DisComPoSE participated in the European Researchers’ Night, a valuable opportunity to bring society closer to the themes, the problems and the challenges of scientific research.
Within this framework, two popular events were held on 27th September 2019 by the DisComPoSE reasearchers. Di fronte alla catastrofe. La storia e la memoria dei disastri naturali in età moderna (In the face of catastrophe. The history and memory of natural disasters in the modern age) was the title of the activities promoted as part of MEETmeTONIGHT and SHARPER, two Marie Skłodowska Curie projects led by the University of Naples Federico II.
Within MEETmeTONIGHT, Domenico Cecere and Anna Chiara Monaco were present from 8.00 to 10.00 p.m. in the Complex of Saints Marcellino and Festo (Naples, Largo S. Marcellino), together with three other research projects of the Department of Humanities. The team members gave a brief presentation of the ongoing investigations into the relationship that human societies build with memory and with the risk of natural disasters, with particular attention to the disasters that have affected the Neapolitan territory, starting from the eruptions of Vesuvius. The researchers illustrated how they were conducting their research, with some examples of textual and iconographic sources for the study of the past.
Within SHARPER, scheduled at the Railway Museum of Pietrarsa (Naples, via Pietrarsa) from 8.00 to 10.00 p.m. Alessandro Tuccillo together with Giovanni Ricciardi, a researcher from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology – Vesuvian Observatory, engaged in a dialogue between History and Earth Science about memory of natural disasters. The meeting-debate saw scholars of different disciplines discussing the way in which they carry out their respective research, presenting some examples of textual, iconographic and audiovisual sources for the study of the natural disasters that have marked the history of the Neapolitan territory in the modern and contemporary age.