ANTROPOLOGY AND CULTURAL MEDIATION

ANTROPOLOGY AND CULTURAL MEDIATION

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Code
57416
ACADEMIC YEAR
2020/2021
CREDITS
6 credits during the 2nd year of 8711 SOCIAL WELFARE AND SOCIAL POLICY (LM-87) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
M-DEA/01
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (SOCIAL WELFARE AND SOCIAL POLICY)
semester
1° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The course aims to offer a general overview of cultural anthropology and intercultural mediation, through the analysis of their methodological tools and their main thematic fields. Special attention will be put on the possible contribution given by cultural anthropology to social workers in their different settings.  

 

 

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the knowledge of the key-concepts of anthropology, its research methods and its main sub-fields. Special attention will be paid to the contribution of anthropology to the analysis of intercultural mediation and to the activity of social workers.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims to provide students with a general knowledge of the main anthropological theories and methodological perspectives and to facilitate the integration of an anthropological approach  into the professional practice of social work .

The purpose of the course is particularly to encourage the anthropological analysis of the following topics:

  • Culture, cultural diversity, cultural relativism
  • Identity, “race”, ethnic group
  • Family and kinship
  • Sex and gender
  • Body, embodiment, illness/sickness/disease
  • Pure/impure, contamination, risk perception
  • Myth, rite, cult
  • Language and communication
  • Economic and political systems
  • Migration

and also to introduce the student to the role, skills and functions of the cultural-linguistic mediators in their different settings.

The participation to lessons and individual study will allow students to:

identify, understand and remember the main theoretical and methodological perspectives of cultural anthropology and intercultural mediation;

read and analyse anthropological texts, making autonomous, critical and independent judgements;

apply the theoretical and methodological tools of cultural anthropology to the close contexts, with special reference to the professional field of social work;

use appropriately the anthropological terminology in the analysis of specific socio-cultural contexts and phenomena;

deconstruct the supposed “natural” dimension of notions like identity, culture, sex, body, family,  by valuating their conventional and cultural dimension. 

PREREQUISITES

none

Teaching methods

In accordance with the University provisions, the course (36 hours, 6 CFU) will take place online on the platform Teams and Aulaweb, following the sheduled timetable and will include different teaching methods (lectures, instant polls, chat, audiovisual material, group discussions). The attendance is not mandatory, but highly recommended.

 

 

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course will be divided into three didactic units. The first one will be focused on the key concepts of the discipline, its methodological tools, its theoretical paradigms, its main research sub-fields. Special attention will be paid to the study of the different settings and processes of intercultural mediation. The second didactic unit will be centred on the anthropology of migration, with special reference to the dynamics of social, political, economic exclusion and violence. In the third didactic unit selected topics concerning the anthropological debate on COVID 19 pandemic will be discussed: risk perception, pure/impure, representations of danger and vulnerability responsability and stigmatization, practices of prevention and confinement.

 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Attenders

For the first didactic unit:

1) B. D. Miller, Antropologia culturale, edited by Alessandra Broccolini, Milano, Pearson, 2019, 2nd ed.  (chapters from 1 to 10 and 12).

2) B. Riccio, “Rappresentare, mediare e negoziare”, in G. Carlini, M. Vecchia (eds.), Nuovi orizzonti per la mediazione interculturale. Riflessioni per il futuro, pp. 35-48, published on line: 

http://www.integrazionemigranti.gov.it/Documenti-e-ricerche/NuoviOrizzonti.pdf

For the second didactic unit:

B. Harrell-Bond, L’esperienza dei rifugiati in quanto beneficiari d’aiuto, Annuario di Antropologia, V, 2005 (Rifugiati), n. 5, pp. 15-48, (www.ledijournals.com/ojs/index.php/antropologia/issue/view/11)

B. Sorgoni, Chiedere asilo. Racconti, traduzioni, trascrizioni, Annuario di Antropologia, XV, 2013 (Migrazioni e Asilo Politico), pp. 131-151 (www.ledijournals.com/ojs/index.php/antropologia/issue/view/20)

S. Castellani, Crisi e risorse familiari: processi di riproduzione e agency tra giovani figli di ecuadoriani a Genova, Mondi Migranti, 2/2014, pp. 83-104

(fulltext available at Casalini Torrossa Journals, Catalogo Uno per Tutto - Unige)

For the third didactic unit:

a selection of articles published on the section "Storie virali" of the portal Treccani, edited by A. Carlino e G. Pizza (http://www.treccani.it/magazine/atlante/speciali/Storie_virali/Storie_virali.html), on the blog "La giusta distanza. Piccolo osservatorio etnografico sull'isolamento", edited by the group World Anthropology Day - Antropologia pubblica a Milano of the University Milano Bicocca (https://osservatoriolagiustadistanza.blogspot.com/?m=0) and on the monographic issue of the periodical "Narrare i gruppi. Etnografia dell'interazione quotidiana. Prospettive cliniche e sociali (2020): 

https://www.narrareigruppi.it/index.php?journal=narrareigruppi&page=issue&op=current&path%5B%5D=showToc

The list of the articles will be published on Aulaweb.

