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Week of the Italian Language in Paris
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Week of the Italian Language in Paris

Categories: Culture and creativity -Language and education -Literature and Publishing -Music and Performing Arts
Three Parisian meetings on Dante and the origin of language.
Gustave Doré Selva Oscura
Gustave Doré Selva Oscura

For the Week of the Italian Language in the World, the Italian Cultural Institute of Paris presents three meetings in which the great theme of the origin of the language is flanked by that of Dante.

It begins on October 18 with ‘La selva oscura: Dante, Ariosto, Tasso’ (The dark forest: Dante, Ariosto, Tasso). Starting from Dante’s great visual and symbolic invention, the ‘selva oscura’ (dark forest), this meeting will address the themes of exploration and perdition through three great classics of Italian literature. Speakers will be Stefano Jossa (Royal Holloway University), Manuele Gragnolati (Sorbonne University), Matteo Residori (Sorbonne Nouvelle) and Giulia D’Anna Lupo (illustrator). Giulia D’Anna Lupo and Stefano Jossa will also offer workshops for the younger audience as part of the event.

On 21 October it’s music’s turn, with ‘L’universo di Dante in musica: l’Accademia dei Cameristi di Bari in concerto’ (Dante’s universe in music: the Bari Accademia dei Cameristi in concert). The Bari ensemble offers a programme entirely inspired by the Divine Comedy. It will be performed by a duo created by musicians of different generations: Sara Allegretta, a soprano with a distinguished career, and Umberto Jacopo Laureti, a talented young pianist.

On 22 October, Andrea Moro will be the protagonist of the lecture ‘Il miraggio della lingua‘ (The mirage of language). Andrea Moro, neuroscientist and professor of General Linguistics at the IUSS-Pavia University of Applied Sciences, is the author of ‘Impossible languages’, ‘La razza e la lingua. Sei lezioni sul razzismo’ (‘Race and language. Six lessons on racism’, La Nave di Teseo, 2019) and the novel ‘Il segreto di Pietramala’ (‘The secret of Pietramala’, La Nave di Teseo, 2018). In this lecture he will address the idea of the great and perfect first language and the bridges between grammar and the neurobiological structures of the brain.

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