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Pirandello 150: Screening of Feu Mathias Pascal

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 dicembre 2017

italian cultureToronto (Canada) 5 December, 6:00PM Innis College Town Hall – 2 Sussex Ave, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Italian writer, Nobel Prize laureate Luigi Pirandello, the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto and the Italian Cultural Institute in collaboration with the Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto, present Pirandello 150, a Film and Lecture Series. Professor James Leo Cahill presents FEU MATHIAS PASCAL (The Living Dead Man), directed by Marcel L’Herbier, starring Ivan Mozzhukin (Silent, French Intertitles and English Subtitles, 170 min., 1926)
James Leo Cahill’s research focuses on French cinema, documentary and experimental media, and critical theory. He has a special interest in scientific cinema and animals and moving image media. His first book, Cinema’s Copernican Vocation: Zoological Surrealism and the Early Films of Jean Painlevé, istituto italiano cultura torontois forthcoming in 2018 from the University of Minnesota Press. He is beginning a project on the postwar French cinema and literature of exploration and its conceptualizations of the world, the globe, and globalization in the contexts of collaboration, colonialism, and coca-colonisation as well as a project on media temporalities. He is general editor of Discourse: Journal of Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture. During 2017-18 he will be a residential fellow at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France, and a visiting professor at the Franke Institute for the Humanities at the University of Chicago.
In Feu Mathias Pascal (The Living Dead Man), the titular character marries beautiful Romalinda, who has a controlling mother. Soon his home life becomes a nightmare, as well as his job as assistant librarian. His only moments of respite are the time he spends with his mother and his baby, but both die on the same day. Shocked he leaves his hometown and gets to Monte Carlo, where he wins a fortune at the Casino. Returning home, he reads his own obituary in a paper. A body found in a creek is mistakenly connected with his disappearance. Mathias decides to start a new life in Rome, but things don’t turn out the way he had hoped. Entrance: Free.

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From Pinocchio to Harry Potter from 1862 to 2014

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 7 novembre 2014

mazzitelliToronto Thursday, November 13, 2014 4:00pm-6:00pm 100 St. Joseph Street – Carr Hall 404 Presented by: Istituto Italiano di Cultura; Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto FROM PINOCCHIO TO HARRY POTTER, FROM 1862 TO 2014. The World of Publishing in Italy Through the Eyes of the Adriano Salani Editore, a lecture by Mariagrazia Mazzitelli, editorial director of Adriano Salani. The lecture is part of the Goggio Lectures and International Conferences hosted by the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto.
The lecture will give an overview of the publishing market in Italy — dominated by large editorial groups but also a huge number of small family imprints — through the publications of Adriano Salani editore. Established in Florence in 1862, Salani is one of the oldest publishing house still in business. Its catalogue includes international authors and Italian authors translated into many languages. Its history is the history of a country through two centuries. Its illustrations anticipates the arrival of new media.
Mariagrazia Mazzitelli graduated in Foreign Languages and received her doctorate in Russian Literature in 1985. In the same year she started working in publishing as editor at Electa, leader in art and architecture books; later she continued in the educational division of Elemond (Electa, Einaudi, Mondadori) in charge of a cultural review. Since 1995 she joined Salani (an imprint of GEMS Gruppo Editoriale Mauri Spagnol, the first independent publishing group in Italy), and in 2000 she was named editorial director for adult and children’s books. In the recent years she has been invited to take part in many international and national literary and editorial events. She lives and works in Milan.Free admission.

