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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​Italy-Iran: a 60-year-long cooperation in protecting cultural heritage

Press review november 2019

The exhibition narrates and celebrates the 60-year-long presence of Italian archaeological missions in Iran and the bilateral cooperation on the joint protection and promotion of Iran’s cultural heritage through 52 illustrative panels, photographic documentation and the findings from different archaeological sites

The legislation and the Governement of complexity: inter-institutional dialogue and citizen participation

Institutional area

On June 28th, 2019, at the Palazzo Pica Alfieri in L'Aquila, as part of an event promoted by the Chamber of Deputies and the Conference of Presidents of the Legislative Assemblies of the Regions and Autonomous Provinces, the 2017-2018 Report on legislation between the State, Regions and the European Union was presented, edited by the Observatory on the legislation of the Chamber of Deputies. Cnr-Issirfa has developed the part on the 'Trends and problems of regional legislation' that highlights some significant aspects of the trends and problems emerging in the legislation of the Regions, with implications on their political-administrative organization

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

Call for Joint Archaeological Laboratories

Institutional area

A selection having the purpose of creating four Joint International Archaeological Laboratories has been launched, applications must be filled out and submitted exclusively using the online procedure reachable on this web site and forwarded via PEC no later than October 31st 2019 at 12:00

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

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: 95 years of future


On November 2018, Cnr marked its 95th anniversary: a special ceremony was organised in the Cnr Rome headquarters, attended by major institutional representatives

Babylonian Talmud translation project

Institutional area

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

Joint Archaeological laboratories

Institutional area

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

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 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  

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

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