19. October 2020

UrbNet Assistant Professor Emanuele E. Intagliata receives the Best young Italian Researcher in Denmark Award in Social Sciences and Humanities

The Italian Embassy in Copenhagen has awarded Emanuele E. Intagliata the award for Best young Italian Researcher in Denmark (BIRD) in Social Sciences and Humanities 2020. Emanuele E. Intagliata, who attended the official award ceremony on October 8, receives the award for his work on urban networks and cities in the eastern Black Sea.

Emanuele E. Intagliata at the official award ceremony on October 8 2020.
Emanuele E. Intagliata at the official award ceremony. Foto: Marta C. Ravizza.

Evolving cities in permeable borderlands

Emanuele E. Intagliata’s innovative research in archaeology is acknowledged with the BIRD award. Since 2018, his research has taken place within the framework of the Centre of Excellence for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet) funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. The centre explores the evolution of urbanism and urban networks in archaeology, and Emanuele E. Intagliata taps into this research agenda with his project on trade patterns and exchange on the eastern Black Sea littoral in the medieval period.

Emanuele E. Intagliata’s current research at UrbNet revolves around the study of cities in ancient Lazica (present-day western Georgia). In the Byzantine period, this area was for the most part a frontier zone. Using this region as a case study, he explores the extent to which urban networks were a catalyst for urban resilience and expansion between the fourth and tenth centuries CE. The theoretical framework of the research goes beyond traditional approaches to the study of urbanism and explores cities as nodes of densely entangled urban networks rather than static entities. Emanuele thus contributes to theoretical and methodological developments in the field of archaeology – one of the overall aims of UrbNet.

Emanuele E. Intagliata’s research focusses on theoretical considerations on urban networks based on empirical material from his fieldwork. This work relies upon strong ties with local Georgian authorities, museums, and universities. Since May 2019, Emanuele E. Intagliata has documented, photographed, safely stored, and studied a total of over 1400 medieval artefacts at the Poti Museum of Colchian Culture – most of which has not yet been published. The work has been conducted in close collaboration with colleagues at Tbilisi State University.

Emanuele E. Intagliata has been awarded the Best young Italian Researcher in Denmark (BIRD) in Social Sciences and Humanities 2020.

The BIRD Awards

The awards are presented to Italian researchers operating in the public and private sectors in Denmark. The initiative is coordinated by the Italian Embassy and the Italian Institute of Culture in Copenhagen, and all candidates are evaluated by the Italian Embassy’s Award Committee. The committee includes scholars from both Italy and Denmark, previous winners and the people at the embassy. Besides the award in Social Sciences and Humanities, awards are also given in the categories of Life Sciences as well as Physical and Engineering Sciences.

To celebrate all three winners, an official award ceremony took place at the Italian Cultural Institute in Copenhagen 8 October 2020.

Read the press release from UrbNet here

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