I am a lucky Italian student.
Most of my colleagues, university students like me, would disagree on the general meaning of this affirmation. It seems that being an Italian it is not a synonym of a natural born privilege, but within few decades it became an equivalent of looser, defeated by history. Not to mention that, being a student, seem to be as useless as never before…
Dear Reader, if this is the case, if you believe that Italy has nothing more to offer then sun, beaches, wine and good food, you have a pretty sad perception of my country.
Thus, this post is about hope.
A group of inspired researchers, headed by prof. Antonio Palmisano, gave birth to an amazingly interesting review: DADA.
Its subtitle explains more about it, but it does not picture the variety and the innovation of the review itself. As the “post-global anthropological review”, DADA surely fills an empty spot, creating a space where to analyze and debate cultural events of topical interest, with a clear anthropological perspective. Have a look at the first special edition‘s summary: it is rare to find such a complete and, in the same time, diversified collection of contributions. None of my metaphors would fit the experience of reading it by yourself. As a very good friend of mine used to say, “if life’s too short to spend it reading unworthy stuff”, stop reading this post and download DADA. But come back, afterwards.
Because DADA is much more than a review, and I can show you why.
As described by prof. Palmisano on DADA’s website, among the objectives of the review, one should catch your attention immediately: it pledges to involve young people in effectively producing articles within the framework of an international, scientific, academic, interdisciplinary review.
Given the nowadays panorama of Italian decadent academic community, DADA experiment is not just revolutionary, but also encouraging. It delivers a fundamental message to foreigners, Italians and (most important) to my colleagues: Italian Gross Domestic Production of Culture it is not over.
As a collaborator to the review (my article on Matvejević will be published on this blog soon), I am proud to have been part of this experiment. Given the results, I hope that this experiment will become a successful, continuous example that Italian students, guided by wise academics, are “alive and kicking”.
I beg your pardon, dear Reader, if you might feel this article as an abruptly arrogant show-off. Bear in mind the excitement and satisfaction that a 20-something year old student might feel, after collaborating to such a gratifying experience, while feeling stuck in a retrograde country, without real future perspective.
If after this statement you still fell offended by the aforementioned arrogance, it is my belief that it is time for you to move and do something to revert the situation.
Or to join the black blocks, if you feel like.