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Theme.

FEAR OF DIFFERENCE.

History, geography and psychology suggest it is the result of a toxic combination made of forgotten stories, old journeys and atavistic fears.

If we read newspapers or watch the news, the western world seems to be under siege. It is a postmodern barbaric invasion, or so it seems. An ocean of migrants reaching the coasts of Europe hanging onto inflatable boats ready to sink in the Mediterranean sea. An ocean of water that, despite small variations, is often reduced to a single color: black. Let’s be clear, we certainly do not want to minimize the problems associate with large-scale migration, the difficulties faced by migrants during their journeys. This said, we believe the insistence on using black men and women as a representation of the wrong side of an ancient never-ending war of “us” against “them” deserves an in-depth analysis.

The Discourse

The Black.

THE BOOGIE MAN.

Monochromatic tendencies are especially lively on social media, where “migrant” and “black” almost overlap. But the old media don’t do much to introduce complexity into this black and white discourse. 
The Structure

Structure.

THE BOOK’S SECTIONS.

Are we talking about a conspiracy, a plan conceived to tell us a lie? Not at all. Is this all the fault of bad Europeans who talk behind the back of the good Africans? Absolutely not.
01. The Big Bang: The origins of the fear of difference.

The book begins with an analysis of stereotypes related to current and past migrations. It then moves on to the fear of difference, something that begins when one is born and is strengthened early in life. It then focuses on “the different” par excellence: The Black African.

02. Through the Black Hole: A Forgotten Story.

The second part of the book considers Africa as “we know it”. It focuses on stereotypes connecting today’s representations with the story of the black savages. Beyond the Black Hole, the book continues exploring the forgotten history of Africa. The final section re-imagines Africa, problematizing the dichotomy between black and white.

The Project

Project.

ABOUT THE COVER.

Combining black and female through a naked body is our way of representing the book’s exploration of a difference that frightens and entices. It represents the first step through a black hole we can’t help but stare at, but desperately needs to be demystified.
PSYCHOLOGY 85%
GEOGRAPHY 90%
HISTORY 78%
SEMIOLOGY 93%
POLITICS 85%
ANTHROPOLOGY 94%

BUT WHY THE BLACK HOLE?

Because Africa is the Great Mother, the place of origin, and in Africa the vagina, or the vagina of a parturient, has been a representation of the divine. And because astronomically a black hole is an implosion, a metaphor in this case for the implosion of intelligence, which surrenders to fear and generates monsters that can devour us.

The Authors

Authors.

A COLLABORATIVE BOOK.

The book is the result of the collaboration of three authors who bring with them experience, authority and an unbridled passion for research.

Africanist, an expert in semantics, psychology of language and history.

LAURA MALUCELLI, Ph.D.

Writer, director, actor, activist and historian.

JACOPO FO

Expert in cultural and social geography, and in discourse analysis.

STEFANO BETTANI Ph.D. 

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The Black Hole of Intelligence is a project based on funding and contributions from readers. Contribute to the development of new dynamics that are not driven by fear and racism.