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History and Democracy #10: Does culture still matter?



History and Democracy #10: Does culture still matter?

With Arianna Bove (Queen Mary), Stefano Jossa (Royal Holloway) and Marco Mancassola (writer and FILL)
Chaired by Andrea Mammone (Royal Holloway)

Following our successful event on education and democracy, this final seminar focuses on another overlooked, but rather hot, issue: what role is culture playing, or can eventually play, in the age of demagogues, populism and anger? In a sense, it is evident how television, trolls and "hate speech" seem to set up the public/political agenda, while hashtags are replacing real reflections and commentaries. How can we react to this? Our panel, featuring scholars, activists and writers, will look at the various dimensions of contemporary cultural activism and production - from novels to public engagement - and the ways intellectuals can contribute to improve the society we live in.


This event will be held in English.

Arianna Bove is a political theorists at Queen Mary and translator of philosophy and politics from Italian and French into English. Recent translations include: Elettra Stimilli, The Debt of the Living. Asceticism and Capitalism; Maurizio Lazzarato, Experimental Politics. Work, Welfare, and Creativity in the Neoliberal Age; Antonio Negri, Factory of Strategy; Michel Foucault, Introduction to Kant's Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View; Franco Berardi, Precarious Rhapsody. Semio-capitalism and the Pathologies of the Post-Alpha Generation.

Stefano Jossa is Reader in Italian. He specialises in the Italian Renaissance and the Italian national identity expressed through literature. He has extensively published on such topics and his next volume is forthcoming with Einaudi. He held Visiting Professorships at the Polytechnic of Zurich, the University of Parma, and the University of Roma Tre and at Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies. He has given in lectures at various Universities worldwide. He is a regular contributor the the cultural pages of the Italian daily newspaper "il manifesto" with reviews of art exhibitions in London and has written for
La Repubblica.

Marco Mancassola is an Italian novelist based in London. His book Non saremo confusi per sempre has just been re-published in Italy after inspiring Sicilian Ghost Story, the feature film that opened the International Critics' Week at Cannes Film Festival last year, soon to be released in the UK. His articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, Internazionale, International New York Times. Along with a group of other London-based Italian authors, and with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute in London, he is the founder of the Festival of Italian Literature in London (Fill). As a teacher he has started Londra Scrive, a small creative writing
school in London.


Data: Lun 18 Giu 2018

Orario: Alle 19:00

Organizzato da : ICI London

Ingresso : Libero


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