Fighting Terrorism: Old and New Challenges

Judge Giancarlo de Cataldo, author of Romanzo criminale

Dr. Claudia Bernardi, Senior Lecturer, Italian Programme, School of Languages and Cultures, Victoria University of Wellington

Dr. Alfio Leotta, Senior Lecturer, School of English, Film, Media and Theatre, Victoria University of Wellington

Chair: Dr Barbara Pezzotti, Honorary Research Fellow of the Australasian Centre for Italian Studies

6pm Tuesday 29 November Te Whare Apārangi, Royal Society of New Zealand, 11 Turnbull St, Thorndon, Wellington

Italian literature, film and television have been, of late realistically re-envisioning the stories of ‘terrorism’ from the ‘Years of Lead’, a period of socio-political turmoil in Italy that lasted from the late 1960s until the early 1980s – this round-table discussion will see if comparisons can be made between those waves of violence and the surge of global-wide attacks driven by religious fundamentalism since the targeting of World Trade Centre towers in New York on 11 September 2001.

Giancarlo de Cataldo’s 2002 novel Romanzo criminale (A Criminal Novel) was inspired by the true story of Banda della Magliana; the Magliana gang was one of the most powerful Italian criminal associations, dominating Rome’s drug, gambling and other crime activities from the early 1970s to 1992.

This event will serve as a fundraiser for those affected by the recent earthquake in Amatrice, Italy. So bring your appetite as there will be buon cibo (good food) on offer!

At Six Masthead

There will also be a screening of the critically acclaimed 2005 Italian language film directed by Michele Placido based on De Cataldo’s book Romanzo criminale (154 mins).



About Giancarlo de Cataldo

Giancarlo de Cataldo works in Rome as a judge of the First Appeal Assizes Court of Rome.  He has been a judge in many important and well-known cases, dealing with Mafia, murder, and terrorism. He has written many crime and historical novels and essays, including two books based on his more than 30-years of experience as a criminal judge. His most famous novel Romanzo criminale has been adapted for film and television.

This discussion is a partnership between the Royal Society of New Zealand, Victoria University and the Embassy of Italy.