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michael goddard <[log in to unmask]>
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Please circulate the following announcement and apologies for cross-posting

Conference Announcement

The Italian Effect: Radical Thought, Biopolitics and Cultural Subversion
Sydney University, September 9-11, 2004

Presented by: the Research Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences,
University of Sydney, the Institute for International Studies and the
Transforming Cultures Unit, University of Technology, Sydney, the Centre for
Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney and the Centre for Research
on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University.

Aims of the Conference
After several decades during which the humanities in Australia and globally
have been strongly influenced by French thought, in the new millennium the
work of Italian thinkers is having a profound impact upon intellectual
activity. The most notable signs of this “Italian effect” are the widespread
interest in the work of Giorgio Agamben and the popularity of Antonio Negri
and Michael Hardt’s Empire, but this is only to scratch the surface of the
productivity of the diversity of contemporary Italian thought across a wide
variety of disciplines. This conference will address the current and
potential international impact of radical Italian thought, focusing not only
on Negri and Agamben but also on the work of Franco Berardi (Bifo), Ida
Dominijanni, Paolo Virno, and others. The conference will consist of the
following sessions:

---Negri, Multitudes and Empires
---The Theory and Practice of Autonomia
---Italian Feminism, Gender and Alterity
---Agamben and the Camp
---Italian thought, Autonomy and Aesthetic Practices
---Radical Italian Thought, Postmodernity and Critique
---Italian and Gobal Media Subversions
---The Multitude, Luther Blissett’s Q and Ecopolitics
---Post-Autonomy, Common Places and Cultural Activism
---Security, Internment and Pre-Emptive War
---Potential Politics, Networks and Mythopoesis
---Agamben, Biopolitics and Bare Life

Keynote Speakers
Franco Berardi (Bifo)- Leading Italian cultural theorist and media activist
whose media projects include Radio Alice and Telestrada.

Ida Dominijanni- Professor of Political theory and journalist of Il
Manifesto as well as being a key figure of radical Italian feminism.

Registration payments should be made out to: Sydney University and sent to
Research Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (RIHSS), Woolley
Building A20, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, AUSTRALIA. The rates are
as follows:
Earlybird registration (received by 31/8/04):AUD $88 (Full)/AUD $66
Regular registration: AUD $110 (Full)/AUD $77 (Concession).

UTS Event, Performance Space, Building 3 (Bon Marche), Cnr. Broadway and
Harris Street
Sydney University, Education Building, Manning Road (next to Manning bar).


Additional Event at the University of Western Sydney
Centre for Cultural Research Public Lecture
Franco Berardi (Bifo)
Respondent:Ida Dominijanni
Wednesday 8 September 2004 3.00-5.00pm
University of Western Sydney
Parramatta Campus
BLD EZ, Female Orphan School, Gallery Floor
Map and directions available at

RSVP by Monday 6 September 3.00pm to: (02) 9685 9600 or
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