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Encounters #6: Justice

1 March, 6pm

Without addressing social justice we will not be able to transform the world and address the key challenges that we are facing: climate change, access to food, health, conflicts. The fact that resources are finite, makes it challenging to address these problems while guaranteeing and increasing social justice. This evening, we will discuss climate justice, and how literature can contribute to address the key challenges we are facing.

Alessandra Sannella – Justice and social transition

To identify the correct driver that guarantees social justice in Western countries, the institutions have accurate indicators that can interpret the emergency of climate change on a planetary scale. Society needs a ‘logic of overall forecasting’ to reduce inequalities and guarantee social and health equity to all citizens. The cohesion of society can be guaranteed by reliable knowledge of the scientific method. Through scientific indicators and citizen science participation, it will be possible to involve institutional actors to achieve a participatory social transition.

Federica Pedriali – Literature in the digital world (how can it guide us in the Anthropocene?)

Humans are not just fabulous storytellers. They act on their stories. What we call World rests on such things and when they give way it is time for a hard world reset. Can literature guide us as we face one such moment? Of course, it can and will – we expect a lot of our tools. But will it compromise, yes, make mistakes in the process? Of course, it will – this is the beauty and the horror of our predicament. As the late Bruno Latour once put it, the future is too simply stated if we tell it as the time when our story could / would / might become clear, straightforward, entirely just.


Alessandra Sannella (University of Cassino) is Associate Professor and Delegate of the Rector for Sustainable Development at the University of Cassino. Her scientific interests concern the reduction of inequalities in health related to climate change, social justice, health, and global health policies related to sustainable development.

Federica Pedriali (Edinburgh University) is Professor of Literary Metatheory and Modern Italian Studies at the University of Edinburgh and Research Affiliate at the Edinburgh Futures Institute. Her work intersects Biopolitics, Cognitive Narratology, Continental Philosophy, Decolonial Studies, Migration and Diaspora Studies, the Environmental Humanities, Performance Studies, and Political Theory.

Please find the whole programme, with details HERE