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Second Semester 
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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)


Students must demonstrate:
- knowledge of the various meanings attributed to concepts that have become part of common sense such as culture, ethnicity, identity, tradition;
- knowledge of the major theories and methods employed by anthropologists to understand socio-cultural aspects of human experience;
- knowledge of the socio-cultural processes involved in the construction of the past and the objectification of cultural heritage;
- ability in understanding the relationship between places, things, memories and past, analyzing specific cases of production of the cultural heritage and traditions in European contexts or outside Europe.


Knowledge of the main phases of modern and contemporary history.
Basic knowledge of geography.


Cultural Anthropology: Cultures, Memories, Places and Traditions (30 hours)

The course consists of a general part (20 hours) which aims at providing knowledge of the major concepts and methodologies employed by anthropologists to understand socio-cultural aspects of human experience. Culture, ethnicity, identity and diversity, cultural memory and tradition, body and embodiment, will be some of the keywords analyzed. It will also examine the dimensions of doing, saying and human feeling in different anthropological perspectives.
In the second part (10 hours), the course offers an analysis of the relationship between places, things, memories and past, paying particular attention to the processes of production of cultural heritage. It then examines the relationship between memory, history and identity, and socio-cultural processes of construction of the past in relation to those of objectification and promotion of cultural heritage. Various modern and contemporary European (especially British) traditions, Victorian India and colonial Africa will be taken as an example.

Teaching Methods

Class lectures; checks of the degree of understanding at the end of each lesson; periodic discussions on the topics presented.

Verification of learning

The evaluation of the student consists in an oral exam.

Through an interview the student must demonstrate:
- knowledge of the main themes of the course;
- ability to set a speech with various themes connected;
- ability of critical and methodological analysis.


1. Fabio Dei, "Antropologia culturale", Bologna, Il Mulino, 2012 (capp. I-VII, X).
2. Eric J. Hobsbawm, Terence Ranger (a cura di), "L’invenzione della tradizione", Torino, Einaudi, 2002 (Introduction and an article of your choise).

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The teacher uses slides in ppt format, video and other teaching materials.

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