Mon, May 03, 2021
18:30 – 20:00
6.30 PM CET (12.30 EST)
Pasolini Symposium – to discuss the new book by Prof. Ara Merjian, New York University
Ara Merjian will discuss his book with:
Rossella Catanese, NYU Florence
Stefano Chiodi, Università Roma Tre
Luca Peretti, University of Warwick
Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli, UCLA
Moderator: Larry Wolff, NYU Florence
Ara H. Merjian
PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR GRADUATE STUDIES, DEPARTMENT OF ITALIAN STUDIES, NYU
Ara H. Merjian is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Italian Studies at New York University, where he is an affiliate of the Institute of Fine Arts. He is the author of Giorgio de Chirico and the Metaphysical City: Nietzsche, Paris, Modernism (2014), and of Against the Avant-Garde: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Contemporary Art and Neocapitalism (2020). His book, Blueprints and Ruins: Giorgio de Chirico and the Architectural Imagination from the Avant-Garde to Postmodernism, is under advanced contract with Yale University Press, and he is the co-editor of an English-language anthology of Pasolini’s writing on art history, forthcoming with Verso. His work has been published in The Oxford Art Journal, Papers of Surrealism, Artforum, Modernism/Modernity, The Brooklyn Rail, and he is a frequent contributor to Art in America. He is a member of the College of Professors of the Program in History, Culture, and Theory of Society and Institutions in the Department of History at the University of Milan.
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF HISTORY OF ITALIAN CINEMA, NYU FLORENCE
Rossella Catanese is an Adjunct Professor of ‘History of Italian Cinema’ at NYU Florence and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Udine. Her publications focus on film restoration, cinematheques, film history, experimental film, avant-garde, and media aesthetics. Her main publications include: Lacune binarie: il restauro dei film e le tecnologie digitali (2013); Futurist Cinema: Studies on Italian Avant-garde Film (editor, 2017); From Sensation to Synaesthesia in Film and New Media (co-editor with Francesca Scotto Lavina and Valentina Valente, 2019).
PROFESSOR OF CONTEMPORARY ART, UNIVERSITA' ROMA TRE
Stefano Chiodi teaches Contemporary Art at Università Roma Tre. He has published several essays on art and critical theory in the 20th and 21st century. His recent books include: Genius Loci Anatomia di un mito italiano (2021); La bellezza difficile (2008); Una sensibile differenza (2006). He has also edited several books and catalogues: Alexander Nagel & Christopher Wood, Rinascimento anacronico (forthcoming in 2021); Marina Ballo Charmet, Out of the Corner of my Eye Writings of Photography (2021); Alberto Boatto, Ghenos Eros Thanatos e altri scritti sull’arte 1968-2015 (2016); Spazio (co-editor with D. Dardi, 2010); Marcel Duchamp, Critica, biografia, mito (2009); Achille Bonito Oliva, Il territorio magico (2009); Franco Cordelli, Il poeta postumo (2008); annisettanta (with M. Belpoliti e G. Canova, 2007). He has recently curated the following exhibitions: Alberto Boatto. Lo sguardo dal di fuori, MAXXI, Rome 2020; Marina Ballo Charmet. Fuori campo, Istituto di cultura italiano, Madrid 2019; Luca Maria Patella. Ambienti proiettivi animati (with B. Carpi De Resmini), MACRO, Roma 2015.
UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
Luca Peretti is currently investigating cultural exchange across the Mediterranean Sea between Europe and North Africa, particularly Italy and Algeria, at the end of the colonial era (1960-1966). Core case studies include several collaborative works between Italians and Algerians, including Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers (1966). He co-edited a volume on terrorism and cinema and one on Pier Paolo Pasolini. His work has appeared in, among others, Senses of Cinema, The Italianist: Film Issue, Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, Historical Materialism, Comunicazioni Sociali, Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History. He is also on the editorial board of several journals such as Zapruder World, Cinema e Storia, L’Avventura and Storiografia, and on the editorial staff of the cultural blog Il lavoro culturale as well as the media outlet DinamoPress. He wrote and co produced the film Mister Wonderland (dir. Valerio Ciriaci, 2019). He also collaborates with various newspapers and magazines.
Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli is a film and media scholar whose work focuses on representations and theorizations of violence in film, media, and social media. She is the author of The Unmaking of Fascist Aesthetics (2001), Mythopoetic Cinema: On the Ruins of European Identity (2017), Digital Uncanny (2019) and is currently working on a co-authored book project with Martine Beugnet entitled The Trouble with Ghosts. Ravetto-Biagioli has published articles on film, performance, installation art, computational media, the hacker group Anonymous, surveillance and dance in the following academic journals: Theory, Culture & Society, Body & Society, Screen, Film-Philosophy, Camera Obscura, Representations, [In]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image, Film Quarterly, LEA, PAJ, Screen, International Social Science Journal, Third Text, ARTMargins and numerous collected volumes. She is the co-editor with Professor Martine Beugnet of the Edinburgh University Press series in Film and Intermediality. Ravetto-Biagioli is the recipient of the Mellon-Sawyer on Surveillance and Democracy (2015-2016), and the Mellon Research Initiative Grant in the Humanities for Digital Culture (2012-16).
JULIUS SILVER PROFESSOR OF HISTORY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT NYU REMARQUE INSTITUTE, AND CO-DIRECTOR OF NYU FLORENCE
Larry Wolff is Julius Silver Professor of History, Executive Director of the NYU Remarque Institute, and Co-Director of NYU Florence. His books include Venice and the Slavs: The Discovery of Dalmatia in the Age of Enlightenment (2001), Paolina’s Innocence: Child Abuse in Casanova’s Venice (2012), and The Singing Turk: Ottoman Power and Operatic Emotions on the European Stage from the Siege of Vienna to the Age of Napoleon (2016). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences