Acronyms of Roads to Oral Archives and Sustainability, ROADS is a Project of Significant National Interest (PRIN), which aims to recover and preserve oral archives from the last seventy years, thus enabling the research activities of scholars in the fields of linguistics and oral history.

Gabriella Gribaudi Archive

Gabriella Gribaudi is a researcher who was born and graduated in Turin in history, then moved to Naples in 1974 as a fellow at the Center for Specialization and Development for the Mezzogiorno in Portici. She worked as a researcher at the University of Naples Federico II from 1983 to 1992, later becoming associate professor and moving to the University of Bari in 1992-1993 before returning to Naples in 1994 as full professor of contemporary history. He directed the Department of Social Sciences Sociology at the University Federico II from 2001 to 2007 and was an active participant in several doctoral programs, academic journals and associations, focusing on the social history of the Mezzogiorno.

In addition to social history, Gabriella has been interested in memory studies, organizing international conferences and building a multimedia archive of oral and audiovisual testimonies, with a focus on natural disasters and war. Some of her publications are:

  • Combattenti sbandati prigionieri. Esperienze e memorie di reduci della Seconda Guerra Mondiale, Donzelli, Roma 2016;
  • Guerra totale. Tra bombe alleate e violenze naziste. Napoli e il fronte meridionale 1940-44, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino 2005;
  • Donne, uomini, famiglie. Napoli nel novecento, L’Ancora, Napoli 1999;
  • A Eboli. Il mondo meridionale in cent'anni di trasformazione, Venezia, Marsilio, 1990

She has also made short films and documentaries, such as "Dal cancello secondario. Storia di Ebrei a Napoli," which tells the story of Jews in Naples during World War II, and "Terra Bruciata" about Nazi massacres in Campania.

Gabriella has investigated in-depth the organized crime in Naples and Southern Italy, examining illegal circuits from the postwar period to the present. She conducted international research and conferences, publishing proceedings analyzing the complexity of the phenomenon. He continues to investigate the topic, collaborating interdisciplinarily on individual and collective memories related to crime, comparing them with national narratives and the role of memory studies. Her research offers a critical and detailed view, contributing to the understanding of the mechanisms and social impact of organized crime in southern Italy.

She has also done several activities abroad, including a residency as visiting scholar at Columbia University in 2008 and serving as an advisor in Exeter University's research on the Allied bombing of Western Europe during World War II. She has also been actively involved in various Italian academic associations, such as SISSCO and the national habilitation committee.
Gabriella Gribaudi was also president of the Italian Association of Oral History (AISO) from 2006 to March 2013, further contributing to the promotion of historical research and memory studies through this important organization.

She retired in 2018, receiving the title of honorary professor, but continues to be involved in research projects and academic initiatives, maintaining her commitment to the field of contemporary history and oral history. 

She is the scientific director of the Storia Orale series published by Editpress in Florence.

The Gabriella Gribaudi pilot archive is a project within the ROADS program that aims to digitize, catalog and preserve the oral archive of Gabriella Gribaudi. The archive contains interviews and life stories collected by Gribaudi during her research on the social history of Southern Italy since 1974. It includes about 350 audiotapes, hundreds of digital audio and video recordings, photographs, field diaries and transcripts. The project aims to digitize this archive and make it accessible through a specially developed infrastructure.

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