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Metropolitan Asia: Cities-to-come in Metropolitan Asia

The Center for the Humanities and Social Change is happy to collaborate with Ocean Space for the next event  in its “Environmental Humanities Seminar and Lecture Series” :

Metropolitan Asia: Cities-to-come in Metropolitan Asia

part of Ocean Uni, a series organised by Territorial Agency + TBA21 around the exhibition Oceans in Transformation.

When: December 2nd, 4.00 pm (Link for online registration: shorturl.at/x0458)

With: John Palmesino (Territorial Agency), Daniela Zyman, and Markus Reymann

Guests:  Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina, Elisa Giuliano, Andrés Jaque, Jeanne Penjan Lassus, Alvin Li and Julian Junyuan Feng, Francesca Tarocco

Moderation: Barbara Casavecchia

From the chokepoint of the Malacca Strait to the Gulf of Thailand, from Singapore to the coast of China, and from Taiwan to Japan and beyond to the Bering Strait, the Metropolitan Asia trajectory examines the effects of human activities on the coastal regions of the Asian Pacific. According to Territorial Agency, the seas of Asia can be called metropolitan. They are witnessing an extreme intensification of port-based and seaborne activities equal in magnitude to the rapid urbanization of its littoral areas. Coastal zones have experienced massive urban expansion in recent decades and are extremely susceptible to climate related urban vulnerability. Sea level rise by the end of the century, as forecast by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), would submerge land currently occupied by 470 to 760 million people globally, mainly in East Asia, and affect the livelihoods of more than 1.5 billion people.

This event is in English.

Venice, December 2nd, 2020, at 4.00 p.m.

Participants are required to register for their attendance to the seminar online in a webinar format. Link for online registrationshorturl.at/x0458

Program:

Pilgrimage to the North (Ziarah Utara)
Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina, artists

Reflecting on state and border controls created from colonialism, nationalism, and capitalism, Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina talk about their ongoing walking interventions on the North Jakarta coastline, proposing eight ways to penetrate the borders of Singapore, inspired by historical acts of seafaring, smuggling, subversion, and sumpah (oath / promise). The ocean waters which flow between and among the coasts, islands, and archipelagos of East Asia have thousands of years of history to share, and they remain battlegrounds for ancient Imperial claims and contemporary forms of territorializing. The rising levels and futures of these waters imperil the lives and livelihoods of humans and nonhumans alike, and diverse actors in the region respond to these dynamics in varying ways.

Shanghai Waterways
Francesca Tarocco

This presentation will focus on Shanghai and its intimate relationship with water. It will introduce the interdisciplinary Zaanheh Project, that explores the history of Shanghai’s urban ecology in order to reimagine the future city as it adapts to a changing environment in the era of climate change. Zaanheh takes inspiration and guidance from Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York, a groundbreaking, decade-long research project led by Eric Sanderson of the Wildlife Conservation Society. The project uncovered the rich ecological diversity of Manhattan in 1609, just before Henry Hudson first arrived on the island and ushered in massive environmental change. Unlike Mannahatta, however, which focuses on a single point of time, Zaanheh takes a more layered temporal approach. Our project approaches the city as a palimpsest, peeling back time to recover older, and hidden, ecologies. What might we uncover of this delta, with its waterways, rich soil, and long history of agriculture and urban gardens? How might the ideas and practices of cultivation, so critical to the Jiangnan region, open new ways of thinking about nature of the future metropolis?.

Land reclamation along Hong Kong coastline
Alvin Li and Julian Junyuan Feng, curators,

From Japan, Shanghai, and Macau to Singapore and Hong Kong, Alvin Li and Julian Junyuan Feng identify massive defensive geo-engineering projects turning mangrove landscapes into concrete-armored coastlines. Singapore and Hong Kong, to name just two examples, are subsidizing unsustainable expansion and gentrification with hugely speculative land reclamation projects, such as the Lantau economic hub in Hong Kong, earmarked to be completed by 2030. By the same year, the government of Singapore plans to increase the city-state’s land area by another 100 square kilometers, making the island 30 percent larger than its original size. These projects exemplify how much global capitalism and its financial apparatus rely on coastal cities as nexuses of commerce, trade, transportation, and innovation. Alvin Li and Julian Junyuan Feng take as a starting point the visual representation of Hong Kong’s sea-girt environment to dive into the histories of land reclamation and the futures of the city in relation to their upcoming project, “Liquid Grounds”, to open at Para Site later in 2020.

