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On Italy’s Liberation day: Umberto Eco and Ur-Fascism

Every April 25th Italy commemorates the end of both Mussolini’s regime and the Nazi occupation of the Country: the date, made into a national holiday in 1946, corresponds to the Comitato di Liberazione Nazionale Alta Italia (CLNAI – National Liberation … Continue reading

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The Italian university professors’ oath of allegiance to fascism (1931)

«I swear fidelity to the King, to his Royal successors and to the Fascist regime, and I swear to respect the [National Fascist Party’s] Statute and the other laws of the State, and to fulfil my teacher’s and all academics’ … Continue reading

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Readings (not romance): Le Monde Diplomatique, WWI, Andric

Sleepwalking into a big war is the title of an article by Michael T. Klare (Hampshire College), published in last september issue of Le Monde Diplomatique. Extremely interesting and (slightly) disquieting, Klare’s article mentions among others Christopher Clark‘s (University of … Continue reading

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L’anno che verrà = The year to come

In Italy, singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla‘s (1943-2012) L’anno che verrà is one of the Country’s best-known songs, and arguably one of Dalla’s most beautiful. The song being meant as an end-of-the-year letter to a friend, and its content somehow resonating with … Continue reading

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Pasolini, Picasso & Proust on knowledge, art & books

«Io so perché sono un intellettuale, uno scrittore, che cerca di seguire tutto ciò che succede, di conoscere tutto ciò che se ne scrive, di immaginare tutto ciò che non si sa o che si tace; che coordina fatti anche … Continue reading

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Research funding should go to research, not to publishers!

The League of European Research Universities (LERU) – «an association of 21 leading research-intensive universities that share the values of high-quality teaching within an environment of internationally competitive research» (the UvA has been a member since 2006) – is calling … Continue reading

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Italian writer Erri de Luca on trial

«Se la mia opinione è un reato continuerò a commetterlo». «Si mi opinión es un delito, no voy a dejar de cometerlo». «Si mon opinion est un crime je continuerai à le commettre». Italian prosecutors in Turin called yesterday for … Continue reading

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