French anthropologist Marc Augé in Bra thanks to the UNISG and the literary and music festival Collisioni

At 9pm on Wednesday March 28, at the Cassa di Risparmio di Bra Auditorium at via Principi di Piemonte 12, the French anthropologist Marc Augé will be talking about the subject of “Future” with Marino Niola, an anthropologist at the Suor Orsola Benincasa University in Naples.
The lecture is part of the “Future Scenarios” project promoted by the University of Gastronomic Sciences. Admission is free.

One of the most important African scholars of all time, over the last 20 years Augé has also become a leading light of anthropology in late modernity.
In the world as we know it, the shortcomings and fears of the present have laid claim to the idea of “future”. Onto the future we project our hopes of redemption and expectations of progress: from the future we fear some sort of apocalypse.
Yet maybe there is a way of looking to time to come that is less doomed to failure. Maybe is possible to strip it of the many chiaroscuros that have so far proved to be mere burdens without propitiating or averting anything. After all, the myth of the future mirrors the myth of origins.
As an anthropologist, Marc Augé is familiar with a plurality of places and times, which is precisely why he is able to recognize the non-places and non-time which we experience very day. Accustomed to coming to terms with both the fullness and the low intensity of meaning, he reasons on the future from a different perspective: for him, it is an excess of vision and preconstituted representations that makes it impossible to conceive change from concrete historical experience. With a veritable wing-stroke, Augé joins science and future to restore honor to the aspect of science that most diverges from excess and arrogance and the damage they have wrought on the planet. It is only through systematic questioning of the notions of certainty, truth and totality that we can break the magic circle that levels the future over an eternal, hallucinated present.