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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"Peering under Vermeers without peeling off the paint"

Press review 28/06/2021

High-tech scanning techniques used by geologists, planetary scientists, drug companies and the military are revealing secrets of how artists created their masterpieces. Amongst these scientists, also Marcello Picollo, a researcher at the Cnr Institute of Applied Physics "Nello Carrara" in Florence, as the New York Times reports

New light on prehistoric Egypt in museum collections with the PrEMuC project

News 02/07/2021

The main objective of the multidisciplinary PrEMuC project "Prehistoric Egypt in Museum Collections”, directed by Giulio Lucarini, Cnr-Ispc researcher, is to shed new light on the collections of Egyptian prehistoric and Predynastic artefacts, mainly lithics and ceramics, coming from the excavations carried out at the beginning of the twentieth century at the sites of Heliopolis, Hammamiya and Gebelein: an important yet little-known source of information about the Egyptian past

Between text and image in a medieval codex: a new edition for the Meditationes vitae Christi

News 15/06/2021

This volume, offering  the first critical edition of one of the most influential devotional narratives of the late middle ages, arises from an international collaboration which involved Cnr researchers at the Opera del Vocabolario Italiano (Cnr-Ovi)

A Guarneri violin in the attic

Press release 17/05/2021

A violin of unknown origin and uncertain value becomes a museum piece.  A WhatsApp photograph was sufficient for Mauro Bernabei (Cnr-Ibe, Institute for BioEconomy of the National Research Council Italy), who employed dendrochronology - the technique that uses the characteristic patterns of the annual growth rings of trees - to determine the year of manufacture of this musical instrument and to attribute it to Giuseppe Guarneri filius Andreae (c. 1666-1740), the leading exponent of this family of luthiers from Cremona.  The results are published in Heritage Science

Liber - Linear B Electronic Resources

Institutional area

The Linear B Electronic Resources (LiBER) project, launched by the National Research Council of Italy, has been conceived and developed by Maurizio Del Freo (Cnr-Ispc) and Francesco Di Filippo (Cnr-ISMed). The final goal of the project is to create a complete digital edition of the Linear B documents and to make it available to all scholars interested in the Mycenaean civilisation together with a new search engine for the processing of logosyllabic scripts and Web-GIS functions for the topographical representation of the documents.Current ly, the database contains all the Linear B documents from Knossos, Mycenae, Tiryns, and Midea

Underground Built Heritage Valorisation: A Handbook

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Edited by Cnr Edizioni, this handbook covers all lectures and research activities developed and presented in the context of the first "Underground4value Training School". The School, a main focal point of the COST Action CA18110 “Underground Built Heritage as catalyser for Community Valorisation” was held in Naples, at the majestic Castel dell’Ovo overlooking the sea. It was a challenging experience that attracted 30 graduate trainees from 12 countries across Europe and Turkey

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  

Ibam Archaeological Missions

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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

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

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

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