Remotti

Francesco Remotti

Francesco Remotti taught Cultural Anthropology and African Ethnology at the Humanities and Philosophy Department of Turin University, where he was also head of the Masters Degree program in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology. He has conducted extensive research in the history and ethnology of the kingdoms of Equatorial Africa. In 1979 he started the Italian ethnological mission to Zaire, later to become the Italian ethnological mission to Equatorial Africa. Since the Seventies, he has been conducting research in the Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he has focused specifically onto the history and culture of the Banande people. Among his books are: Luoghi e corpi. Antropologia dello spazio del tempo e del potere (1993); Noi primitivi. Lo specchio dell’antropologia (2009), published by Bollati Boringhieri; and Prima lezione di antropologia (2000); Contro l’identità (2001); L’ossessione identitaria (2010), published by Laterza and Per un'antropologia inattuale (2014) published by elèuthera.

Francesco Remotti

Identity and the impoverishment of culture

may sat 29, 2010 - 6.00 p.m.
piazza del Duomo
 admission euro 3.00

What is identity today, if not a myth? Is there anyone today who does not use identity to define his own position, even to assert his own destiny? Identity is a vocal plea for recognition that fails to take into account the wealth and vitality of relationships with others, and drastically reduces all relationships with others to those with the stranger (who one needs to differentiate an defend himself from), and with the enemy (who should be rejected, fought, and even eliminated).
Thus identity is, for Remotti, a factor and a sign of cultural impoverishment - perhaps a more up-to-date, seducing and acceptable (hence a subtler and more devious) form of racism.

Francesco Remotti taught Cultural Anthropology and African Ethnology at the Humanities and Philosophy Department of Turin University, where he was also head of the Masters Degree program in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology. He has conducted extensive research in the history and ethnology of the kingdoms of Equatorial Africa. In 1979 he started the Italian ethnological mission to Zaire, later to become the Italian ethnological mission to Equatorial Africa. Since the Seventies, he has been conducting research in the Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he has focused specifically onto the history and culture of the Banande people. Among his books are: Luoghi e corpi. Antropologia dello spazio del tempo e del potere (1993); Noi primitivi. Lo specchio dell’antropologia (2009), published by Bollati Boringhieri; and Prima lezione di antropologia (2000); Contro l’identità (2001); L’ossessione identitaria (2010), published by Laterza and Per un'antropologia inattuale (2014) published by elèuthera.

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