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  • Vol. 16, N. 1/2022 Cinema, thought and language (guest editor Alessia Cervini)

    2021-04-27

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    Vol. 16, N. 1/2022     Cinema, thought and language

    Edited by Alessia Cervini

    Deadline: 30 November 2021

     

    During the first and a half century since the birth of cinema, we have learnt that, first, cinema is art, and then - a little later - that it is also language. The point is to comprehend what does this mean exactly nowadays, if we assume as a starting point for any of our reflections the idea of Lev Vygotskij who states that not only there is no primordial link between thought and language, but also that this link must be seen as a result of human evolution. If this is true, we can argue that, as a consequence, cinema - being language - has been able to modify our way of thinking, that is to shape new concepts, which would have never existed without the presence of cinema. Among others, Gilles Deleuze endorsed this theory. The main goal of this issue of RIFL is precisely to investigate the mysterious relation - mysterious because it is prone to progressive mutations - between cinema and language and then, among cinema, language and the forms of thought able to be produced.

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  • Rhetoric and health (ed. Maria Grazia Rossi)

    2020-07-23

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    Vol. 15, N. 1/2021 Rhetoric and health
    Edited by Maria Grazia Rossi

    Deadline: 20.01.2021

    Words can act as a pharmakon, becoming a remedy or a poison. Considering both theoretical tenets and empirical findings, we have convincing evidence on the power of language and words in changing minds and fostering behavioural change.

    In the context of health, it has been underlined how the quality of communication affect (clinical) outcomes, at the individual level (on patients) and the collective or societal level (on citizens). During the current COVID-19 pandemic, it has become even more clear that such communication effect is indirect and mediated by factors such as understanding, motivation, social assistance, trust in the system, etc. Words that are well-spoken but also, obviously, well understood can have a strong impact on the quality of our lives, concerning the clinical, emotional and social spheres.

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