the first European festival on creativity

2011 Programme

Evento n.12

Adriano Prosperi

Crime and forgiveness

Forgiving or punishing (death penalty included)? In Torquato Tasso’s great poem La Gerusalemme Liberata (1581), the dying Clorinda tells Tancred: ‘O my friend, I forgive you, so you too must forgive.’ These words summarize and symbolize a whole culture of the relationship with the Other, the infidel, the heretic and the criminal. In the cultural and religious tradition of the Middle Ages in Italy, the death to which such persons are condemned is a rite of passage in which forgiveness is part and parcel. Adriano Prosperi’s lecture will be a study in the structures of that rite. The encounter with the Other—with those who have a different culture and religion—is a very topical issue of our time, one that we deal with on a daily basis, and that takes on an even more urgent character when referred to crimes. The historian’s distance and peculiar angle make it possible for us to approach it with greater detachment.


Adriano Prosperi

is Professor of History of Reformation and Counterreformation at Pisa’s Scuola Normale Superiore since 2002. He has taught at the Universities of Calabria, Bologna and Pisa. His main interests are the history of Reformation and Counterreformation, and the history of geographic discoveries and of missions. Prosperi is a member of Italy’s Accademia dei Lincei and Accademia degli Intronati. He regularly contributes to La Repubblica newsdaily. His books include: Tribunali della coscienza. Inquisitori, confessori, missionari (1996); Penitenza e Riforma (1995); Incontri rituali: il papa e gli ebrei (1996); Manuale di storia moderna e contemporanea, written with P. Viola (2000); Il Concilio di Trento: una introduzione storica (2000); Dare l’anima. Storia di un infanticidio (2005); Giustizia bendata. Percorsi storici di un’immagine (2008), and Cause perse. Un diario civile (2010), all published by Einaudi. His latest book, Ebrei, eretici, selvaggi: Granada 1492 is about to be published by Laterza in its ‘Festival della Mente’ series. 

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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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