Lavoro nella redazione di Forma Vrbis e della Fondazione Dià Cultura come responsabile della comunicazione insieme ai colleghi (la metà dei quali sono archeologi!): Laura Pasquali, Simona Sanchirico, Francesco Pignataro, Chiara Leporati, Alessandra Botta e Paolo Grazioli.

RomArché: days of archaeological discovery


RomArché. Fair of Archaeological Publishing. This name does not seems to describe fully all that this manifestation has become in its six years of life. RomArché is a heap of encounters for “experts and not” of the archaeological and cultural field at large, mixed with events that span from laboratories and meetings with experimental archaeologists, to exhibitions and actual performances of actors, musicians and visual artists. This manifestation has grown to become an important part of the Roman cultural scene.

But how it would  look like a typical day at RomArché?

First of all you would be walking around in an incredible piece of cultural heritage as, to cite only the last three locations where we were hosted, the Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia, the Museum of the Imperial Forums at Mercati di Traiano and the archaeological area of the Domitian Stadium under Piazza Navona.

Participating in RomArché always means to have the chance to meet a number of experts, national and international,  not only in the archaeological field but also in many other fields such as history, anthropology, museum studies and many more. So if you are a student or a young researcher or even simply an enthusiast of archaeology you will have the chance to ask questions or, if you are very shy, to enjoy as a bystander the interesting talks that sprout during coffee breaks.

It is important to remember that the original spirit of RomArché remains faithful to the written word. During the days of the manifestation you could find all the best publication in the archaeological field reunited under the same roof, or masonry vault, it depends on the location!

Scholars and book buffs in general crowd the space where the archaeological publishing houses display their newest realises and the spaces of the BiblioArchè a collection of the best production of those publishers that could not be present with their stand, in this way there is no risk to be disappointed.

As the days grow longer (RomArché is usually held in May) also our program grows to involve our public as much as possible. You could try innovative ways of  experience ancient artefacts, assist to re-enacting performances involving sound, taste, touch and of course sight, participate in laboratories of experimental archaeology and learn how much skill a craftsmen had to have before the invention of Youtube tutorials.

To sum up the RomArché experience can be enjoyed equally by experts, enthusiasts and curios people that can be equally sure to get in contact with rigorous scientific contents and innovative and creative ways of experience culture.

So stay tuned for the 2016 edition of RomArché, that this year will have a theme that never ceased to fascinate mankind throughout all his history.

Museum.Dià: museums in the 2.0 era

The field of museum studies is experiencing a period of great discussions and changes as new technologies and new ways of cultural heritage presentation have become part of our daily lives.

To foster the dialogue in the field, Fondazione Dià Cultura has created, in collaboration with the British School of Rome, the Museum.Dià project. It has been imagined has a tool for reflection, strategic elaboration and international professional cooperation.

We structured Museum.Dià as a series of international study meetings to spark the discussion on the themes of museum design, programming, and management.

The case studies that have been presented at the international conference that launched the project, RomArché 2014 V Salone dell’Editoria Archeologica, were diverse. Although they varied in location, typology, and objective, all of the presentations imagined the presentation cultural collections in a structured environment.

The conference covered many topics including: museums and storytelling, the importance of research on collections and how to communicate it, object preservation, the character of historic properties and Home Museums, virtual museums, protecting the function and physical integrity of museums in war zones, and the public role of contemporary museums.

We are now planning the second cycle of meetings for May 2016. Follow our activities and you will know this year’s theme very soon!

copertina museum.dià

Forma Urbis: where archaeology meets people

Forma Urbis was founded in the 90s with the innovative idea of spreading the knowledge of the Roman world, and its many manifestations, to the general public through the use of highly scientific archaeological contents narrated with a very modern journalistic language.

Nobody could have imagined then how important “communication”has become today for the archaeological profession.

Since then we have much evolved. We retained our  highly scientific soul and guaranteed the widespread availability of the magazine, while we worked for expanding our areas of interest, moving from Rome to all the pre-Roman archaeology and the Roman archaeology abroad. Recently we moved forward to include Near Eastern archaeology too.

As the editorial staff grew, involving also many archaeologists, we felt the need to be more connected to the always changing and innovating field of the archaeological profession and also to expand our investigation to the themes of conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage that were becoming a protagonist of the dialogue in the cultural sector.

Thanks to Forma Urbis we were able to create a substantial network of collaborations during the years that comprises Universities, Superintendence, Foreign Cultural Research Institutes, associations and Archaeological Missions, our goal has always been to become an instrument of divulgation for the public at large but at the same time to become a way for experts to experience a new and faster way of communication.

We worked to structure the pages of our magazine as a dialogue among academics, scholars and young researchers at the beginning of their career  to follow the evolution of the archaeological profession and the new discoveries, tools and professional figures that are emerging in the field.

One of our priorities has always been to involve young archaeological researchers in our work.

We often collaborate with young researchers for the scientific editing of the magazine contents, as to always have fresh minds and energies working on the magazine. Besides the collaboration each year the magazine awards some of the best young researchers in the archaeological field with the “Premio Forma Urbis”.

Supporting the innovative spirit of Forma Urbis we are now very interested in the new developments of online communication for the field of culture and science. We are experimenting and reporting on this new communication tools that are created by and for the academic world.

The future of Forma Urbis holds a new challenge: the creation and distribution of an international quarterly issue entirely in English, with the aim to enlarge our network of collaborators and start a proficient exchange of best practices between Italian and foreign archaeologists.