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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
LEO2043559, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
LE0607, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
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Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge LUCIO BIASIORI M-STO/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-STO/02 Modern History 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 Commissione 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 VALSERIATI ENRICO (Presidente)
CARACAUSI ANDREA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Knowledge of the main historiographical issues and fundamental themes concerning the early modern age
Target skills and knowledge: Historical anthropology is a discipline with blurred contours, but which, thanks to the contribution of the social sciences and social and cultural anthropology, has given rise to a new way of making history. Its main concern is not to outline major phenomena and trend lines reconstructed on a quantitative basis but instead to carry on a qualitative analysis on a smaller scale of behaviors, beliefs and customs of men and women of the past, both as individuals and as members of communities. Particular attention will thus be paid to the categories with which men and women of the past (not necessarily of the lower strata of society) gave meaning and order to their existence.
Given these premises, the course does not aim so much to deal with early modern European and extra-European history in a diachronic way, but rather to reconstruct the mechanisms of social interaction and cultural production that characterized early modern Europe, a small appendix of the Eurasian continent that in those years prepared itself to conquer the world.
Among the objectives to be achieved by the student, there will also be the analysis and interpretation of various types of sources (documentary, material, iconographic, etc.), in view of the elaboration of original scientific contributions.
Examination methods: Attending students will be tested by means of an oral test, during which the examiner will verify their knowledge of the book by P. P. Viazzo, Introduzione all'antropologia storica, Roma-Bari 2017 and of the topics discussed during the course; on this occasion the written paper will also be discussed, to be presented to the teacher at least two weeks before the oral exam.
Students who are not attending must read the reference text by P. P. Viazzo and at least 3 books among those indicated in the bibliography.
Assessment criteria: Active participation in class 30%
Written paper 40%
Oral examination 30%
Course unit contents: After some introductory lectures aimed at illustrating to the students the main methodological issues concerning the relationship between anthropology and history, the main problems of the early modern age will be addressed from the perspective of historical anthropology and through the analysis of different types of sources (inquisitorial and criminal trials, images, voices and languages, Flugblätter and cheap prints, travel accounts, identity documents and safe-conducts, family books, etc.). These will be the main topics covered during the course:

- Cultures and religions of subaltern classes
- Relationships between orality and writing
- History of family and sexuality
- History of the body and suicide
- History of migration and mobility
- Forms of resistance to political and ecclesiastical power
- Gender
- Circulation of ideas over time and space
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: After the first introductory lessons given by the teacher, the course will take place as a seminar class. In addition to active attendance, it is therefore suggested that course participants come to class having read the sources or secondary literature indicated by the teacher from week to week, according to a timetable that will be specified at the beginning of the course.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The reference texts indicated are of a general and introductory nature only.

The teacher will prepare - together with the students - a special bibliography to stimulate discussions and debates. A corpus of sources (archival or printed) will be available to introduce students to historical research.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Marzio Barbagli, Congedarsi dal mondo. Il suicidio in Occidente e in Oriente. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2010. Also available in English Cerca nel catalogo
  • Federico Barbierato, Politici e ateisti. Percorsi della miscredenza a Venezia fra Sei e Settecento. Milano: Unicopli, 2006. Also available in English Cerca nel catalogo
  • Michael Baxandall, Pittura ed esperienze sociali nell'Italia del Quattrocento. Torino: Einaudi, 2001. Also available in English Cerca nel catalogo
  • Marc Bloch, I re taumaturghi. Torino: Einaudi, 2006. Also available in English Cerca nel catalogo
  • Peter Burke, Scene di vita quotidiana nell'Italia moderna. Bari: Laterza, 1988. Also available in English Cerca nel catalogo
  • Piero Camporesi, Il libro dei vagabondi. Milano: Garzanti, 2003. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Robert Darnton, Il grande massacro dei gatti ed altri episodi della storia culturale francese. Milano: Adelphi, 2013. Also available in English Cerca nel catalogo
  • Giorgio Ferigo, Morbida facta pecus... Scritti di antropologia storica della Carnia, a cura di C. Lorenzini. Udine: Forum, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Carlo Ginzburg, I benandanti. Stregoneria e culti agrari tra Cinquecento e Seicento. Torino: Einaudi, 2013. Also available in English Cerca nel catalogo
  • Carlo Ginzburg, Il formaggio e i vermi. Il cosmo di un mugnaio del Cinquecento,. Milano: Adelphi, 2019. Also available in English Cerca nel catalogo
  • Valentin Groebner, Storia dell'identità personale e della sua certificazione. Scheda segnaletica, documento di identità e controllo nell'Europa moderna. Bellinzona: Casagrande, 2008. Also available in English Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ottavia Niccoli, Profeti e popolo nell’Italia del Rinascimento. Bari: Laterza, 2007. Also available in English Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ottavia Niccoli, Storie di ogni giorno in una città del Seicento. Bari: Laterza, 2000. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Alessandro Pastore, Le regole dei corpi. Medicina e disciplina nell’Italia moderna. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Marshall Sahlins, Isole di storia. Società e mito nei mari del Sud. Milano: Cortina, 2016. Also available in English Cerca nel catalogo
  • E. P. Thompson, Società patrizia, cultura plebea: otto saggi di antropologia storica sull'Inghilterra del Settecento. Torino: Einaudi, 1981. Also available in English Cerca nel catalogo
  • Sebastiano Timpanaro, Il lapsus freudiano. Psicanalisi e critica testuale. Torino: Bollati Boringhieri, 2002. Also available in English Cerca nel catalogo
  • Tzvetan Todorov, La conquista dell’America. Il problema dell’”altro”. Torino: Einaudi, 2016. Also available in English Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Story telling
  • Problem solving
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Students peer review

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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