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Course code
Name of lecturer
Gabriel Maria Sala
Gabriel Maria Sala
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. IIA, Sem. IIB

Lesson timetable

Sem. IIA
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.6  
Wednesday 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.6  
Sem. IIB
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall Lorenzi  
Tuesday 5:20 PM - 7:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.6  
Wednesday 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall Lorenzi  

Learning outcomes

The course will offer a comparison between the processes of formation, and the construction of identity in different societies, trying to identify and compare the myths and rituals on which they are based.
Course participants will be invited to question themselves about how instructional models are able to create a connection between individual issues and social dimension, managing oneself and others, care practices and lifestyle, social, ethnic, religious and cultural differences.
Each student, within a small group first, and in relation to other groups, after, will have to learn how to build a space of interaction in which to test concrete techniques and methods of training and care between people, groups and communities.

The course will include the following elements:

 lectures and seminars
 constitution and experience of working and studying in small groups (4-6 students)
 exercises for research methods: stories and screenplays construction
 presentation of work, research, and individual and collective experiences
 preparation of a mid-term performance and final group essay
 drafting of a 'diary path' outlining individual and group's work
 selection and organization of own work for a website



1) Transmission of knowledge and instructional models.
To form and develop: transformation of oneself and others. Successes and failures in instructional practices.
2) Geopolitics of identity between training, therapy and politics of terror
Identity, self-images and creation of new belongings.

3) Terror, trauma and changed lives: acting on the body to capture the soul.
Wars and collective violence: forming terrorists, nursing the victims.


Marcelle Detienne Essere autoctoni, Santoni, Milano, 2004
Jean-Pierre Vernant (1990) Figure, idoli, maschere, Il Saggiatore, Milano, 2001
Lê Thành Khôi (1995) Educazione e civiltà, Armando, Roma, 1999
Cheikh Hamidou Kane (1961) L’Ambigua avventura, Jaka Book, Milano, 1996
Catherine Clément (1997) Il viaggio di Teo, Longanesi, Milano, 1998
Sabrina Mervin (2000) L’Islam, Bruno Mondadori, Milano, 2001
Adriana Piga, L’islam in Africa, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino, 2003
Adnane Mokrani Leggere il Corano a Roma, Cipax, Roma, 2010
Louis Massignon, L’ospitalità di Abramo, Medusa, 2002, Milano
Wendy Doniger (1988) I miti degli altri, Adelphi, Milano, 2003
Wendy Doniger Sogni, illusioni e altre realtà, Adelphi, Milano, 2005
Wendy Doninger La differenza sdoppiata, Adelphi, Milano, 2008
George Devereux (1967) From anxiety to method in the behavioral sciences, Mouton-The Hague, Paris
Paul H. Riesman (1974) Società e libertà nei Peul Djelgôbé dell'Alto Volta, Jaca Book - Trauben, Milano, 1999
Amadu Hampaté Ba Amkoulel, Il bambino fulbe, Ibis, Como, 2001
Amadu Hampaté Bâ (1980) Il saggio di Bandiagara, L'ottava, Milano, 1986
Amadu Hampaté Bâ (1969) Koodal. Lo splendore della Stella, Coletti, Roma1989
Amadu Hampaté Bâ, (1993) Petit Bodiel, Simnos, Milano,98
John G. Neihardt, (1961) Alce Nero parla, Adelphi Milano 1968
Sigmund Freud (1892-1920) Casi clinici, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino, 1991
Tobie Nathan (1993) Principi di etnopsicoanalisi, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino, 1996
Tobie Nathan (1995) Dieu-Dope. Un solo dio la droga, Gruppo Abele, Torino, 1997 Tobie Nathan, Isabelle Stengers (1995) Medici e stregoni, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino, 1996
Pierre Pichot, Tobie Nathan (1998) Quale avvenire per la psichiatria e la psicoterapia?, Colibrì, Milano, 1998
Tobie Nathan (2001) Non siamo soli al mondo, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino, 2003
Tobie Nathan (2011) Una nuova interpretazione dei sogni, Cortina, Milano, 2011
Tobie Nathan, Natalie Zajde (2012) Psicoterapia democratica, Cortina, Milano, 2013
Françoise Sironi (1999) Carnefici e vittime, Feltrinelli, Milano, 2001
Françoise Sironi (2007) Violenze collettive, Feltrinelli, Milano, 2010
Gabriel Maria Sala (2003) Il rumore delle pietre. Verità e finzione nelle storie cliniche e nelle pratiche di cura, in Iveno Gamelli (a cura di) Il prisma autobiografico, Unicopli, Milano
Gabriel Maria Sala (2014) Mediazioni necessarie, QuiEdit, Verona
Gabriel Maria Sala (2013) Il lavoro etnoclinico, QuiEdit, Verona
Remimi Hess, (1999), La pratica del diario, Besa, Nardò, 2000
Christian Schärf (2012) Scrivere giorno dopo giorno Zanichelli, Bologna 2012
Claudia Masia, Scrivere il memoir, Dino Audino, Roma, 2010
Lajos Egri, (2009) L’arte del personaggio, Dino Audino, Roma
Olivier Sacks (2013) Allucinazioni, Adelphi, Milano
Valeria P. Babini ( 2009) Liberi tutti, il Mulino, Bologna
Roberto Beneduce, Elisabeth Roudinesco (a cura di) (2005) Antropologia della cura, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino
Roberto Beneduce, Bertrand Pulman, Elisabeth Roudinesco (a cura di) Etnopsicoanalisi, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino, 2005
Piero Coppo (2003) Tra psiche e culture, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino, 2003
Paolo Inghilleri (2009) Psicologia culturale, Cortina, Milano
Natale Losi (2015) Guarire la guerra. Storie che curano le ferite dell’anima, Artmatan, Torino
Euripide Le baccanti (edizione con testo a fronte)
Shakespeare Teatro (edizione con testo a fronte)
Elémire Zolla (1996) La nube e il telaio, Mondadori, Milano, 1996
Clifford Geertz (1988)) Opere e vite, il Mulino, Bologna, 1990

Assessment methods and criteria

The student's assessment will take place throughout the duration of the course and it will be implemented through a programmed experimentation of:

 self-assessment of written textes and individual and group works
 identification of qualitative methods of assessment and assessment of learning, readings,
teaching model and of the organization of the course
 Open final performance evaluation

Please Note:
All students, attending classes or not, wishing to take the exam at any session of the academic year 2015- 2016 are required to participate in the preparatory meetings on Wednesday, Jan 13 2016 (lecture room 1.6 at 4.30pm) and on Wednesday, Jan 27 2016 (lecture room 1.6 at 4.30pm) and they must be registered to the group exercises by sending an e-mail by February 13 2016.
Specific meetings (at least five) will be established for students who do not attend classes and they must sign up during the preparatory meetings mentioned above.
For further information on the course please contact the lecturer during office hours on Tuesday, 3.30-6pm, by February 2 2016.