LABORATORY IMAGE AND MEMORY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
- acquiring a critical knowledge about the ways through which the images can help the definition of a memory and of an individual or collective identity.
- providing students with the tools necessary for understanding the relationship between historiographical memory and historical image.
Course contents summary
The workshop aims at pointing out the characters, the set of problems and the hystoriographic perspective through which an image (a photograph, a picture, a stereotype, a city or a natural landscape) can build up and define the individual and collective memory. Two historical periods will be considered: the medieval and the modern age (since 1789). In regard to the medieval age (prof. M. Gazzini) the workshop engages students in understanding the formation of a portion of an urban territory of medieval origins, the so-called Oltretorrente of Parma, through a direct and mediated contact: in the first case through site visits, in the second thorugh images and historical texts.
The section dedicated to the modern age (prof. P. Genovesi) will focus on: the names of the streets as a way of observing the town; historical films and films about history; photographs: from evidences to "footprints"; the stereotypes of the war propaganda.
Andare oltretorrente. Archeologia e storia a Parma, a cura di S. Gelichi e R. Greci, Parma, MUP, 2013.
P. Genovesi, Laboratorio di storia, Milano, Franco Angeli, 2012.
- lectures, classroom exercises, external inspections.
- workshop activity and guided visits.
Assessment methods and criteria
- checks in classroom.
- the attendance to the workshop (regularity and interaction);
- the exposition in class of an individual composition.