The Mu.Bat association promotes historical research on the September 1943 landing in Salerno, from its premises to all its consequences and subsequent events, up to the Liberation and the proclamation of the Republic. The intention to extend the focus of research beyond the Salerno area, encouraging and proposing a series of initiatives relating to the entire period of the Italian campaign, led to the foundation of the “9 Settembre” Center.

The study Center aims to carry out various research and dissemination activities, involving experts in the field of historical studies, forging links with national and international universities, with study and research centers, and other associations. The main goal of the activities is to highlight the primary importance of the Italian Campaign in the context of the Second World War and the first years of the Cold War, underlining the short and long-term consequences both for the country and for the whole Mediterranean area.

The initiatives planned for 2021 include the collaborations established with the NATO Allied Joint Forces Command of Naples and the Center de la Méditerranée Moderne et Contemporaine of the Université Côte d’Azur in Nice; the conference “From Salerno to Caserta” (which will take place in September) where original and innovative research by Italian and foreign scholars on military, political, cultural and economic aspects relating to the period of the Allied occupation of the Italian territory will be presented, and, lastly the creation on an open access journal of academic studies, Occupied Italy.

The journal, along with the Center, was also created with the desire to offer anyone wishing to collaborate a place dedicated to discussion. Its first issue will be published on 9 September 2021.

Scientific Director: Dr. Francesco Cacciatore

General Secretariat: Dr. Giulia Clarizia, Dr. Carlo Bruno

Head of Occupied Italy journal: Dr. Antonella Pagliarulo

Archives and Open Data Area Manager: Dr. Giovanni Bruno