Academic year
2019/2020 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LM2580 (AF:314663 AR:168725)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
Course year
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The thematic seminar is built according to a multi-disciplinary approach, and it will focus on "the Village" in South Asia with projections in the Karakoram/Hindukush and towards the Iranic world.
The seminar is organised in 15 lectures with the contributions of experts from this University and external researchers.
Capacity to synthesise and connect the different themes presented during the seminar, although with different degrees, and according to the individual background and study curricula.
Not necessary. Basic knowledge of South Asian cultures is though preferred.
Lecture 1 - Prof. Olivieri - Villaggi e città nel Gandhara. Agricoltura e paesaggio (about villages and cities in Gandhara)
Lecture 2 - Prof. Olivieri - Villaggi, montagne e monasteri buddhisti in India del Nord e Gandhara; economia, spazio, culto (about villages, mountains, buddhist monasteries in N India/Gandhara)
Lezione 3a - Prof. Olivieri - I villaggi non buddhisti del piemonte dell’Hindukush-Karakorum. 1 (about the non-Buddhist mountain settlements of the Hindukush-Karakoram piedmont)
Lezione 3b - Prof. Biagi - Pescatori e raccoglitori preistorici del Mare Arabico. Il villaggio di Sonari (Sindh, Pakistan) (about the prehistoric coastal settlements of the Arabic Sea; Sindh, Pakistan)
Lecture 4 - Prof. Olivieri - I villaggi non buddhisti del piemonte dell’Hindukush-Karakorum. 2 (about the non-Buddhist mountain settlements of the Hindukush-Karakoram piedmont)
Lecture 5 - Dr. Micheli (MIBACT Trieste) - Il villaggio protostorico indiano: abitare tra le montagne, il "Northern Neolithic" (Kashmir e Swat) (about the Northern Neolithic rural settlements of Kashmir and Swat)
Lecture 6 - Prof. Dahnhart - Il villaggio nella letteratura vernacolare (about the Village in vernacular literature)
Lecture 7 - Prof. Squarcini - Ai limiti del ‘villaggio’. Sull’ontologia politica del fare e tener fermi i confini del ‘mondo’ (loka) nel Mānavadharmaśāstra (spaces and villages with reference to the Mānavadharmaśāstra)
Lecture 8 - Prof. Drocco - Il rapporto fra lingua hindi e dialetto nei villaggi dello Hindi Belt (about the relationship between Hindi and dialects)
Lecture 9 - Prof. Beggiora - Da vana a gaon: indagine sullo spazio sacro fra foresta e villaggio nell'India adivasi (about forest and village in the adivasi Indian space)
Lecture 10 - Prof. Vidale (Università di Padova) Il villaggio protostorico indiano: la Valle dell’Indo (Villages in the Indus Valley/Harappa)
Lecture 11 - Prof. Mondini - Dimensione e idea di villaggio nelle produzioni artistiche di inizio Novecento, tra percezioni e costruzioni (on the perception of the "village" in the art of the early-20th century)
Lecture 12 - Dr. Confortin - Kinnaur Himalaya, al confine tra ordine e caos + Prof. Pellò [to be confirmed]
Lecture 13 - Prof. Rigopoulos - La trasformazione di un villaggio in luogo di pellegrinaggio: il caso di Shirdi nello Stato del Maharashtra (about the transformation of a village in a pilgrimage place: a case study)
Lecture 14 - [to be attributed]
Lecture 15 - Prof. Baums (University of Munich) - Theme: villages, towns and sanctuaries in the Gandhari Buddhist texts [title to be confirmed]

The following expert will also probably join the Seminar:
Prof. Cacopardo (Firenze University) - Theme: villaggi e insediamenti del Peristan (Hindukush) [title to be confirmed] (about the Peristani/Hindukush mountain villages) [title and date to be confirmed]
Will be communicated by the different speakers/participants.
The last part of every class will be devoted to active discussions on the main topics discussed.
Evaluation will consider attendance and the submission of a paper or presentation on one of themes presented during the seminar (see below).
Frontal classes with images and texts illustrated with Power Points. If necessary, the latter will be made available to the students before the end of the course on the University platform moodle.
The last part of every class will be devoted to actively discuss the main topics.
A paper or a presentation should be submitted to undertake the oral examination (see above).

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Cities, infrastructure and social capital" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 13/02/2020