Words to divide, words to share. A dialogue between linguistics and anthropology

2 Federico Faloppa with Adriano Favole

Words to divide, words to share. A dialogue between linguistics and anthropology

€ 3.00
Friday 24 May 2019 7:00 pm
teatro Bolognini 5

Words that offend, wound, express hate. We are surrounded by them in public and private communication, in every kind of discourse and in every single context. They arrogantly force their way into our private lives through social media. Serial haters, political agitators, media speculators: divisiveness has become a business for many people, a product that can change our habits. It ranges from explicit hate with insults directed again women, children, migrants, coloured people, homosexuals, people with disabilities and students to a more subtle kind of hate, made up of victimisation and rhetoric. There are people who enjoy doing this, those who make money, those who suffer in silence (the victims), those who turn the other cheek. But there are also people who try to fight back with tools such as indignation, laws and the construction of a real dialogue. There are people who propose words that build bridges, which unite around shared values and rights. Different words to give us back content that seemed lost. Words that aim far afield, exalted words.


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Federico Faloppa is Programme Director for Italian Studies at the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Reading and is a consultant for Amnesty International on hate speech and counter-attacking the language of hate. He also collaborates with the Associazione Carta di Roma, the NGO COSPE and the Alexander Langer Foundation. He investigates the representation of minorities in the public and media discourse, migration and political linguistics. His publications include: Parole contro (Garzanti, 2004); Le calunnie etniche nella lingua italiana (UTET, 2009); Razzisti a parole (per tacer dei fatti) (Laterza, 2011); and Sbiancare un etiope (Aracne, 2013).

Adriano Favole is deputy director for Research at the Department for Culture, Politics and Society at the University of Turin and teaches Cultural Anthropology, Culture and Power. He has lectured at the Universities of Milan, Genoa and Bologna and in New Caledonia. He has travelled and conducted research in Futuna (western Polynesia), New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Australia and in La Réunion (Indian Ocean). His main areas of study are political anthropology, anthropology of the body and anthropology of heritage. He writes regularly for the newspaper Corriere della Sera’s cultural insert, La lettura. His publications include: La palma del potere (Il Segnalibro, 2000); Isole nella corrente (La ricerca folklorica, Grafo, 2007); Resti di umanità. Vita sociale del corpo dopo la morte (2003); Oceania. Isole di creativity culturale (2010) and La bussola dell’antropologo (2015), both published by Laterza; Vie di fuga. Otto passi per uscire dalla propria cultura (UTET, Dialoghi sull’uomo, 2018).

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