the first European festival on creativity

2011 Programme

Evento n.6

Zygmunt Bauman

Reflections on the notions of community and network, on social networks and Facebook

The term ‘network’ is rapidly replacing ‘society’ in the social science discourse as well as in spoken language. But what is the difference between a network and a community? Being part of a community is a safer, more reliable condition, although it places greater restraints on the individual than just having a network of contacts. Unlike the network, the community allows little leeway to the individual; on the other hand, one can rely upon the community when in need. We are thus faced with the choice between security and freedom, and the former cannot be achieved without sacrificing the latter, at least in part. In terms of security, the community wins over the network; in terms of freedom the opposite is true. Yet what concerns us today is not the violation of our privacy but its contrary. At the basis of social networking is an exchange of personal information, and it is mistaken to think that the need and willingness to publicly display one’s ‘inner self’ are expressions of a purely generational urge or addiction.


Zygmunt Bauman

is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the universities of Leeds and Warsaw, and one of the leading thinkers of our time. He has written extensively on the globalized society, on individualization processes, on shifts in our definitions of ‘public’ and ‘private’, and on the philosophical and moral impact of new capitalism. His notion of ‘liquid modernity’ has influenced international research in sociology and cultural studies. Among his recent books available in Italian are: Individualmente insieme (Diabasis, 2008); La decadenza degli intellettuali (2007) and Modernità e ambivalenza (2010), published by Bollati Boringhieri. Modernità liquida (2002), Modus vivendi (2008), Paura liquida (2008), Consumo dunque sono (2008), Capitalismo parassitario (2009), L’etica in un mondo di consumatori (2010), Vite che non possiamo permetterci (2011) were all published by Laterza.

All theevents2011


Evento n.1

Chiara Saraceno

Too much inequality hinders everyone’s well-being

Evento n.2

Giuseppe Penone, Sergio Risaliti

Flowing in time like a river pebble

Evento n.3

Kinds of lies

Evento n.4

Edoardo Boncinelli

What is life? Can artificial life exist?

Evento n.6

Zygmunt Bauman

Reflections on the notions of community and network, on social networks and Facebook

Evento n.7

Alessandro Barbero

How did Middle Ages men think? The friar

Evento n.8

Francesco Piccolo

How to write a screenplay

Evento n.10

Maurizio Bettini

Mythological forms of memory in ancient Greece and Rome

Evento n.11

Almudena Grandes, Ranieri Polese

History from the viewpoint of women

Evento n.12

Adriano Prosperi

Crime and forgiveness

Evento n.14

Gian Carlo Calza

Different, eccentric, extraordinary: aesthetics and creativity between Asia and the West

Evento n.16

Marco Belpoliti

As you have seen it on tv

Evento n.17

Salvatore Veca

On philosophical imagination

Evento n.18

Vittorio Gregotti

City, metropolis and urban design

Evento n.19

Enzo Bianchi

Paths of humanization

Evento n.20

Patrizia Cavalli

Poetry knows everything first

Evento n.21

Edoardo Boncinelli

What is life? Life is communication

Evento n.23

Silvio Orlando

Diderot, Rameau and other paradoxes

Evento n.24

Alessandro Barbero

How did Middle Ages men think? The merchant

Evento n.26

Franco Borgogno

In other people’s hearts and minds. A psychoanalyst between tradition and creativity

Evento n.27

Giuseppe Bertolucci, Emanuele Trevi

In words and pictures: cinema and literature

Evento n.28

Michela Marzano

Mind and body: anorexia, or the enigma of desire

Evento n.29

Alfonso Berardinelli

Intellectual types, styles and powers

Evento n.30

Luca Scarlini

The power of images, the images of power

Evento n.31

Felice Cimatti

Mind, communication and language in animals, including Homo sapiens

Evento n.32

Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna

Regretting the families of yesteryear?

Evento n.33

Alberto Manguel

The Muse of impossibility

Evento N.34

Ennio Peres

Mathematics is the game of life

Evento N.35

Luce Irigaray

Saving human energy. Breathing: a source of universal sharing

Evento n.36

Edoardo Boncinelli

What is life? Life yesterday, today and tomorrow

Evento n.37

Sonia Bergamasco, Fabrizio Gifuni

A quiet sunny day. Attilio Bertolucci and Pier Paolo Pasolini, a friendship in verse

Evento n.39

Alessandro Barbero

How did Middle Ages men think? The knight

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