Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Docente: Daniela Piana
  • Credits:: 6
  • SSD: L-ART/05
  • Language: Italian
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Music and Theatre Studies (cod. 8837)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student: knows the meaning of the term rite in the context of theatricality within the referring to the world of legal and judicial normativity; learns to observe how such rituality is used in representative contexts that they use are explicit in different languages]; finally, it learns to analyze the performative potential of rites that are induced by digital transformation in both society and justice; The student acquires specialized methodological skills as he learns to analyze in a comparative and transversal key to life contexts; he experiences participating observation by acquiring soft skill also learns the soft skill that consists in carrying out a participating observation; finally, it strengthens the skills of putting into perspective and critical thinking on the performative use of languages.

Course contents

The year 2023-2024 will be dedicated to dealing with legality as a ritual of social inclusion, in the spaces of cities that are becoming dense with digitalisation.

This theme will be set starting from the Daniela Piana volume The ideal city. Manifesto for a new social contract, Divergences, 2023.

The course includes a part of conceptualization of the rites of legality, of the notion of culture of lawfulness, connected with the dimension of space, both physical and virtual. Then follows a part of elaboration and creation (co-creation) in close connection with the spaces of justice, to which the participants will be approached to understand their anthropological and performative dimensions. The course includes a phase strongly centered on creativity and imagination.


A. Garapon, Del Giudicare, Raffaello Cortina, 2007.

D. Piana, La città ideale. Divergenze, 2023

P. Ricoeur, Le Juste, 1 Le Juste 1 , Editions Seuil, ed. 2022.

Teaching methods

The course provides a teaching modality largely based on the interaction and collective elaboration of works with the aim of exploring the ritual dimensions of legality in public spaces.

Assessment methods

Elaboration of a case / experience of performativity in a group or individual

Teaching tools

On-site visits to the courthouses Lectio international interviews and testimonies Workshop forms of use of contents and performative plots

Office hours

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Reduced inequalities Sustainable cities Peace, justice and strong institutions

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.