SHA-8 Historical Anthropology: Historiographical Approaches and the Poetics of Historical Knowledge

SHA-8 Historical Anthropology: Historiographical Approaches and the Poetics of Historical Knowledge


Learning outcomes: Students are expected to:
• Acquire a widen knowledge of recent historical thinking
• Engage with interdisciplinary approaches
• Deepen their knowledge on historiographical methodologies and practices
• Use analytical concepts and approaches in their essays and dissertation and apply them in the study of past.

The seminar deals with historiographical questions that occupy a central place in a variety of disciplines (in particular history and social anthropology) and fields, analyzing them through an interdisciplinary perspective. The introduction of concepts such as memory, temporality, testimony, culture, experience, gender, subjectivity and identity and the focus on issues such as representativity, interpretation, sources, archive and narrative in historical research marked transformations in the epistemology or poetics of historical knowledge. According to Jacques Rancière, the poetics of historical knowledge is the study of norms according to which historical knowledge is written, read and formed as a special type of discourse. At the center of the transformations of historical knowledge is social anthropology in the sense that it informed historiography with new analytical tools, but also problematized the very boundaries of scientific fields.
The seminar examines historiographical practices that were distinguished for crossing the boundaries of the discipline and for providing historical method and study with new analytical tools and approaches. Oral history, history of mentalities, microhistory, gender history, history of the body and sexuality, and history of emotions challenged historiographical thought and writing through their innovative methodological, theoretical and hermeneutic perspectives. We are going to study historiographical texts that were distinguished for their contribution to the renewal of historical method and writing.

General Competences: 
Search for, analysis and synthesis of data and information.
Working independently.
Respect for difference and multiculturalism.
Showing social, professional and ethical responsibility and sensitivity to gender issues, ethnicity and religious beliefs.
Criticism and self-criticism.
Production of free, creative and inductive thinking.


Social Sciences

Academic Unit:

Social Anthropology and History

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Independent teaching activities


Weekly teaching hours




Course type:

special background, specialised general knowledge

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Hantzaroula Pothiti

Is the course offered to erasmus students: