URT in Rome

Via del Sudario, 44 - 00186 Roma

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The birth of Urt and the collaboration with Libraries of Rome

The Research Unit was born from the scientific collaboration between CNR-Ismed and the Istituzione Biblioteche e centri culturali di Roma Capitale, based on the research project "Storia delle migrazioni: ricerca e disseminazione". The Ismed-Cnr - and first the Issm-Cnr - has developed a high level of expertise in the study of migration history, placing itself at the centre of national and international scientific debate. The collaboration with the Libraries active in the Roman territory is articulated on a triple need:

  • to strengthen overall research on the history of migration;
  • to start a research project on the history of immigration in Rome from 1870 to the present day;
  • to encourage a more extensive and widespread dissemination and dissemination on the territory of the history of migration and in particular the enhancement of the history of Rome as a city of immigration.

The attention towards the Roman migratory reality stems from the observation of an evident lack of studies on the Italian capital as a pole attracting flows. Rome is not comprehensible without considering its migratory history, just as migrations in the Mediterranean context are difficult to read without focusing on the role of this great metropolis.



Via del Sudario 44 (secondo piano), Roma


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History of migration: research and dissemination

The study of migratory phenomena is currently recognized as one of the strategic axes of analysis for the understanding of today's world. The high intensity of human relationships and mobility networks is at the heart of global social, economic and demographic change. In Italy, however, the debate on migration is today dominated by the coexistence of opposing positions, which have polarized the attention of public opinion and have greatly influenced research activity. The priority objective of the research unit is to bring the scientific discussion back into the context of a serious research perspective on mobility, in order to better understand the migratory phenomena and the societies in which they take shape.  The research unit intends to continue the organization of periodic cycles of public initiatives within the municipal libraries dedicated to the dissemination, training and dissemination of research produced in the field of migration history. Particular attention will be given to the development of digital products for dissemination and educational purposes. Within the history of migration a particular importance will be given to the specificity of the history of the territory where the city of Rome is located as an interweaving of the history of immigration in ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary ages.

The Urt has the following objectives:

  • Increasing scientific knowledge on the history of migration
  • Dissemination of scientific knowledge starting from the territory of Rome capital thanks to the network of Municipal Libraries
  • Training on the history of migration issues for employees of public bodies, in particular for teaching staff.
  • Enhancement of the public dimension of the history of the territory starting from the history of migration in order to improve social cohesion and growth also in economic terms.
  • Development of highly disseminable tools through the use of Digital Humanities for the dissemination of scientific acquisitions related to migration history

The scientific products expected are:

  • Articles of a scientific nature published in journals of high national and international relevance, recognized by Anvur as scientific journals and as Class A journals
  • Publication of volumes with publishers of high national and international relevance that are also able to obtain editorial feedback beyond the circle of specialists.
  • Digital products to be made available to the scientific community and citizens through the web channels of the CNR and Libraries of Rome.
  • As part of the consultancy and support activities for public administrations, political decision-makers and teaching staff on issues related to the history of migration and more generally to the cultural enhancement of the territory, the following are planned: in-presence and distance learning courses, also by developing digital platforms; development of support tools such as manuals and paper and digital guides.