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November 2021-April 2022
7 webinars of 2 hours
Format: Virtual

MUSEO-POLIS. A Permanent Seminar on History, Memory and Museums
Explore the museum, its origins, and its development in the field of history and memory. Understand how the museum has adaptated to European political systems from the 16th to 21st centuries.

Language: English, French, Italian and Spanish
Duration of the course: 7 webinars of 2 hours Format: Virtual
Weekly study: 2h ECTS offered: 3*

*Recognition of ECTS depends on your home university.


This short term course is open to Bachelor’s, Master and PhD students at the nine CIVIS member universities and from other universities or academic institutions not linked with the CIVIS Alliance, studying and/or interested in the following fields:

Art History
Political Science

The assessment will be based on a critical essay about the main topics from the conferences and debates of MUSEO-POLIS. Students will be allowed to write the papers in the four languages of understanding (English, French, Italian or Spanish).
This course aims to offer different ways of approaching the institutional, social and cultural figure of the museum as a means of understanding the politics of history and memory in Europe, mainly in the Mediterranean area between the 16th and 21st centuries. Symbolic capital, political capital, economic capital and cultural capital participate in the construction and development of the museum as an institution: all these logics will be articulated in 7 monthly webinars (2 hours). The articulation of the course is designed to open up to a wide network of teachers and students, favouring the dissemination of knowledge and multilingualism.
Main topics addressed

The museum as fabrication of a heritage status in European societies.
Patrimonialisation, transmission and creation of political cultures and identities.
Evolution of history and memory from the Ancien Régime to the contemporary crisis of the egalitarian/democratic model of heritage and culture.

Learning outcomes

By studying the normative operations, theoretical discourses and institutional practices that contribute to the fabrication of a heritage status (associate to the museum), this virtual course will allow CIVIS students to analyse the patrimonialisation that projects, transmits and creates an embodiment of national sovereignty, collective identities and ways of sharing culture. The evolution of the paradigms of values associated with heritage actualises in different ways a general relationship with the past and the "memorabilia", which can be analysed as many strategies of global rewriting of history by certain communities. This approach to the phenomenon of heritage in diachrony may, for example, take into account the conception of heritage as a treasure of sovereignty in the early modern age, and then the advent of heritage as a repository of the citizenship values of the 19th century nation state, or, finally, the emergence and the contemporary crisis of the democratic model and its egalitarian sharing of heritage and culture.