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IMT Lucca – Ph.D. Call for Applications (XXVI cycle)

IMT-Institute for Avanced Studies, Lucca

Ph.D in Management and Development of Cultural Heritage in collaboration with Politecnico di Torino Political Systems and Institutional Change

Deadline October 28, 2010

The doctoral program in Management and Development of Cultural Heritage at IMT trains researchers and professionals to operate at the highest levels of management of cultural heritage and landscape in both public and private institutions. The program integrates concepts and methods from several domains (humanities, economics, law, information technology and materials sciences) in the analysis of cultural heritage and landscape.

The Ph.D. program provides a multidisciplinary path enabling students to become competent in a wide range of specific areas of the management of cultural heritage. In the current job market, cultural organizations are often forced to outsource work to a professional competent in a single skill or area of knowledge, thereby losing efficiency and productivity and slowing the decision-making process. The goal of the doctoral program at IMT is to produce well-rounded cultural management professionals, equipped with a broad array of practical know-how and a comprehensive theoretical background.

A distinctive feature of the doctoral program is the involvement of Ph.D. students in projects on a local and an international scale enabling them to become familiar with the complex management of cultural heritage and landscape. The program integrates theoretical aspects with a strong practical component and promotes contact with exemplary case studies and professionals based both in Italy and abroad (e.g. museum directors, “Soprintendenti”, urban planners, architects, tourism and territorial development professionals, cultural policymakers, heads of auction houses and managers of art-related investment funds).

The Ph.D. program focuses on the following research areas: economy and management of cultural heritage and landscape; history of the economic, social and political impact of cultural heritage and of urban and landscape planning; museology; history of art and architecture; aesthetics; history and legislation on cultural heritage and landscape; technologies applied to conservation, use and enjoyment of cultural heritage; and technologies applied to urbanism, landscape planning and land use. The topics covered by the single courses are conceived as prompting interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research.

Graduates of the Ph.D. program will be qualified to work at the highest levels in the following of institutions:

a) Research institutions in the field of management of cultural heritage with interests in the history, use and development of immaterial goods, as well as the social, economic and political impact and the symbolic, economic, social and political values thereof; history of legislation of cultural heritage; and analysis of modes of perception of art.

b) Public and private institutions dealing with the concrete management of cultural heritage; promotion of culture and tourism; urban planning; and organization of cultural events.

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