Multiversity of Imagination by Stefano Benni

The Project

Multiversity of Imagination by Stefano Benni
Seminar organized by University Primo Levi and Teatro dell'Argine
under the auspices of Bologna Municipality - San Vitale District, San Lazzaro di Savena Municipality
and the Department of Education Sciences "Giovanni Maria Bertin" – Bologna University
 
scientific committee: Guido Armellini, Stefano Benni, Alessandro Castellari, Teatro dell'Argine
organization: Stefania Ferrini
technical responsible: Carlo Corticelli
video documentation: Laura Bissoli
 
Multiversity of Imagination seminars – created by the famous Italian writer Stefano Benni together with book reviewer Alessandro Castellari – have become over the years a cultural landmark and a meeting place for hundreds of people in Bologna metropolitan area.
Seminars focus their attention on crucial social and civil issues, and ask very important experts from different fields of culture, journalism and the arts to deepen and report on them.
Proceeds are donated to support social projects. Since 2012, Association Harambe devoted proceeds to support working contracts for young migrants and the construction of a hospital in Uganda.

2012 edition: narratives of reality

under the auspices of Bologna Municipality - San Vitale District and San Lazzaro di Savena Municipality
in collaboration with Librerie Coop, Biblioteca “Ruffilli”, Alberto Sebastiani, La Scuderia
 
Narratives of reality
Because in our time (as in all other ages, even if in a different way) it is important to discover that particular relationship between the world as it is and the representation of it which is given by subjects in different narrative forms.
 
Monday February 20th
VALERIO VARESI and WU MING 2, writers
The New Novel Form
with MAURIZIO ASCARI
 
Friday March 2nd
MARCO TRAVAGLIO, journalist
Italian Stories
 
Monday March 5th
MARCO REVELLI, historian and sociologist
Stories of poor graduated temps
 
Monday March 12th
PAOLO RUMIZ, writer
Narrating Places
with ALESSANDRO SCILLITANI director of Le dimore del vento
 
Monday March 19th
UMBERTO CURI, philosopher
Philosophy as Narrative
 
Monday March 26th
AUGUSTO VALERIANI, web expert
The Twitter Factor in the Arab Spring
 
Monday April 2nd
MARCO BALIANI, director and actor
Theatre Narrations
 
Monday April 16th
STEFANO BENNI, writer
Aleph
 
Monday April 23rd
MARIANELLA SCLAVI, anthropologist
Telling, Listening, the Art of Encounter
with GUIDO ARMELLINI
 
Monday May 7th
CARLO GALLI, philosopher of politics
Antigone and Gattopardo. Narratives of Politics
 
Monday May 14th
GIACOMO MANZOLI, teacher of documentary cinematography
and ENZA NEGRONI, director
Narration Through Documentary
 
Monday May 21st
Seminar closing with a theatrical narration played by MATTEO BELLI and one played by MICAELA CASALBONI (TdA)

2013 edition: care and negligence

under the auspices of Bologna Municipality - San Vitale District and San Lazzaro di Savena Municipality
in collaboration with La Scuderia, Coop Adriatica, Librerie.Coop
with support from Unipol
 
Care and Negligence
Because taking care or neglecting people, social organization, environment is the first and fundamental point of “living among citizens”, as Dante says.
 
Monday February 11th
CESARE MORENO, street teacher, with GUIDO ARMELLINI
Care in Education
 
Monday February 18th
CHIARA SARACENO, sociologist
Familiar Care Friday
 
February 26th
ARMANDO PUNZO, theatre director, with MASSIMO MARINO, journalist
Volterra Prison, from Penal Institute to Cultural Institute
 
Monday March 4th
ELISABETTA BUCCIARELLI and VALERIO VARESI, writers
Care of the Words
with ALESSANDRO CASTELLARI
 
Monday March 11th
MILENA NALDI, President of San Vitale District, with ELENA VINCENZI and CRISTINA TARTARI, architects
Living the Other City: Taking Care of Neglected Public and Private Urban Spaces
 
Monday March 18th
ANDREA SEGRÈ, President of Last Minute Market
From Economy of Neglecting to Ecological Care
 
Monday March 25th
GIAN ANTONIO STELLA, journalist
Dictatorship of Negligence
 
Monday April 8th
MINA WELBY, Association Luca Coscioni, and CORRADO MELEGA, doctor
Take Care of Life, Take Care of Death
with GUIDO ARMELLINI
 
Monday April 15th
GABRIELE DEL GRANDE, journalist, with MICAELA CASALBONI
The Words of the Border in the Age of Repulsing Migrants’ Boats
 
Monday April 22nd
PAOLA RUDAN, philosopher of politics
Reluctants and Politics
 
Monday May 6th
STEFANO BENNI, writer
In memoriam Roberto Roversi
 
Monday May 13th
Don LUIGI CIOTTI, inspirator of Gruppo Abele and Association Libera
Care as Engagement and Responsibility
 
Monday May 20th
EUGENIO RICCOMINI, art historian
Negligence, i.e. Ignorance

2014 edition: identities of the world

under the auspices of Bologna Municipality - San Vitale District, San Lazzaro di Savena Municipality
and the Department of Education Sciences "Giovanni Maria Bertin" – Bologna University
in collaboration with La Scuderia and Librerie.Coop
with support from Unipol
 
Identities of the world
Although talking about identity may sound pretentious. Yet, in a such incomprehensible times as ours, when all values that once grounded social roles (working, for instance) look now fragile or inconsistent, no word seems more ambiguous (and therefore, fundamental) than this.
 
