with many bibliographic digital resources 

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

The virtual museum of Iraq

Institutional area

This virtual museum opens a window on the superbe treasures of antique Mesopotamia, showing in particular the recovered antiquities of Baghdad National Museum. The museum is a result of a scientific-cultural project promoted by the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and realised by the National Research Council of Italy  

Three armenian manuscripts from Tuscany

Institutional area

The manuscripts are one of the main symbols of Armenian culture and civilization, often representing the main testimonies of the exchanges and relationships between the Armenian and Italy. An exhibition in Erevan, realized with the support of Cnr-Isti digital platform 3DHop shows these treasures