HISTORY AND IMAGES (LM)

HISTORY AND IMAGES (LM)

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Code
84399
ACADEMIC YEAR
2018/2019
CREDITS
9 credits during the 1st year of 9917 HISTORICAL SCIENCES (LM-84) GENOVA

9 credits during the 1st year of 8467 Art History and artistic heritage management (LM-89) GENOVA

9 credits during the 2nd year of 9007 product and event design (LM-12) GENOVA

9 credits during the 1st year of 9007 product and event design (LM-12) GENOVA

6 credits during the 2nd year of 9265 MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES FOR CULTURAL SERVICES (LM-38) GENOVA

6 credits during the 1st year of 9265 MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES FOR CULTURAL SERVICES (LM-38) GENOVA

6 credits during the 2nd year of 9265 MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES FOR CULTURAL SERVICES (LM-37) GENOVA

6 credits during the 1st year of 9265 MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES FOR CULTURAL SERVICES (LM-37) GENOVA

9 credits during the 1st year of 9918 MODERN LITERATURES AND PERFORMING ART (LM-14) GENOVA

SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
M-STO/04
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (HISTORICAL SCIENCES)
semester
2° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

Through a methodological approach based on cultural history and on media and visual studies, this course aims at providing a basic framework for the understanding of the main conceptual, methodological and historiographic issues which characterize the field of visual culture studies

AIMS AND CONTENT

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The aim of this course is to provide a basic framework for the understanding of the main conceptual, methodological and historiographic issues of the field of visual culture studies.

At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

- demonstrate a solid understanding of the historiographic and methodological issues of visual culture studies (knowledge and understanding)
- develop the ability to build links between phenomena and propose analysis that takes into account historical development also in in comparative terms (knowledge and ability of applied comprehension)
- recognize the nature of visual sources for contemporary history and be able to assess the importance of the specific problems faced (knowledge and skills of applied comprehension)
- develop a critical approach to historiographic interpretations in the field of visual culture studies (autonomy of judgment).
- use an appropriate disciplinary language articulating the problems analyzed according to their different aspects (institutional, economic, cultural ...) and highlighting their connections (written and oral communication skills).

Teaching methods

The course consists of lectures for a total of 54 hours. The course is articulated into a number of thematic units, dedicated to different aspects of the field of visual culture studies. The use of primary sources, web resources and of audiovisual material is envisaged; powerpoint presentations will be used. Seminars and lectures by scholars and external experts will be possible for the exemplification of interpretative paths and research experiences on specific problems. Continuity of attendance is recommended. Presentations in ppt and other learning material will be available on Aulaweb.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

THE PROGRAM IS THE SAME FOR THOSE ATTENDING THE LECTURES AND THOSE STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT ATTENDING.

For both modules (6 and 9 credits), the program is articulated into different thematic units:

1. Visual culture: a genealogical survey

2. True, false, fictive

3. Visual culture and stereotypization

4. Icons. Construction and de-construction

5. Circumstancial paradigms

6. Visual culture and political power

7. Revolutions. Visual culture and protest

8. Memory and post-memory

9. Visual culture and material culture

10. Variations in scale

11. The power of images

 

The modules are differentiated by the diverse level of historiographical understanding, connected with the study of specific monographs (1 for 6 credits, 2 for 9 credits), in addition to the study of the bibliography common to both modules.

For the 6 cfu module the student is required to be able to orientate himself/herself with respect to the main articulations of visual culture studies.

For the 9 cfu module, the student is required to orientate himself/herself with respect to the main articulations of visual culture studies; the student has to prove an adequate understanding of the methodological and historiographic issues which have characterized the so-called “iconic turn”.
 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

THE PROGRAM IS THE SAME FOR THOSE ATTENDING THE LECTURES AND FOR THOSE NOT ATTENDING.

ESSENTIAL READING

P. Burke, Testimoni oculari. Il significato storico delle immagini, Roma, Carocci, 2017 [2001].

A. Pinotti e A. Somaini, Cultura visuale. Immagini, sguardi, media, dispositivi, Einaudi, Torino 2016.

A. Pinotti e A. Somaini (a cura di), Teorie dell'immagine. Il dibattito contemporaneo, Raffaello Cortina, Milano 2009.

In addition for all students (attending and not-attending), 2 papers chosen among those included in the Aulaweb page of the course.

 

LIST OF BOOKS TO CHOOSE FROM

For the 6 cfu program the student must prepare, in addition to the essential reading common to both modules, 1 monograph chosen from the list below.

For the 9 cfu program, the student must prepare, in addition to the essential reading common to both modules, 2 monographs chosen from the list below.

 

Students may optionally choose to read the monographs in the original language in which they were published.

 

W. J. T. Mitchell, Pictorial Turn. Saggi di cultura visuale, Raffaello Cortina, Milano 2017.

J. Crary, Le tecniche dell'osservatore. Visione e modernità nel XIX secolo, Einaudi, Torino 2013 [1990].

D. Freedberg, Il potere delle immagini. Il mondo delle figure: reazioni e emozioni del pubblico, Einaudi, Torino 2009 [1991].

G. Didi-Huberman, Immagini malgrado tutto, Raffaello Cortina, Milano 2005 [2003].

C. Ginzburg, Paura, reverenza, terrore, Milano, Adelphi, 2015.

D. Forgacs, Margini d'Italia, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2015 [2014].

J. Meda, Falce e fumetto: storia della stampa periodica socialista e comunista per l’infanzia in Italia (1893-1965), Firenze, Nerbini, 2013.

A. Spiegelman, Metamaus, Einaudi, Torino 2016 [2011].

G. P. Piretto, Memorie di pietra. I monumenti delle dittature, Raffaello Cortina, Milano 2014.

A. Mignemi, Lo sguardo e l'immagine, Torino, Bollati Boringhieri, 2003.

A. Minuz, La Shoah e la cultura visuale, Roma, Bulzoni, 2010.

D. Rosenberg, A. Grafton, Cartografie del tempo. Una storia della linea del tempo, Einaudi, Torino 2012 [2010].

F. Rousseau, Il bambino di Varsavia. Storia di una fotografia, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2011 [2009].

M. J. Casey, La seconda vita del Che. Storia di un'icona contemporanea, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2010 [2009].

T. M. Di Blasio, Cinema e Storia. Interferenze/Confluenze, Roma, Viella, 2014.

 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: DAFIST, Balbi 6, 3rd Floor

Exam Board

FRANCESCO CASSATA (President)

GURI SCHWARZ

NICOLA BASSONI

LESSONS

Teaching methods

The course consists of lectures for a total of 54 hours. The course is articulated into a number of thematic units, dedicated to different aspects of the field of visual culture studies. The use of primary sources, web resources and of audiovisual material is envisaged; powerpoint presentations will be used. Seminars and lectures by scholars and external experts will be possible for the exemplification of interpretative paths and research experiences on specific problems. Continuity of attendance is recommended. Presentations in ppt and other learning material will be available on Aulaweb.

LESSONS START

February 12, 2019

EXAMS

Exam description

Oral exam

Assessment methods

The examination committee verifies the achievement of the course’s objectives, taking into account the following factors: a) level of mastery of the fundamental notions; b) ability to apply knowledge (source analysis); c) ability of critical reasoning on the topics studies; d) ability to organize knowledge discursively, using a specific language appropriate for the discipline.

 

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
09/09/2019 10:00 GENOVA Orale