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2016 Programme

Event #1

Salvatore Veca

An idea of public space

The concept of public space is one of the fundamental components of democratic life. Generally speaking, when we think of democratic life, we think of a political system that hosts institutions, constitutional and common laws, provisions and shared choices. We consider these fundamental elements in in a pluralistic, representative democracy which, through rules, regulations and procedures, separates itself from autocratic, authoritarian regimes. However, while this depiction is certainly accurate, it is also incomplete. One of the crucial distinctive marks of democracy is the scope and wealth of its public space, where the quintessential democratic freedom is exercised – that of sharing with other citizens methods of evaluation and possible solutions to collective problems that pose opposite and contradicting issues. From this perspective, public space is a social space, rather than an institutional space. It is the space where citizenship is voiced. The space where unexpressed potential and unseen needs and hopes, which would otherwise be denied and left opaque, may come to light. A space which is rather full of dissonance and cacophony. Yet when the boundaries of this space are forbidden or restricted, when the practice of democratic liberty fails, or the costs for democracy’s access to public space become terribly high and unequal, then the quality of that democracy exhibits a significant, and sometimes grave, deficit. The central issue that surfaces is the alignment or disalignment of public and institutional space. Many deficits and mosts crises within contemporary democracy arise when the voices of citizenship within the public space – as a social space – find no correspondence within the institutional space where the provisional power that governs society is exercised.


Salvatore Veca
Salvatore Veca

teaches philosophy at the Istituto Superiore di Studi di Pavia, where he acted as vice-rector from 2005 to 2013. The honorary president of Fondazione Feltrinelli, he directed its Laboratorio Expo and curated the Carta di Milano expo 2015. He is president of Fondazione Campus di Lucca, of the Awards Committee of Fondazione Balzan and of the Casa della Cultura in Milan. He is a director of the publications Rivista di filosofia, Iride and the European journal of Philosophy. His latest books include: L’idea di incompletezza. Quattro lezioni (2011), L’immaginazione filosofica e altri saggi (2012), published by Feltrinelli; Un’idea di laicità (il Mulino, 2013); Non c’è alternativa. Falso (Laterza, 2014); La barca di Neurath. Sette saggi brevi (Edizioni della Normale, 2015); Il giardino di Camilla (Mursia, 2015).

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Event #1

Salvatore Veca

An idea of public space

Event #2

Jonathan Safran Foer, Ranieri Polese

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Event #3

Matteo Nucci, Valentina Carnelutti

The space of words: Helen and Odysseus

Event #5

Guido Tonelli

The birth of space (and time)

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Guido Tonelli

The birth of space (and time)

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Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The First Italian War of Independence

Event #7

Alberto Mantovani

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Valerio Magrelli, Andrea Gentile

Tv series: a newly emerged continent

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Ramak Fazel, Giorgio Vasta, Michele Lupi

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Event #11

Dominique Cardon

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Event #13

Lamberto Maffei

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Event #14

Claudio Bartocci, Chiara Valerio

Other maps, other worlds. Representations of space

Event #16

Giovanni Fabrizio Bignami

From the stars to Life: one, one hundred, one thousand Earths

Event #17

Cino Zucchi, Aldo Colonetti

Architectural space in the past, the present, the future

Event #18

Chiara Saraceno

Families confined and without borders

Event #19

Massimiano Bucchi

The best ideas of our lives. Make room for innovation (the real kind)

Event #20

Matteo Nucci, Valentina Carnelutti

The space of absence: Patroclus and Andromache

Event #21

Giuseppe Cederna

On the other side of the sea

Event #23

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The second Italian War of Independence

Event #24

Marco Balzano, Christian Raimo

School is an idea of the world

Event #26

Piergiorgio Odifreddi

Let’s make space for stupidity

Event #27

Attilio Brilli

Voyages through spaces real and imagined

Event #28

Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna

Is there space for us all? The future of European migrations

Event #29

Anna Ottani Cavina

When painters left their studios to paint en plein air

Event #30

Bruno Arpaia, Alessandro Zaccuri

The memory of space. The rubble of climate and rubbish in our homes

Event #31Approfonditamente

Alessandro Dal Lago, Serena Giordano, Ex Voto

Graffiti, tags and murals: when art extends to walls

Event #32

Marco Belpoliti

The poetry of space. Words and drawings on that place we call home

Event #34

Giacomo Rizzolatti, Antonio Gnoli

Mirror neurons: anatomy of a revolutionary discovery

Event #35

Gabriella Caramore

The boundaries of the soul and of the world

Event #36

Valentina Carnelutti, Matteo Nucci

The space of dreams: Penelope e Achilles

Event #37

Marco Martinelli

The joy of the chorus

Event #38

Paolo Rumiz, Alessandro Scillitani

The voice of the road. Words, sounds and images gathered along via Appia

Event #39

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The Third Italian War of Independence

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