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ON Self-employMENT: AN EXCERPT FROM SERGIO BOLOGNA’S NEW BOOK

Introduction of  ‘The Rise of the European Self-employed Workforce’ by Sergio Bologna There are different ways to read these essays, which were written over the course of the last 20 years with the specific intention of creating a cultural identity of freelancers in the digital era, those that we call “second-generation independent workers”. A simpler and perhaps also the most appropriate way to understand the sense of them is to read these texts as the documentation of a historical process that began in the 1920s and has not yet been... Read more →

DISLOCATIONS BY LORENA PRETA

An excerpt from ‘Dislocations’, introduction of the book ‘Dislocated Subject’  by Lorena Preta (Dislocated Subject, 2018, Mimesis International) “A stamping ground for wild asses” There are historical times where cultural paradigms and different behavior models seem to contrast, as if each represented a true alternative to the one preceding it, so marking a definitive and radical change. These different facets offered by reality may be considered as violent contrapositions of the preceding establishment, or on the other hand, it may be denied that they be representative of anything new and... Read more →

Wearable, haptic and multisensorial technological devices by Federico Giordano

                                        An extract from the chapter “’Touch me, Hit Me, Kill Me’! Wearable, Haptic and Multisensorial Devices as Tools for a New Bodily Spectatorship” of the book Body Images in the Post-Cinematic Scenario. The Digitization of Bodies (Milano-Udine, Mimesis International, 2018), edited by Alberto Brodesco and Federico Giordano. Wearable, haptic and multisensorial technological devices represent a significant shift in how corporeal experiences may take place in the field of media, no longer exclusively addressed to the sense of sight, but engaging the whole system of human senses, modifying the conventional,... Read more →

Critique of Aesthetic Capitalism: a short interview with Gernot Bohme

Gernot Böhme, author of the book Critique of Aesthetic Capitalism (2017, Mimesis International), in conversation with Tonino Griffero,  Director of the book series Atmospheric Spaces Tonino Griffero: What is the range of influence of Aesthetic Economy on our society? Does it really affect our daily life? Gernot Böhme: Yes, indeed, it is mainly a matter of everyday life. The main part of industrial production is not for basic needs, but it meets – or even supports – our desires. Our environment today is no longer – as Heidegger called it ­–... Read more →

On Atmospheres and Zeitgeist: Christian Julmi in conversation with Tonino Griffero

Christian Julmi, author of the book ‘Situations and atmospheres in organizations. A (new) phenomenology of being-in-the-organization’, in conversation with Tonino Griffero, Director of the book series ‘Atmospheric Spaces’ Tonino Griffero: What is unique about your book (within today’s literature on atmospheres), and how does it speak to its audience? Chrstian Julmi: The book works out the creation and development dynamics of situations and atmospheres in organizations, on the basis of a phenomenology of the felt body. It acknowledges situations and atmospheres to be the most fundamental and everyday features of... Read more →

Contemporary Women’s Cinema, Global Scenarios and Transnational Contexts. Introduction by Veronica Pravadelli

This volume opens the publications of the international network Global Women’s Cinema whose aim is to investigate women’s agency in lm production, distribution and reception in contemporary global and transnational contexts. The network was established in 2013 in Rome with the conference Contemporary Women’s Cinema, Global Scenarios and Transnational Contexts organized by Veronica Pravadelli at Roma Tre University. Since then the network has developed thanks to two more conferences. In 2014, at Stony Brook University E. Ann Kaplan, Adrián Pérez Melgosa and Kathleen M. Vernon organized the second edition, titled... Read more →

True Womanhood/Cult of Domesticity

An Excerpt from ‘Angels and Monsters in the House. Essays on Womanhood in 19th Century America’ by Simona Porro 1. True Womanhood/Cult of Domesticity In a manual entitled Female Piety, or a Young Woman’s Friend and Guide Through Life to Immortality, published in New York in 1853, Congregationalist preacher John Angell James wrote that ‘woman was the finishing grace of the creation. Woman was the completeness of man’s bliss in Paradise. Woman was the cause of sin and death to our world. The world was redeemed by the seed of... Read more →

Philosophy and the Sound of Music

EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK ‘MUSICAL ONTOLOGY: A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED’ BY LISA GIOMBINI What is musical ontology, and why should we as philosophers address it, if ever? These two (different) questions constitute the Ariadne’s thread running throughout this whole book. They will take us down a path that will lead, issue after issue, from very specific questions on the nature and identity of musical works to the Minotaur of all major philosophical dilemmas: the subject-matter of metaphysics, the relation between ontology and history, the role of intuition as a... Read more →

ON JOSEPH MARGOLIS’ PHILOSOPHY. AN INTRODUCTION BY ROBERTA DREON

An excerpt from Joseph Margolis – Three Paradoxes of Personhood. The Venetian Lectures “Yes, I think that my work has really come out from my notion of aesthetics. First of all, you can’t do any pertinent work in the philosophy of art, history, or culture without admitting relativism. You cannot have a theory of interpretation regarding art or the rest of the cultural world of humans that does not accommodate the relativistic option.” Joseph Margolis   On the definition of art and why it matters even outside aesthetics In Italy... Read more →

Interview with Lisa Giombini, author of the book Musical Ontology: a Guide for the Perplexed

    What is the definition of musical ontology? Musical works are a strange kind of thing. We consider them to be works of art, yet they do not possess the physicality of ‘traditional’ art objects such as paintings on museums’ walls, or sculptures on gallery plinths. ‘That’s because musical works are performed’, one may reply. In this regard, we should stress that the performative aspect of it does not constitute the musical work in itself. Indeed, it is merely a performance of it. Hence, unlike paintings and sculptures, trying... Read more →

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