Winter School

Winter School for international students

Decolonizing Cultural Heritage - DecolHeri
5 febbraio 2024
16 febbraio 2024
Palazzo Paolo Prodi - Via Tommaso Gar 14, Trento
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Divisione Relazioni Internazionali
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Alessandra Galizzi Kroegel, Ermenegildo Bidese, Marco Uvietta
0461 283224

Decolonizing Cultural Heritage Winter school addresses a crucial issue of global importance, namely, the challenge of overcoming the dominant Western perspective still present in the approach to international cultural heritage. This turns out to be particularly urgent, when the formation of local or national identities is underway and the original cultural heritage, be it linguistic, material or immaterial, is reclaimed.

DecolHeri aims to investigate this process from both a theoretical and a practical point of view focussing on case studies in Europe and Africa.

The following three aspects will be addressed:

  • the conflicting relationships between hegemonic and local languages (linguistic focus);
  • the tensions related to the restitution and re-appropriation of material cultural heritage (focus on figurative arts and museum studies);
  • the overcoming of a colonialist approach to local musical traditions in favor of a deeper understanding of their intrinsic principles (musicological focus).

The Winter School will be structured around lectures, seminars with experts and outdoor activities.

Lectures will be given by both faculty members of the Department of Humanities and external experts to ensure an interdisciplinary program, a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, and a variety of case studies. Accordingly, the Winter School will use a variety of teaching methods to ensure that each student is actively involved in the debates and interactive parts of the classes.

Participants' Background

The Winter School is open to up to 25 advanced international undergraduate and graduate students (upper-level Bachelor's and all Master's students).

The Winter School is aimed at (but not limited to) students with an interest in postcolonial studies, especially in the humanities, in the promotion and management of cultural heritage at local and international levels.

Ideally, the curriculum of participants should show an interest in international issues of global relevance. Debating and teamwork skills are expected.

A good level of English (at least B2) is required.


  • Nominations by partner Universities: by 15 October 2023 
  • Finalization of the online application for all students: 30 October 2023 (online application tool available from 1st October in the Useful links section).
  • The online application tool will be available in the section "Useful Links" starting from 1st October.
  • UniTrento students' applications: starting from 1 November, if places are still available
  • Final confirmation of admission: by mid-November. Students are asked to pay by 30 November 2023.

Participation costs

Students from UniTrento partners universities: 400 Euros.

External students (from non-partner universities): 1.000 Euros.

A maximum of 2 ECIU students are free of charge (selected among other ECIU students, on the basis of merit, academic profile and motivation letter). All other admitted ECIU students pay the university partner fee.

Payment details will be sent to admitted participants.

The participation cost includes: lunch and dinners in the university canteen from Monday to Friday and a socio-cultural program consisting of: a guided visit of the town, a welcome drink and a farewell buffet, a one-day and a half-day outdoor activity with visit to a museum or other cultural institutions.

Excluded are: accommodation, breakfasts and weekend meals, insurance, visa and travel costs.

Cancellation: Participation fees will be reimbursed 100% in case of cancellation due to serious illness or a positive COVID swab test within the 48 hours prior to departure for Italy. No fees will be reimbursed if cancellation is for any other reason. 

A maximum of 2 UniTrento students can apply starting from 1 November, if places are still available. The participation cost is 100 Euros and does not include the meal vouchers at the canteen.

Academic Coordinators

  • Ermenegildo Bidese (German linguistics)
  • Alessandra Galizzi Kroegel (Museum studies)
  • Marco Uvietta (Musicology).

International Relations Division 
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