Semester 2 - Padova

Module 1.1. Overall methodological approaches.

Museum of Industrial Heritage, G. L. Fontana

The course analyses in a multidisciplinary and comparative perspective the role of industrial heritage in the evolution of urban contexts and in the economic and social transformations of territories from a historical, cultural, economic, urbanistic, symbolic and identity perspective.


Module 1.2. Practical training module.

a/ Industrial heritage project and research, M.Bertilorenzi

The course, a support for the tutored project, aims to develop a certain familiarity with the conceptual categories that concern the industrial heritage. The concepts will be verified by their application to a number of Italian and foreign experiences of valorization of former industrial sites.

b/ Tutored project

The students are divided into work groups by cross-referencing their initial skills (historians, archaeologists, architects, cultural professions, etc.). They are assisted by a tutor. Each work group is given a technical object to study. They then decide on the realization: a museum valorization of the site or collection, the cultural or cultural setting of the site or collection, the organization of an exhibition.

c/ Company archives and sources of industrial heritage, C. Lussana

Computerised organisation of documents, ways of using information in territorial planning and in interventions for the conservation and enhancement of industrial heritage. The conferences and seminars will focus on: 1) archives, museums and sites, sources for the study of industry; a global approach; 2) company archives: characteristics and peculiarities; 3) forms of company, forms of archive, types of documents, types of sources; 4) instruments for the description of the archival heritage on traditional media and on the Web; 5) methodologies and strategies for the preservation and enhancement of the archival heritage of companies; 6) visits and practical applications.


Module 2. Fundamentals.

a/ History of multinational enterprises and the global economy, M. Bertilorenzi

The course intends to provide notions of corporate history in order to understand the role of economic actors (firms and entrepreneurs), their forms of organisation and their strategies in technical and productive choices. In particular, the course will focus on the historical evolution of multinational companies, their role in the process of economic integration and the impacts that these companies have had on different economic and social contexts. An institutional approach to the historical problem of the firm will be adopted, in order to understand the mutual interactions between actors and society in technical and economic transformations.

b/ From archaeology to industrial heritage, D. Celetti

The seminar analyses research methods in the field of industrial archaeology and industrial heritage history and examines the processes of heritage of industrial civilisation from a multidisciplinary and comparative perspective, using case studies to promote the dissemination of good practices in the knowledge, conservation and rehabilitation of industrial property. It studies the forms of integration of industrial heritage into the whole range of cultural goods.


Module 3. Scientific environment.

a/ Webminar TPTI, Web Coffee

b/ A seminar of complementary disciplinary choice

City and Industry, G. Zucconi

The seminar analyzes the different ways in which the city and industry have defined their mutual relationship over time. The most innovative building materials in their practical application between 1850 and 1930 will be studied. Part of the course will be devoted to the problems of mass production and its influence on the construction process and on architecture, applied arts and industrial design.

Museums, collections, heritage, E. Canadelli

The course is dedicated to discovering the many lives of objects and why it is important for historians to engage with their stories and biographies. In doing so, this course explores mobility as a defining character in the life and history of objects. We’ll follow different artefacts through their uses, itineraries, global connections, trajectories, exchanges, circulations in space and time, changes of meaning. We will address key terms from museum studies, cultural history, and material culture – such as origin, provenance, collection and heritage – in the light of the so-called mobility turn. Mobility defines the life of an object in many ways: who made artefacts, who let them circulate, who moved them from one place to another, why they remained immobile, who brought them into a museum, how to tell their stories today and who speaks about them now, in the physical or virtual space of the museum.

Urban anthropology, F. Fava

The main objective of the course is to illustrate the relevance of the anthropological gesture: to build the critical analysis of the urban social micro with the wider contestation in which it is correlated; to understand the effects that these processes have on the forms of life of individuals and groups and how these same processes are adopted, contested, re-elaborated and reinvented. The course introduces the different and multiple anthropological questions (in both historical and systematic perspectives), theoretical approaches, and ethnographic research in both domestic and public space. The urban areas and their identification as places of research and disciplinary attention, in social theory and in anthropological theory in particular, will be the starting point of the course.

Industrial Heritage Law, M. Giampieretti

The course aims to analyse the legal and institutional framework for the protection and enhancement of industrial heritage at international and European level, and to provide criteria for its interpretation and enforcement. Special attention will be paid to the EU rules and policies for the safeguarding of industrial heritage and the promotion of industrial culture as an essential part of Europe’s identity. At national level, the most relevant Italian State and regional laws, and their practical implementation in this area, will be examined in detail.

Social and political tourism geographies, C. Rabbiosi

Tourism is one of the most significant phenomena that influences local and regional territorial dynamics. As such, it represents both an opportunity and a threat for places and local communities. This is especially true in deindustrialized and rural areas, as well as among vulnerable social groups. The goal of this course unit is to reveal the social and political dynamics that accompany tourism development.The course unit will focus on how the relationship between tourism  and development - envisioned at the international, national, regional, or local scales - influences controversial socio-spatial dynamics. Specific sessions on industrial tourism are planned. The course unit will involve active participation by the students and will be assessed on an ongoing basis using several evaluation modalities.

c/ Languages

LV1: italian

LV2: english for industrial archaeology



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