Historical Communication and Public History

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
M-STO/01 M-STO/02 M-STO/04
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to offer elements of understanding of the main thematic and methodological connections related to the study of historical communication. The course also aims to provide lexical and conceptual tools suitable for both scientific and popular historical communication.
Expected learning outcomes
The course aims to introduce participants to the reflection on the practices of historical communication, opening them to the use of written, oral, visual sources and printed and online bibliographic tools. Through the analysis of concrete examples, students will be introduced to different methodologies of historical investigation and the study of documentation. At the end of the course, students will be able to collect and interpret data useful for the determination of independent assessments in the context of historical communication, including cultural and intercultural reflections, and the scientific or ethical issues associated with them. In addition, thanks to the specific focus placed on communicative skills, students will be able to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to specialist and non-specialist speakers. These skills will be acquired through a direct and continuous discussion with the instructor in the classroom and with specially invited expert scholars for particular themes.
Students opting not to attend the lessons will be able to make use of the educational tools provided by the instructor on Ariel, deepen their knowledge of main topics through special readings with the agreement of the instructor, and of course meet with the instructor either by e-mail and during office hours.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for academic year 2021/22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Course syllabus
Title of the course: History in Public Space. Practices, Representations, Uses of the Past

Part 1: The uses, reuses and abuses of history from the Middle Ages to the contemporary age (Marina Gazzini)

Part 2: Public uses of history and politics of memory in Italy and Europe after the Cold War (Massimo Baioni)

Part 3: History in Urban Space: rituals, monuments, museums (Massimo Baioni)
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific requirements different from those requested for the admission to the MA degree in historical science.
Teaching methods
Attendance to classes is strongly recommended although not compulsory. The teaching is delivered through frontal lectures aimed primarily at the acquisition of knowledge, competence and specific language of the subject. Discussion with the teacher in the classroom is integrant part of the didactic method and aims at promoting a critical attitude and the capacity to apply the acquired competence and knowledge.
The teaching is also based on didactic and multimedia material provided on Ariel.
In addition to frontal lectures, meetings and seminars with specialist scholars are envisaged.
Teaching Resources
The course provides only 9 cfu, as indicated in the didactic plan of the MA degree in Historical Science.

Attending students (3 books in total plus lectures notes):
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (parts 1, 2, 3)

Part 1. Knowledge of the volume:
- Marina Gazzini (a cura di), Il falso e la storia. Invenzioni, errori, imposture dal medioevo alla società 2.0, Feltrinelli

Part 2. Knowledge of one of the following volumes:
- F. Focardi, B. Groppo (a cura di), L'Europa e le sue memorie. Politiche e culture del ricordo dopo il 1989, Viella
- F. Finchelstein, Dai fascismi ai populismi. Storia, politica e demagogia nel mondo attuale, Donzelli
- C. Calabretta, Rivoluzione pacifica e Unità. Celebrazioni e culture della memoria in Germania (1990-2015), Viella
- L. Falsini, La storia contesa. L'uso politico del passato nell'Italia contemporanea, Donzelli
- Filippo Focardi, Nel cantiere della memoria. Fascismo, Resistenza, Shoah, Foibe, Viella

Part 3. Knowledge of one of the following volumes:
- Massimo Baioni, Vedere per credere. Il racconto museale dell'Italia unita, Viella
- E. Gentile, Il culto del littorio. La sacralizzazione della politica nell'Italia fascista, Laterza
- G.L. Mosse, La nazionalizzazione delle masse. Simbolismo politico e movimenti di massa in Germania (1815-1933), Il Mulino
- M. Ridolfi, Le feste nazionali, Il Mulino

Non-attending students (4 books in total):

Knowledge of one of the following volumes:
- Marina Cafiero e Micaela Procaccia (a cura di), Vero o falso. L'uso politico della storia, Donzelli
- Tommaso di Carpegna Falconieri, Nel labirinto del passato. Dieci modi di riscrivere la storia, Laterza, 2020

Part 1. Knowledge of the following volume:
- Marina Gazzini (a cura di), Il falso e la storia. Invenzioni, errori, imposture dal medioevo alla società 2.0, Feltrinelli

Part 2. Knowledge of the following volume:
- F. Focardi, B. Groppo (a cura di), L'Europa e le sue memorie. Politiche e culture del ricordo dopo il 1989, Viella

Part 3. Knowledge of one of the following volumes:
- Massimo Baioni, Vedere per credere. Il racconto museale dell'Italia unita, Viella
- E. Gentile, Il culto del littorio. La sacralizzazione della politica nell'Italia fascista, Laterza
- G.L. Mosse, La nazionalizzazione delle masse. Simbolismo politico e movimenti di massa in Germania (1815-1933), Il Mulino

International and Erasmus students are invited to promptly get in touch with the professor in order to arrange a reading plan (available in English) for exam preparation.
Assessment methods and Criteria
- Method: oral exam
- Type of examination: oral interrogation
- Evaluation criteria: capacity to demonstrate and elaborate knowledge; capacity for critical reflection on the completed work; quality of exposition, competence in the use of specialised lexicon, efficacy, clarity.
- Type of evaluation method: mark in 30s
The format of the exam for students with disabilities should be arranged in advance with the professor, as well as the relevant office.
Unita' didattica A
M-STO/01 - MEDIEVAL HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Gazzini Marina
Unita' didattica B
M-STO/02 - MODERN HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Baioni Massimo
Unita' didattica C
M-STO/04 - CONTEMPORARY HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Baioni Massimo
Professor(s)
Reception:
Monday, 14-17. on platform teams.
Sector A, II floor, Room 18, via Festa del Perdono, 7