The culture of the anti-mafia, seminars in presence return to Unical

RENDE – After 3 years of online activity, the seminars in Pedagogy of R-Existence, a science-pedagogical project to promote an anti-mafia culture and citizenship, born in the old faculty of letters and philosophy at the University of Calabria on May 23, 2011 and continued in the Department of Language and Educational Sciences today cultures, education and society directed by Roberto Guarasci.

Wednesday, May 4 at 9.30 in Aula Magna, Beniamino Andreatta from Unical begins a seminar cycle dedicated to building an anti-mafia encyclopedia, thirty years after the massacres at Capaci and via d’Amelio. The study and reflection will be animated by lectures by Luigi de Magistris, former prosecutor at the Catanzaro District Anti-Mafia Directorate in the early 2000s and author of important judicial investigations aimed at undermining the Calabrian mass mafia power system (and not only) . The former prosecutor, who was already a guest at the Pedagogy of R-Existence in November 2016 as mayor of Naples, will open the seminar cycle by discussing constitutional legality, a key theme in Don Milan’s pedagogy, to continue with common goods and popular sovereignty (Thursday the May 5). 9.30 in the Caldora class in the Residential Center), the basic principles of the Constitution (Wednesday 11 May at 9.30 again in Caldora), predatory capitalism and the criminal economy (Thursday 12 May at 9.30 in the University Club meeting room), the judiciary and power (Wednesday, May 18 at 9:30 a.m. in Nettuno cubo 17 / B floor zero room).

In eleven years of activity – without public contribution and refusal of university research funding – the anti-mafia pedagogical laboratory R-Existence has organized 118 seminars in attendance, 33 online (Covid-19 health emergency) and 26 outdoor laboratories (from Scampia) to Palermo, from Piana di Gioia Tauro to Locride, passing through the outskirts of Cosenza), which involved more than 300 speakers. High-profile institutional figures from the National Anti-Mafia Directorate and the Parliamentary Anti-Mafia Commission, the district’s anti-mafia prosecutors (Catanzaro, Reggio Calabria, Palermo and Naples) and the police, the world of lay people and Catholic associations, important prelates and priests engaged in the promotion of anti-mafia the memory ‘, the reality of the movements, the entrepreneurs who condemned the blackmail ball, the militant journalism, have animated the educational place born on the hills of Arcavacata in these 11 academic years. More than 4,000 students engaged in didactic experiments among the desks in the classrooms, while 1,000 college students participated in the active citizenship workshops held in the areas.

«Luigi de Magistris – declares Giancarlo Costabile, the creator of the R-Existence project – undeniably represents a point of reference for the culture of social anti-mafia based on the values ​​of the anti-fascist resistance and the constitution. The complexity of his legal education and his professional and institutional experiences make him a central figure in our process of scientific elaboration of a globalist, collective, plural, inclusive pedagogical subjectivity that is capable of creating a pedagogy of ultimacy, closeness and pedagogical re-territorialization. in the sign of bourgeois redemption according to the didactic and methodological guidelines of the Barbiana school and Paulo Freire’s pedagogy of the oppressed ».

Thirty years after Capaci and via d’Amelio, the cultural anti-mafia must deeply reconstruct its vocabulary in order to re-establish its pedagogical practice. We need a new alphabet to confirm a new narrative of resistance in the areas. The Mafia, which Isaia Sales teaches in its History of Mafia Italy, are no longer just organized criminal violence, but above all a language of power typical of the ruling classes. Concepts such as mafia capitalism, mafia bourgeoisie, criminal democracy have fully entered into the analysis of the latest historiography on the theme from Gayraud to Giannuli, from Ciconte and Nando dalla Chiesa to Gratteri and Nicaso, just to name a few of the most prominent expressions with special reference to ‘Ndrangheta’s history. Already Danilo Dolci – continues Costabile – had in his book Who plays only published by Einaudi in 1966 carefully defined the relational procedures that connected the mafia and the selection of the ruling classes. Arguments that were then again taken up with courage by Pippo Fava in the seventies and eighties of the twentieth century, when the journalist from Catania e.g. in the first issue of I Siciliani (January 1983) condemned the coordination between the entrepreneurial system and organized crime in the Catania of the time with the article The knights of Catania and the mafia ».

“That same year, the famous (and prophetic) writing of the Calabrian sociologist Pino Arlacchi, La mafia entrepreneitrice, was published. Mafia ethics and the spirit of capitalism, which defines the historical passage of the mafia and the mafia from a mediating role to a role of capital accumulation. What is summarized above – Costabile concludes – no longer makes it possible to postpone the definition of a (radical) anti-mafia grammar that breaks with the criminal power system that has become one of the faces (perhaps the most important) of it , which Pope Francis defines as a global society of waste “.

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