Associazione Italiana di Storia Urbana (AISU)
(Italian Urban History Association) Conference
Rome, 8-9-10 settembre 2011
Deadline for Submission: 15 Feb 2011
Earthquake Science and Knowledge between the Middle-Ages, the Old Regime and Modernity (Europe, Ottoman Empire, Asia)
Nora Lafi (ZMO-BMBF Berlin) / Denis Bocquet (Ecole des Ponts ParisTech-LATTS)
From Aleppo (1138) to Naples (1456), from Lisbon (1531-1755) to Algiers (1715) or from Messina (1908) to Tokyo (1923), cities have been throughout history the victims of devastating seismic events. These traumatic moments were also the occasion to stimulate reflections about the nature of earthquakes, their origins and possible ways to minimize their consequences. The object of this session is to set a panorama of the evolution of knowledge, both scientific on the origins of the phenomenon and practical on the construction rules to be implemented in order to soften their effects. Scientific treatises and urban regulations are the two main aspects papers are expected to deal with, as well as the relationship between knowledge, governance and practices.
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