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    Thursday 12 March – at 3 pm

    Aula Elio Matassi (ex saletta linguistica)

    Dipartimento di Filosofia, Comunicazione e Spettacolo – Università Roma Tre

    Mark-up, Standard and Programming languages:
    a Comparison among Textualities

  • First New Humanities online publication

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    The New Humanities research group is proud to announce the online publication of its first collective article. In this paper we discuss five interconnected case studies that emerged from the work carried out during the past 18 months by our interdisciplinary team of scientists and humanists.

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  • In memory of Emilio Del Giudice

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    On 31st January 2014, Emilio Del Giudice, a great scientist, friend and supporter, as well as an influential member of the New Humanities research group passed away. In such cases one always speaks of “emptiness” but such a word cannot be uttered without recalling the quantum vacuum which Emilio told us about for the first time three years ago. I can now imagine him riding that quantum wave in that material dimension that he explored with scientific rigor as well as with merry images and light-hearted poetry (“science is nothing but a metaphor,” he loved to say).

    This loss touches us on a deep level because without Emilio New Humanities would probably not have been born. We have to thank Paolo De Santis for letting us discover his character. The three bullets secret was the book that made him known to the general public and also one of the few books that bears his signature because he was too versatile and generous to devote himself to monographs. Emilio opened us up to a world and renewed our hopes for a new knowledge. Thanks to him that “new cultural code” that we all desperately were trying to build and protect from the ethical and cultural wreck of our institutions seemed miraculously at hand.

    Not only was “Quantum Physics’ contribution to the idea of consciousness” based on his openness, availability and depth of vision, but in 2011, along with Marcello Buiatti, he was the protagonist of that amazing dialogue “Towards new humanities” that shook us from Gelmini’s deadly torpor, prompting us to create something new while all drowned in the hermeneutics of the reform. If, even to a small extent, we were really able to do something new and didn’t succumb, this was thanks to Emilio, a scientist who “recognized ” us as equal partners so that we, humanists sometimes too shy with our ideas, cheered and found courage. Today, someone much more important than us mirrored our work, others theorize things alike, while we put them into practice.

    Our task, therefore, is not to lose heart and continue on that road. But we know that without Emilio the path seems all-uphill.

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  • Text and Technology

    Published on:

    Thursday 12 March – at 3 pm

    Aula Elio Matassi (ex saletta linguistica)

    Dipartimento di Filosofia, Comunicazione e Spettacolo – Università Roma Tre

    Mark-up, Standard and Programming languages:
    a Comparison among Textualities

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  • November 20th: Memory: mathematics, computer science, literature

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    Room “Ignazio Ambrogio” – via del Valco S.Paolo 19, University of Roma Tre, Department of Languages, Literatures and Foreign Cultures

    Memory is not only a fundamental faculty for the construction of knowledge and, therefore, for the reproduction of living. It is also many other different things as different are its meanings, places, media and practices or the techniques to study the ways in which it manifests itself and acts in the various areas of knowledge or political uses. It is therefore crucial to work for a critical analysis of the interdependencies between the various memories, especially between the external and the subjective memory, including storage tools and techniques of self-construction, between the multiplicity of contexts and the discovery of invariants.

    Abstracts

    Giuseppe Longo: “Memory and meaning construction in mathematics”

    Mathematics is a science of invariants and transformations that preserve the invariants. As an essential component of anticipation, memory is the invariant of the action. Anticipation extracts the memory invariant from a changing environment, having as a goal the next action. Such a contextual meaning represents the conceptual constructions of mathematics seen not as isolated from the other forms of knowledge, but attributing to the first maximum stability, both in practical and historical terms. The recognition of the invariance of mathematical structures in the fluidity of the processes has therefore a mythopoeic character. Myth and mathematics are so associated as they are capable to relate our being in the world (physical) to our human community of communication.

    Teresa Numerico: “For a genealogy of digital memory”

    There is an enormous difference and a complex relationship between digital and human memory. The latter is associative and reconstructive, imaginative and more active and dynamic; something quite far from the rigidity of electronic memory, which preserves every bit in a precise and inscrutable mapping. Two devices that share quite a little except their name. The term “memory”, in fact, appears as an intricate semantic cloud acting on our ability to perceive and organize our ability to remember while re-organizing itself every time. Public and private archives, personal and collective traces are activated in a bustle of references that transform our relationship with ourselves and with our memory machines.

    Francesco Fiorentino: “Memoirs of Literature”

    As Plato’s already complained in his Phaedrus, the practice of writing involves the weakening of individual memory, as a need to change from the typical to the singularity. Yet, the issue of writing produced within itself a space in which the singularity is preserved in the typical, where the mobility of individual memory is preserved in the fixity of the written text while transcending it. Such a place can be described as literature. Plato formulated his critique of writing in a written text, exploited the intertextual vocation of literary discourse to overcome the fixity of hypomnemata and made the text work as a stimulus for an anamnestic reading. In this way, writing becomes a medium of singular remembrance of singularity. But such a discourse may value for each medium of memory.

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    Giuseppe Longo is Director of Research, affiliated to the CNRS and the École normale supérieure. Trained as a logician, he extended its interdisciplinary interests in the philosophy of mathematics, biology and cognitive science. His research group “complexité et information morphologiques” (CIM ) deals with the foundational problems at the interface between mathematical physics and biology.

    http://www.di.ens.fr/~longo/

    Teresa Numerico, is researcher in logic and philosophy of science at the University of Roma Tre where she teaches history of logic and epistemology of science and new media. Her publications include: Alan Turing and the intelligence of machines (Franco Angeli, 2005) and a book on search engines Web dragons (with I. Witten and M. Gori , Morgan Kaufmann, 2007) and The digital humanist (with Fiormonte D. and F. Tomasi , il Mulino , 2010). Her research interests range from philosophy, computer science, information technology, social ethics and politics of communication technologies.

    Francesco Fiorentino teaches German literature at the University of Roma Tre. He is specifically interested in twentieth century German literature and theater, as well as issues concerning cultural studies and literary theory.

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  • Logica, linguaggio e flessibilità

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    presentazione del libro La ragione flessibile di Giovanni Bottiroli (Bollati Boringhieri, 2013)

    Martedì 12 Novembre 2013, ore 10.30

    Sala Ignazio Ambrogio – Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature e Culture Straniere Università Roma Tre, Via del Valco di San Paolo, 19 – Roma

    Il testo di Giovanni Bottiroli si muove tra ontologia e teoria della letteratura e dell’interpretazione passando per l’estetica. Il tratto che lo distingue è in effetti la capacità di mantenere una coerenza di fondo dai ragionamenti sull’essere all’interpretazione dei testi letterari, coerenza fondata sulla distinzione fondamentale che attraversa l’intero programma di ricerca dell’autore, ossia l’opposizione rigido/flessibile. In questo quadro l’autore indica la necessità di formulare una logica modale, accanto alla logica classica. È dunque a partire da una riformulazione del problema del problema logico e ontologico dei modi che viene delineandosi quella che Bottiroli considera l’alternativa decisiva che permette di affrontare criticamente le aporie fondamentali della storia del pensiero occidentale, come l’opposizione uno-molteplice.

    Ne discuteranno con l’autore:

    Giacomo Marramao (Università Roma Tre)

    Francesco Fiorentino (Università di Roma Tre)

    Pierluigi Marinucci (Università di Palermo)

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