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Anno accademico 2019/2020

Codice dell'attività didattica
Tommaso Bobbio (Titolare dell'insegnamento)
Corso di studi
Master's Degree Course in Area and global studies for international cooperation
2° anno
Periodo didattico
Secondo semestre
SSD dell'attività didattica
SPS/14 - storia e istituzioni dell'asia
Modalità di erogazione
Lingua di insegnamento
Modalità di frequenza
Tipologia d'esame

Sommario insegnamento


Obiettivi formativi

The course will investigate politics that lead to the selection of what is considered as valuable to be preserved from the past – both tangible and intangible – and thus to understand processes that in recent times brought to the construction of an idea of ‘universal world heritage’.  Classes will also focus on the role of institutional actors, either international (like Unesco), or national, or local that influence the selection and standardisation of heritage items, as well as the socio-economic and cultural implications that come along with heritage politics.


Risultati dell'apprendimento attesi

Students will acquire methodological and analytical tools to critically investigate processes that underlie the production of heritage.  A comprehensive approach is necessary for understanding heritage not only through the lens of conservation issues, but also as something that conveys collective representations of the past.  Students will learn how to read through the lines of public discourses about heritage, authenticity, universality and look at their implications in terms of memory/forgetting, identity and nationalism, re-production as well as commodification of history.


Modalità di insegnamento

The course will combine class lectures and seminars where students will read and discuss selected articles.

Each one of the six weeks will be dedicated to a specific sub-theme: the first two days of the week (Monday and Tuesday) will be dedicated to classroom lectures, while in the third day (Wednesday) the floor is left to the students for discussion on a specific paper.  A reading list of six papers will be provided to the students during the first week of the course.


Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

Assessment for students who attend the class:

The final mark will be the result of the following elements: active participation in classroom seminars (25%); participation in group work for preparing a presentation on a selected case-study (25%); a written exam (50%; short questions and essay questions).  The exam will revolve around the general contents and readings of the course. In order to get top marks (27/30), students have to show not only descriptive knowledge but also critical capacity, adequate reference to the relevant literature.


Non-attending students:

Oral or written exam TBA. Non attending students are kindly advised to contact prof. Bobbio in advance, in order to receive the study guide for the preparation of the exam. Also, please contact the teacher for any problem with finding the books assigned.



With the aim to provide a theoretical and methodological background for the a critical understanding of heritage narratives and politics, the course will mainly focus on the following themes: the way heritage is used as a political and cultural tool; the relationship between heritage, history, memory and forgetting; the interplay between class and heritage; the spatial representation of heritage, displacement and segregation; identity politics and the construction of imagined pasts; tourism and the commodification of heritage and traditions.

Testi consigliati e bibliografia


-- Laurajane Smith, Uses of Heritage, London and New York: Routledge, 2006.

-- S. Labadi and C. Long (ed), Heritage and Globalisation, Routledge 2010

-- Essays and articles commented during the course.


Orario lezioni

Lunedì12:00 - 14:00Aula E2 Campus Luigi Einaudi - CLE
Martedì12:00 - 14:00Aula E2 Campus Luigi Einaudi - CLE
Mercoledì12:00 - 14:00Aula E2 Campus Luigi Einaudi - CLE

Lezioni: dal 06/04/2020 al 19/05/2020

Ultimo aggiornamento: 06/04/2020 08:20