March 2018 Culture and Society

Read the articles selected in March 2018

Stephen Hawking, one of the world’s great physicists, has died

Fonte: The Economist, 14 Marzo


His disability has made him more and more difficult to translate into language his theories, fantastic constructions about singularities such as the black holes and the same Universe, described as finite in time and infinite in space, opening scenarios that redefine the human place in the world.

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Wim Wenders: “Notre rapport à la mémoire est en danger”

By Marie-Noëlle Tranchant

Source: Le Figaro, 10 March


With the new technologies the memory is deprived of the space and the corporeality in the relations with things, individuals, and landscapes, that the cinema was keen on preserving. Through the digitalization, a lot of our history will be lost forever. For this reason, the international Festival Toute la mémoire du monde is so important.

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Droits humains et cinéma: le plaidoyer d’Alain Berset au FIFDH

By Alain Berset

Source: Le Temps, 12 March


The human rights have been born from a collective imaginary which has been fed by the cinema. The UN codification has juridically recognized what, otherwise, would have lain in an ideal world. To this day, the right to enjoy art allows the dreams to come true and never to end.

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“Les droits individuels règnent sans partage jusqu’à faire périr l’idée du bien commun”

By Guillaume Perrault

Source: Le Figaro, 12 March


If the human rights are universal, how we can judge other cultures? The human rights represent the freedom without the law. A certain rule which delimits a common good comes into conflict with the unconditional right to completely be what we are or we want to be.

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Ovation pour les ministres interprètes des “Monologues du vagin”

By Gaëlle Dupont

Source: Le Monde, 8 March

A strong political message has been launched by three female ministers of the French government that have interpreted The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler, translating the official discourse about female rights in the story of the oppression, the aspirations and the pleasure of us all women.

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Dall’America di Trump alle vicende di casa nostra: le donne protagoniste

Source: Tor Vergata Comitato Unico di Garanzia 


Within a conference on women’s role in the society  Tor Vergata university has hosted the launch of the book Orgoglio e pregiudizi by the RAI journalist Tiziana Ferrario, who observes the awakening of the feminist awareness in the USA and in the world after Trump’s electoral campaign.

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Women’s conference defies Vatican over nuns and equality

By Harriet Sherwood

Source: The Guardian Domestic, 5 March

The demand for the gender parity has crossed the doors of the Catholic Church, where women as nuns play subordinate roles, serving the Cardinals and Bishops that don’t mind their qualifications and competencies. So they are nearly excluded from decision-making processes and live in dire and precarious economic conditions.

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Nie mehr Prinzessin?

By Anke Schipp

Source: Die Faz, 1 February


Gender distinctions and stereotypes triumph in the Carnival costumes. As they are conventional when they choose their mask, psychologists say that children play dressing up to mirror themselves in the other. But also little girls know that a good game is short. 

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Children’s books

Source: The Observer Domestic, 21 January


A British study has revealed a predominance of male characters in the children literature, most evident in animals figures, distinguished into male and female gender after their strength, villainy or rather vulnerability as prey, and even for their capacity to speak.

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L’histoire secrète des damnés du mercure

By Xavier Lambiel

Source: Le Temps, 24 February


A historical investigative report has unearthed from the secret archives of a giant in the Swiss chemical industry data that show 250 mercury poisonings, occurred between 1917 and 1950 among its workers, and recognized as occupational diseases only after decades of resistance.

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How do you beat radicalisation?

By Liz Lightfoot

Source: The Guardian, 20 February


An experiment in a Birmingham primary school aims to teach children that we are all different and welcome, regardless of our faith, color or culture, in the hope that by feeling accepted in the society at an early age, they grow less susceptible to radicalization.

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In children’s books, pictures can paint a thousand words

By Nora Krug

Source: The Washington Post, 24 February


A picture book by Matt de la Peňa on the sides of love explained to children, highlights the importance of honesty in children’s literature which mirrors them in their daily emotions and offers a thousand words to communicate with adults.

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Women “wrote larger proportion of fiction in 1850 than in 1950

By Alison Flood

Source: The Guardian, 20 February


An algorithm used to analyze 104.000 works of fiction from 1870 to 2007 found a decline in the proportion of female novelists from the 19th century to today, which occurred when novel-writing become a high-status profession and is associated with the drop in female characters and the gentrification of language.

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