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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.

  • Complexity and knowledge: interaction for an eco-logic knowing

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    In continuità con il precedente incontro con il Circolo Bateson segnaliamo l’incontro con Nora Bateson

    2 dicembre 2013 ore 9.00
    Aula Magna del Rettorato dell’università Roma Tre, via Ostiense 161

    Io mi abbandono alla convinzione fiduciosa
    che il mio conoscere è una piccola parte
    di un più ampio conoscere integrato che tiene
    unita l’intera biosfera o creazione
     
    Gregory Bateson

    Presentazione

    Il modo in cui comprendiamo il mondo è in funzione dei filtri percettivi e dei frames (delle cornici) attraverso i quali conosciamo. Questo è vero a tutti i livelli: nelle nostre vite personali, nella ricerca scientifica, in ambito socio-politico, in economia, in ogni campo della cultura e nelle arti.

    La nostra interpretazione di qualsiasi contesto dato è fondata sul vocabolario della nostra esperienza, vale a dire che ciascuno di noi ha un proprio frame. Una prospettiva, questa, enormemente liberatoria, che affranca dai confini di una forzata uniformità. Ognuno ha una propria finestra attraverso cui percepisce il proprio mondo. Che sollievo!

    Ma questo ci mette anche di fronte a una sconcertante gamma di opzioni, che riempie la nostra mente di stupore e ci lascia con nulla di solido sulla cui base dichiarare: “questo è reale”. Come possiamo cominciare a diventare più capaci di utilizzare i differenti modi di conoscere?

    In un tale ampio spettro di prospettive, la diversità a cui è possibile attingere è una vastissima risorsa. E’ possibile utilizzarla? La natura lo fa.
    Se, attraverso gli occhiali usati da Bateson, osserviamo la natura, troveremo che nei sistemi biologici c’è complessità. Ed è proprio nella complessità che l’evoluzione cresce rigogliosa. In questo seminario rifletteremo su come possiamo allargare la nostra capacità di comprendere le dinamiche dei processi naturali e rispondere alle molte facce della crisi in cui ci troviamo: esplorando ciò che la natura sa e ci comunica a proposito della diversità. Rifletteremo sull’incertezza, sull’integrazione di livelli multipli di comunicazione, per coltivare un’ecologia vibrante – e sulla grazia.

    Nora Bateson

    www.circolobateson.it

    scarica la locandina in formato PDF

    Per partecipare:

    (1) le iscrizioni sono chiuse
    (2) chiediamo a chi, tra gli iscritti, rinuncia di comunicarlo al più presto a seminari@circolobateson.it (risponde Carlo Bonotto) affinché si possano accogliere nuove richieste, per adesso registrate con riserva, in una lista d’attesa
    (2.1) nell’eventualità che vengano accolte alcune delle nuove iscrizioni daremo la preferenza a studentesse e studenti di Roma Tre
    (3) chi di voi, tramite la propria e mail, ha iscritto altre persone (delle quali non abbiamo un recapito), è pregato di comunicare loro quanto qui abbiamo scritto.
    (4) informazioni per il giorno del seminario
    (4.1) la registrazione dell’iscrizione verrà fatta nella saletta adiacente all’Aula Magna, dalle 8.30 alle 9.15
    (4.2) verrà distribuito a tutti – gratuitamente – un notes (sulla copertina è stampato il programma, sul retro uno scritto di Nora Bateson)
    (4.3) nel corso del seminario, si potranno acquistare i libri di Bateson con lo sconto del 40%
    (4.4) l’attesto verrà rilasciato nel pomeriggio
    (4.5) durante l’intervallo (dalle 12.45 alle 14) è disponibile un bar interno all’università, e ci sono inoltre vari bar e punti di ristoro lungo le strade adiacenti: via Ostiense, via Giulio Rocco, via Libetta.
    (4.6) per la passeggiata nello storico quartiere Garbatella l’appuntamento (alle 17.30) è in piazza Brin, che si raggiunge facilmente percorrendo tutta via Giulio Rocco fino all’incrocio con via Cialdi: lì c’è una scalinata, oltre la quale c’è piazza Brin.
    La passeggiata verrà annullata in caso di forte pioggia.


