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2012 Program

Event #14

Marino Niola

Between organic and divine. Food as knowledge, resistance and penance

Fat-free, sugar-free, low-calory, no eggs, no milk, no GMOs. Nowadays we mostly expert our food to be “free” of something, and in spite of our best intentions, we are obsessed by an ideal of purity and lightness. So much attention to what we eat makes our eating habits a symptom of a generalized in security that we project onto food. Food controls are becoming reassuring substitutes for a reality that is getting out of hand. The result is a mixture of ethics and dietetics, health safety and salvation, normalization of the body and care of the soul. An exploration of the forms and functions of food in the society of in security: from bulimia to orthorexia, from the religion of slimness to the exponential spread of obesity, food is a symbolic entity that processes the contradictory aspects of the present and builds cognitive and ritual hooks to hang our fear from (duration: approx. 2 hours).


Marino Niola

a well-known anthropologist of contemporary times, is Professor of Anthropology of Symbols at the Suor Orsola Benincasa University of Naples, where he also heads a research lab on Mediterranean diet. His main research focus is the relationship between tradition and cultural change in contemporary societies and the persistence of myth in the contaminated forms of the present time. He is a member of the steering committee of AISEA, the Italian Association of Ethno-Anthropological Sciences. He is a frequent contributor to the newsdaily La Repubblica and writes a column entitled Today’s Myths in its Friday supplement. He also contributes to Le Nouvel Observateur, Locarno’s il caffè and Naples’ Il Mattino. Among his books are Totem e ragù. Divagazioni napoletane (Pironti, 2003); Don Giovanni o della seduzione (L’Ancora del Mediterraneo, 2005); I Santi patroni (2007), Si fa presto a dire cotto. Un antropologo in cucina (2009), and Non tutto fa brodo (2012) published by il Mulino; Miti d'oggi (Bompiani, September 2012).

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Event #1

Gustavo Zagrebelsky

The right to culture, the responsibility of knowledge

Event #2

Marco Santagata

Dante: an egocentric or a prophet? Creativity and writing as a mission

Event #3

Anna Salvo

Sorrow is like a telescope that helps us look into the distance: creatività and suffering

Event #4

Andrea Moro

I speak, therefore I am Like the starry sky: visions of language across the centuries

Event #5

Giulia Lazzarini

WALL – before and after Basaglia

Event #6

Alfredo Lacosegliaz, Paolo Rumiz

I Narrabondi. A reading in music

Event #7

Alessandro Barbero

How did women think in the Middle Ages? St. Catherine of Siena

Event #8

Luca Scarlini

Dancing thought: the body as a thinking mechanism

Event #9

Duccio Demetrio

The tenth Muse: Writing and its myths

Event #10

Giuseppe Civitarese

Get out your colors! Dreaming as the mind’s poetic function

Event #12

Franco Cordero

The phobia of thinking

Event #13


The artist as sacred parasite

Event #14

Marino Niola

Between organic and divine. Food as knowledge, resistance and penance

Event #15

Giacomo Marramao

Power, creativity, change

Event #17

Ascanio Celestini

How stories are born

Event #18

Erri De Luca

Words as tools

Event #19

Ruggero Pierantoni

It’s all a matter of size

Event #20

Andrea Moro

I speak, therefore I am The hidden waft: the secrets of language

Event #21

Marc Augé

The primacy of knowledge

Event #22

Enzo Moscato

Toledo Suite. Concerto spettacolo

Event #23

Alessandro Barbero

How did women think in the Middle Ages? Christine de Pizan

Event #24

Gianfranco Capitta, Rafael Spregelburd

Seven sins that make life possible

Event #25

Gustavo Pietropolli Charmet

Teenagers in school: studying the past, ignoring the future

Event #28

Mauro Agnoletti, Ilaria Borletti Buitoni

Culture, environment, landscape. For a possible, sustainable future

Event #30

Sergio Givone

Invention and discovery. About creation

Event #31

Jacopo Perfetti

La Street Art e il caso Banksy

Event #32

Haim Baharier

Qabbala and an economy of justice

Event #33

Mario Brunello

CELLO AND… hidden voices, revealed voices. A concert

Event #34

Telmo Pievani

When the human mind was born. How we became Homo sapiens

Event #35

Andrea Moro

I speak, therefore I am The word and the flesh: the neurobiology of language

Event #36

Marco Paolini

Of men and dogs. Dedicated to Jack London (music by Lorenzo Monguzzi)

Evento n.11

Paolo Pejrone

For a modern garden—in form and substance

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