The fourth edition of Pistoia - Dialogues on Man, the culture festival dedicated to contemporary anthropology, will take place from May 24th until May 26th 2013.
‘Pistoia - Dialogues on Man,’ the culture festival dedicated to contemporary anthropology and sociology, is now marking its fourth anniversary after the success of the 2012 edition, which mustered more than 12,000 visitors. This year’s theme—‘Away and Abroad. Travel as encounter’—is crucial for anthropological studies and extremely topical in this era of globalization, where the flows of people, pictures, goods and ideas move ever faster and are increasingly discernible. Travel, displacement, encounters with other people and cultures transform individuals and their perceptions, opening them up to new panoramas and different world views grounded both in their original culture and in that of their newfound destination too. Thus human beings have always traveled, and this is the reason why travel continues to be a topic for discussion, and one to which literature has been dedicating ever since antiquity some of its greatest pages. Our very language is rife with metaphors of life understood as a journey. Yet why has mankind felt the need to travel ever since its origins? Why have humans always been moving, wandering, constantly travelling? We will try to deal with those questions in three days and twenty events to be held, as usual, in the old city center—debates, lectures, performances and readings, plus a photo exhibition, all designed to be accessible to the general public and people interested in exploring new tools and stimuli for analyzing and understanding contemporary reality.