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Storia delle società, delle istituzioni e del pensiero. Dal Medioevo all’Età Contemporanea



The four planned curricula provide the students with an ample and articulated range of themes and perspectives - most of which are present in the scientific production of the doctorate’s faculty – that intersect at various moments throughout the academic activity, demonstrating the essential and prolific interaction between varying methods and perspectives. To this end, in addition to the specification of the curricula, “prevalent research themes” are included, each of which should be considered transversal in its own way.

1. History of Borders and Frontiers
This curriculum focuses on themes that in recent years have gained increasing attention from historical research. Borders, which from an international point of view are considered “places of territorial and symbolic demarcation” (Salvatici, 2005) and to which recognition as a nation state is attributed, have been subject to redefinitions and perceptions that have attracted multi-disciplinary scientific attention, from which “borders studies” were born (Wilson and Donnan, 2012). Borders, which have been shaped by history, politics, power, cultural and social questions in an extensive process between the Middle Ages and the XXI century, are thus analyzed as complex spatial and social phenomena that are not static or immobile but rather highly dynamic, with contents that also intersect with non-humanistic fields.   

2. Society, Economy, Institutions
This curriculum focuses on the study and analysis of long-term global and local socio-economic and institutional development processes in various parts of the world. These phenomena are considered within the context of civil society, meaning by this both the family and the private sphere, as well as groups, associations, movements (with particular attention to women’s movements) – i.e. the protagonists of the public sphere (Edwards, 2004; Gosewinkel, 2011) in which local, national and supranational political and social (lay and religious) institutions  are at work. These themes are connected to topics dealing with  political, social, civil, economic and human rights, as well as citizenship.

3. Cultural, Commercial and Religious Exchange from a Transnational Perspective
This curriculum focuses on the analysis and interpretation of meetings and exchanges according to a World History approach (Bayly, 2004; McNeill Robert e William, 2003; Sterns, 2009), which transcends the nation state and puts emphasis on the interdependence of global phenomena, also within the analysis of local history. Thus, the trans-cultural and trans-regional aspects of historical development result as privileged with a particular emphasis on a series of phenomena: migrations, technological innovations, economic-commercial exchanges, circularity of the market of consumption, circulation of religious beliefs, ideas, ideals, construction of networks and transnational movements.    

4. History of  Thought and Philosophies
The focus of this curriculum is on the forms of thought in the modern and contemporary world, in the plurality of their manifestations and their intersections with other forms of human culture and history. This complexity will be considered with a methodological perspective typical of philosophical and historic-philosophical reflection, that is in all of its disciplinary articulations. Among these approaches, an essential role will be played by a reflection on the premises that provoked the changes observed in thought from classical antiquity to contemporary philosophies,  and to cognitive and social sciences. A conceptual analysis of philosophers, historians and social or cognitive scientists’ tools will be equally important, as will an analysis of the linguistic, discursive and dialogical dimensions of the phenomena, as well as themes of historic or historic-philosophical relevance identified as the subject of research. 


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