DisComPoSE examines the European and extra-European territories of the Hispanic Monarchy between the 16th and 18th centuries, and intends to understand how specific interpretations of environmental disasters influenced the evolution of cultural frameworks, of social relations and of power structures in ancien régime societies.

The project Disasters, Communication and Politics in Southwestern Europe: the Making of Emergency Response Policies in the Early Modern Age (DisComPoSE) investigates the connections between the circulation of news about natural disasters, the processing of information about such events and the development of emergency management policies.

The five-year project is financed by the European Research Council (ERC) and is hosted by the Department of Humanities of the University of Naples Federico II. It involves scholars from different fields: from social and cultural history to the history of institutions, from textual criticism to the history of language and images, from anthropology to the history of science.

News and Events

The site of the Italian Society for the History of the Early Modern Age (SISEM) hosts the editorial by Domenico Cecere Memorie corte. Le società di antico regime e l’esperienza delle catastrofi (Short memories. Ancien régime societies and the experience of disasters). Drawing on some aspects of public communication observed during the current health emergency, […]

DisComPoSE has expanded the field of investigation into disasters caused by natural events. In the conference of 7th and 8th June Communication, politics and emergency management in the Hispanic Monarchy. Sixteenth-eighteenth centuries, interesting dynamics of transformation of the forms and content of communication, that characterized the different territorial and political spheres of the Hispanic Monarchy […]

DisComPoSE took part in the eighth edition of Rencontres Recherche et Création. La mémoire du future (At the crossroads of research and artistic creativity. Memory of the future) organized by the French National Research Agency (ANR) and the Avignon Festival at the St. Louis Cloister Avignon and online. In the session Escape from the past […]

Inside DisComPoSE

– Networks and Partnerships –

The DisComPoSE research group participates in the international APURIS project. Las administraciones públicas y los regios naturales en las monarquías borbónicas (siglos XVII-XIX), which brings together researchers belonging to three research groups working on the response of public institutions to environmental disasters in Spain, read more


DisComPoSE plans to create publications, international conferences, seminars, and a digital archive of the disaster writings, on a corpus consisting of thousands of texts, of different types and written in different periods and cultural contexts, which will allow to combine “distant reading” (that is, the analysis of large amounts of data) read more

– Database –

The digital archive of the disasters’ writings and images, currently in the development phase, will be freely available. The database will collect the transcriptions and reproductions of printed texts, manuscripts and visual representations of natural disasters occurring in the territories of the Spanish read more

This project has received funding from the European Research (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement N°759829

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