CULTURE: from Trotula in Campania to Virdimura and Francisca in Sicily, the Jewish female doctors of the Middle Ages protagonists of a meeting on the body of women

CULTURE: from Trotula in Campania to Virdimura and Francisca in Sicily, the Jewish female doctors of the Middle Ages protagonists of a meeting on the body of women
CULTURE: from Trotula in Campania to Virdimura and Francisca in Sicily, the Jewish female doctors of the Middle Ages protagonists of a meeting on the body of women
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Giardini Naxos (Me) – From ancient to medieval medicine, the body of women told by the stories of Trotula, the first gynecologist in history – who lived in Campania around the year one thousand and grew up at the Salerno medical school – up to the Jewish female doctors of Sicily, such as Virdimura of Catania and Francisca from Bronte, both wives of Jewish doctors, professionals who were forbidden to treat Christians, even if popes and feudal lords used them for their fame and skill.

Trotula and the doctors in Sicily in the Middle Ages – often considered popular healers when not witches to be kept at a safe distance – will be discussed at NaxosLegge, a festival directed by Fulvia Toscano dedicated this year to the theme of “bodies”. The appointment with “Corpi di Donne. Between history, politics and institutions: from ancient medicine to the Jewish female doctors of Sicily ”is for Thursday 15 September (Lido di Naxos, 6 pm). Speakers will be Anna Maria Urso, philologist and scholar of ancient medicine (UniME), Stefania Mazzone, professor of political doctrines (UniCT); Roberta Pastore, a Trotula scholar, to whom you have dedicated a story for children; Maria Pia Lucà, gynecologist and sexologist, president of the Altra mezzo Association, and the writer Marinella Fiume, who curates the section Women do not lose the thread for Naxoslegge. Moderated by Fulvia Toscano who explains: “It will be a path of awareness to read the complex dynamics of modernity with more freedom and learn to look at the past without prejudice”.

Friday we return to the Naxos Park with two appointments related to philosophy: at 16.30 with the volume by Danilo Breschi (International University of Rome) which collects the writings of Ugo Spirito, a philosopher who he anticipated the scenarios of globalization, of contemporary trans and post-humanism. To follow, at 18.00, archaeo-philosophical walk at sunset with the philosopher Alberto Biuso (UniCT) who will accompany visitors among the remains of ancient Naxos to talk about time and the relationship between temporality and metaphysics. An experience that recalls the tradition of the ancient Greeks to converse with their disciples in contact with Nature. In the evening, finally, at the Nike Theater, the show “Edipo re_make ”, directed by Cinzia Maccagnano with the Compagnia del Pane, third and last appointment of the review Interpretare l’Antico directed by Gigi Spedale (9.30 pm, admission fee).

Finally, on Saturday 17, in Taormina, the Japan of Mishima Yukio, the great Japanese writer obsessed with the theme of the body, will be on stage at Palazzo Ciampoli (5.30 pm) as part of the Looks at the East section coordinated by Sakiko Chemi. They will intervene the scholars Virginia Sica (State University of Milan, translator of Mishima); Danilo Breschi (International University of Rome and author of an essay); and Paolo Lamarca (University of Catania, manga expert and scholar).

Two appointments on Sunday 18 September. In the morning in Lido di Naxos (12 noon), presentation of the book by Claudia Terranova “Today is my party”, with the intervention of Maria Giovanna Bucolo. In the afternoon in Letojanni (Villa Garbo, 6.30 pm) the “Penelope’s canvas” prize will be awarded to the choreographer and dancer Betty Lo Sciuto. She is originally from Trapani and trained in Italy and abroad, she will present the book “The intelligent body and dance”, in which she explores the connections between different artistic languages. Marinella Fiume, Maria Pia Lucà, Maria Rita Sabato and Fulvia Toscano will participate. In closing a tribute to Maria Cumani Quasimodo with the president of the Park Carlo Mastroeni.

Last Sunday, at the Naxos Park, a touching performance by Elio Crifò, followed by a debate with scholars Giancarlo Cutrona And Livia Di V.ona on the intellectuals’ petition to release Pound from the criminal asylum, for the tribute to the American poet on the fiftieth anniversary of his death. Pound, with Pasolini the subject of a focus of NaxosLegge 2022, is also mentioned in the magazine “Naxos” linked to the event with an interview by Andrea Cerra to Vanni Ronsisvalle, writer and journalist, author of the historic 1967 RAI documentary on Pasolini and Pound in where the “heretic” intellectual dialogues with the marginalized poet during one of his stays in Italy and which also included stops in Taormina. On Saturday, at the Museum of Naxos, the “Shadow of Dionysus” award was given to the Greek director Theodoros Terzopoulus at the end of a very participatory conference curated by Andrea Porcheddu, theatrical critic and author of a volume on the method of Terzopoulos. To the director a sculpture by Stefania Pennacchio. The award ceremony was preceded by the performance “The measure of the abyss”, a dramaturgical project curated by Dario Tomasello, professor of the DAMS of the University of Messina, with his students and which took place in the archaeological area of ​​Naxos.

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