Samir Amin is one of the world’s foremost political economists and radical thinkers. Born in Egypt in 1931, Amin received his Ph.D. in economics in Paris in 1957 and was appointed full professor in France in 1966. He was director of the U.N. African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (1970-1980) and has been Director of Third World Forum in Dakar since 1980. He is author of numerous influential books including Accumulation on a World Scale; Eurocentrism; Arab Nation: Nationalism and Class Struggles; The Implosion of Contemporary Capitalism; The Law of Worldwide Value and The World We Wish to See. He is credited with the introduction of the term and the concept “Eurocentrism”.
Perry Anderson is a historian and a political theoretician of the New Left. He is Professor of History and Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles and an editor of the New Left Review. A specialist in intellectual history, identified with the post-1956 Western (European) Marxism of the New Left, in a polemic with E. P. Thompson (“Socialism and Pseudo-Empiricism”). He is the author of several books, such as Passages from Antiquity to Feudalism, Lineages of the Absolutist State, Considerations on Western Marxism, The New Old World, and recently American Foreign Policy and Its Thinkers.
Maurice Aymard is directeur d’études at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and a former director of the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris. Famous for his trans-national approach, he is one the world experts on the Mediterraneans, the author of Venise, Raguse et le commerce du blé dans la seconde moitié du XVIe siècle, and co-editor, with Perry Anderson, Paul Bairoch, Walter Barberis and Carlo Ginzburg, of Storia d’Europa, Einaudi, in 5 voll. and with Hélène Ahrweiler of Les Européens.
Bianca Beccalli is professor of sociology of labor and of equal opportunities at the Department of Labor Studies and Welfare at the Università di Milano, and president of the interdepartmental center on Women and Gender Differences, which she had founded. Her research focuses on the conditions and aspirations of the working class, workers’ subjectivity, union representation and the politics of gender. Among her publications: “The Modern Women’s Movement in Italy”, Donne in quota, “I Quaderni Rossi, l’inchiesta operaia e lo sviluppo della sociologia in Italia”.
Ada Cavazzani was Professor of Urban and Rural Sociology at the University of Calabria, chair of the Department of Sociology and the co-founder and coordinator of the Andre Gunder Frank Doctoral School in “Conoscenze e Innovazioni per lo sviluppo”. Her main research interests are: rural development, international cooperation, politics and governance of agriculture and migration processes. She co-authored The practice of rural development partnerships in Europe. 24 case studies in six european countries (with Malcolm Moseley) and L’olivicoltura spagnola e italiana in Europa (with Giordano Sivini)
Pietro Fantozzi was professor of Sociology of Politics at the Università della Calabria and head of the Department of Sociology and Political Science. His main research interests are Mezzogiorno, Calabria, political modernization, clientelism, social marginality, electoral behavior and the new and old modes of belonging. His books include Microcapitalismo: L’industria manifatturiera in Calabria, Politica clientela e regolazione sociale: il mezzogiorno nella questione politica italiana, Giovani in Calabria and edition of Potere politico e globalizzazione.
Caglar Keyder is professor of sociology at SUNY-Binghamton and at the Bogaziçi University, Istanbul. His research focuses on the Ottoman Empire, the contemporary Middle East and Turkey, and on the social structure of global cities. He is the author recently of State and Class in Turkey: A Study in Capitalist Development; New Poverty and the Changing Welfare Regime of Turkey (con Ayse Bugra); editor of Istanbul: Between the Global and the Local, and co-editor of Spatial Conceptions of the Nation: Modernizing Geographies in Greece and Turkey; and Ways to Modernity in Greece and Turkey: Encounters with Europe, 1850–1950.
Gad Lerner is a journalist and writer. He had served as a deputy director of Lotta Continua, and worked for the Genoa daily Il Lavoro, for the Radio Popolare, the newspaper Il Manifesto, the weekly magazine L’Espresso. His television broadcasts include Profondo Nord; Milano, Italia, and the news talk show L’Infedele. Author of numerous books, among which: Crociate. Il millennio dell’odio; the autobiographical Scintille. Una storia di anime vagabonde; Operai. Viaggio all‘interno della Fiat. La vita, le case, le fabbriche di una classe che non c’è più. Currently, he is conducting a TV social inquiry program entitled Operai (Workers).
Luigi Luini is professor of Political Economy at the University of Siena. His main research interests are behavioral economics, industrial economics, microeconomics, experimental economics and history of economic ideas. His most recent publications are in the field of experimental economics: “Peer Punishment in Teams: Expressive or Instrumental Choice” (with M. Casari); “Demand cross elasticity without substitutability: An experiment” (with P.L. Sabbatini; “El final de la ventaja del decisor único: Un experiment” (with L. Ferrari-Bravo).
Romano Madera is professor of Moral Philosophy and of Philosophical Practices at the Università di Milano “Bicocca” and a psychoanalyst of Jungian orientation. He is one of the founders of Open Seminars in Philosophical Practices, of the Scuola Superiore di Pratiche Filosofiche “Philo” and of the society of analysts philosophers. Among his publications: L’alchimia ribelle; L’animale visionario; Philosophy as Life Path (with L.V. Tarca), and, most recently, Approaching the Navel of the Darkened Soul. Depht Psychology and Philosophical Practices, and Carl Gustav Jung. L’opera al rosso.
Luisa Passerini is an oral historian, writer, and Professor of History at the University of Turin. She has taught at the EUI in Florence, as well as in Australia, Germany, and the United States. She began her career as a researcher in Tanzania and Zambia. She is the author of seven books and the editor of eight, among the former a memoir Autobiography of a Generation, Fascism in Popular Memory. The Cultural Experience of the Turin Working Class; Il mito d’Europa. Radici antiche per nuovi simboli, and, most recently, A memória entre política e emoção. With Giovanni Arrighi, she co-edited La politica della parentela: analisi situazionali di società africane in transizione.
