Popular University - Italy from 1960-1970

On the occasion of the exhibition dedicated to Superstudio, Univ’Pop presents a glimpse into the Italian intellectual, cultural, and artistic scene of the second half of the twentieth century and more specifically the 1960–1970 period.

Cultures and societies

With: Frédéric Attal

A former student of the École normale supérieure, a professor of History, doctor in History from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris, and lecturer at the École normale supérieure in Cachan, Frédéric Attal develops research into the history of Italy in the twentieth century and the history of intellectuals. He is notably the author of Histoire de l’Italie de 1943 à nos jours (2004).

His intervention will deal with the connections between Italian intellectual, political, and cultural fields during the years 1960–1970.

Cultures and societies

With: Manuela Spinelli

Manuela Spinelli is a lecturer in Italian studies at the Université Rennes 2. A professor of Italian, she defended her thesis at the Université de Paris Nanterre on the construction of masculinities in the Italian novel of the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. Her axes of research are about contemporary Italian civilisation and literature, and gender studies.

She looks back on the principle milestones that, during the 1960–1970s, marked a blurring of the lines in Italy between politics, literature, art, and film.


With: Dominique Rouillard

Dominique Rouillard is an architect DPLG, a doctor in art history and theory (EHESS), an HDR professor at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais, as well as a founding member of the Architecture Action agency. As the author of numerous publications questioning the city and architecture, she notably published Superarchitecture. Le futur de l’architecture 1950–1970 in 2004.

The talks aim to identify the contexts of formation of the group, the theoretical contributions of its emblematic projects from 1969 to 1973, and the immediate reception by its contemporaries, as well as the works from 1990s to today.

Contemporary Arts

With: Riccardo Venturi

A doctor in art history and aesthetics at the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Riccardo Venturi is currently in residency at the Villa Medici in Rome.

He will share his research about the question of the relationship between art and nature. His intervention will notably concern natural catastrophes that marked Italy in the early 1960s and that durably influenced the later artistic practices in Italy.

Contemporary Arts

With: Jacopo Galimberti

Currently a researcher at the British Academy at the University of Manchester, Jacopo Galimberti undertakes research into the art of the postwar period in Western Europe and notably on the visual arts in Italy. He is the author of numerous publications, including Individuals Against Individualism. Western European Art Collectives (1956–1969) published in 2017.

In keeping with his work, Jacopo will focus on the Italian and international artistic context in the 1960–1970s, particularly marked by utopia.

Pratical informations

at 11 p.m

for one session only: 4€ (in French only)
or 2€ Reduced rates (on presentation of proof of identity)
Pass Université populaire (access to all conferences during year 18-19): 10€
Free for schools and universities