Annalisa D’Ascenzo

She lives and works in Rome. She graduated in Literature and obtained a PhD in Historical-Geographical Studies.
She is currently an associate professor at the Department of Humanities of the Roma Tre University. Holder of various teaching courses in the CdS in Historical Sciences, she is a member of the teaching staff of the doctorate in “History, territory and cultural heritage” and lecturer in the second level Master in “Digital Earth and smart governance: GIS strategies and tools for management of territorial and cultural assets “. She is part of the Scientific Committee of the “Giuseppe Caraci” Geocartographic Laboratory organizing scientific and informative meetings, exhibitions and study visits, including the historical-cartographic seminars “From the map to the GIS”.
Active member of the main Italian geographical associations, she collaborates in particular with the Italian Center for Historical-Geographical Studies covering various positions: she is currently coordinator of the section “History of travels and explorations” and editor-in-chief of the magazine “Geostorie”, by the CISGE.
She mainly works on historical cartography as a source for understanding, on various scales, the evolution of human knowledge of the planet, in particular between the mid-fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. She uses historical maps for the reconstruction of the socio-territorial structures of the past and their historical evolution, also in relation to the physical characteristics of the territory and natural phenomena. She studies the ancient and modern sources to analyze the forms and networks of transmission of geographical knowledge, the dissemination of information through travel literature, guides, descriptive texts, iconography and cartography. Its scientific production is the result of participation in various national and international research groups, seminars, workshops and conferences.