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Research Activity – Cultural Heritage Faculty

The research activity conducted by the professors and researchers of the Literature Faculty was mainly focused on individual research projects and has recently promoted several initiatives of cooperation with other research institutes. The consistent list of publications, available in the note at the end of the present Report, the positive VQR 2010-2014 assessment, the qualifications of Associate Professor awarded to two permanent researchers for the M-STO/01 (Medieval History) and L-FIL-LET/01 (Aegean Civilizations) sectors and to an Associate Professor for the L-ART/04 sector, the funding of a PRIN project (ref. prot. 2010PEA4H8), 2010/11 call, all of them are elements in support of the satisfactory profile of the Faculty’s research activities.

In addition, thanks to the convention with ref. prot. n. 5907, 14.12.2015, Dr. Daniele Malfitana, Director of the Institute of Archeological and Monuments Heritage of the National Council of Research (Catania, Lecce, Potenza) (IBAM), starting from 2015-2016 academic year, will start an educational and research activity for the scientific disciplinary sector L-ANT/07 (archeology and history of the Greek and Roman art) lasting 3 (three) years.

Thanks to this convention a specific sector for planning, managing and coordinating the research work, advanced-level education and specialization will be implemented on issues related to the sector of cultural heritage by adopting a wider perspective allowing for launching UNINETTUNO’s participation in regional, national and international competitive research programs also promoting the inclusion and planning of activities developed by UNINETTUNO in the framework of national and international scientific and research networks and institutions.
The Literature Faculty’s research work prioritizes four main fields of the archeological, historical, historical-artistic and literary areas based on the following research strands:

In the archeological area:

  • Funeral rituals in the Crete of the neo-palatial and post-palatial age (XVIII-XIII Centuries B. C.);
  • Contacts between the island of Crete and the Eastern Aegean Sea during the middle and late Bronze Age;
  • Ceramic productions and craftsmanship aspects in the Southern Crete at the beginning of the neo-palatial age  (XVIII-XVII Centuries B. C.);

In the historical-artistic area:

  • Issues of collectionism and museology from the XV to XXI Century;
  • Furniture arrangements and collections in Roman houses (1550-1750);
  • Decorative models and systems used in the Roman palaces and villas in the second half of the XVII Century;
  • Artists and craftsmen in XVII Century Rome: mansions and workshops;
  • Pietro Fachetti  Mantua’s painter, portrayer and agent at Rome’s Court (1575 – 1619);
  • Raffaello as portrayer;
  • Andrea Sansovino and the sculpture of Central Italy between the XV and the XVI Century;
  •  Etruscan culture in art and in literature between the XIII and the XVI Century in Tuscany..

In the historical area:

  • Pre-industrial techniques: development of the iron metallurgy, spreading of the new knowledge for exploiting water energy, relationships among mining-metallurgic sites and settlements in Italy and Europe in the Middle Ages;
  • Encastellation in Tuscany between the X and XIII Century and the founding of peopling castles and the “new lands”;
  • Prosopography of aristocrats’ families of the Florentine county folk between the X and the XII Century;
  • Tuscan aristocracy between the VI and XII Century in the light of the written and archeological sources;
  • Forms of internal social mobility in the rural world in the Growth Age (XII-XIII): the milites in Northern and Central Italy.

In the humanities-literary area:

  • The Italian literature and transculturalism since 1900 to the present time;
  • The question of violence and of war in the Italian contemporary fiction;
  • The question of food as identity catalyst: “migrant” Italian writers;
  • Literary and cinema fictions of the urban landscape: the case of Rome’s Ghetto (research unit PRIN 2010PEA4H8).


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