75896 - Christianism and Cultural Items

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Academic Year 2017/2018

Learning outcomes

The teaching intends to analyze how the Christian Churches have determined and influenced the constitution, transmission, protection and enhancement of a large cultural and artistic heritage, including important archival and documentary goods. Particular attention is paid to the role played by the Churches inside or in collaboration with international organizations in the field of valorisation and preservation of cultural assets also in relation to the protection of national identities. At the end of the course, the student can critically recognize and analyze the close relationships between Christianity and cultural heritage in modern and contemporary times.

Course contents

The course, through thematic paths and analysis of concrete examples, analyzes how the Christian churches in modern and contemporary age have determined and influenced the constitution, transmission, protection and enhancement of a vast cultural, artistic, monumental and, above all, library-documentary heritage . Particular attention will be focus on the thinking about: 1) The value and role of cultural heritage for Christian Churches 2) Christian Churches and collaboration with International Organizations for the Protection of Cultural Heritage 4) Trips, Religious Trips, Pilgrimages and Heritage. Thanks to the study of specific cases and guided tours - which will provide the calendar at the beginning of the Course - we will deepen the reflection on the theme: the role of religious orders in the creation, protection and transmission of documentary and library heritage. In addition, in collaboration with the Personnel of the Central Library of Campus of Ravenna, a module for the deepening of the disciplinary electronic resources is organized, with critical information evaluation and bibliography management. Attending and non-attending students will agree with the teacher –in class or during the office hours the exam program taking into account the proposed bibliography and the lessons developed in class.


Enchiridion dei Beni Culturali della Chiesa. Documenti ufficiali della Pontificia Commissione per i Beni Culturali della Chiesa , EDB, Bologna 2002.

Il Museo Universale. Dal sogno di Napoleone a Canova, Skira, Milano 2016.

Giulio Volpe, Manuale di diritto dei beni culturali. Storia ed attualità, Cedam, Padova 2013.

Andrea Emiliani, Leggi, bandi e provvedimenti per la tutela dei Beni Artistici e Culturali negli antichi stati italiani, 1571-1860, Rapporto Nuova Alfa Editori, Bologna 1996.

Libri, biblioteche e cultura degli Ordini regolari nell'Italia moderna attraverso la documentazione della Congregazione dell'indice. Atti del Convegno internazionale , Macerata, 30 maggio-1 giugno 2006, Università degli studi di Macerata, Dipartimento di scienze storiche, documentarie, artistiche e del territorio. A cura di R. M. Borraccini - R. Rusconi, Biblioteca apostolica Vaticana, Città del Vaticano 2006.

Vite consacrate: gli archivi delle organizzazioni religiose femminili. Atti dei convegni di Spezzano, 20 settembre 2006 e di Ravenna, 28 settembre 2006. A cura di E. Angiolini, Mucchi, Modena 2007.

Attraverso il tempo: Teresa di Gesù, la parola, il modello, l’eredità, a c. E. Marchetti, Longo 2017.

I viaggi dell'anima. Società, Culture, Heritage e Turismo, a cura di F. Dallari, A. Trono, E. Zabbini, Patron, Bologna 2009.

Specific bibliography will be indicated at the beginning of the course and during lessons.

Teaching methods

Throughout the course, the professor, in addition to the front lessons, will use: the analysis of texts - which will be provided to the students; Projection of images and other audio-visual material; Guided tours and interdisciplinary meetings and seminars on topics related to lessons.

Assessment methods

The exam consists of an oral interview to be held at the end of the lessons. It will be divided into three main questions that will cover the themes in depth through the materials presented and discussed in class. The final evaluation will also take account of the student's interventions during lectures, attendance at modern seminars and conferences organized or instructed by the professor. For the purposes of passing the exam, the student must demonstrate that he has understood the main topics discussed during the course. In order to achieve a high evaluation, the student will have to demonstrate in depth and critical the various themes by making the appropriate connections. If the student shows that he does not know how to orientate among the main topics discussed, he will not be able to pass the exam. The students will agree with the professor about the exam and, in particular, about the topic and the readings they intend to deepen.

Teaching tools

The front lesson will be supported and completed by reading and commenting on sources, provided in a photocopy lesson; From the vision and commentary of audiovisual material. Guided visits to archives and exhibitions are also provided in collaboration with other Courses

Office hours

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