Knowledge of the main methodological approaches related to the history and theory of photography; ability to investigate photographic objects in their production and conservation contexts; ability to conduct art-historical research on photographers and on photographic archives, collections, institutions and publications; ability to share problems and research results in the various fields of scientific, educational and informative communication.
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The course (second semester) is a reading, discussion and research seminar on the work of a contemporary Italian photographer.
Teaching assistant: Adele Milozzi.

Core Documentation

Weekly readings, including essays in Italian and English, will be announced shortly. For both regular and “non attending” students, the readings will be available at the art history library “Luigi Grassi” (Piazza della Repubblica 10) and via Moodle.

Bibliographic research for the final paper is part of the required work and will be evaluated as such.

Type of delivery of the course

1. There are no prerequisites. However, the course requires a solid foundation on photography's history, languages, and critical issues. Class lectures will focus on historiographical and methodological issues and will not address subjects already covered in the survey course. 2. The seminar includes weekly readings and discussions, defining and presenting an individual research project, and completing a paper on a theme related to the lectures. 3. Each week, a different student will be asked to write a short review (400 words) and start the discussion on the assigned reading. 4. All students are responsible for the contents of the weekly reading and are required to participate in the class discussion. 5. In order to sign up for the final exam, students will be required to define a research program and to write a paper (3.500 words, notes and bibliography included) on a topic related to the theme of the course. The topic, structure, and bibliography of the final paper must be discussed with the instructor during the class period, according to the deadlines listed in the syllabus. Specific methodological indications will be provided in class and during office hours. 6. Since the course is an intensive discussion and research seminar, attendance and active participation are crucial. Up to three absences are permitted; in any case, absences will not be allowed on the day assigned for the individual presentation (see point 3.) and on the days scheduled for the discussion of the research projects. Students who fail to participate to weekly discussions are required to make up for their absence with a short review (400 words) of the assigned reading. Students who cannot meet these requirements will be automatically considered non-attending students (see below).

Type of evaluation

For regular students, the final grade will be determined as follows: 1. active participation in seminar discussions: 20% of the final grade; 2. research paper: 50%. 3. oral exam on the required readings: 40%. Students formally enrolled as non-attending and those who cannot meet the criteria specified above (attendance, presentations, etc.) are required to inform the instructor by April 6, 2022. For non-attending students, the final grade will be determined as follows: 1. ten short essays (400 words each) on the weekly readings listed in the syllabus: 40% of the final grade; 2. oral exam on the required readings: 60%.