Futurismo/Futurizm: The Futurist Avant-Garde in Italy and Russia

Friday, November 13, 2009 - 8:30am to Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 5:00pm

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library


This year marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Filippo Marinetti’s founding manifesto of Italian Futurism. The manifesto's publication sparked intense interest across Europe and Eurasia, from France to Italy and Russia, and is widely considered the inaugural text of the 20th-century literary avant-garde. Marinetti's subsequent visit to Moscow and St. Petersburg in 1914 allowed the Russian avant-garde to differentiate itself from rival European currents, raising important questions about the competitive diffusion of aesthetic modernism and cultural modernity within and beyond Europe. Taking advantage of Yale University’s unique resources for the study of the Italian and Russian avant-garde, our conference will add its comparative and transnational perspective to the many celebrations of Futurism’s 100th anniversary currently being held in the United States and abroad.


This conference has been made possible by the generous contributions of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Departments of Italian, Slavics and Film Studies, the European Studies Council and the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund. We would also like to acknowledge the public endorsement by the Triennale di Milano.


Events are free and open to the public, however registration is required. For more information call (203) 432-0595.


The Department of Italian at Columbia University in the City of New York is pleased to announce Beyond Futurism: F.T. Marinetti, Writer, a two-day international symposium. The sister conference will take place on November 12-13, 2009. For more information please visit the conference website.


Friday, November 13

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

3:45pm - 4:45pm Registration
4:45pm - 5:00pm Opening Remarks
5:00pm - 6:00pm 

Keynote Address
The Audacity of Hope: Futurist Aura and National Difference in the Early Manifestos
Marjorie Perloff, Stanford University

6:00pm - 7:00pm Exhibition and Reception
7:30pm Film Screening—L'uomo meccanico by André Deed
Whitney Humanities Center, Auditorium, 53 Wall
Introduction by Angela Dalle Vacche, Georgia Institute of Technology

Saturday, November 14

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

9:00am - 10:30am THE MANIFESTO
  Millicent Marcus, Yale University - Moderator
  The 'Venice Preserved' by F.T. Marinetti
Paolo Valesio, Columbia University

Futurist Chronotopes: The Spatial Politics of the Futurist Manifesto:
Italy, Russia, Georgia

Harsha Ram, University of California, Berkeley

  'Il Mio Futurismo’: Reflections on Women and the Italian Avant-Garde
Erin Larkin, Southern Connecticut State University
10:30am - 11:00am Coffee Break
11:00am - 12:45pm LITERATURE
  John MacKay, Yale University - Moderator
  Marinetti's Experiments with Acoustic and Visual Poetry: A New Semiotic Approach
John J. White, Kings College
  Femminismo e antifemminismo futurista tra Italia e Russia
Cesare De Michelis, Università di Roma Tor Vergata
  Aldo Palazzeschi e il Futurismo
Gino Tellini, Centro di studi “Aldo Palazzeschi”
12:45pm - 2:15pm Lunch (on your own)
  Sebastian Zeidler, Yale University - Moderator
  Victory Over the Sun / Anguish of the Machines: Utopian Violence in Post-Revolutionary Futurist Theater
Christine Poggi, University of Pennsylvania
  Liberating the Italian Colony by the Neva: Italian Futurism and the Cultural Politics of the Late Russian Empire
Sarah Warren, Purchase College, SUNY
  For Immediate Release: El Lissitzky and the Topography of G
Maria Gough, Harvard University
4:00pm - 4:15pm Coffee Break
4:15pm - 5:45pm PERFORMANCE
  Barbara Spackman, University of California, Berkeley - Moderator
  Marinetti’s Total Theatre and the Modernist Conception of Gesamtkunstwerk
Günter Berghaus, University of Bristol
  The Statistical Sublime (Marinetti x Mayakovsky)
Jeffrey Schnapp, Stanford University
  Lucia Re, University of California, Los Angeles
The Abstract Novel as Futurist Performance Art: The Case of Benedetta's "Viaggio di Gararà: Romanzo cosmico per teatro."


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