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 researchers of the DisComPoSE project took part in the first congress of the Italian Society of Environmental History (SISAM) dedicated to Environmental History in Italy: Methods and Research Paths held in Catania on 22nd-24th September. On the 23rd Matteo Lazzari and Yasmina Ben Yessef presented their work within the panel coordinated by Gennaro Varriale […]

The sixteenth edition of the Jornadas Internacionales de Historia de las Monarquías Ibéricas dedicated to Las Monarquías Ibéricas: a mirada desde la historia ambiental will be held in Zacatecas, Mexico, from 7th to 9th December 2022. The DisComPoSE research group will lead two thematic sessions on the 8th chaired by Juan Carlos Ruiz Guadalajara (Colsan) […]

The study of the transmission of memory is essential to understand the way in which the societies of the past perceived and interpreted risks of natural origin and to understand the ways in which they reacted to them. This was confirmed by the researchers who participated in the conference Memory and oblivion of traumatic events […]

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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