Non attenders

For the first didactic unit:

1) B. D. Miller, Antropologia culturale, edited by Alessandra Broccolini, Milano, Pearson, 2019, 2nd ed.  (chapters from 1 to 10 and from 12 to 13).

2) B. Riccio, “Rappresentare, mediare e negoziare”, in G. Carlini, M. Vecchia (eds.), Nuovi orizzonti per la mediazione interculturale. Riflessioni per il futuro, pp. 35-48, published on line:

http://www.integrazionemigranti.gov.it/Documenti-e-ricerche/NuoviOrizzonti.pdf

For the second didactic unit:

B. Harrell-Bond, L’esperienza dei rifugiati in quanto beneficiari d’aiuto, Annuario di Antropologia, V, 2005 (Rifugiati), n. 5, pp. 15-48, (www.ledijournals.com/ojs/index.php/antropologia/issue/view/11)

A. Brivio, La città che esclude. Immigrazione e appropriazione dello spazio pubblico a Milano, Annuario di Antropologia, XV, 2013 (Migrazioni e Asilo Politico), pp. 39-62 (www.ledijournals.com/ojs/index.php/antropologia/issue/view/20)

B. Sorgoni, Chiedere asilo. Racconti, traduzioni, trascrizioni, Annuario di Antropologia, XV, 2013 (Migrazioni e Asilo Politico), pp. 131-151 (www.ledijournals.com/ojs/index.php/antropologia/issue/view/20)

O. Costantini, “Quando sono partito io”. Memoria individuale e memoria collettiva nei racconti di viaggio dei rifugiati eritrei, Archivio antropologico Mediterraneo, anno XV (2012), n. 14 (2), pp. 43-54 (www.archivioantropologicomediterraneo.it/riviste/estratti_14-2/costantini.pdf)

S. Castellani, Crisi e risorse familiari: processi di riproduzione e agency tra giovani figli di ecuadoriani a Genova, Mondi Migranti, 2/2014, pp. 83-104

(fulltext available at Casalini Torrossa Journals, Catalogo Uno per Tutto - Unige)

 

For the third didactic unit:

a selection of articles published on the section "Storie virali" of the portal Treccani, edited by A. Carlino e G. Pizza (http://www.treccani.it/magazine/atlante/speciali/Storie_virali/Storie_virali.html), on the blog "La giusta distanza. Piccolo osservatorio etnografico sull'isolamento", edited by the group World Anthropology Day - Antropologia pubblica a Milano of the University Milano Bicocca (https://osservatoriolagiustadistanza.blogspot.com/?m=0) and on the monographic issue of the periodical "Narrare i gruppi. Etnografia dell'interazione quotidiana. Prospettive cliniche e sociali (2020): 

https://www.narrareigruppi.it/index.php?journal=narrareigruppi&page=issue&op=current&path%5B%5D=showToc

The list of the articles will be published on Aulaweb.

 

 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: By appointment only (eliana.pili@unige.it): Thursday, 02:00-03:00 PM.

Exam Board

ELIANA MARIA PILI (President)

SALVATORE BRUNO BARBA

LESSONS

Teaching methods

In accordance with the University provisions, the course (36 hours, 6 CFU) will take place online on the platform Teams and Aulaweb, following the sheduled timetable and will include different teaching methods (lectures, instant polls, chat, audiovisual material, group discussions). The attendance is not mandatory, but highly recommended.

 

 

LESSONS START

I semester from September 14th to December 4th 2020
II semester from February 15th to May 7th 2021

ORARI

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EXAMS

Exam description

The oral exam will be focused on the topics and the bibliography indicated. For the attenders it will be possible to arrange an intermediated written exam concerning the topics discussed during the lessons and the texts indicated in the syllabus in the first didactic unit. This written exam will take place, indicatively, during the first week of December. The average between the score of the written exam and the score of the oral exam (concerning in these case only the second an the third didactic units) will be the final score.

Differentiated syllabi can be arranged with the professor by Erasmus students.

 

 

Assessment methods

The oral exam and the possible intermediate written exam aim to verify the correct acquisition of the theoretical and methodological contents of the course. The communication skills and the property of language will be considered as relevant evaluation criteria, together with the ability to use the proper anthropological terminology.

The examination will test the ability to identify, summarize in own words and analyse the key concepts discussed during the lessons, apply anthropological concepts and tools to the analysis of socio-cultural context and phenomena, with particular reference to the professional context of social work. 

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
14/05/2021 14:00 GENOVA Orale
28/05/2021 14:00 GENOVA Orale
11/06/2021 14:00 GENOVA Orale
02/07/2021 14:00 GENOVA Orale
03/09/2021 14:00 GENOVA Orale