Torino, Italy

Cultural Heritage in Context: Digital Technologies for the Humanities

when 23 September 2023 - 30 September 2023
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 450

The research training deals with large-scale and composite cultural natural heritage areas in particular vulnerable regions through a digital approach. It will focus on “Heritage-driven Community Resilience” by identifying and interpreting long-lasting human/historic environment interactions and surveying their potential as drivers for fostering community resilience. Historical and physical layers of international case studies, including architectural, landscape and archaeological characterisations will be investigated and related to intangible values and local knowledge for enhancing natural and anthropic risk awareness in historic environments.
Integrating research on social sciences and a critical use of digital technologies, participants will explore how to use tools for reconsidering heritage as a driver of sustainability and work with local communities to shape/reshape collective memories and values of sites, cultural natural heritage understanding, its characterisation, and visualization. Digital tools will be experienced, customised, and eventually prototyped to support the research process and to co-create critical narratives.
Activities will be held at the Castello del Valentino, Torino (UNESCO World Heritage Site and Politecnico di Torino seat).

Course leader

Prof. Rosa Tamborrino (PoliTo, DIST) and Prof. Willeke Wendrich (UCLA).

Target group

The program is targeted to academic participants such as master and Ph.D. students, and early-stage researchers, practitioners and professionals.

Course aim

- Developing a critical approach to digital tools: Cultural Natural Heritage CNH knowledge building of multi-scale composite contexts (creating links among heritage types, contextualising relations, conceptualising and characterising heritage assets, creating narratives, building information)

- Experiencing collaborative and participatory processes for engaging local stakeholders with digital tools to enhance CNH as a driver of empowerment and resilience

- Applying collaborative digital tools for heritage knowledge and management: tools for CNH-led knowledge building and management (co-mapping and co-building methodologies, digital surveying, gamification...)

Credits info

2 EC
The program is equivalent to 2CFU for master students affiliated in European universities.

Fee info

EUR 450: The participation fee includes lunches, accommodation, field trips, and guided tours


Some scholarships for covering the expenses will be made available