ERANOS CONFERENCE 2024 – Sept. 5-4, 2024

ERANOS CONFERENCE 2024: ‘The Age of Disoriented Consciousness. Uncertainties of Time and Anxiety of the Future’

Casa Eranos, Ascona (Switzerland), September 5-7, 2024

We are in the midst of a paradoxical situation: propelled by an ever-increasing acceleration, due to a technological innovation that knows no limits and gives itself no limits, but stuck within a present incapable of forecasts and big plans for the future. Not least because it is the very possibility of the future that is no longer certain: when confronted, as we are today, with an “updated” apocalypse in an ecological sense. We know what has gone wrong in our civilizing process, but we fail to translate this awareness into effective plans of action. That freedom that over the centuries has served to please our feeling of sufficiency toward nature is now confronted with new forms of the inescapable, sometimes destructive and deadly necessity that seem to undermine it at its very root. The result is a bewilderment that reverberates not only on our sense of time but also on the certainty of our identity; it annihilates them, without offering them footholds for new narratives of what we are and desire. The ludification of existence that we witness at various levels (educational, cultural, consumerist) is an unsustainable loophole that brings us back again and again, and with heightened awareness, to where we started. So what to do? The September meeting of the Eranos Tagungen, with its usual interdisciplinary style, will try to answer this question, in which the very meaning of our humanity is at stake, when everything around us seems to be going in the direction of the destruction of those values with which we have wanted to assert a moral superiority over other cultures and civilizations. If no nostos is any longer available, since returning to “home” would only be a retracing of blind paths, then it is precisely from the feeling of disorientation that we must try to start again, to attempt new forms of life capable of recognition and solidarity.


  • Alessandro Colombo (Università di Milano, Dipartimento di Studi Internazionali, Giuridici e Storico-Politici)
  • Paul Bishop (University of Glasgow, School of Modern Languages & Cultures)
  • Pier Luigi Luisi (ETH Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Department of Materials)
  • Ugo Nespolo (artista, Torino)
  • Mariagrazia Uguccioni (Istituto di Ricerca in Biomedicina, Bellinzona)

With the participation of 

  • Dimitri D’Andrea (Università degli Studi di Firenze – Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali)
  • Adriano Fabris (Università di Pisa – Dipartimento di Civiltà e Forme del Sapere; Università della Svizzera Italiana USI – Facoltà di Teologia di Lugano)
  • Franco Ferrari (Università di Pavia)
  • Gabriele Guerra (“Sapienza” Università di Roma – Dipartimento di Studi Europei, Americani e Interculturali)
  • Camilla Miglio (“Sapienza” Università di Roma – Dipartimento di Studi Europei, Americani e Interculturali)
  • Amelia Valtolina (Università di Bergamo – Dipartimento di Lettere, Filosofia, Comunicazione)

Registration required

Please note that the Conference has limited places. For this reason, advanced registration is required, by email,, or by phone, at +41 (0) 91 792 20 92.
The registration fee is CHF 50.- for the entire Conference and CHF 25.- for single day sessions.

Upon registration for the symposium, a distance mode of participation will be also provided via Zoom, only for the sessions of September 7 and 8:


It is recommended to register for meals because there are no opportunities nearby.


The lectures will be either in French, English, or in Italian, depending on the speaker.

Info: prof. A. Fabris (

Phone: +41 (0) 91 792 20 92

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