History and Web

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
M-STO/01 M-STO/02 M-STO/04
Learning objectives
The course, in addition to providing a historical perspective on the subject, intends to introduce students to digital history, highlighting its transmedia, experimental and collaborative character and links with digital humanities.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the student will have acquired knowledge of the methodological problems associated with digital history and many of the projects and texts related to it. They will also be able to independently articulate a critical discourse on digital humanities, to describe the polemics surrounding the use of digital sources for research and to actively collaborate to conceive forms of dissemination built around historical issues relevant from the academic perspective. These skills will be acquired through a direct and continuous meeting with the instructor in the classroom. The discussion around the proposed sources will be an essential moment of critical reflection and methodological learning. Participation in meetings and seminars organized within the Department of Historical Studies will also be of great importance. 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 with the instructor, and of course contact the instructor either by e-mail and during office hours.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for academic year 2021/22 will be provided over the next few months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Course syllabus
Course's title: Forms of scientific communication
Part 1: Introduction. Topics taught: history of the European 'Republic of letters'; structures of the book trade (1500-1700); birth of universities; use of new media.
Part 2: The case studies. Topics taught: Galilean and post-Galilean science in Italy; Newton and the Royal Society; China and the Jesuits; astronomy in the Mongol empires.
Part 3: Software. Topics taught: methodological questions of the transition from digital humanities to computational history.
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific requirements different from those requested for the degree admission.
Teaching methods
Attending classes is strongly recommended although not compulsory. The teaching is delivered both through frontal lectures, aimed primarily at the acquisition of knowledge, competence and specific language of the subject, and at the computer lab. Discussion with the teacher in the classroom is 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.
Teaching Resources
1. Knowledge of topics taught in class (Parts 1-2).
2. Hans Bots - Françoise Waquet, La Repubblica delle lettere, Bologna, il Mulino, 2005.
3. David A. Lines, "Structures and Networks of Learning in Early Modern Bologna", in Early Modern Universities: Networks of Higher Learning, eds. A. Goeing and M. Feingold, Leiden, Brill, 2021, pp. 43-62, available on Ariel (https://ariel.unimi.it/).
4. Antonella Romano, Impressioni di Cina: Saperi europei e inglobamento del mondo (secoli XVI-XVII), Roma, Viella, 2020.
5. Suzanne Sutherland, Paula Findlen, Iva Lelková, "Etruscan Dreams: Athanasius Kircher, Medici Patronage, and Tuscan Friendships, 1633-1680", I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance 21, 2018, pp. 299-349, available on Ariel (https://ariel.unimi.it/).
6. Steven J. Harris, "Confession-Building, Long-Distance Networks, and the Organization of Jesuit Science", Early Science and Medicine 1, 1996, pp. 287-318, available on Ariel (https://ariel.unimi.it/).
7. Elisa Andretta - Sabina Brevaglieri, "Storie naturali a Roma fra antichi e nuovi mondi", Quaderni Storici 142, 2013, pp. 43-87, available on Ariel (https://ariel.unimi.it/).
8. Albert-László Barabási, Link: La scienza delle reti, Torino, Einaudi, 2004.
9. Ingeborg van Vugt, "Geografia e storia di una rete epistolare", in Antonio Magliabechi nell'Europa dei saperi, eds. J. Boutier et alii, Pisa, Scuola Normale Superiore, 2018, pp. 259-293, available on Ariel (https://ariel.unimi.it/).

Those who attend the course need to prepare:
9 CFU: points 1-7
6 CFU: points 1-4

Those who do not attend need to prepare:
9 CFU: points 2-9
6 CFU: points 2-4, 8-9
Assessment methods and Criteria
- Method: oral exam, practical test with a pass/fail policy;
- Type of examination: oral interview with marks in 30s;
- 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, and clarity;
- 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/04 - CONTEMPORARY HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Gulizia Stefano
Unita' didattica B
M-STO/02 - MODERN HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Gulizia Stefano
Unita' didattica C
M-STO/01 - MEDIEVAL HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
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