  • 23, 24 May 2013: The Humanities & Humanistic Values in Society and Business

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    A two-day seminar in Rome at The Royal Netherlands Institute and The Danish Academy.

    It is time to create economic and social capital through dialogue and synergy between society, business and the humanities – time to rethink, reform, re-engage and re-empower the humanities.
    The seminar aims at fostering a constructive and forward-looking debate about how humanists and business people can collaborate to unfold the human resources of the job market, add value and create responsible growth and innovation. We invite you to join the discussion with humanists, economists and successful managers (CSR, HR) from The Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, The United States, Great Britain, Switzerland and Japan
    addressing the challenges, opportunities and future of the Humanities.
    KEYNOTE SPEAKER is the prominent and ambitious British philosopher and
    art historian: JOHN ARMSTRONG.
    http://humanitiesinsocietyandbusiness.blogspot.it/

    Humanities in society and business invitation

  • Publication of strategic workshop report “The Good, the Bad & the Ugly”

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    The substance of the presentations and discussions at the workshop ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Understanding collaboration between the social sciences and the life sciences’, hosted by Professor Nikolas Rose at King’s College, London, are captured in a Strategic Workshop Report, drafted by Des Fitzgerald and published in February 2013.

    The report highlights the need for some very pragmatic forms of institutional support if such experiments in interdisciplinarity are to flourish. But it also suggests that, if the right conditions are provided, we can begin to overcome the perceived divide between ‘the social’ and ‘the biological’ that has inhibited the emergence of a
    genuinely human science.

    The report concludes with a number of practical recommendations, addressed to researchers, research administrators, funders and policy makers, that would help enable and improve collaboration between social scientists and life scientists in the interests of reaching a deeper understanding of human and social phenomena.

    Download the report

  • 2013 Call for ESF Exploratory Workshops proposals

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    The Call is open to proposals across all scientific domains. The focus of the scheme is to foster meetings that aim to open up new directions in research or to explore emerging research fields with potential impact on new developments in science.

    Proposals should also demonstrate the potential for initiating follow-up actions.
    Proposals will be evaluated on the potential to create breakthroughs and form the basis for new areas of research and/or innovative applications, or the changing of paradigms.

    ESF Exploratory Workshops awards are intended for small, interactive and output-oriented discussion meetings of minimum 15, maximum 30 participants and up to a maximum value of 15000 EUR. Awards are for workshops to be held in the calendar year 2014 (1 February – 31 December).

    Deadline for receipt of proposals: 18 April 2013 (16:00 CET).

    Full details at http://www.esf.org/workshops

Seminars

  • 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.

    Info on Speakers

    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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  • October 25th, 2013: Knowledge and Reductionism

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    Seminar organized by Paolo De Santis

    October 25th, 2013, 10.30 a.m.
    Room “Ignazio Ambrogio” 
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
    University of Roma Tre (Via del Valco San Paolo)

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  • September 18th 2013: Quantum Physics’ contribution to the idea of consciousness: a culturally in-between hypothesis

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    Partecipants: Emilio Del Giudice, Mauro Bergonzi, Massimo Marraffa, Michele Lucantoni

    September 18th, 2013, 9.30 a.m.
    room “Ignazio Ambrogio”
    Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
    University of Roma Tre (Via del Valco San Paolo)

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  • May 10th, 2013: Signs and bodies between digital and gendering

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    Laura Fortini and Teresa Numerico will discuss it with:
    Silvia Contarini, Female de-essentialization and biotechnology of reproduction
    Tiziana Terranova, Digital and Gendering

    Friday May 10th, 2013 10:30 am
    Room Ignazio Ambrogio
    Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures,
    University of Roma Tre

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