Italian alterdisciplinarity

Article English OPEN
Calefato, Patrizia (2015)

The aim of this paper is to analyse the consequences, problems and possible opportunities derived from the absence of Cultural Studies as a specific and autonomous\ud ‘discipline’ in the Italian University, despite its wide diffusion across various academic subjects since the 1970s. I start my analysis from two ‘rupture texts’: Mario Perniola’s relevant essay entitled ‘Chi ha paura degli studi culturali?’ (2000) (‘Who is afraid of Cultural\ud Studies?’) and the website/volume entitled Studi Culturali (2003-2004), edited by Michele Cometa. Both texts focused on what had (not) happened in the Italian University in the\ud last decades of the 20th century and envisioned inter- or alter-disciplinary perspectives for the future. Over just the same period, however, from the late 1990s to the early 2000s,a problem occurred: the Italian university started its structural transformation from the Humboldtian model to the neoliberal model. Thus, is there a possible actua(bi)lity for Cultural Studies in Italy? What resistant pedagogical and interventional practices already exist, and what need to be built in totally different forms? I will try to respond to these questions focusing, above all, on the communicative dimension of the critical method of\ud Cultural Studies, choosing Fashion Theory and Social Semiotics as case studies.
  • References (15)
    15 references, page 1 of 2

    Barthes, R. (1967), Systéme de la Mode, Paris: Seuil; Eng. Trans. The Fashion System, (1983), New York: Hill & Wang.

    Barthes, R. (2006), The Language of Fashion, Oxford: Berg.

    Calefato, P. (2004a), 'Fashion Theory' in Cometa, M., ed., Dizionario degli studi culturali, Roma: Meltemi, 194-203. Also available at http://www.culturalstudies.it/dizionario/pdf/fashion_theory.pdf.

    Calefato, P. (2004b), The Clothed Body, Oxford: Berg.

    Calvet, L. (1974), Linguistique et colonialisme, Paris: Payot.

    Chambers, I. (2001), 'Oltre gli studi italianisti', L'Unità.

    Cometa, M. (2004), Dizionario degli studi culturali, Roma: Meltemi.

    Dittmar, N. (1976), Sociolinguistics - A Critical Survey of Theory and Application, London: Edward Arnold; It. Trans., Manuale di sociolinguistica, (1978), Roma-Bari: Laterza.

    Foucault, M. (1970), L'ordre du discourse; Eng. Transl. in Young, R. and Kegan, P. (eds.), (1981), Untying the Text, A Post-structuralist Reader, London: Routledge.

    Hall, S. (1986), 'Gramsci's Relevance for the Study of Race and Ethnicity' in Journal of Communication Inquiry, 10 (2). http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/019685998601000202

  • Metrics
    No metrics available
Share - Bookmark