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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Violon. Céret by Pablo Picasso: The case of a lost painting. A methodological approach

Institutional area

In a research study participated by Eleonora Stella and Roberta Iannaccone from Cnr-Icvbc, the methodological approach used for the study of a painting from Pablo Picasso's cubist period is examined in order to verify its authenticity. In a perspective of a multidisciplinary research and activity, the outcomes obtained made it possible to identify a work of art by the Spanish painter which had always been considered lost

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

Italy, China have mutual interests in conservation, restoration of monuments

Press review 19/03/2019

In an interview to 'Xinhua News Agency', the director of the Cnr Department of human and social sciences and cultural heritage Gilberto Corbellini and researcher Heleni Porfyriou explain how the exchanges between the two countries go on in this field

Cnr-Ircres summer school: Machine learning, Network science and Text mining

Event from 01/07/2019 to 03/07/2019

EU-SPRI is a major European conference focused on actors, instruments, practices, and policies for research and innovation, to pursuing sustainable development goals using the problem-solving approach: this year, Eu-SPRI summer school is hosted by Cnr-Ircres in Rome. A call is open until May 1st 2019

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

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

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

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

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