On the cusp of land and water
Jeanne Penjan Lassus, Ocean Fellow

The intervention of artist and researcher Jeanne Penjan Lassus explores the nomenclature of a series of islands, in order to undo what is implied in the very act of naming. Her poetic intervention brings to the surface and gives voice to indigenous languages and names of sites that have long been removed and suppressed through colonial domination. Her intervention is part of a final collective endeavor closing the Ocean Fellowship program, which addresses questions such as “How and why do we name, and learn to name, things, places, bodies of water, and beings in a given way? And in accordance with whose culture, histories, ecologies, and interests are these names naturalized and categories codified? What agencies, affects, and associations does the indelibility of naming and nomenclature give rise to and perpetuate—and which might they otherwise?”

#Haenyeo
Elisa Giuliano, Ocean Fellow, Performance

The ocean waters which flow between and among  the coasts, islands, and archipelagos of East Asia have  thousands of years of history to share, and they remain  battlegrounds for ancient Imperial claims and contemporary  forms of territorializing. The rising levels and futures of  these wareas. Others are  resisting the extensions of land claims for the growth of  market spaces and associated infrastructures that support  heightened mobilities through port, shipping, and energy  systems. Diverse actors in the region respond  to these dynamics in varying ways. Ocean  Fellows Jeanne Penjan Lassus consider  metabolisms of various scales, across human and  urban patterns of commodification of land, labor, and  heritage; changing forms of work and subsistence, land  dispossessions, and uneven development; and the epistemic  delimitations of finite boundaries between land and water.

Culture d’acqua e strumenti digitali per la sostenibilità ambientale: dai progetti alla Cattedra UNESCO 1024 426 Barbara Del Mercato

Culture d’acqua e strumenti digitali per la sostenibilità ambientale: dai progetti alla Cattedra UNESCO

We are happy to share news of an online lesson (in Italian) on “Water cultures and digital tools for environmental sustainability”, organised by the UNESCO Chair on “Water Heritage and Sustainable Development” at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

November 26, 10.30 am

With professors Francesco Vallerani and Eriberto Eulisse

Online. To join, please use the following LINK  (Passcode: 0n630d)

This event is in Italian.

Venice, November 26 2020, at 10.30 a.m.
On Zoom. Please use the following link: https://unive.zoom.us/j/84838363794, Passcode: 0n630d

This event is in Italian

Andrea Gessner e Michele Luzzatto: Scienza e ambiente agli occhi dell’editoria italiana 1024 638 Barbara Del Mercato

Andrea Gessner e Michele Luzzatto: Scienza e ambiente agli occhi dell’editoria italiana

La serie di incontri dedicati alle Scienze umane ambientali prosegue facendo il punto sull’editoria italiana e il suo rapporto con i temi  legati a scienza e ambiente. Venerdì 13 novembre alle ore 16 su Zoom non perdete il dialogo tra due attivi protagonisti di altrettante importanti case editrici: Andrea Gessner delle Edizioni Nottetempo e Michele Luzzatto di Bollati Boringhieri.  Modera: Shaul Bassi

Andrea Gessner è presidente, direttore e socio fondatore delle Edizioni Nottetempo, casa editrice milanese fondata nel 2002 insieme a Ginevra Bompiani e Roberta Einaudi. Dall’ampio catalogo di Nottetempo segnaliamo la collana Terra, “Saggi che propongono al lettore prospettive radicalmente nuove per rapportarsi al vivente e alla terra che tutti abitiamo”.

