Postmodern philosophy: the Italian response
16 May 2006
Florian Mussgnug, Lecturer in Italian Literature at UCL, was one of the presenters and organisers of Postmodern Impegno, an international conference in Italian Studies held at the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies of the University of London last week.
The conference investigated contemporary trends in postmodern Italian philosophy, literary theory and culture, and their effect on the ways that artists and intellectuals express 'impegno' - ethical commitment and social responsibility. For example, traditional modernist channels such as journalism, pamphletism and high-brow literary genres have given way to postmodern forms including blogs, film and collective writing.
Florian Mussgnug chaired the session "Postmodernism and its discontent" and gave a paper on postmodern ethics. Experts from universities across the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United States as well as Italy presented at the conference on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 May, on subjects ranging from feminism in Italy to the death of the 'auteur' in Italian cinema.