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Primo Levi, The West and the Rest: Postcolonial Perspectives After Auschwitz - IV International Simposium by the Primo Levi Center in New York

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    The 4th edition of the Centro Primo Levi International Symposium takes place on October 26th and 28th, 2010.

     

    Each year, the theme of the International Symposium takes as its starting point the analysis of a particular translation of Primo Levi’s books. Scholars from different fields approach Levi from new perspectives and the analysis of the author’s insights in these untapped contexts creates the premise for new reflection on his work while breaking the barriers to which Auschwitz -- the core of Levi's thought – often remains confined.

    The 2010 symposium brings together scholars and practitioners in the humanities and scientific fields to re-examine the work of Primo Levi within the frame of postcolonial discourse. Discussions of some of Levi’s key concepts such as “survival” and “gray zone” are departure points for a debate on justice, witness testimony, and the political use of memory, continuing with the cultural relevance of Levi’s work in Japan and Korea. In fact, through the years, since the publication of his memoir in Japan, the book has also become a paradigmatic text for the unspoken memory of the discriminated Korean minority living in the country.
    Robert Gordon takes part in the symposium with the text "Outragous Fortune": Primo Levi, Luck and the Shoah, presented at the first Primo Levi Lecture (November 2009) and later published by Einaudi.

    The symposium is inaugurated by Andrea Liberovici’s The Transparency of the Word, a multimedia work which will be performed by the renowned Nouvel Ensemble Moderne conducted by Lorraine Vaillancourt.

     

    For further information, please visit the Primo Levi Center website.

     

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