In the last few years, we have seen an increasing international awareness of the challenges facing the interaction between human populations and a changing environment. In France and Italy, these issues have in fact occupied a really important role in philosophical, social and political debates and initiatives for at least five decades. Our panelists will offer a diverse and far-reaching presentation of their own involvement with the research and initiatives presently occurring in Italy and France. Moderator: • Giuseppina Mecchia, University of Pittsburgh Panelists: • Yves Citton, Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint Denis, France • Daniela Fargione, University of Turin, Italy • Giuseppina Mecchia, University of Pittsburgh Dr. Yves Citton, Professor of Literature and Media at the Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint Denis, France, will discuss a new-web-based platform that he has founded with international collaborators, the Terraforma Project, which aims at providing a more-than-human position on current ecological challenges. A report on Terraforma can be downloaded from this calendar. Dr. Daniela Fargione, Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Turin, Italy and a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh this spring, is currently engaged in a transnational reflection on literary and media interventions on new climate challenges, and she will address the history and current engagements of Italian Green movements. Dr. Mecchia, Associate Professor of French and Italian at Pitt, will talk about the living legacy in France but also internationally ot the insights of two of the most important French philosophers dealing with the presence of humanity on Earth, Bruno Latour and Michel Serres. Their work, since the 1980s, has inspired a multitude of researchers and activists.
Conversation on Europe: Climate Change: Perspectives and Initiatives from France and Italy
Lecture Series / Brown Bag