The School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex and the StoryLab Research Institute at Anglia Ruskin University invite you to a one-day long workshop focused on the importance of heritage and cultural activity in relation to resilient communities in the context of natural catastrophic events.

The workshop will take place during the week of the 40th anniversary of the Irpinia earthquake, South Italy, and will provide a premier opportunity to engage with disaster resilience thinking and practice across multiple specializations (i.e. heritage studies, film, media, architecture, conservation), as well as interacting with the community affected by the 1980 earthquake.


The research team will present the documentary Italia Terremotata, and explore the use of immersive visualisation and multimodal storytelling as powerful means to foster identity and community resilience and well as preserving heritage. Italia Terremotata is a VR immersive documentary that integrates 3D visualisation and multimodal storytelling to recount the story of the resilient community of Senerchia in south Italy, a town almost completely destroyed in 1980 by one of the most devastating earthquakes in Italian history.


The workshop will be in the form of a Zoom online Webinar divided in two panels:

1. an introductory session in the morning, where experts will present research on risk awareness, community engagement and resilience in the context of natural catastrophic events;

2. a second session in which the team who has contributed to the development of the VR documentary Italia Terremotata will introduce the case study, present the ethnographic research informing the documentary, and discuss the impact of creative practices on heritage research.

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27 Nov 2020, 11:00 am