95892 - Performing Arts and Active Citizenship (1) (LM)

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • 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 students – they will know the meaning of performing arts and active citizenship; – they will know the theorical basis and the referring models of performing arts and of the activa citizenship; – they will know good practices of performing arts to promote active citizenship; – they are able to carry out the work of several local sinergies in order to promote a development perspective of performing arts and social innovation; - they will be able to promote the partecipation to practices of active citizenship and performing arts; - they will be able to analyse the debate about active citizenship and performing arts topics to develop active cultural participation.

Course contents

The course deals with the concepts of performing arts and active citizenship, analyzing the main theoretical foundations, reference models and good practices active in the territories.
These disciplines related to the social sciences, in an ever closer link between socio-educational, artistic and theatrical dimensions, can give life to new areas of research in which questions are asked about the possibilities of activating cultural processes with a view to active citizenship. Sociopolitical scenarios are changing the contexts and the world we inhabit more and more rapidly. We therefore need to develop transdisciplinary and innovative perspectives, complex knowledge and skills to pursue those objectives already set out in art. 9 of our Constitution and recognized as rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UN, 1948): "Everyone has the right to freely take part in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to participate in scientific progress and its benefits ".
In 2001, the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, in addition to reiterating that "all people have the right to participate in the cultural life of their choice and to conduct their own cultural practices", significantly emphasizes how cultural pluralism fosters cultural exchange and the flourishing of creative capacities that sustain public life and adds that “cultural diversity broadens the range of options open to all; it is one of the roots of development, understood not only in terms of economic growth, but also as a means to achieve a more satisfying intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual existence. "
The promotion of active cultural participation, the participation of citizens in the arts and culture, then becomes a right and a general human necessity, as a possibility of prevention, transformation, social and cultural innovation, but also to combat loneliness, isolation, discrimination and marginalization.


Compulsory textes for all students:

L. Gobbi, F. Zanetti (a cura di), Teatri re-esistenti. Confronti su teatro e cittadinanze, Corazzano (PI), Titivillus, 2011.

S. Consiglio, A. Riitano (a cura di), Sud innovation. Patrimonio Culturale, Innovazione sociale e NUova Cittadinanza, Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2014.

Text at your choice:

S. Consiglio, A. Riitano (a cura di), Sud innovation. Patrimonio Culturale, Innovazione sociale e NUova Cittadinanza, Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2014.

F. De Biase, Una città laboratorio culturale. Torino: storie, esperienze, strategie, Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2022.

A. Riitano, Artigiani dell'immaginario. Cultura, fiducia e cocreazione, Milano-Udine, Mimesis, 2019.

P. Bommarito (a cura di), "Participation", Anno VII, n.24, gennaio – aprile 2017, roots§routes Research on visual cultures https://www.roots-routes.org/

C. Alga e P. Bommarito (a cura di), "Ricco patrimonio/ Povera patria", Anno XI, n.37, settembre - dicembre 2021, roots§routes Research on visual cultures https://www.roots-routes.org/

M. Sorrentino, Teatro in alta sicurezza, Corazzano (PI), Titivillus, 2018.

M. Sorrentino, Teatro partecipato, Corazzano (PI), Titivillus, 2009.

Teaching methods

The course is based on a participatory and active teaching approach. The classroom becomes a place more and more focused on teaching methods and strategies able to encourage and facilitate the learning process in their link with the territory, with what's beyond the classroom. Lectures will be integrated by deepening classes and active role of the students in the analysis of the problems and innovative experiences. Students will be involved through discussions, case studies (also presented as privileged witnesses and experts), cooperative group-works.

Assessment methods

The exam will consist of an oral and individual examination (with a vote expressed in thirtieths).

Teaching tools

During the lectures, technogical devices and material for teamwork will be used. The lectures will be integrated with documentaries and films and deepening classes.

Office hours

See the website of Federica Zanetti


Quality education Sustainable cities

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