This one-day symposium brings together some of the major specialists on Pasolini and 20C Italian film and culture to explore the key theme of the margins and marginality in Pasolini’s work. This is to be understood not simply in terms of his representations of the Roman underclass and borgate, for example, but in the more expanded sense of the many evolving sub-texts in his work such as postcolonialism and alternative sexualities. It also encompasses the unique way Pasolini moves freely across artistic boundaries and disciplines. Pasolini, this conference will suggest, represents a new kind of engaged European intellectual and artist committed to experimenting with literary and visual forms as a means of addressing all areas and levels of social, cultural and political enquiry. By continually crossing borders through his multi-media work, he helped to redefine our sense not only of the visual and visuality but also of the aesthetic in general.
Hence, whilst its main focus is on Pasolini’s feature films (including less well-known works such as Porcile, 1969), the symposium aims to make new and fertile links across the length of the corpus and bring to the fore areas that have received comparatively less critical attention such as his early poetry, his on-going journalism, side-projects such as his fascinating late series of Appunti, and the unfinished project Porno-Teo-Kolossal, more details of which have recently come to light. >>>