Monday February 10th
MONIKA BULAJ, writer and photographer
Journeys in Search of Identities
 
Monday February 17th
MARIANELLA SCLAVI, anthropologist
Identity as Otherness: Flooring Exercises
 
Monday February 24th
STEFANO LEVI DELLA TORRE, painter and essayist
Religions, Identities, Belongings
 
Monday March 3rd
UMBERTO CURI, philosopher
Identity and Otherness
 
Monday March 10th
GUIDO CRAINZ, historian
Controversial Identities of the Country
 
Monday March 17th
CLAUDIO CIPELLETTI, director
Nobody The Same: Teens, Identity and Homosexuality
 
Monday March 24th
MONI OVADIA, actor and author
The many souls of Yiddish Culture
 
Monday March 31st
GABRIELE DEL GRANDE, journalist and writer
Lampedusa rap. A Musical Report on Identity and Borders
 
Monday April 7th
ALESSANDRO BELLASSAI, researcher
Becoming Men. Male Question Today
 
Monday April 14th
FEDERICA ZANETTI, researcher and ALBERTO CASTIGLIONE, director
Identity and City - A Dialogue on Documentary “Adieu” on the Relationship Among Mafia, City and Memory
 
Monday May 5th
DARIA BIGNARDI, journalist and writer
To Be or To Show Off
 
Monday May 12th
ALESSANDRO BERGONZONI, actor and author
Identity of Words

2015 edition: listening to cities

under the auspices of Bologna Municipality - San Vitale District, San Lazzaro di Savena Municipality
and the Department of Education Sciences "Giovanni Maria Bertin" – Bologna University
in collaboration with Librerie.Coop
 
Cities have nowadays an erratic identity, in constant transformation from the social and often from the architectural point of view. Investigating this organism endowed by uncertain boundaries means understanding something more of our time and of our being together.
 
Monday February 9th
SALVATORE SETTIS, archaeologist and art historian
The Fragile Beauty and the Right to City
 
Monday February 16th
MARIO CUCINELLA, architect with MILENA NALDI, President San Vitale District
The Architect and Art of Mending
 
Monday February 23rd
FRANCO FARINELLI, geographer
What is a City
 
Monday March 9th
FRANCO CARDINI, teacher of Medieval History
Istanbul
 
Thursday March 12nd
STEFANO BENNI, writer
Blues in sedici. Ballad of the Sorrowful City
 
Monday March 16th
LUIGI MANCONI, Senator and President of the Commission for Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
VALENTINA BRINIS, sociologist
GENEVIÈVE MAKAPING, anthropologist
Coexistence and Guarantee. Security of Residents, Security of Migrants
 
Monday March 23rd
CESARE MORENO, street teacher
The Difficult Art of Listening to Weak Voices in the Urban Uproar
 
Monday March 30th
ANNAMARIA TAGLIAVINI, Director of Italian Library of Women
How Women Tell Cities
 
Monday April 13th
FEDERICO CONDELLO, University teacher
Once Upon a Time, there was the Polis
 
Monday April 20th
PAOLO RUMIZ, traveller and writer
The Voice of Places
 
Monday April 27th
GUIDO BARBIERI, Coordinator of Project "The New Paths of Songs"
PAOLO MARZOCCHI, composer
A City Within the Island: Lampedusa Seen by the Kids’ Eyes

Videos

 
Guests: Cesare Moreno, Chiara Saraceno, Armando Punzo e Massimo Marino, Elisabetta Bucciarelli e Valerio Varesi, Milena Naldi con Elena Vincenzi e Cristina Tartari, Andrea Segrè, Gian Antonio Stella, Mina Welby e Corrado Melega, Gabriele Del Grande, Paola Rudan, Stefano Benni, Don Luigi Ciotti, Eugenio Riccomini.
 
 
Guests: Monika Bulaj, Marianella Sclavi, Stefano Levi Della Torre, Umberto Curi, Guido Crainz, Claudio Cipelletti e Margherita Principe, Moni Ovadia, Alessandro Bellassai, Federica Zanetti e Alberto Castiglione, Daria Bignardi, Alessandro Bergonzoni.

Contact us

Teatro dell’Argine/ITC Teatro
via Rimembranze 26, 40068 San Lazzaro di Savena (BO)
 
Università Primo Levi
via Azzo Gardino 20/B, 40122 Bologna

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