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). 

Safeguarding cultural heritage from natural and man-made disasters

Event 23/01/2018

The main objective of this event, organised by Cnr-Isac, is to present an overview on the progress of current relevant European studies and initiatives on Cultural Heritage Risk Management. It also aims to increase the awareness, need and requirement of stakeholders and policy makers who are involved in disaster risk reduction processes to become more integrated in their overall approach and ameliorating intentions

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

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

A hub for cultural heritage science

Press Release 29/03/2017

in Florence, at the Chapter House of the Redi Military Station (former Maglio Monastery), has taken place the international workshop 'Towards a European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science'; this, representing the starting event of the preparatory phase 'E-RIHS PP - European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science - Preparatory Phase -', the European research infrastructure for science on cultural heritage, one of the six new projects entered the ESFRI Roadmap (European Strategy Forum on research infrastructure) in 2016 under Italian leadership. For this launch, the European Commission has approved, within the Horizon 2020 program, a loan of EUR 4 million for research and development. Prof. Massimo Inguscio, President of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), announces that "Italy, with CNR, is the leading partner of the European Research Infrastructure for Science Heritage Preparatory Phase, whose consortium counts 15 member-countries plus Israel".

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