The HERvald Section (formerly SPI) was founded in 2005, and for CIRPS it represents a first opening to research, project planning and training in the field of “intangible” heritage and multicultural integration processes. The composition of the Section is flexible and meets the needs and strategies of the projects that are activated. HERvald is the CIRPS Section dedicated to the conception, design and management of processes aimed at enhancing the cultural heritage in its aspects of memory, relationship and creativity, as a living resource, an element endowed with extraordinary potential in the perspective of sustainable growth of territories.


16-21 May 2019: Visit in Rome of the Uzbek delegation composed of high specialists in the field of cultural heritage enhancement, led by Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, Shuratkhoja Khashimov. Subject of the visit: the archaeological site of Akhsikent. Full article here.


  • HERvald develops methodologies aimed at bringing value to the resources of the local community and promoting its participation, through actions to support and enhance human and cultural diversity;
  • it elaborates the reference elements for the definition of integrated multicultural models and for a planning activity that is adequate to the territorial identities in evolution;
  • it designs and supports site-specific creative, artistic and musical projects, with the aim of expressing and integrating the different communities into the components of gender, culture and religion;
  • it produces training modules based on multi-disciplinary collaborations oriented to the transfer of knowledge and to the establishment of creative processes and the enhancement of the best experiences;
  • it activates networks between institutions, artistic and scientific communities, associations and companies in the artistic and cultural sector;
  • in the international field, it provides advice and intervenes in inter-university cooperation plans with emerging countries.

Areas of interest of the Section

  • Enhancement of intangible heritage and human development
  • Multicultural cooperation scenarios: best practices and valorization strategies
  • Research related to the activation of cultural ecosystems: case studies, heuristic models, paradigms
  • Anthropology and sociology of the arts
  • Memory processes and evolution of cultural identities
  • Multi-cultural planning for integration
  • Archaeological heritage and territorial enhancement
  • Design and activation of advanced training courses for experts and heritage managers (frame: Millennium Development Goals and Millennium Assessment)
  • International cooperation and network
  • Cultural, archaeological, naturalistic tourism and territorial development
  • Ancient and recent Silk Roads


Composition of the Section


Prof. Magda Pedace
e-mail: magdapedace14@gmail.com


  • Lamberto Poggi (Web designer)
  • Michela Cozza (Humanities)
  • Zukhra Rakhimova (Eastern fine arts Academic – Uzbekistan)
  • Giacomo Spaghetti (Russian language and literature)
  • Silvia Cacciatore (Artist)
  • Giulia Pedace (Arts historian)

Ongoing projects

  • CEAIH-Central Asian Intangible Heritage

Project on anthropological and musical documentation of Central Asian traditions. Archive research and field research in Italy and in Uzbekistan. CIRPS collaboration with Istituto Centrale Beni sonori e Audiovisivo; Collaboration with the National Archives of the Republic of Uzbekistan.


  • Archive of photographic documentation – Portraits;
  • Online sound archive;
  • Inventories of melodies and dances from the Central Asian tradition (online);
  • Documentation and inventory of traditional musical instruments of the area;
  • Creation of the first international website for documentation of the Central-Asian cultural heritage (intangible heritage);
  • Communication and dissemination events in Italy and in Uzbekistan.


International intercultural research project. Funding: MIUR, MIBACT – Culture Ministry of Uzbekistan. An ambitious project with many facets, based on agreements and institutional MOUs, launched in 2008 and still active in the dissemination phase. Originally inspired by the figure of Temur the Great (14th century), the project meets the tendency of post-Soviet republics to identify relevant historical figures, alongside numerous aspects of artistic heritage, with multicultural identities in their ancient dignity and current independence. Rediscovering memory clusters, orienting them towards the present, is a complex process launched in the 90s and still in progress, aimed at consolidating current multicultural identities (case studies Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan). The interest of the Section is to follow the socio-anthropological processes in place goes hand in hand with the study of multicultural societies, demoralization processes, best practices of tolerance and cohesion. The ‘looking in a mirror’ effect reinforces cultural dialogue and can lead to the development of new projects.


