Sapienza Summer School 2022: The Cultural Heritage and Memory of Totalitarianism

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Summer Program
June 20, 2022 to July 1, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Italian History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies

The Summer School explored the legacy of Fascism in Italy blending unique in situ visits to art, architecture and historical monuments led by international experts and classes on literature, film and culture led by Sapienza faculty. The goal is broaden the scholarly assessment of the period and to suggest innovative curricula for students in the humanities, who are also interested in working in museums and cultural institutes in Italy and abroad. The heritage of Fascism will be approached in the context of Nazism and Stalinism, and framed within the broader scenario of European colonialism. Special focus will be given to the analysis of totalitarianism's influence on postcolonial dictatorships and post-WWII culture. Students will be solicited to elaborate on the transnational impact of artistic and cultural experiences born in Italy and especially Rome, beginning with visual and literary texts that interpret Fascism and the transition to democracy. 

The course is targeted to international and Italian graduate students in the Humanities, who are interested in disciplines such as memory and heritage studies, comparative literature and history, but also in curatorial and museum studies. BA students working on their final project are also eligible, as well as junior professionals who are interested in the topics of the school. 

The course lasts two weeks, from 20 June to 1 July 2022, and it will be hosted by the Department of Literature and Modern Cultures of Sapienza University of Rome. Students are required to total a minimum 75% attendance to receive an attendance certificate and 10 ECTS credits.

Deadline for applications: 15 February 2022

Contact Info: 

Applications should be sent to Dr Alessandra Crotti, Lecturer of English Literature at Sapienza University of Rome:

For further information, please visit the School website.