Sites of Contest: Power and Politics in Urban Rome
Instructor: Stephanie Pilat
Location: Rome, Italy
Dates Abroad: May 4 - June 18, 2010
Rome's many rulers – emperors, popes, kings, dictators, presidents and prime ministers – have all attempted to shape and reshape the city as an expression of their power. Sites in the city have been subject to serving the political needs of leaders on the world stage that is Rome; architecture and urbanism have been used to represent, codify, and solidify power. This course examines the sites that have been the focal point for such expressions from ancient through modern times. Our study will range from imperial sites such as the Imperial Fora, to Papal constructions during the counter-reformation such as Piazza del Popolo, as well as more modern projects such as the EUR, a city district designed to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Fascism. Additionally, we'll explore the periphery of the city and its surroundings including sites such as Hadrian's Villa and the Fascist New Towns outside of Rome.
Students will analyze and deconstruct these sites in order to understand how architecture and urbanism can be used to express political intentions. We'll also examine sites where intended meanings have been transformed and changed by the people who use them through resistance, new constructions, and the development of collective memories.
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