Course content

During the final course of the theme the doctoral students apply in practice the knowledge, theories and methods discussed during the three preceding courses. During a one-week workshop on location in Rome, the course participants will practice their skills in analysing the social and cultural roles of urban and rural spaces. The students will examine questions such as how the uses and conceptions of space differ over time and between cultures, how spaces were used in the creation of new identities, or how the city as a whole could be transformed as part of a political, religious, or aesthetic project. A strong emphasis is laid on the student’s application of the course material as a whole into their own doctoral work.

Learning outcomes

For a grade pass on the course, students should be able to:

  • Describe and explain with reference to local geographies, monuments and other spatial aspects of cities, the spatial organization of cities and public areas from a historical and contemporary perspective.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically examine historical sites from a spatial perspective.
  • Apply in practice the theories and methods related to research of space and place in the humanities, in relation to their own doctoral work.

Practical information

The course has the following obligatory elements: preparatory seminar, field work, presentation of own work and group discussion in the final colloquium.

The course is assessed through: active participation and completed assignments connected with the workshop; completed written presentation of own work, active participation in the final colloquium.

Teaching takes place as supervision of student work during fieldwork, workshop presentation, and as feedback and review of oral and written presentations of student’s own thesis-related work.

Period: Spring semester 2021

Language of instruction: English

Course director: TBA

Theme coordinator: Inka Moilanen

Course title in Swedish: Workshop: humanistiska perspektiv på rumslighet och plats

The course is offered by the Department of History in collaboration with the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, the Department of Culture and Aesthetics, the Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, the Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, and the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern, and Turkish Studies.

The course is part of the theme Space and Place in the Humanities