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  • Teacher Giulia Crippa

  • Credits 12

  • SSD SPS/08

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Ravenna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Mediterranean Societies and Cultures: Institutions, Security, Environment (cod. 5696)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale


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

Gender equality Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

To provide a sociological approach to cultural processes through key theoretical and methodological operators for learning the different dynamics involving production, organisation, flow, communication, appropriation, circulation, transfer, devices, registers, regimes, uses of culture in contexts involving European and Mediterranean countries. The student will gain a better understanding of cultural processes constructed from the social need for knowledge and related demands, which constitute the cultural profiles in different contexts. Furthermore, it is expected to broaden the understanding of the relationships between theories, techniques and professional practices, through the exposition of experiences of communication as mediation and cultural appropriation.

Course contents

PART 1 (lectures and coordinated discussions) 30 hours
1) The object of the course: Cultural Processes - social representations of/on the Mediterranean
2) Old/new ideas of Culture
3) Epistemologies of the South
4) From Identity as National Culture to the Decoloniality of Culture
5) Identity/Alterity: Hierarchies and Cultures from the 19th Century to Today
6) Representations of Otherness: Museums, Collections and Narratives
7) Monuments and meanings: case studies
Intermediate TEST
PART 2 (lectures, seminars and coordinated discussions)
Social Representations: The sea/the journey.


Compulsory bibliography (attending and non-attending students*)

BHABHA, Homi K. Capitolo VIII “DissemiNazione”. In: I luoghi della cultura. Milano: Booklet, 2001, cap. VIII (Disponibile su Virtuale in inglese)

MALDONADO-TORRES, Nelson. On the Coloniality of being. Contribution to the development of a concept. Cultural Studies Vol. 21, Nos. 2-3 March/May 2007, pp. 240-270.

MBEMBE, Achille. Critica della ragione negra (Cap. 1 – p. 29-76). Como-Pavia: Ibis, 2016.

PITTS, Johny. Afropei (Capitoli: “Marsiglia e la Costa Azzurra” / “Lisbona” – p. 319-377 / p. 379-425). Torino: EDT, 2020.

QUIJANO, Anibal. “Coloniality of Power, Eurocentrism and Latin America”. Nepantla: Views South, Vol. 1, Issue 3, 2000, p. 533-580.

SARDAR, Ziauddin & VAAN LOON, Borin. Introducing Cultural Studies. Cambridge: icon Books, 1999. (Disponibile su Virtuale)

STERNBERGER, Dolf. Panorama del XIX secolo (Cap. 3 - “Per mare e per terra”). Bologna: Il Mulino, 1985. (Disponibile su Virtuale)

WILLIAMS, Raymond. “Civilization” e “Culture”. In: Keywords – A vocabulary of culture and society. New York: Oxford University Press, 1983. (Disponibile su Virtuale)

Suggested complementary bibliography

ABIRACHED, Zeina. Il piano orientale. Milano: BAO Publishing, 2016

AIME, Marco. Classificare, separare, escludere – Razzismi e Identità. Torino: Einaudi, 2020.

BAUMAN, Zygmunt. “From Pilgrim to Tourist – or a Short History of Identity. In: Hall, S. & Du Gay, P. (ed.). Question of Cultural Identity. Los Angeles- London: Sage, 1996. (Disponibile su Virtuale in inglese)

CHRISTIN, Rodolphe. Turismo di massa e usura del mondo. Milano: Elèuthera, 2019.

FANON, Frantz. Pelle nera, maschere bianche. Edizioni ETS, 2015.

FANON; Frantz. I dannati della terra. Torino: Einaudi, 2007.

KILOMBA, Grada. Plantation Memories: Episodes of Everyday Racism. Toronto: Between the Line, 2021.

MANNOCCHI, Francesca & COSTANTINI, Gianluca. Libia. Milano: Mondadori, 2018.

MOHAMED, Takoua Ben. Il mio migliore amico è un fascista. Milano, Rizzoli, 2021.

PAMUK, Orhan. Istambul. Miano: Einaudi, 2008.

PRATT, Hugo. (Una) Ballata del Mare Salato (Edizioni varie)

SACCO, Joe. Gaza 1956. Note ai margini della storia. Milano: Mondadori, 2012

SATTOUF, Riad. L'arabo del futuro. 2 vol. Milano: Rizzoli Lizard, 2014/2015.

* NON-attending students:

In addition to the compulsory readings, non-attending students will need to supplement their preparation with:

  1. BHABHA, Homi K. “Frantz Fanon e la prerogativa postcoloniale” – cap. II, libro citato (Disponibile su Virtuale in inglese)
  1. Full reading of ONE text chosen among: Pamuk/Abirached/Sacco/Satouf (i due volumi)/Mannocchi. (citati in bibliografia complementare suggerita)

Depending on the direction of the discussions, complementary bibliographic suggestions will be provided during the course.



Teaching methods

The course emphasises participatory teaching. Teaching is carried out through lectures and the use of technological aids. It is also carried out through in-depth seminars with students, discussion of empirical cases, practical exercises, viewing and analysis of film clips, documentaries and videos on the themes of the course. Students will be asked to play a very active role, through discussions, analysis of case studies, and work to be processed outside of class time and presented.

Assessment methods

For attending students - the learning assessment consists of: 1 midterm test (in the middle of the course); presentation of the seminar work (in the second half of the course), written elaboration of the presented work (at the end of the course), participation in the discussions and exercises and group work. All of this will be included in the assessment and will serve as a mean of checking individual learning in relation to the course undertaken in the classroom. The examination programme is roughly similar to that of non-attenders.
Attendees who have achieved and passed the pass mark in the mid-term examination can register their mark (by registering for the roll call, without having to be present during the registration); or, to complement the pass mark, they can participate in the seminar phase; or decide to take the oral examination on the whole programme.
The seminar work, to be developed in groups and presented during the second part of the course, is assessed overall (written part) and individually (during the presentation). Particularly assessed at all stages will be the student's ability to move within the sources and bibliographic material in order to be able to identify useful information in them that will allow him to illustrate the aspects covered in the course.
Specifically, the following will be assessed
- active participation in class, exercises: 10%
- Seminar group work: 20%
- Intermediate test: 70%
The oral interview focuses on the texts indicated in the course bibliography and is aimed at testing the student's ability to analyse, critique and control the discipline as a whole.
The criteria adopted for the evaluation of learning are: knowledge of the bibliography of the programme; ability to develop arguments autonomously; ability to describe and illustrate phenomena, processes, practices studied by the sociology of cultural and communicative processes; ability to empirically place theoretical generalisations; ability to deal with a sociological reflection on aspects and processes of transformation of contemporary society.
Non-attending students must integrate the bibliography for the call. (Integrations indicated in READINGS/BIBLIOGRAPHY).

Teaching tools

Lectures. Network resources. Coordinated discussions. Orientation and tutoring of seminar groups outside of class time (on telematic platform).

Pandemic permitting, museum visits (Unibo Natural History Museum / Scientific Museums of Palazzo Poggi)

Students with special needs should contact the teacher.

Office hours

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