the first European festival on creativity

2016 Programme

Event #25

Paolo Cornaglia Ferraris, Giorgio Gazzolo, Nicola Gomirato, Gianvito Martino, Luca Pani, Enrico Valtellina

Asperger Talk Show

People with high-functioning autism, or Asperger's, have an extraordinary mind that allows us to understand its workings a little better. Indeed, the autistic mind provides a privileged view on the realms of sensory perception, thought development and emotions. Where the boundaries between diversity and syndrome become blurred, the ways in which the mind operates reveal areas of great interest for science. Diversity poses a challenge to our society because it is the only source of rich, constructive ways of thinking. A talk show that proves how powerful, amazing and still unknown the mind really is.


Paolo Corneglia Ferraris, nato a Cagliari nel 1952, sposato e padre di tre figli, vive a Genova. Medico specializzato in ematologia e oncologia pediatrica,  stato per ventÕanni dirigente dellÕospedale genovese Gaslini. Editorialista del quotidiano ÇLa RepubblicaÈ Mantova, settembre 2012. © Leonardo Cendamo
Paolo Cornaglia Ferraris

a doctor specializing in hematology and pediatrics, has written essays including Camici e Pigiami (Laterza, 1999), Accanimento di Stato (Piemme, 2012).

Giorgio Gazzolo

writer and poet, is the author of three books from the series «Io sento diverso», devoted to Asperger's

Nicola Gomirato

is a composer and poli-instrumentalist. He has published books on music and humor.

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Gianvito Martino

doctor and neurologist, is director of the Neuroscience Division of Istituto Scientifico Universitario Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Milan, where he also teaches Biology. His books include Il cervello gioca in difesa (2013) and In crisi d’identità  (2014), both published by Mondadori.

Luca Pani

a doctor and specialist in psychiatry, is an expert in pharmacology and molecular biology, currently Director of  the Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco (AIFA).

Enrico Valtellina

is trained in philosophy and a specialist in disability studies. He is the author of Tipi umani particolarmente strani: la sindrome di Asperger come oggetto culturale (Mimesis, 2016).

All theevents2016


Event #1

Salvatore Veca

An idea of public space

Event #2

Jonathan Safran Foer, Ranieri Polese

That place called “home”

Event #3

Matteo Nucci, Valentina Carnelutti

The space of words: Helen and Odysseus

Event #5

Guido Tonelli

The birth of space (and time)

Event #5 BIS

Guido Tonelli

The birth of space (and time)

Event #6

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The First Italian War of Independence

Event #7

Alberto Mantovani

Immunity and the brain: a dialogue between two chief systems. From memory to vaccines.

Event #9

Valerio Magrelli, Andrea Gentile

Tv series: a newly emerged continent

Event #10

Ramak Fazel, Giorgio Vasta, Michele Lupi

Across the American deserts: a voyage through 20th century collective imagination

Event #11

Dominique Cardon

What do algorithms think of?

Event #12

Riccardo Staglianò

That place is gone

Event #13

Lamberto Maffei

The space of rebellion

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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