Cultural Anthropology BC (i) (2014/2015)

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Name of lecturer
Anna Maria Paini
Anna Maria Paini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Academic sector
Language of instruction
Semestrino IIA dal Feb 23, 2015 al Apr 18, 2015.

Lesson timetable

Semestrino IIA
Day Time Type Place Note
Thursday 5:20 PM - 7:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.1 from Feb 26, 2015  to Mar 5, 2015
Thursday 5:20 PM - 7:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.5 from Mar 12, 2015  to Apr 18, 2015
Friday 8:30 AM - 10:10 AM lesson Lecture Hall 1.2 from Mar 6, 2015  to Apr 18, 2015
Friday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.2  

Learning outcomes

Through various different teaching methods (lectures, discussions, meetings with experts, films), the course aims to introduce students to a critical understanding of key concepts of the discipline and to some open issues within the contemporary ethnographic and theoretical contexts, with particular reference to the theme of cultural heritage, and highlighting the peculiar sensitivity and the potential of an the (?)anthropological approach


The course introduces students to some of the central concepts of the discipline such as culture, identity, tradition, memory, heritage and the methodological and theoretical issues to which they refer. The area of tangible and intangible cultural heritage and processes of “patrimonializzazione” "heritage-making" o by which cultural production are defined as heritage will be discussed through an in-depth knowledge analysis /exploration of specific ethnographic cases.

Course Readings:
- F. Dei, 2012, Antropologia culturale, il Mulino, Bologna
- A. Paini, M. Aria, a cura, 2014, La densità delle cose. Oggetti ambasciatori tra Europa e Oceania, Pacini editore, Pisa.
- M. Jolly, 2011, “Oggetti in movimento: riflessione sulle collezioni d’Oceania”, in A. Paini, E. Gnecchi Ruscone, a cura, numero monografico La ricerca Folklorica, 63, pp.29-50.

Assessment methods and criteria

Final oral exam

For those attending classes : class participation, in-class presentation and reports/papers