Speaker Bios

Franco Berardi (“Bifo”) is a writer, media-theorist and media-activist.  He founded the magazine A/traverso (1975-1981) and was part of the staff of Radio Alice, the first free pirate radio station in Italy (1976-1978). Like other intellectuals involved in the political movement of Autonomia in Italy during the 1970’s, he fled to Paris, where he worked with Felix Guattari in the field of schizoanalysis.

He has been a contributor to the magazines Semiotexte (New York), Chimerees (Paris), Metropoli (Rome) and Musica 80 (Milan) and Archipielago (Barcelona).  Currently he is writing for the monthly LOOP (Rome).

He has published Le ciel est enfin tombé sur la terre (Paris, 1978), Mutazione e Ciberpunk (Genoa, 1993), Cibernauti (Rome, 1994), Felix (Rome, 2001, London 2009) and Generacion Postalfa (Buenos Aires 2007), Skizomedia (Roma, 2005) La fabrica de la infelicidad (Madrid, 2004) El sabio el guerrero el mercader (Aquarela, Madrid, 2006), Precarious Rhapsody (2009).  In 2009 he published The Soul at Work (Semiotext(e), Los Angeles).

He is teaching social history of communication at the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan and is co-founder of the e-zine rekombinant.org and of the telestreet network.  Currently he is working to the launch of a new Internet-magazine title Lotremond essentially dedicated to thera-poetry.

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Remo Bodei is professor of philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles. He taught for many years at the Scuola Normale Spueriore and at the University of Pisa. He studied and taught as visiting professor in various European and American Universities (Ottawa University, Toronto University, NYU, Université Libre de Bruxelles, École Normale Supérieure of Paris, Universitat de Girona, Universidad Autónoma de México). His scientific interest were initially focused on German classical philosophy, on Idealism and on the culture, politics and aesthetics of the the “Goethezeit” and of the late Nineteenth Century; then on political philosophy; in the last two decades, in particular, on aesthetics, on the theory and the history of memory, oblivion, delusion, and individuality and on the nature of passions and desires.

His books, which have been translated in different languages, include Hölderlin: la filosofí a y lo trágico (Visor, 1990), Ordo amoris (Il Mulino, 1991), Le prix de la liberté (Cerf, 1995); Dekompositionen. Formen des modernen Individuums (Fromann-Holzboog1996); Géometrie des passions (PUF, 1997), La forma de lo bello (Visor, 1998), La philosophie au XXe siècle, Paris (Flammarion, 1999), Logiques du délire, (Aubier, 2002), Destini personali (Feltrinelli, 2002), Una scintilla di fuoco (Zanichelli 2005), We, the Divided. Ethos, Politics and Culture in Post War Italy (Agincourt, 2006), La sensation de Déjà vu (Seuil 2007), Paesaggi sublimi. L’uomo di fronte alla natura selvaggia (Bompiani 2008) and La vita delle cose (Laterza 2009).

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Cesare Casarino is Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Modernity at Sea: Melville, Marx,
Conrad in Crisis
(2002), co-author (with Antonio Negri) of In Praise of the Common:  A Conversation on Philosophy and Politics (2008), co-editor (with Saree Makdisi
and Rebecca Karl) of Marxism Beyond Marxism (1996),  as well as author of several essays on literature, cinema, and philosophy. He also has translated writings various contemporary Italian thinkers into English.  At present, he is at work on book manuscripts on Pasolini, on Marx and Spinoza, as well as on Deleuze’s theory of cinema.

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Ida Dominijanni is a member of the female philosophical community “Diotima” (University of Verona), the most important site of Italian feminist thought. She writes as an editorialist on the newspaper il manifesto and has teached Feminist Theory at the University of Roma 3 as an adjunt professor. She is the author of a number of essays on Italian feminism and on the theory of sexual difference which were published in such journals as Memoria, Reti, Dwf, Democrazia e Diritto, Iride. She has also contributed chapters to such collective volumes as Il futuro del Novecento (The Future of the 20th Century, Manifestolibri, 1999), Duemilauna (Two Thousand and one, Il Saggiatore, 2000), Politica e destino (Sossella, 2006) and to some of the volumes by Diotima (Approfittare dell’assenza, Liguori 2002; L’ombra della madre, Liguori 2007). She is also co-author and the editor of Motivi della Libertà ( Freedom’s Themes, Franco Angeli, Milano 2002) and Si può. Procreazione assistita; norme, soggetti, poste in gioco, manifestolibri 2006.

Among her publications in English: ‘Lost in Transition’, in Susanna Scarparo and Rita Wilson (eds.), Crossing Genres, Generations and Borders: Italian Women Writing Lives (University of Delaware Press, 2004); Heiresses at Twilight. The End of Politics and the Politics of Difference, in “The Commoner”, dic. 2006; Venuse’s Strabismus. Looking at the Crisis of Politics from the Politics of Difference, in “Iris” n. 2, 2010.

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Roberto Esposito teaches contemporary philosophy at the Italian Institute for the Human Sciences in Naples. His Bíos: Biopolitics and Philosophy (2008) as well as
Communitas: The Origin and Destiny of Community (2009) have been translated into English. Third Person: Politics of Life and the Philosophy of the Impersonal and
Immunitas: The Protection and Negation of Life are forthcoming from Polity.

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Michael Hardt teaches in the Literature Program at Duke University. His most recent books are Empire (2000), Multitude (2004), and Commonwealth (2009), all
cowritten with Antonio Negri.  He is editor of The South Atlantic Quarterly.

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Antonio Negri is a philospher and essay writer. A political and social activist in the1960s and 1970s in Italy, he taught political science for many years and has written numerous books on political philosophy including Marx Beyond Marx (1979), The Savage Anomaly (1983), Insurgencies (1997); and in collaboration with Michael Hardt, Empire (2000), Multitude (2004), and Commonwealth (2009).

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