Programme

DAY One

9:00am: Opening of the Conference and of the Works

Professor Jordi Larios (St Andrews) and Dr Rossella Riccobono (St Andrews)

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9:15 – 10:15 Opening Keynote speaker

Pierpaolo Antonello (University of Cambridge)

Filming Machines: Industrial Propaganda in Post-WWII Italy

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First Panel: Cinema and Science (10:15-11:15)

Silvia Casini (University of Aberdeen)

LifeBeyond Control: Cinematographic Experiments between Beauty and Chance

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Sophie Hopmeier (University of St Andrews)

Au Pays des Dogons (1935): Cinematic and Pre-Industrial Technologies in the Musée de l’Homme 

Coffee break (11:15-11:30)

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11:30 – 12:30 Keynote speaker

Michael Cowan (University of St Andrews)

The Birth of the Cine-Club from the Spirit of Amateur Science: Early German Film Societies and the Question of Knowledge.

Lunch break  12:30-14:00pm (lunch in town)

 

Second Panel: Cinema and Mobility (14:00-14:40)

Johannes Riquet and Anna Zdrenyk (University of Zurich)

Between Progress and Nostalgia: Technology, Geopolitics and James Bond’s Railway Journeys

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14:40- 15:20 Keynote speaker 

Marco D’Agostini (Film Director – University of Udine)

New Technologies and Film Direction. An Ever Changing Language Across a Personal Experience.

Coffee break (15:20-15:40)

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15:40-16:40 Documentary Projection (English Subtitles)

Marco D’Agostini (Film Director – University of Udine)

I volti spirituali del Friuli (2014).

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19:30 Social Dinner at Zizzi, South Street, St Andrews.

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DAY Two

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9:30 – 10:30 Opening Keynote speaker

Annalisa Volpone (University of Perugia)

Neural Modernism and the Physiology of Mental Wellbeing

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Coffee break (10:30-10:45)

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First Panel: Science, Philosophy and Poetry  (10:45-12:45)

Giuseppe Andrea Liberti (University of Naples “Federico II”)

Scientific Lexicon in Contemporary Italian Poetry: the Michele Sovente’s Contropar(ab)ola Case

Francesco Sorrenti (University of Genoa)

Between Enlightment and Libertinism: Scientific Fascination and Skepticism in G.B. Casti

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Mimmo Cangiano (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Aristotle Takes Just One Step

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Michael Reinsborough (King’s College London)

Reference in Complex Social and Technical Relations

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13:00-14:30pm Lunch break (lunch in town)

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14:30am: Welcome and Opening of the Afternoon Works

Dr Carlo Perrotta (Italian Consul General, Edinburgh)

Second Panel: Science and Poetry (14:40-16:00)

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Eleonora Lima (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Rationalizing the Infinite: Gott’s Spongy Universe Theory in Paolo Volponi’s Poem ‘La spugna’

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Bart Dreesen (Catholic University of Leuven)

“È ancora possibile la poesia?”: Montale, the Economic Boom, and the Road Towards a ‘Post-Lyric’ Poetry

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Gernot Waldner (Harvard University)

Creativity: A Link between Science and Culture. Bruno Munari’s “Fantasia”.

 

Coffee break (16:00-16:20)

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16:20 – 16:50 Final Discussion RoundTable with Keynote Speakers.

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Final remarks – Closure by 17:00.