98800 - History of Ideas and Images of Knowledge (1) (LM)

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Visual Arts (cod. 9071)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students have a deep knowledge of the evolution of complex models of knowledge, as well as of the linguistic and technological paradigms and the multiple conceptual schemes through which one has access to and represents reality. The course aims to encourage a critical reading of the ever changing interpretative categories of reality, both through i) the inscriptions and records that extend, preserve and transmit historical memory and material culture, and ii) the dialogue, translation and negotiation of themes, concepts and cultural traditions.

Course contents

The aim of the course is to guide to a specific knowledge of peculiar understanding of the reading, with reference to the epistemic aspects and to its structures.


The world in a book and the myth of the book-world.

The course is guiding through a specific understanding of peculiar and intentional awareness,, comprehension and transfer of cognition of book learning, with particular attention to the epistemic aspects , the historic plot, contemporary objects and forms sharable in the social network.

From the comprehension of viral transfer of ideas through the reading , to the rehabilitation of different way of the reading itself.

To avoid simplification concerning the ideological end of the book, it will be necessary to confront and study the historical and in particular the intellectual evolution of those epistemological and social categories.

The main focus of teaching in this second part of the course is to get the students able of critical and historical movement inside the knowledge of encyclopaediae as well as encyclopedism (included digital ones) like metaphor of the order and symbol of the world.

A specific attention will be in the intellectual propriety on the editorial, ontological and historical juridical points of view.

The third part will be devoted to a collective work of research on specific study cases unlighted during the course and organized as digital objects (blog, planning encyclopedia pages, problem solving regarding digital intellectual properties…) that eventually will become subject of final exams.


Due to the experimental and innovative aspect of the course, tests of study will be selected accordingly to the different sudent’s needs during the course itself.

(Please students be advised that the bibliography will depend on the research conducted during the course and it will not be considered as bibliography for final exams)

Teaching methods

Lessons, workshops and conferences, multimedia lessons, readings of paper, visit to publishing houses and multimedia labs.

Assessment methods

Papers, charts, blog and digital objects (blog, podcasting, video etc.)

Teaching tools

Multimedia reference, websites, digital encyclopedias and sources, books and papers.

Office hours

See the website of Riccardo Fedriga


Quality education Gender equality Peace, justice and strong institutions Partnerships for the goals

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