Against purity: races and cultures

14 Marco Aime and Guido Barbujani

Against purity: races and cultures

€ 3.00
Saturday 27 May 2017 6:30 pm
piazza del Duomo 3

A geneticist and an anthropologist discuss the human evolutionary processes, tracing parallel pathways between our “natural” being and our “cultural” being.

The long journey of human beings, their constant migrations, their encounters and exchanges have resulted in such a genetic mix that makes it impossible to classify them into biologically defined groups. On cultural level, these same exchanges and resettlements have also given rise to beings that are “multicultural”, albeit to different extents.

However, since history has shown we have often been and continue to be the victims of constructed identities that search for and evoke notions of purity (and we all know where the search for purity led us), it is important to start thinking that there is no such thing as pure races or cultures.


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Marco Aime is professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Genoa. He has conducted research on the Alps and in West Africa. Aime has authored a number of books: Le radici nella sabbia(EDT, 1999); Il primo libro di antropologia(2008), Il dono al tempo di Internet(with A. Cossetta, 2010), L’altro e l’altrove(with D. Papotti 2012), Contro il razzismo (with G. Barbujani, C. Bartoli, F. Faloppa, 2016) published by Einaudi; Verdi tribù del Nord (Laterza, 2012); Gli specchi di Gulliver(2006), Timbuctu(2008), Il diverso come icona del male(with Emanuele Severino, 2009), Gli uccelli della solitudine(2010), Cultura(2013), L'isola del non arrivo. Voci da Lampedusa (2018) published by Bollati Boringhieri; All’Avogadro si cominciava a ottobre (Agenzia X, 2014); La macchia della razza (2012), Etnografia del quotidiano(2014) published by elèuthera; La fatica di diventare grandi. La scomparsa dei riti di passaggio (Einaudi, 2014); Tra i castagni dell'Appennino. Conversazione con Francesco Guccini (2014); Senza sponda (2015) published by Utet. He transleted Atlante delle frotiere by Bruno Tertrais e Delphine Papin (2018, ADD editore); He's going to publish Comunità (il Mulino, 2019).

Guido Barbujani is professor of Genetics at the University of Ferrara. His work is focused on the genetics of populations and evolutionary biology. In addition to many scientific articles, his publications include, among others: Questione di razza (Mondadori, 2003); L’invenzione delle razze (2006); Europei senza se e senza ma (2008) for Bompiani; with Pietro Cheli Sono razzista ma sto cercando di smettere (2008), and Gli africani siamo noi. Alle origini dell’uomo (2016) for Laterza.

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