Eastern Europe: Contacts Beyond the Boundaries

Objectives e contents

Oriental Europe, with all its different languages, cultures and traditions, makes up a complex reality in which we find elements of Slavic, New Latin (Romanian), Illyrian (Albanian) and Greek origins. It is a part of the world that is always interested in exchanges and passages, in a very important and destined geo-political area, for its strategic position, to always having a great influence on culture, economy and social life of European countries.

This Minor offers a multidisciplinary methodological approach to the understanding of the dynamics that characterize this geographic space in its linguistic diversity and conception of boundaries, its own areal, national and transnational dimensions.

The Minor is carried out through three modules, each one consisting of 30 hours (6 ESTS) that, by being specific to the diverse cultural environments, sheds light on those aspects that are associated with the most ample geopolitical areas of Mid and South-East Europe. The program offers a united vision on the phenomena of continuity and of reciprocated interference that interests the area in question, not only from a linguistic perspective but also from a historic-cultural and literary point of view.

Module 1 - The New Horizons of Central-Oriental Europe demonstrates the path of the recent cultural history of Central-Oriental European countries before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall, looking to find, also through reading literary texts, the principle social debates, political trends and the lines of thinking that have characterized the movement towards values and non-values of the western society.

Module 2 - The Balkan Area, from Past to Present will seek to analyse the different elements that accompany the complexity of the Balkan area from an ethnic, social and cultural point of view and to identify the way in which the hereditary models have transformed themselves upon reaching contact with modern reality. They will come to propose different keys to interpret how the challenges of globalization have reached a national level and how interactions with traditional models and collective imagination can be modified.

Module 3 - Slavic and Balkan Languages and Cultures offers a panorama of the principal ethnic, cultural and linguistic characteristics of the Slavic and Balkan areas, with the double intent of providing students with an areal introduction and to draw closer to the historic-linguistic and multicultural dynamic that this geographic space has permeated.

The Minor also uses teaching materials online (MOOC) Language and Culture of the Mediterranean and the Balkans: an introduction. Students enrolled in this Minor would be able to take part in numerous Erasmus exchanges to complete their intercultural experience of the area

Student requirements

This Minor is aimed to students on all degree programmes at the University
There is no maximum number of participants.

Modules that make up the Minor

Academic year 2017/2018