the first European festival on creativity

2012 Programme

Event #21

Marc Augé

The primacy of knowledge

While science progresses, the gap between its protagonists and those who have no idea of what is at stake grows deeper and deeper very fast. This justifies our fear that democracy may not spread throughout the Earth, but rather, that we will see the emergence of a planetary aristocracy of knowledge, power and wealth in opposition to a mass of simple consumers and an even larger mass of people excluded from both knowledge and consumption. Can history still have a meaning in this scenario? And what meaning? The only meaning is knowledge. And the only obstacle to knowledge is intellectual arrogance of all sorts, wanting to impose its views on mankind. In the end the history of mankind will coincide with the conquest of a scientific humility that may gradually shift the borders of the unknown and will lead to the liberation of each individual. If there is a revolution one day, it will be a revolution of education, and of the education to freedom.


Marc Augé

one of the world’s leading ethnologists and anthropologists, has been directeur d’études and chairman of EHESS, Paris’ School of Higher Studies in Social Science. His background is in African studies, but he has spent a long time researching in Latin America as well as in Paris and in other regions of France. Augé is well known for introducing the notion of non-places. Many of his books are published in Italian. They include: Nonluoghi (2009), Che fine ha fatto il futuro? (2009), Un etnologo nel métro (2010), Ville e tenute (2011), all published by elèuthera; Disneyland e altri nonluoghi (1999); Il senso degli altri. Attualità dell’antropologia (2000); Finzioni di fine secolo (2001); Diario di guerra (2002); Rovine e macerie. Il senso del tempo (2004); Il mestiere dell’antropologo (2007); Genio del paganesimo (2008); Il bello della bicicletta (2009); Straniero a me stesso. Tutte le mie vite di etnologo (2011), Futuro (2012), Per strada e fuori rotta (September 2012), all published by Bollati Boringhieri.

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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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