RESEARCH

The Department is articulated in four scientific areas: Mediaeval History and Palaeography; Modern and Contemporary History; Ethnoanthropological Studies; Historical-Religious Studies. It hosts important historical, anthropological, archaeological, and interdisciplinary research activities. Moreover, the Department manages several research projects in collaboration with scientific foundations and local institutions.  

                                             

The Department of History Cultures Religions publishes a series that, like the Department itself, is articulated in four areas (Mediaeval History and Palaeography; Modern and Contemporary History; Ethnoanthropological Studies; Historical-Religious Studies), and four scientific journals (“Dimensioni e Problemi della Ricerca Storica”; “Studi e Materiali di Storia delle Religioni”; “L’Uomo Società Tradizione Sviluppo”; and “Eurostudium”). 

 

The Department hosts the Centre “Altiero Spinelli”, that is devoted to research and cultural activities strictly related to Europeist Studies.

It formally supports the interdepartmental Centre of services “Digilab – Mediateca delle Scienze Umanistiche” and the research Centre “SPES – Studi per lo Sviluppo”. 

On the international level, the Department has important scientific and didactic collaborations with several foreign universities (Ghana, Ethiopia, etc.).

 

It promotes, through the Centre SPES, a network of universities with the aim to protect the biological and cultural diversity, on the ground of the Memorandum of Understanding between Sapienza University and the Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity, Montreal.

 

The research activities of the Department also include ethnological projects in Ghana, Ethiopia, Mexico and Uruguay and an archaeological mission to Egypt (Ptolemaic-Roman-Coptic site of Bakchias, Fayyūm) in collaboration with the Department of History Cultures and Civilizations of Bologna University.

 

Lastly, the Departments host the ERC Advance project 82015): “PAThs - Tracking Papyrus and Parchment Paths: An Archaeological Atlas of Coptic Literature. Literary Texts in their Geographical Context. Production, Copying, Usage, Dissemination and Storage”