Michela Murgia


Michela Murgia represents one of the most prominent personalities of the intellectual, social and political scene of contemporary Italy, with excellent public recognition.

Michela Murgia was born in Cabras, Sardinia, in 1979. Writer, playwright, literary critic, political and television opinionist, blogger. An Activist in the field of gender equality and anti-fascism.

Murgia’s career is anything but linear: at the age of fourteen she began to work hard to pay for her studies and at the same time she received her first awards as a decidedly early author.

Success does not come immediately, so growing, to be able to maintain herself, she does various jobs: religious teacher, a saleswoman of timeshare homes, night porter, administrative manager of a thermoelectric power plant, tax operator.

Her education was predominantly Catholic, which is why she played the role of animator of Catholic Action, of which she soon became the regional referent for Sardinia, in the youth field. During the same period, he wrote a play which was performed in Loreto, in the presence of Pope John Paul II, at the end of the national pilgrimage of Catholic Action in September 2004.

Her first and true publication came in 2006 with Il mondo deve sapere, a tragicomic and autobiographical novel that satirically narrates the reality that operators working in the field of telemarketing have to face every day. Originally, the novel was written as a diary on a blog, while the author worked at a call center of the multinational Kirby Company. The book describes the extent of economic exploitation by multinationals to psychologically manipulate their precarious workers. This story was adapted for the theatre, but also for the cinema in the 2008 film Tutta la vita davanti, by Paolo Virzì.

Her real success as a writer and intellectual reaches her with the novel Accabadora, whose plot sees at the center a Sardinia of the Fifties grappling with themes delicate to euthanasia and adoption. This book has been translated into several languages and won the prize awarded by the narrative jury of the Dessì Prize 2009 and the Mondello Prize and the Campiello Prize in 2010.The following year he published Ave Mary. And the church invented the woman, an essay whose aim is to make people think about the partial manipulation of the image of women proposed by the Bible over the centuries, which has led many women to accept discrimination and mistreatment. The thesis of this essay inspired the Punkreas to write the words of Santa Madonna, a song for Fedez, which recounts the figure of the Madonna and the woman in general in the Catholic Church.

Recent publications include: Instructions for Becoming Fascists; Shut up and nine more sentences we don’t want to hear anymore; Morgana. Stories of girls your mother wouldn’t approve of; I killed her because I loved her: False!; Chiru. Also written Instructions to become fascists These books, like all Michela Murgia’s productions, have as their central theme the talk of sexist and/or fascist discrimination.

Murgia not only writes books but also texts for the theatre.

As for her work as a literary critic, political and television opinionist, she participates in: Quante Storie, broadcast daily on Rai 3, offering her own literary reviews; she conducts the program Chakra, dedicated to current affairs, politics and culture; she participates as a regular guest in the Barbaric Invasions for the Barbaric column.

One of Michela Murgia’s most recent activities is the press review on instagram, which includes the search for news headlines that discriminate against women.During 2016 she decided to produce two different operas for the Teatro di Sardegna, which were then staged at the Teatro Massimo in the city of Cagliari. The first deals with the dystonia of Cento, while the other concerns the transposition into Sardinian of the monologue Spadoneri.

The following year, for the theater of the capital, her text Festa Nazionale was revived, while she debuted at the same time with the play Accabadora, adapted from the novel of the same name.

Another recent activity is the podcast Morgana-il corpo, where she tells, together with her colleague Chiara Tagliaferri, stories of women outside the box who have transformed their bodies into the best means of self-expression. The protagonists deal with prejudices, stereotypes and gender-based violence by following the rule: “you can be anything you want. ”

This is precisely the rule that Michela Murgia tries to teach through her work as a writer, opinionist and activist.

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    Irene Ghirotto

    Irene Ghirotto è laureata in Educazione Sociale e Culturale presso l’Alma Mater Studiorum di Bologna.
    Nella sua tesi di laurea in “Empowerment e strategie di cittadinanza attiva” ha osservato come la lingua italiana sia usata in modo sessista e la necessità di modificarla per raggiungere una reale parità di genere, che è uno dei diritti umani essenziali. È un’attivista femminista intersezionale, ritiene che bisogna cambiare la cultura patriarcale in cui viviamo, poichè produce oppressioni e discriminazioni verso la maggior parte delle persone, togliendo loro non solo opportunità di migliorare le personali condizioni di vita ma anche i diritti umani di base che dovrebbero essere garantiti a chiunque. Per poter contribuire a questo cambiamento e andare verso un mondo più equo, ha fatto attività di volontariato presso una Casa delle Donne occupandosi della parte di comunicazione e sensibilizzazione sulle questioni di genere, inoltre, ha contribuito alla formazione di un Collettivo transfemminista LGBT+ che si occupa principalmente di informare e formare su svariate tematiche come: violenza sistemica e violenza sulle donne, identità di genere, decostruzione di stereotipi tossici.
    Pensa che per riuscire a creare un mondo più equo bisogna partite dalla scuola, dove introdurre l’educazione: sentimentale e sessuale; ai generi; anti-razzista, solo così si può capire il rispetto verso se stesse/i e le altre persone. In Mondo Internazionale ricopre il ruolo di autrice nell’area di Diritti Umani e in particolare nella sezione Domina.

    Irene Ghirotto graduated in Social and Cultural Education at the Alma Mater Studiorum in Bologna.
    In her thesis on "Empowerment and active citizenship strategies" she noted that the Italian language is used in a sexist way and the need to change it to achieve real gender equality, that is one of the essential human rights. She is an intersectional feminist activist, she believes that we need to change the patriarchal culture in which we live, because it produces oppression and discrimination against most people, taking away from them not only opportunities to improve personal living conditions but also basic human rights that should be guaranteed to anyone. To contribute to this change and move towards a more equitable world, has volunteered at a Women’s House dealing with the communication and awareness of gender issues, in addition, she has contributed to the formation of an LGBT+ Transfemminist Collective which is primarily concerned with informing and training on various topics such as: systemic violence and violence against women, gender identity, deconstruction of toxic stereotypes.
    She thinks that to succeed in creating a more equitable world it is necessary to start from school, where to introduce education: sentimental and sexual; gender; anti-racist, only in this way we can understand the respect towards ourself/s and other people. In the International World she holds the role of author in the area of Human Rights and in particular in the section Domina.



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