CECC was created in 2007 as an interdisciplinary hub in the Humanities, responding to the challenges brought about by globalization and media change and the growing awareness about the role of culture in shaping the 21st century. CECC's mission is the study of culture, literature, art and communication as drivers of societal change and the promotion of advanced research training in the humanities, with a focus on the development of innovative cross-disciplinary challenge-based inquiry.

CECC's objects of study are texts in the broad semiotic sense of the term, from literature and the visual and performative arts, to news, posts or tweets. It is focused on old and emerging discursive techniques, driven to underpin the strategies whereby meaning is constituted, where the virtual meets the physical and hence redesigns the very idea of the human. The changing practices in communication enabled by digital technologies and new media, as well as the trials of cultural interaction in the wake of human mobility prompted by opportunity, need or conflict, are reshaping today's cultural dynamics.

Aimed at unpacking this change and its impact on the wider circulation of intellectual energies across the globe in late modernity, CECC will structure its research according to two tracks, that reveal the complementary conceptual dynamics of the center's scholarly work. Under the perspective of "Cyber Humanity", CECC will study the impact of technological and digital change on cultural development as well as the central role of media in the construction of cultural narratives. Under a second and complementary perspective, CECC will study "Global Cultures" in their diversity both as a matter of conflict and belonging. The two tracks structure the key research question guiding our research, namely: How do the different locations of culture under the helm of globalization and technological change produce new narratives about humanity?

Work at the center is defined by the conviction about the humanities' central role in providing robust answers to this research question. Thus, CECC implements this defining guideline by means of 1) an active early career recruiting strategy, aimed at crossbreeding the center's research track with innovative off-the-beaten-path proposals that impact on ambitious training programs; 2) a structured internal communication strategy across research groups to monitor the relevance of questions and the quality of research produced; 3) a strategic collaboration with non-academic partners aimed at boosting research dissemination and outreach; 4) a comprehensive internationalization which across the years has made CECC's outputs the result of structured international collaboration.

CECC is organized in five interdisciplinary groups: Cognition and Translatability; Culture, Art and Conflict; Media Narratives and Cultural Memory; Literature and the Global Contemporary; Digital Literacy & Cultural Change.