Pasolini 100

The Italian Institute of Culture in Edinburgh and Italian Studies at University of Edinburgh are delighted to invite you to a programme of events on the occasion of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 100th anniversary, supported by the Society for Italian Studies.

Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975) was an Italian film director, poet, writer, political commentator and public intellectual, particularly known for his socially critical, stylistically unorthodox films from the 1960s and early 1970s.

By bringing together some of the major scholars in the field, this series of events aims to celebrate one of the key figures of Italian culture on his 100th anniversary.


Pasolini mural in Rome

The theme of the series, Pasolini and the classics, offers a unique entry point to Pasolini’s oeuvre, by focusing on the intensive and extensive relations Pasolini had with classical authors of the world literary tradition, such as the tragic Greeks, Dante, Boccaccio, Calderón de la Barca, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Ginsberg, Pound, Calvino; and cultural icons of cinema, the visual and performative arts, such as Kurosawa, Bach, Warhol.

Each event intends to cast light on how these relations originated and have been articulated across Pasolini’s work and beyond. With this approach, we intend to encourage a reflection on forms of cultural reception, appropriation, and dialogue between Pasolini and the classics, as well as an analysis of the transmedia and transnational processes generated in these interplays.

Ultimately, this series of events will not only contribute to enrich the field of Italian Studies with a high profile series of lectures and discussions on Pasolini and Italian culture, but will offer a rich, extensive, and diverse knowledge exchange on and across world culture.

How to join

Some events in this series are held in person, and others will be online. Please check individual listings for venue and registration.

Online lectures will be held on Zoom.


*Image credit: Stefano Scaramuzzino (Artist: Maupal)

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