Michele Luzzatto  dopo la Laurea in Biologia e il dottorato in Biologia evoluzionistica ha lavorato per UTET ed Einaudi come consulente scientifico. Nel 2011 ha iniziato la collaborazione con la casa editrice torinese Bollati Boringhieri, di cui è dal 2018 il direttore editoriale. Qui i sui articoli e recensioni pubblicati sul sito della casa editrice.

Tra i “casi” editoriali trattati si parlerà di: Peter Wadhams, Addio ai ghiacci e James R. Flynn, Senza alibi  (Bollati Boringhieri) e di Davi Kopenama & Bruce Albert, La caduta del cielo e Ursula Biemann & Paulo Tavares, Foresta giuridica (Nottetempo).

Programma completo della Environmental Humanities  Seminar and Lecture Series: QUI

L’incontro potrà essere seguito esclusivamente online (su Zoom, usando QUESTO LINK) . Due to recent changes in anti-covid19 regulations, the lecture will only take place online. To participate via Zoom, please use this link.

Evento in italiano./This event is in Italian.

Andrea Gessner (Edizioni Nottetempo), ph. Ludovica Sanfelice
Michele Luzzatto (Bollati Boringhieri)
Venice, November 13 2020, at 4.00 p.m.
ONLINE LECTURE ONLY. To participate via Zoom, please use this link

This event is in Italian/Evento in italiano

Alessandra Viola e Pietro Del Soldà: Flower Power. Le piante e i loro diritti 1024 638 Barbara Del Mercato

Alessandra Viola e Pietro Del Soldà: Flower Power. Le piante e i loro diritti

La serie di incontri dedicati alle Scienze umane ambientali prosegue con il dialogo tra Alessandra Viola, autrice, produttrice e “writer in residence” del center for the Humanities and Social Change, e Pietro Del Soldà, una delle voci più amate di Radio Tre Rai soprattutto grazie al programma Tutta la città ne parla e autore, tra gli altri, di Sulle ali degli amici (Marsilio 2019).

L’incontro si svolgerà esclusivamente online (su Zoom, usando QUESTO LINK) il giorno 30 ottobre alle ore 17.30 e prenderà spunto dal libro di Alessandra Viola Flower Power. Perché riconoscere i diritti delle piante è ormai indispensabile, anche per la nostra sopravvivenza (Einaudi 2020).

Note su Flower power dal sito di Einaudi:

Le piante hanno diritti? E se ne hanno quali sono e cosa comporterà il fatto di riconoscerli? Attribuire diritti a soggetti che ne sono privi appare da sempre un’idea stravagante; eppure non bisogna dimenticare che neri, donne e bambini un tempo non ne avevano alcuno e oggi anche questo ci sembra impensabile. Nei secoli l’uomo ha allargato la cerchia dei diritti in seguito a guerre o rivoluzioni, come forma di riparazione per le ingiustizie e i danni subiti. Ci riferiamo sempre a guerre umane, ma combattiamo anche contro un popolo silenzioso e pacifico, dal quale dipende la nostra stessa sopravvivenza e che malgrado questo abbiamo decimato, spingendo migliaia di specie sull’orlo dell’estinzione: il popolo delle piante. Firmare una pace con l’ambiente è ormai indispensabile per risolvere problemi globali come fame, migrazioni di massa, desertificazione, inquinamento e cambiamenti climatici. È giunto il momento di una «Dichiarazione universale dei diritti delle piante», che riconosca i diritti delle nostre sorelle verdi e garantisca anche i nostri.

Programma completo della Environmental Humanities  Seminar and Lecture Series: QUI

L’incontro potrà essere seguito esclusivamente online (su Zoom, usando QUESTO LINK) . Due to recent changes in anti-covid19 regulations, the lecture will only take place online. To participate via Zoom, please use this link.

Evento in italiano./This event is in Italian.

Venice, October 30 2020, at 5.30 p.m.
ONLINE LECTURE ONLY. To participate via Zoom, please use this link

This event is in Italian/Evento in italiano

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Environmental Humanities Seminar and Lecture Series (III)

The Center for the Humanities and Social Change continues its series of seminars and lectures revolving around the Environmental Humanities from a wide array of perspectives.

