The Oristano Foundation has decided to publish an annual scientific journal named “ARISTANA” Cultures and Architectures of the Mediterranean”.

The initiative aims to revive the tradition of certain cultural journals that, in past decades, have contributed to cultivating and transmitting knowledge, not limited solely to the territory of Oristano: Quaderni Oristanesi and Biblioteca Sarda Francescana.

The Board of Directors of the Foundation believed that such an important legacy should not be lost but renewed, emphasizing the scientific level of contributions and the in-depth cultural exploration and dialogue with the Mediterranean context, the geographic framework essential for a better understanding of Sardinia’s historical and artistic events.

The multidisciplinary approach of the journal will revolve around the artistic, architectural, and landscape heritage.

To this end, the Foundation’s Board of Directors has entrusted the scientific direction of the new journal to Professor Marco Cadinu, with the task of defining its cultural focus and with the ambitious intention of seeking recognition of its scientific quality from ANVUR.

The journal, which will be published annually, will cover monographic themes selected by the Director and the Scientific and Editorial Committee.

On the chosen theme, a call for papers will be disseminated and promoted (call for papers).

The articles will undergo a double-blind review process to assess their originality, methodological correctness, rigor, critical coherence with the objectives of the chosen theme, significant contribution to advancing the studies, and clarity in communication.

Aristana will be printed in hard copy format but will also be freely accessible in digital format on the Foundation’s website.


Sandro Pisu

Scientific Director

Marco Cadinu

Editorial Board

Francesco Deriu (President), Maurizio Casu, Francesco Obino, Sandro Pisu, Santina Raschiotti.

Scientific and Editorial Committee

Antonello Alici – Università Politecnica delle Marche

Giovanni Azzena – Università degli Studi di Sassari

Silvia Bodei – Politecnico di Milano

Roberto Busonera – Università degli Studi di Sassari

Romina Carboni – Università degli Studi di Cagliari

Gian Matteo Corrias

Chiara Devoti – Politecnico di Torino

Maria Clara Ghia – Sapienza Università di Roma

Roberto Ibba – Università degli Studi di Cagliari

Rita Pamela Ladogana – Università degli Studi di Cagliari

Enrico Lusso – Università di Torino

Stefano Mais – Università degli Studi di Cagliari

Andrea Pala – Università degli Studi di Cagliari

Maria Giovanna Putzu – Università degli Studi di Camerino

Pasquale Rossi – Università Suor Orsola Benincasa di Napoli

Marcello Schirru – Università degli Studi di Cagliari

Nicoletta Usai – Università degli Studi di Cagliari

Diego Zucca – Università degli Studi di Sassari




The Pubblications

…in ecclesia Sancte Marie de Arestano, in basilica videlicet Sancti Micaelis, que dicitur Paradisus

Luglio, 2014 . Atti del seminario di Studi – Oristano 29 settembre 2013

La Sartiglia

Novembre 2016. Un nuovo libro sulla Sartiglia, voluto dal Patto Territoriale di Oristano, nell’ambito dei progetti conclusivi della propria attività, con la collaborazione e il coordinamento scientifico della Fondazione Oristano.

Call for papers

The call for papers promoted by the journal “Aristana. Cultures and Architectures of the Mediterranean” directed by Marco Cadinu, is open and dedicated to the theme “The City and Its Double: The Cemetery”.

The Napoleonic edict of Saint Cloud in 1804 is commonly considered the birth of the modern cemetery in Europe. The Enlightenment ideals of rational organization of society and the city found resonance in a regulation that substantially modified the funeral customs of not only Christian Europe. The transition from burial inside churches to burial outside city walls represented, on the one hand, a return to an ancient tradition, but on the other hand, it marked a rupture that was interpreted differently across the varied European panorama. This call for contributions aims to assess the innovations of this transition into modernity by comparing them diachronically with historical funeral traditions and synchronically with developments in “Western” countries, where both an Anglo-Saxon model and a Latin model were emerging.

It also proposes to examine potential differences between cemeteries in major urban areas and those in smaller centers, as well as between different models and the broader heritage.

Furthermore, the intention is to explore the recent developments in these places in light of Philippe Ariès’s thesis that death is the greatest taboo in our Western society. Can it be said that the cemetery is the tangible expression of a society’s vision of death?

Another point of reflection suggested by the title of the call for contributions arises from the fact that Italian cities often find a reflection of themselves in cemeteries on a smaller scale. For example, the ancient cores of cemeteries evoke historic city centers, while the modern rows of niches in columbariums resemble urban outskirts. What prospects for redemption does contemporary design offer for these places?

Furthermore, one cannot overlook the fact that cemeteries are repositories of artistic and even literary works, with centuries-old exercises on the fundamental themes of death and separation. Beyond rhetorical exercises, what original stories can be told?

And what about technology? How has the technologically-driven society engineered a practice, communal burial, that holds significant symbolic and spiritual value?

We believe that the proposed theme lends itself to multidisciplinary reflections and approaches to study, in order to capture the complexity of the organized communal burial, a topic that has shaped humanity and its time since its beginnings.

We thank in advance all scholars who wish to contribute to this endeavor.

The City and Its Double: The Cemetery


Deadline for abstract submission: 30/09/2023

Notification of abstract acceptance: 30/10/2023

Deadline for submission of scientific contributions, formatted according to the editorial guidelines: 30/01/2024

Peer review process: by 30/03/2024

Publication of contributions: by 30/06/2024

Scholars have the option to directly propose a complete article if deemed relevant and significant to the journal’s theme. It will still undergo a revision process.

For the abstract and article submission guidelines, please visit the following link: ABSTRACT EDITORIAL GUIDELINES and ARTICLE EDITORIAL GUIDELINES

For information and submission of abstracts and articles, please write to