  • Consolidation of the methodology of intercultural studies;
  • Evaluation of memory process and story-telling in the relationship between diverse cultures;
  • Consolidation of multidisciplinary research;
  • Modeling of patterns of interaction between creative and scientific languages in the research approach;
  • Modeling of interaction patterns between creative languages and approach;
  • Historical-philological research;
  • Creation of multicultural interdisciplinary training modules;
  • Planning of training courses


  • Publication of the multidisciplinary essay “La Musica e la Memoria” ed. Mondadori Electa;
  • Rediscovery and realization of a first translation in Italian and in Russian of the essay “Vita di Tamerlano il Grande” by Pietro Perondino (Florence 1553);
  • Rediscovery and critical review of the manuscript score of the “Tamerlano / Bajazet” by Antonio Vivaldi;
  • Communication and dissemination events in Italy and in Uzbekistan.


Projects archive

  • START- Sustainable Art: Collaboration in the CIRPS project for sustainable art integrated with the territory – StArt-Sustainable Art – for the MACRO of Rome, Rome 2012
  • A MOSAIC FOR THE CITY: Project and Dossier for the territorial redevelopment of the Esquilino district of Rome, in collaboration with LUISS Business School, Rome 2011
  • EU TEMPUS 4: CIRPS project aimed at creating a MASTER (training of operators in the sector of heritage valorization) in Uzbekistan, Network EU – Uzbekistan (2010)
  • EU WHYSEE 2000: CIRPS partnership in the cultural cooperation project – Transnational Cooperation Program SEE – WHYSEE 2000 (2011-12)
  • EUROPEAID CENTRAL ASIA: Climate change and water resources in Central Asia – Network (2016)


Networks and International Forums

  • Intangible Heritage – First International Forum Maqom in Shakhrisabz, Uzbekistan, 2018
  • Sharqtaronalari (Festival Melodie d’Oriente) Scientific Conference, Samarkand Uzbekistan 2007, 2017
  • Tashkent Conference for Future Generations Improvement, Ministry of Culture, Tashkent 2012
  • Baku Humanitarian Forum on Multiculturalism, Baku 2013
  • International Conference on Sustainability Science, Sapienza, Rome 2010
  • Toolquiz Conference, EU Project, Paris 2011
  • Beni culturali e studi d’impresa (Cultural heritage and business studies), CUEIM, Gaeta 2011
  • Tashkent capitale della cultura islamica (Tashkent capital of Islamic culture), Sapienza, Rome 2007
  • Italy-Uzbekistan Cooperation Workshop, Sapienza Roma 2012
  • Archeologia e Turismo per uno Sviluppo del Territorio. Sinergie tra l’Italia e l’Uzbekistan (Archeology and Tourism for a Territorial Development. Synergies between Italy and Uzbekistan), Università Alma Mater, Bologna 2016
  • Italy-Uzbekistan Tourism Workshop, Hotel La Griffe, Rome 2016

HERvald expertise

  • Innovation in research
  • Anthropological themes of sustainability
  • Studies and analysis of cultural ecosystems
  • Services functional to the implementation of cultural ecosystems
  • Multicultural Observatory
  • Heuristic-cognitive processing of models of integration between knowledge and between cultures
  • Creation of multidisciplinary research and training paths
  • Creation of training paths for creative thinking

Project management

  • Multicultural project design and training: higher education training modules; modules on techniques for the dissemination on the territory; communication modules
  • International project management in the framework of the EU HORIZON 2020 and EUROPEAID programs;
  • Artistic and cultural planning and management for institutions, foundations, organizations, associations, oriented towards innovation in cultural production (Auditorium Parco della Musica, Musica per Roma)
  • Set up of international institutional networks
  • Design and implementation of international cooperation agreements

Training and management

  • Activation of high-level training units in the implementation of cultural services (cultural heritage, multicultural education)
  • Activation of territorial workshops dedicated to the activation of network projects
  • Training activities for participation

Editorial program

Recent publications

  • The Roads of Music. Cultural memories, identities and creativity. Aug 2017 – Samarkand, Uzbekistan
  • Multiculturalism, heritage, nature – Preface to the History of music of Azerbaijan – being published
  • A dynamic approach to cultural heritage: archeology, tourism and local development in Uzbekistan. Nov 2016 – Bologna
  • A cross-cultural approach to heritage enhancing. Mar 2015 – Baku, Azerbaijan
  • La musica e la memoria – Narrazioni dell’Asia Centrale nel “Tamerlano” di Antonio Vivaldi. 2011 – Milano (being translated in other languages)