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Italian Alterdisciplinarity


Patrizia Calefato

University of Bari Aldo MoroNone
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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 ‘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 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 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 Cultural Studies, choosing Fashion Theory and Social Semiotics as case studies.

How to Cite: Calefato, P., 2015. Italian Alterdisciplinarity. JOMEC Journal, (8), p.None. DOI:
Published on 01 Nov 2015.
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