Women and Queens of Sicily – Reflections on Violated Women
Saturday, November 25, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.
“Women and Queens of Sicily – Reflections on Violated Women” is the cultural event to be held on Saturday, November 25, 2023 at 6 p.m. at Villa Cutò, at the hall “Love between Venus and Mars.” The event, which enjoys the patronage of the municipality of Bagheria, will be attended for institutional greetings, Filippo Maria Tripoli mayor of Bagheria and the councilor for communication Giusy Chiello. Professor Mariano Lanza and lawyer Angela Falcone will speak.
The event is loosely based on the book, “The Stolen Identity” by Mariano Lanza.
Mariano Lanza creator of the cultural event, is a writer and playwright and author of numerous books including precisely The Stolen Identity. What would have happened if Sicilians… , (Geraci Siculo, Arianna Editions, 2023) from which the Saturday, Nov. 25 event is based, and Pages of Sicilian Life – Stories and Legends of Sicily (Geraci Siculo, Arianna Editions, 2014) from which a number of plays have been taken including Don Ferdinando Gravina and The Grand Ball of Villa Palagonia; The Eagerness for the Holiday- The Filangeri in Santa Flavia and the comic farce Tonino and the Cuccia of Baharìa.
<<In a society that lives the paradox of incommunicability despite the use of the most varied forms of communication, where the vast majority of people prefer social media as the only form of communication between human beings, there is a risk of not giving the proper weight and value to synchronous human relationships projected, as we are, to live our lives asynchronously>> – explains Lanza . <<To live reality as if we were in a video game and the metaverse as if it were reality. In this virtual world, words such as rape, gang violence, bullying, feminicide etc., are losing their real value, becoming more and more virtual realities that one needs to record, immortalize, photograph, and share in the social world in order to be able to appear, gain visibility, and thus make sense of one’s life>> – concludes the author.
“Women and Queens of Sicily – Reflections on Violated Women” , therefore, wants to put the focus on the condition of Women in today’s society by putting them, or putting them back, in their rightful place and recognizing their role, moving from the positive examples of Women of Sicily and elsewhere who have represented an added value to society. Therefore, they will find space in the narrative for women such as Adelasia del Vasto, to whose political intelligence we owe the transition from County to Kingdom of Sicily, and Camiola Turinga, the Boccaccian Heroine. And again, Trotula da Salerno, one of the first women physicians in Europe and Nina Siciliana, the first Italian woman to Poet in the vernacular; Macalda da Scaletta, the forgotten, heroine of the Sicilian Vespers; and Perna Abbate, the Bocconiana of Trapani, who along with many other more recent and not only Sicilian figures, forgotten and often cast aside by a misogynistic and biased official historiography, played a leading role and certainly not an extra in the History of the Land of Sicily.