Thu, February 08, 2018
18:00 – 19:00
Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Firenze, Italia
A dialogue between Ida Dominijanni, Journalist and Activist, and Debora Spini, NYU Florence.
The Italian feminist revolution of 1968 was a revolution within a revolution and is still ongoing. The women’s movement was not merely an outgrowth of the 1968 uprising, it was integral to it. The ‘unexpected’ feminist subject presented a different conception of politics and transformation to the world. Ida Dominijanni, one of its main protagonists, will take us back to the origins of Italian feminism in order to help us uncover some of Italian feminism’s permanent characteristics: its relationship to theory and practice, the political notion of sexual difference it espoused, its focus on women’s freedom and women’s rights and its constant tension with mainstream politics.
JOURNALIST, ACTIVIST AND SCHOLAR
Ida Dominijanni is a philosopher, political theorist, essayist and journalist whose most recent book is Il Trucco. Sessualità e biopolitica nella fine di Berlusconi (Ediesse, 2014). An editor and columnist at Il Manifesto for decades, Dominijanni is a member of the Diotima community of women philosophers at Verona and a member of the Centre for the Reform of the State (Crs) in Rome. She has been teaching political theory at Roma Tre University in Rome and the Universities of Siena and Verona, and was a fellow at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, in 2014-2015. Her writings on politics, feminism, and psychoanalysis appear frequently in both national and international scholarly journals, volumes and venues. Among her most recent essays, “Fare e disfare il popolo. Un’ipotesi sul caso italiano”, in Teoria politica (2017) and “Spettri del femminismo”, in Diotima, Femminismo fuori sesto (Liguori, Napoli, 2017).
LECTURER, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY FLORENCE
Debora Spini teaches Social Foundations at New York University Florence, Political Theory at Syracuse University in Florence, and is adjunct professor in Social Philosophy at the Cesare Alfieri School of Political Science at the University of Florence. She is author of monographs, such as La società civile post nazionale (Meltemi, Roma, 2006), and co-editor of several collective books, including Art and Practices of Citizenship, La coscienza protestante, (Claudiana, 2015), Civil Society and Global Governance, (Routledge, Garnet Book Series, 2010). She has published various essays and chapters in collective books, including the most recent Protestantesimo e Sfera pubblica in Forum sul Suffragismo (in Storia e politica, 2017, n. 2, pp 535-546), La secolarizzazione e i suoi “post”. Democrazie e Sacro condiviso in Il Senso della Repubblica nel XXI secolo (Heos.it, 2016) and Religione e felicità, in Felicità italiane. Un campionario filosofico (Mimesis 2016). Spini has held lectures in italy and abroad, most recently at Bangalore University and at University of Madras Chennai in India.