90795 - Body Cultures

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  • Teacher Marcella Terrusi

  • Credits 3

  • SSD M-EDF/02

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English

  • Campus of Rimini

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Wellness Culture: Sport, Health And Tourism (cod. 9227)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The models that have historically characterized the body culture in its different expressions, have also significantly influenced the ideas of gender, education and forms of social life. The course aims to present some important contributions on which the cultures of the body have developed and how it produced changes in physical and aesthetic education, and in ideas of wellbeing

Course contents

The course proposes a cultural journey about the the body through the figures, narratives and research of artists.

The journey invites to the discovery of the illustrated bodies, told and imagined, in the pages of the best international illustrated books for children.

The reflection - interdisciplinary - welcomes the contributions of artists who investigate anatomy with different languages, invites the construction of special affective "dictionaries" of the body, proposes the encounter with the research dedicated to the gesture and movement of the body in space (in particular Virgilio Sieni).


Ann Cooper Albright, How to land. Finding ground in an uncertain world. Oxford University Press,

Dizionario folle del corpo. Cathy Couprie, Fatatrac

Progettare scalzi. Il corpo come laboratorio del gesto e dell’abitare. Di Virgilio Sieni. A cura di Delfina Stella. Maschietto Editore

Teaching methods

Collective readings of figures and words, discussions, meetings with artists and professionals in the research on the body, elaboration of a personal dictionary of the body.

Assessment methods

An oral interview with the teacher on the course and references. The presentation of a paper, the characteristics of which will be agreed upon with the students.

Teaching tools

The video presentation of an international bibliography of picture books, physically available in the library. Video conferences with protagonist of the body cultures today.

Office hours

See the website of Marcella Terrusi