“Gramsci-Pasolini: ashes to ashes”, a lecture by David Forgacs

Join us on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015, 12:00 pm, at Whitney Humanities Center,Room 208
Light lunch will be served Please RSVP: gramsciworkinggroup@gmail.com

Forgacs posterDavid Forgacs teaches in the Department of Italian Studies at New York University, where he holds the Zerilli-Marimò Chair of Contemporary Italian Studies. Before that he held (1999-­2011) the Panizzi Chair of Italian at University College London. His previous appointments were at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he was Reader in Film Studies (1997-99), the University of Cambridge, where he was a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College (1989-97), and the University of Sussex (1978-89), where he was Lecturer in Italian and European Studies. In 2006-09 he was Research Professor at the British School at Rome. In 2005 he was awarded the honor of Grande Ufficiale dell’Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana for services to the promotion of Italian culture abroad

His main research area is Italian cultural and media history since 1800. His publications include Italian culture in the industrial era 1880-1980 (1990; also in an expanded edition in Italian, 2000), Mass culture and Italian society from Fascism to the Cold War (with Stephen Gundle, 2007, also in Italian), Italian cultural studies (with Robert Lumley, 1996), Rethinking Italian fascism: capitalism, populism, culture (1986), The Antonio Gramsci Reader (1998, 2000). On cinema his work includes studies of Antonioni (essays 2011, 2007, 2000), Pontecorvo (2007), Rossellini (2 books, 2000), popular cinema under Fascism (2002), migration in film (2001), memories of fascism in cinema of the 1960s and 70s (1998), as well as full-length commentaries on the DVDs of Ossessione, The Leopard, Red Desert and The Conformist. His latest book is Italy’s margins: social exclusion and nation formation since 1861 forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in 2014.

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