RESILIENCE's approach is user-centered. In this phase, this means that we are collecting insights and feedback from stakeholders, like some of our team members did in the recent online meeting with Italian medievalists.
On July 2, 2020, RESILIENCE met the CeSIME (Centro studi sulla Storia degli Insediamenti Monastici Europei), a research center specialised in the History of Monasticism, and the Department of History, Archeology and Art History of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan). During the two-hour webinar, Francesca Cadeddu, Federico Alpi and Laura Righi provided a general overview of RESILIENCE main goals and activities, and replied to the curious, enthusiastic and exploratory questions of the participants, while keeping a focus on the scholars’ needs in the field of Medieval Religious History.
Francesca Cadeddu introduced the audience to the European Research Infrastructures environment, offering an account of the path followed by RESILIENCE especially in the past 4 years and projecting its future developments.
After Francesca, Federico Alpi presented the RESILIENCE suite of services, explaining how the infrastructure addresses the needs of its users and is willing enhance the cooperation within the community of scholars working in the field of religious studies.
Laura Righi’s remarks focused instead on the scientific disciplines addressed by RESILIENCE, showing the central role that the users – scholars, university departments, research centres and scientific organizations – play in the establishment and implementation of the infrastructure.
The first questions which came from the audience were “What does RESILIENCE already do for us?” and “How can we contribute to RESILIENCE?”; so the presenters explained the opportunities offered by single institutions and by ReIReS, while also inviting them to propose activities to the infrastructure and organize common dissemination events.
The conclusive discussion aimed at presenting the more practical aspects and opportunities offered by RESILIENCE, highlighting the gaps in the existing European and Italian scientific landscape, and the needs of the community of scholars in terms of access to and scouting of resources.
The final exchange of ideas was particularly fruitful both to define the expectations of such a defined group of users and to envisage new potential synergies between their field or research and the infrastructure.
– Laura Righi, Fscire