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 lively interest in the digital exhibition Paper eruptions has prompted the researchers of DisComPoSE and of the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institut für Kunstgeschichte to offer some public thematic tours starting from a selection of volumes on display. During the first appointment on Saturday 7th May 2022, the contents of the six sections […]

From 4th to 6th July, the Universidade Da Coruña hosted an international seminar entitled De lo analógico a lo digital: gestión, uso y estudio del patrimonio bibliográfico organised by Nieves Pena Sueiro and Javier Ruiz Astiz. Scholars and librarians convened to reflect on the state of the digitisation process of the ancient bibliographic heritage and the challenges […]

DisComPoSe took part in the international conference Giovanni Antonio Nigrone «Fountaineer and Water Engineer»: Natural Philosophy, Technology and Hydrology at the Turn of the XVI Century, organized at the National Library of Naples within the H2020 ERC project Water-Cultures. The Water Cultures of Italy,1500-1900, led by David Gentilcore, Professor of the University of Venice Ca’ […]

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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