CSIS Annual Conference in Ottawa (May 11-13, 2018)
Italian Studies: Technology and (Un)employment
This session aims to investigate the cultural implications of technology and (un)employment from the perspective of Italian Studies. Expressions of the impact that technological advancements have on work are part and parcel of Italian culture (in films, such as Io e Caterina; in novels, for ex., of Paolo Volponi, or Francesco Verso; in visual art: Futurismo, etc.).
Technology has come to replace human workers not only in repetitive tasks but also in more complex occupations. Technological breakthroughs in artificial intelligence keep developing rapidly; the trend indicates that no occupation or profession will be immune to technological progress. The proponents of technology extol its beneficial aspects for humanity (medical, lifestyle, etc.), and the critics propose various doomsday scenarios (general unemployment, economic divide, hopelessness, etc.). But the consensus from both sides appears to lay in increased education and re-training both to keep working, as well as keep oneself otherwise occupied.
Contributions which take account of the writings of philosophers, political thinkers, literary critics, such as Antonio Gramsci, Giorgio Agamben, Gianni Vattimo, Alberto Abbruzzese are welcome.
Topics to be explored include, but are not restricted to, the following:
- Italian approaches to technological (un)employment: educational, philosophical, social, political, economic, literary, etc.
- Italian popular culture and technological (un)employment: film, science fiction, i gialli, music, etc.
- Italian Weltanschauung with regards to technological (un)employment
- Pedagogical strategies and curricula contents vis-à-vis technological (un)employment
- Role of Italian studies in view of reduced workload or jobless future
- Italian (im)/(e)migration, technological change, and work
- Italian language and technological (un)employment
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