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HISTORY AND IMAGES (LM)

CODE 84399
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 9265 LINGUE E LETTERATURE MODERNE PER I SERVIZI CULTURALI(LM-38) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 9265 LINGUE E LETTERATURE MODERNE PER I SERVIZI CULTURALI(LM-38) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 9265 LINGUE E LETTERATURE MODERNE PER I SERVIZI CULTURALI(LM-37) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 9265 LINGUE E LETTERATURE MODERNE PER I SERVIZI CULTURALI(LM-37) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 1st year of 9918 LETTERATURE MODERNE E SPETTACOLO (LM-14) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 1st year of 9917 SCIENZE STORICHE (LM-84) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 2nd year of 8465 METODOLOGIE FILOSOFICHE (LM-78) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 1st year of 8465 METODOLOGIE FILOSOFICHE (LM-78) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 11440 DESIGN PRODOTTO EVENTO (LM-12) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 9007 DESIGN DEL PRODOTTO E DELL'EVENTO(LM-12) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 1st year of 11120 ARCHITECTURAL COMPOSITION(LM-4) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-STO/04
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    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

    Unless otherwise specified, lessons will be in presence. Students who will ask to attend the course at distance will be considered as 'non-attending'.

    The course consists of lectures for a total of 60 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

    Students who will ask to attend the course at distance will be considered as 'non-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

    Students who will ask to attend the course at distance will be considered as 'non-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.

     

    In addition for attending students: 2 papers chosen among those included in the Aulaweb page of the course.

    In addition for non-attending students: 4 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, Adelphi, Milano 2015.

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

    J. Meda, Falce e fumetto: storia della stampa periodica socialista e comunista per l’infanzia in Italia (1893-1965), Nerbini, Firenze 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, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino 2003.

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

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

    M. Carli, Vedere il fascismo. Arte e politica nelle esposizioni del regime (1928-1942), Carocci, Roma 2020.

    V. Zagarrio (a cura di), Cinema e storia 2015. Cinema e antifascismo. Alla ricerca di un epos nazionale, Rubbettino, Soveria Mannelli (CZ) 2015.

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

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

    V. Lavoie, L'affaire Capa. Processo a un'icona, Johan & Levi Editore, Monza 2019 [2017].

    C. Uva, L'immagine politica. Forme del contropotere tra cinema, video e fotografia nell'Italia degli anni Settanta, Mimesis, Milano-Udine 2015.

    A. O'Leary, The Battle of Algiers, Mimesis International, Milano-Udine 2019.

    E. Weizman, Forensic Architecture. Violence at the Threshold of Decectability, Zone Books, New York 2017.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    I Semester, September 2022

    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.

     

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Course attendance is not compulsory but strongly recommended to all students.

    Exchange students can agree on a program partially in English.

    For Erasmus students, final exames can be taken in English.