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Glenn Rikowski


Dear All

The Italian Department is organising a new series of interdisciplinary research seminars. Our first guest speaker will be Dr Alberto Toscano (Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Goldsmiths) ( who will present a paper entitled ‘The Non-State Intellectual: Franco Fortini and Communist Criticism’. The seminar will take place on Thursday September 29 at 6pm in Woolf College Seminar Room 3. All welcome.

For a list of forthcoming seminars, please, see below. For further information, contact Dr Lorenzo Chiesa (<>) or Dr Francesco Capello (<>).

Best wishes
Lorenzo & Francesco

Dr Lorenzo Chiesa
Reader in Modern European Thought
Head of Italian

Dr Francesco Capello
Lecturer in Italian



Thursday, 29 September 2011 (Week One):
Dr Alberto Toscano (Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Goldsmiths), ‘The Non-State Intellectual: Franco Fortini and Communist Criticism’

Thursday, 13 October 2011 (Week Three):
Dr Andrea Mammone (Lecturer in Modern History, Kingston University London), ‘Italian Neofascism and the Idea of Europe since 1945’

Thursday, 17 November 2011 (Week Eight) [date TBC]:
Dr Manuele Gragnolati (Reader in Italian, Oxford), ‘On Pasolini’s Petrolio’

Confirmed speakers for the Spring Term include Dr Deborah Holmes (Lecturer in German, Kent); Dr Luisa Lorenza Corna (Researcher, Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht) & Dr Lynda DeMatteo (Researcher, CNRS-Laios, Paris).

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The Italian Difference: Between Nihilism and Biopolitics

Lorenzo Chiesa and Alberto Toscano (eds.)

Price: $35.00 AUD; $25.00 USD; £16.00 GBP

ISBN-13: 978-0-9805440-7-7

ISBN-ebook: 978-0-9806665-4-0

Publication date: July 2009

Pages: 180

Format: 216×140 mm (5.5×8.5 in) Paperback

Series: ‘Transmission’

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This volume brings together essays by different generations of Italian thinkers which address, whether in affirmative, problematizing or genealogical registers, the entanglement of philosophical speculation and political proposition within recent Italian thought. Nihilism and biopolitics, two concepts that have played a very prominent role in theoretical discussions in Italy, serve as the thematic foci around which the collection orbits, as it seeks to define the historical and geographical particularity of these notions as well their continuing impact on an international debate. The volume also covers the debate around ‘weak thought’ (pensiero debole), the feminist thinking of sexual difference, the re-emergence of political anthropology and the question of communism. The contributors provide contrasting narratives of the development of post-war Italian thought and trace paths out of the theoretical and political impasses of the present—against what Negri, in the text from which the volume takes its name, calls ‘the Italian desert’.


Antonio Negri, ‘The Italian Difference’

Pier Aldo Rovatti, ‘Foucault Docet’

Gianni Vattimo, ‘Nihilism as Emancipation’

Roberto Esposito, ‘Community and Nihilism’

Matteo Mandarini, ‘Beyond Nihilism: Notes towards a Critique of Left-Heideggerianism in Italian Philosophy of the 1970s’

Luisa Muraro, ‘The Symbolic Independence from Power’

Mario Tronti, ‘Towards a Critique of Political Democracy’

Alberto Toscano, ‘Chronicles of Insurrection: Tronti, Negri and the Subject of Antagonism’

Paolo Virno, ‘Natural-Historical Diagrams: The ‘New Global’ Movement and the Biological Invariant’

Lorenzo Chiesa, ‘Giorgio Agamben’s Franciscan Ontology’

Authors, editors and contributors: Lorenzo Chiesa and Alberto Toscano

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