International Workshop DISSENT IN/WITH (CON)SCIENCE


Storytelling and civic awareness 

International Forum 

11 – 12 April 2019, Bologna, Italy 

This events aims to investigate the variety of forms and ways in which the industry of culture (in all its expressions) affects the development of all mechanisms of construction and deconstruction of individual and collective civic awareness

The ultimate purpose is to reflect on those mechanisms that make institutions, ruling bodies, governments, as well as corporations, associations and local communities seduce the public opinion to acquire implicit, large-scale consent (which Noam Chomsky defined ‘consent without consent’) by frequently turning citizens into audiences or, following Lilie Chouliaraki’s definition, ‘ironic spectators’. 

In this context, literary and cultural studies are examined as a functional place – today as in the past – to foster awareness and build informed dissent, i.e. neither aprioristic nor populist. Dissent is, therefore, conceived as a practice of freedom within active, responsible citizenship, a real social device that is grounded on renewed argumentation capabilities, which consist in building narrations of/in contemporaneity in order to understand differences as well as complex cultural phenomena. 

Panels on:

  • FREE WILL, FREE PRESS. Guest Speaker: Natasha Lewis, Dissent Magazine, New York 
  • THE AGE OF DISSENT: PEOPLE, TECHNOLOGY, ECOSYSTEMS. Guest Speaker: Kim Sawchuk, Mobile Media Lab, Concordia University Montreal
  • CIVIC ENGAGEMENT. Guest Speaker: Soledad Luque Delgado, Association: Todos los niños robados son también mis niños 
  • CREATIVE DISSENT AND/FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION. Guest speaker: Pietro Floridia, Cantieri Meticci, Bologna


Special events: 

  • SINGING DISSENT, Concert. With Francesco Benozzo & Fabio Bonvinci 
  • THE SNOWDEN ARCHIVE-IN-A-BOX, Art-Installation. With Evan Light. 


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