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Engagement with non-state actors can achieve better results for security-sector reform, says CIGI paper

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 25 maggio 2012

Waterloo, Canada The state-centric approach to security sector reform (SSR) has had modest results at best – a consequence of overestimating the degree and role of modern statehood in various locations. To better respond to “an era of plural and multifaceted governance,” policy-makers and international donors supporting SSR should consider engagement with non-state actors, says a new paper issued by The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).In Toward a Non-State Security Sector Reform Strategy, Michael Lawrence writes that “international state building often falls short because it aspires to an externally fabricated model that does not accommodate local interests and desires while attempting to radically re-engineer a society in a short time frame.” Afghanistan and Timor-Leste illustrate this point: there has been too much external emphasis on what the state should be, where local communities have favoured alternative authorities for security.The paper makes two further points. First, non-state SSR engagement is not at odds with the basic goals of SSR. It “still aims to improve the accountability, transparency, inclusivity and effectiveness of security provision, but largely at the local rather than national level.” Second, a productive role exists for international donors to support non-state SSR. Donors can help by “assisting in the development of legislation to clarify the roles and relationship of the state and non-state security and justice providers,” while helping to build systems of performance measurement with which to gauge the security provision of non-state actors.Toward a Non-State Security Sector Reform Strategy is published as part of CIGI’s Security Sector Reform (SSR) Issue Papers series. Michael Lawrence is a research officer intern at CIGI. He holds an M.A. in global governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs and a B.A. in peace and conflict studies from the University of Toronto. To access the paper, please visit:

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Marshall McLuhan’s birth

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 6 novembre 2011

Marshall McLuhan in the early 1970s

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Toronto Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 7pm–9pm   Centre For Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Avenue, 4th Floor,   Free admission The Italian Cultural Institute  to celebrate the centenary of Marshall McLuhan’s birth at:Piazza Mcluhan Then now next Placing and Experiencing Change
In the year 2011 the whole world celebrates Marshall McLuhan’s birth. The Canadian ‘media guru’ fostered a revolution in communication studies; he changed the way in which we interpret the environmental dynamics affecting historical and cultural processes through time. Today the originality of McLuhan’s ideas is rediscovered in the light of the long term impact that new technologies have on both the human factor and societies: identity, history, memory, and community are crucial themes in McLuhan’s thought, constituting a methodological frame within which we can reassess global technological, political and cultural dynamics. The Italian Cultural Institute will join the celebration with a special event co-promoted within the International Conference “Then/Now/Next, Toronto Nov 7-10 2001”. piazza Mcluhan Then Now Next: Placing and Experiencing Change will be an exciting meeting place for explorers coming from all around the world to share their perceptions on time, space and change. It is a crossroad of past and present experiences, as well as the perfect outpost to map the new media, social and cultural-scapes of the future. Coming to Piazza McLuhan is a way to travel through time and to space to question when was it that we started to unconsciously/consciously accept change as a constant and accelerated leitmotif in our lives.Costis Dallas (Panteion Univ. of Social and Political Sciences, Greece), Derrick de Kerchove (University of Toronto), Paolo Granata (University of Bologna), Stephen Kovatch (Berlino, Transmediale), Elena Lamberti(University of Bologna), Robert K. Logan, (OCAD Toronto), Cristina Miranda de Almeida (IN3 – Universitat Oberta de Catalunya), Peppino Ortoleva (Università di Torino), Lance Strate (Fordham University), Dominique Scheffel Dunand (McLuhan Program), Yoni Van Den Eede (Free University of Brussels), Eduardo Andrés Vizer(UNILA Brazil & UBA Argentina) will take turn on a series of merry-go-rounds unspooling memories, ideas, facts and curiosities following the publication of Marshall McLuhan’s volume Understanding Media. The Extensions of Man. It was 1964, the year which brought winds of change across the world: from Berkley Free Speech Movement to Radio Caroline, from Moore’s law to the free publication of hardcore reviews, the global village consolidated and entered a vortex of change wrapping the human factor and technological progress in a unique embrace.
Piazza McLuhan is an official event of The McLuhan 100 • Then | Now | Next conference & festival promoted by The University of Toronto Faculty of Information, in conjunction with Ryerson University, York University, OCAD University, the City of Toronto, and numerous other city cultural institutions:

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