Bingo! Play and cultural creativity

Adriano Favole

Bingo! Play and cultural creativity

may sun 29, 2016 - 5.30 p.m.
piazza dello Spirito Santo
 admission euro 3.00

Play combines freedom and creativity as regards to shared rules. However, play also involves unpredictability and transformation: rules change and new games are created. Through games and play, human beings experiment with new situations and test social connections. But what happens when games travel beyond their country of origin? How is bingo or lotto played in a small community in Oceania? How did rugby change as it moved between Maori and European cultures? Indeed, today games and sports have a global vocation, travelling at increasingly high speeds, rather like human beings. What’s more, globalisation means reflecting on issues such as transformation: like religious beliefs, technology and ideas in general, games undergo twists and changes when appropriated by societies other than their "native" home. An intercultural study of play promises to shine a light on important aspects of cultural creativity. 

Adriano Favole is vicedirector for research at the Department of Culture, Politics and Society at Turin University, where he teaches Cultural Anthropology and Culture and power. He presides over the Foundation Ariodante Fabrettiisprofessor of Cultural. He taught at the universities of Milan, Bologna, Genoa, and East Piedmont. He also was Visiting professor at the University of New Caledonia between 2004 and 2007. He conducted most of his field research in the Pacific (Wallis and Futuna, New Caledonia) and has studied Museum Ethnography in the Western Alps. His chief research interests are political anthropology, the anthropology of the body and death, the anthropology of patrimonial assets. He prefers to travel by bike and he went through more than 100 thousand kilometres. He contributes to La lettura of Corriere della Sera. He has written 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 creatività culturale (2010) published by Laterza. He edited the Italian edition of Per un’antropologia non egemonica. Il Manifesto di Losanna (with F. Saillant, M. Kilani, F. Graezer Bideau, elèuthera, 2012); La bussola dell’antropologo (2015) published by Editori Laterza. He is keen on bicycle racing, still practiced as a hobby.