Marta Petrusewicz is professor of Modern History at the Università della Calabria and professor emerita at the City University of New York. She is the author, among others, of Latifundium: Moral Economy and Material Life in a 19th-Century Periphery and Come il Meridione divenne Questione: rappresentazioni del Sud prima e dopo il 1848, and the editor, with Jane Schneider and Peter Schneider, of Sud: conoscere, capire, cambiare. She is currently writing a comparative history of the European peripheries in the 19th century.
Fortunata Piselli has taught Sociology at the Universities of Calabria, Trento and Naples. Her main research interests include migration and labor market, underdevelopment, world-economy expansion and the processes of peripheralization. She is the author, among others, of Parentela ed emigrazione; Medio Occidente; and co-author, with Giovanni Arrighi, of Capitalist Development in Hostile Environments. She co-authored, most recently, Patti sociali per lo sviluppo with F. Ramella; Città metropolitane e politiche urbane with L. Burroni, F. Ramella, C. Trigilia; and Gorvernare città. Beni collettivi e politiche metropolitan with L. Burroni e F. Ramella.
Michele Salvati is professor of Political Economy at the Università Statale di Milano, director of the review “il Mulino” and a columnist at the daily Corriere della Sera. A politician, he was MP in the 1996-2001 legislature in the group Ds-Ulivo, and a member of the Bicameral Commission for the Costitutional Riform and of the Labor Commission. He has written extensively on: economics of industry, enterprise, labor, as well as on macroeconomics, history of economic ideas and the Italian economic development in comparative perspective. Among his books: Occasioni mancate. Economia e politica in Italia dagli anni ’60 ad oggi; Il partito democratico. Alle origini di una idea politica; and, more recently, Capitalismo, mercato e democrazia and Tre pezzi facili sull’Italia: democrazia, crisi economica, Berlusconi.
Jane Schneider is professor emerita of anthropology at the City University of New York. Her interdisciplinary research interests are political economy, material culture, social movements; Sicily and Mediterranean Europe; and the Mafia, crime and criminalization. Years of fieldwork in Sicily, with her collaborator, Peter Schneider, led to three co-authored books: Culture and Political Economy in Western Sicily; Festival of the Poor: Fertility Decline and the Ideology of Class in Sicily; and Reversible Destiny: Mafia, Antimafia and the Struggle for Palermo. She is the editor of Italy’s Southern Question:’Orientalism’ in One Country. Her most recent is Wounded Cities: Destruction and Reconstruction in a Globalized World (with Ida Susser).
Peter T. Schneider is professor emeritus of Sociology at the Fordham University in New York City. His main research interests are cultural and political economy; historical demography; organized crime; social movements. He is the author, together with Jane Schneider, of Reversible Destiny: Mafia, Anti-Mafia, and the Struggle for Palermo; Festival of the Poor: Fertility Decline and the Ideology of Class in Sicily, 1960-1980; and Culture and Political Economy in Western Sicily.
Beverly Silver is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Director of the Arrighi Center for Global Studies at Johns Hopkins University (USA). She is author of Forces of Labor: Workers’ Movements and Globalization since 1870 (Italian trans. Bruno Mondadori) and co-author with Giovanni Arrighi of multiple publications including Chaos and Governance in the Modern World System (Italian trans. Bruno Mondadori). Her research focuses on explaining world-historical patterns of inequality, social conflict, labor unrest, war and hegemony. She is currently coordinating a NSF-supported collaborative project on global waves of social protest from 1851 to the present.
Giordano Sivini is a political sociologist, former professor at the Università della Calabria. He has published books on political parties and on Roberto Michels. His research and teaching in Africa yield social and economic analyses of Senegal, Mali and the Maasai of Tanzania. His work on development includes also Calabrian agriculture in a comparative perspective and migrations from Africa. Most recently, he authored La resistenza dei vinti, Resistance to Modernization in Africa, Il banchiere del Papa e la sua miniera, Compagni di rendite e La fine del capitalismo. Dieci scenari.
Brian Van Arkadie, Professor of Economics in different parts of Europe, America and Asia (the universities of Berkeley, Yale, Cambridge and Dar es Salaam, the Institute of Social Studies at The Hague and the Institute of Development Studies in Sussex), senior Advisor to the Economic and Social Research Foundation and to the Globalization Research project, consultant on development economics and policy and on issues of governance and public administration reform to a number of governments in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. Author and co-author of, among others, Economic Accounting and Development Planning; A Report on the West Bank and Gaza Strip Economies Since 1967; Globalisation and the East African Economies: An Introductory Overview and, most recently, Viet Nam: A Transition Tiger?
Annamaria Vitale is professor of Sociology of Development at the University of Calabria (Italy). She edited the publication of the seminars Andre Gunder Frank gave for the PhD Programme “Science, Technology and Society” (Per una storia orizzontale della globalizzazione. Sette lezioni di Andre Gunder Frank, Rubbettino 2004).
Immanuel Wallerstein is a major figure in the social sciences and author of highly influential works on the historical development of the modern world-system (most notably his four volumes of The Modern World System). Wallerstein was the founder and Director of the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems and Civilizations at Binghamton University, where he also served as Distinguished Professor of Sociology. Currently based at Yale University, Wallerstein was president of the International Sociological Association (1994-1998) and chaired the Gulbenkian Commission on the Restructuring of the Social Sciences. He has been awarded multiple honorary degrees from universities worldwide.