[csaa-forum] The Italian Effect Syd Sep 9-11

Melissa Gregg m.gregg at uq.edu.au
Tue Aug 17 12:06:50 CST 2004

Conference Announcement

The Italian Effect: Radical Thought, Biopolitics and Cultural Subversion
Sydney University, September 9-11, 2004

Presented by: the Research Institute for the Humanities and Social 
Sciences, University of Sydney, the Institute for International Studies 
and the Transforming Cultures Unit, University of Technology, Sydney, 
the Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney and the 
Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University.

Aims of the Conference
After several decades during which the humanities in Australia and 
globally have been strongly influenced by French thought, in the new 
millennium the work of Italian thinkers is having a profound impact upon 
intellectual activity. The most notable signs of this “Italian effect” 
are the widespread interest in the work of Giorgio Agamben and the 
popularity of Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt’s Empire, but this is only 
to scratch the surface of the productivity of the diversity of 
contemporary Italian thought across a wide variety of disciplines. This 
conference will address the current and potential international impact 
of radical Italian thought, focusing not only on Negri and Agamben but 
also on the work of Franco Berardi (Bifo), Ida Dominijanni, Paolo Virno, 
and others. The conference will consist of the following sessions:

---Negri, Multitudes and Empires
---The Theory and Practice of Autonomia
---Italian Feminism, Gender and Alterity
---Agamben and the Camp
---Italian thought, Autonomy and Aesthetic Practices
---Radical Italian Thought, Postmodernity and Critique
---Italian and Gobal Media Subversions
---The Multitude, Luther Blissett’s Q and Ecopolitics
---Post-Autonomy, Common Places and Cultural Activism
---Security, Internment and Pre-Emptive War
---Potential Politics, Networks and Mythopoesis
---Agamben, Biopolitics and Bare Life

Keynote Speakers
Franco Berardi (Bifo)- Leading Italian cultural theorist and media 
activist whose media projects include Radio Alice and Telestrada.

Ida Dominijanni- Professor of Political theory and journalist of Il 
Manifesto as well as being a key figure of radical Italian feminism.

Registration payments should be made out to: Sydney University and sent 
to Research Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (RIHSS), Woolley 
Building A20, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, AUSTRALIA. The rates 
are as follows:
Earlybird registration (received by 31/8/04):AUD $88 (Full)/AUD $66 
Regular registration: AUD $110 (Full)/AUD $77 (Concession).

UTS Event, Performance Space, Building 3 (Bon Marche), Cnr. Broadway and 
Harris Street
Sydney University, Education Building, Manning Road (next to Manning bar).


Additional Event at the University of Western Sydney
Centre for Cultural Research Public Lecture
Franco Berardi (Bifo)
Respondent:Ida Dominijanni
Wednesday 8 September 2004 3.00-5.00pm
University of Western Sydney
Parramatta Campus
BLD EZ, Female Orphan School, Gallery Floor
Map and directions available at 

RSVP by Monday 6 September 3.00pm to: (02) 9685 9600 or 
mailto:ccr at uws.edu.au

Melissa Gregg
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies
4th Floor, Forgan Smith Tower
University of Queensland 4072
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