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2016 Programme

Event #27

Attilio Brilli

Voyages through spaces real and imagined

In all of its aspects, travel presupposes a projection of the imagination. Medieval and Renaissance-era merchant-adventurers depended on Mandeville's Travels – that is, on the writings of a man who had never left his own library. «The conquerer», affirmed Canetti, «can never free himself from his map». When Cortés first saw the Pacific, his companions were shocked that he should want to tackle such purely figurative spaces. Even the most domestic of the Grand Tour travelers would indulge in  fantasizing about the pleasure that awaited. While for pilgrims, the most fascinating destination is Mecca, forbidden to non-muslims, which may only be imagined or gleamed through the riskiest of adventures.


Attilio Brilli
Attilio Brilli

a professor of Anglo-American Literature at the University of Siena, has authored essays on English, irish and American writers such as Byron, Swift, Joyce and James; he also curated the publication of R.L. Stevenson's “Works” in the series «I Meridiani» (Mondadori, 1982). Considered one of the foremost scholars on travel literature, he has written many texts on the subject, published b Il Mulino:  Il viaggiatore immaginario (1997), Il viaggio in Italia (2006), Il viaggio in Oriente (2009), Dove finiscono le mappe (2012), Mercanti avventurieri (2013), Gerusalemme, La Mecca, Roma (2014), Il grande racconto del viaggio in Italia (2014), Il grande racconto dei viaggi d’esplorazione, di conquista e d’avventura (2015), Sulle tracce di San Francesco (with S. Neri, 2016).

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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 #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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