12 Ottobre/October, 5.30 p.m. Ca’ Bottacin
Elizabeth Povinelli, Geontologies: Story and Stories of a Concept. With Roberta Raffaetà and Franca Tamisari (ENG)

19 Ottobre/October, 5.30 p.m. Update Oct. 19th: This event is online only. LINK (Zoom)
William Dalrymple, The Anarchy: The East India Company, corporate violence and the pillage of an Empire (ENG)

30 Ottobre/October, 5.30 p.m. Update: This event is online only. LINK (Zoom)
Alessandra Viola & Pietro Del Soldà, Flower Power. Le piante e i loro diritti  (ITA)

6 Novembre/November, 3.00 p.m. Online. Registration is required. Please email: hsc@unive.it to receive link and preparatory reading material.
Daniel Finch-Race, Anaesthetised Atmospherics in French and Italian Art of the Industrial Age (Seminar, ENG)

13 Novembre/November, 4.00 p.m. This event is online only. LINK (Zoom)
Andrea Gessner & Michele Luzzatto, Scienza e ambiente agli occhi dell’editoria italiana (ITA)

23 Novembre/23 November, 3.00 p.m. Registration is required. Please email: hsc@unive.it to receive link and preparatory reading material.
Ifor Duncan, Submergences: from Necro-Hydrology to the Waters of the Powerless (Seminar, ENG)

24 Novembre/November, 10.30 a.m. Registration is required. Please email: hsc@unive.it to receive link
Carmen Concilio, Water and mega dams in post colonial literature and photography (ENG)

30 Novembre/November, 3.00 p.m.  Registration is required. Please email: hsc@unive.it to receive link and any preparatory reading material.
Heather Contant, Generative Collectivism in the Past, Present, and Future (Seminar, ENG)

2 Dicembre/December, 4.00 p.m. Ca’ Bottacin
Cities-to-come in Metropolitan Asia
In collaborazione con/In collaboration with Ocean Space (ENG)

11 Dicembre/December, 3.00 p.m. – Registration is required. Please email: hsc@unive.it to receive link and any preparatory reading material.
Costanza Sartoris & Massimo Warglien, Rethinking the artificial: the case of living root bridges (Seminar, ENG)

21 Dicembre/December, 5.30 p.m. Ca’ Bottacin
Jane da Mosto,L’attivismo ambientale a Venezia (ITA)

Venue:
Ca’ Bottacin, Dorsoduro 3911 (Unless otherwise stated) MAP

L’iscrizione è obbligatoria per i seminari/Registration is required for seminars. Please email: hsc@unive.it

Per partecipare via Zoom (solo per le conferenze)/To participate via Zoom (lectures only): use this link

Immagine/Image: Gianni Moretti, Nella seconda stanza d’allarme e protezione (Venezia Riparte, 2020)

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William Dalrymple, The Anarchy: The East India Company, corporate violence and the pillage of an Empire

The next lecture in our “Environmental Humanities Seminar and Lecture Series” is on

October 19th, at 5.30 p.m. 

Noted Scottish historian and writer, art historian and curator, as well as broadcaster and critic William Dalrymple presents his latest book

The Anarchy: The East India Company, corporate violence and the pillage of an Empire (Bloomsbury, 2019).

UPDATE (Oct. 19th). Due to recent changes in anti-covid19 regulations, the lecture will only take place online. To participate via Zoom, please use this link.

From Maya Jasanoff’s review of The Anarchy on The Guardian: “William Dalrymple’s The Anarchy (is) a graphic retelling of the East India Company’s “relentless rise” from provincial trading company to the pre-eminent military and political power in all of India. (…) Dalrymple’s first achievement in The Anarchy is to render this history an energetic pageturner that marches from the counting house on to the battlefield, exploding patriotic myths along the way. (…) This story needs to be told, he writes, because imperialism persists, yet “it is not obviously apparent how a nation state can adequately protect itself and its citizens from corporate excess”.

