One hundred years after the birth of Pier Paolo Pasolini, his oeuvre might best be described as “une pensé e”, as a meandering thought-provoking thought, to quote Jean-Luc Godard’s exceptional comment on Pasolini in Histoire(s) du cinéma. Pasolini scholarship has certainly increased in recent years, but mainly from the perspective of Italian Studies and with a particular focus on his poetry, prose and film. The proposed volume instead highlights the interest of his work for the history of twentieth-century philosophy. It therefore compiles key writings by philosophers who are relatively unknown even within the context of contemporary French and Italian thought. By collecting little known or newly translated essays from these philosophers, the volume aims to foster a contemporary discussion about the (in-)actuality of Pasolini’s work.
With essays by Giorgio Agamben, Emmanuel Alloa, Alain Badiou, Roland Barthes, Massimo Cacciari, Luca Caminati, Cesare Casarino, Roberto Esposito, Marcus Döller, Harun Farocki, Michel Foucault, Michael Hardt, Jay Hetrick, Toni Hildebrandt, Jun Fujita Hirose, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Thomas Macho, Ara H. Merjian, Pedro A.H. Paixão, Alessia Ricciardi, Vega Tescari, Lia Turtas, Giovanbattista Tusa, Barbara Vinken, McKenzie Wark and Evan Calder Williams
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Toni Hildebrandt is Advanced Postdoc in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art History at University of Bern and the Coordinator of the SNSF Sinergia “Mediating the Ecological Imperative” at University of Bern and UNAM Mexico City. He is currently working on his second book (Post-)apocalyptic Imaginations. Representations of Nuclear Catastrophes in Art and Film since 1945.
Giovanbattista Tusa is a philosopher and video artist based at the Nova Institute of Philosophy (IFILNOVA) at the Universidade Nova of Lisbon, Portugal. He is the author, with Alain Badiou, of The End (Polity Press, Cambridge 2019), which has been published in French (Éditions Mimesis, 2017) Portuguese (Cultura e Barbárie, Florianopolis 2020), and Spanish (Tinta Limon Ediciones, Buenos Aires 2020).