In the political autobiography Discovery of the World: A Political Awakening in the Shadow of Mussolini, now out from Verso Books, Luciana Castellina tells the moving story of coming-of-age in Fascist Italy.
In conversation with Cinzia Arruzza and Jonah Birch, Castellina will discuss her early politicization, the growth and spirit of the Italian Communist Party (the PCI) in the 40s, 50s and 60s, the founding of il manifesto, the causes of the Manifesto group’s break with the PCI, and the spirit of the 60s and 70s Italian Left.
Luciana Castellina has been a leading figure of the Italian Left since the 1960s. She co-founded the Partito di Unità Proletaria per il communismo (PdUP) and the Movimento dei Comunisti Unitari (CU). She was a member of the European parliament from 1979 to 1999 and has been at different times the editor of Nuovo Generazione, il manifesto and Liberazione.
Cinzia Arruzza is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. She received her Ph.D. in Rome from the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” and subsequently studied at the universities of Fribourg (Switzerland) and Bonn (Germany).
Jonah Birch is PhD student in Sociology at New York University doing comparative work on European welfare states.
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