Synopsis of the book here (from William Dalrymple’s website)

This event is in English.

William Darlymple in 2014 (from Wikipedia)
Venice, October 19 2020, at 5.30 p.m.
Update (Oct. 19th) – ONLINE LECTURE ONLY. To participate via Zoom, please use this link

This event is in English

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Elizabeth Povinelli – Geontologies: Story and Stories of a Concept

We are happy to announce the beginning of a new Environmental Humanities Seminar and Lecture Series with a special lecture:

Elizabeth Povinelli, Columbia University
Geontologies: story and stories of a concept
Discussant: Roberta Raffaetà
Welcome remarks: Franca Tamisari
Venice, October 12 2020, at 5.30 p.m.
Aula A, Ca’ Bottacin,  (Dorsoduro 3911)
Registration is required. Please email hsc@unive.it
To participate via Zoom, please use this link

This event is in English

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Emiliano Guaraldo

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Post-Doc Fellow, Venice Center

The Aesthetics of Extinction and Climate Change: Visualizations of the Anthropocene at the Venice Biennale

Supervisor:

Year: 2020-21

Email: emiliano.guaraldo@unive.it

This post-doc is issued in collaboration with ECLT

Emiliano Guaraldo

Emiliano Guaraldo’s research focuses on the visual culture of the Anthropocene, with a particular interest in the relationship between contemporary art and the production of technical and scientific images. He obtained a PhD in Italian Studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before joining the Center for the Humanities and Social Change at Ca’ Foscari, Emiliano worked at the University of St. Gallen as a research assistant and public lecturer in Italian literature and culture. His dissertation, Estrazione: the Anthropocene and the Emergence of Italian Petro-imagination, analysed the carbon fossil imaginary in 20th-century visual and literary culture, with an emphasis on corporate cinema, and the works of Pasolini and Antonioni. His current project, The Aesthetics of Extinction and Climate Change: Visualizations of the Anthropocene at the Venice Biennale, aims to catalogue and interpret artistic investigations of the Anthropocene since 2000.

Emiliano Guaraldo’s publications and cv

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Sasha Gora

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Post-Doc Fellow, Venice Center

A Tale of Two Fish: Culinary Responses to Climate Change

Supervisor: Valentina Bonifacio

Year: 2020-21

Email: sasha.gora@unive.it

This post-doc is issued in collaboration with ECLT

Sasha Gora

L. Sasha Gora is a cultural historian and writer with a focus on food studies and contemporary art. She received a PhD (summa cum laude) from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the Rachel Carson Center on the subject of Indigenous restaurants in Canada, and is currently working on her first book, titled Culinary Claims. Before joining the Center for the Humanities and Social Change at Ca’ Foscari, she was a Lecturer at LMU’s Amerika-Institut. She spent spring 2019 as a visiting scholar in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. Her postdoctoral research in Venice looks at the history of culinary reactions to climate change in coastal regions, with an emphasis on restaurants as venues for cultural and environmental negotiation.

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Daniel Finch-Race

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Post-Doc Fellow, Venice Center

Enviro-Medical Approaches to the Industrial Revolution in France and Italy

Supervisor: Stefano Ercolino

Year: 2020-21

Email: daniel.finchrace@unive.it

This post-doc is issued in collaboration with ECLT

Daniel Finch-Race

Daniel Finch-Race researches creative representations of environmental change in French and Italian culture since the mid-1800s. His doctoral work at the University of Cambridge focussed on ecocritical approaches to Charles Baudelaire’s urban poetry of 1857-61. Before joining the Center for the Humanities and Social Change at Ca’ Foscari, he held teaching fellowships at the University of Southampton and Durham University, an Environmental Humanities Visiting Research Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, and a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowship at the University of Bristol. His current project blends the environmental and medical humanities to address physical and emotional aspects of pollution in France and Italy around the time of the Industrial Revolution.

Daniel Finch-Race’s publications and cv