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Archives of the Present: Mayank Austen Soofi and Dayanita Singh in conversation (Introduced by Anna Gerotto) 1024 768 Barbara Del Mercato

Archives of the Present: Mayank Austen Soofi and Dayanita Singh in conversation (Introduced by Anna Gerotto)

A new event from the cultural program organized around Edmund de Waal’s exhibition “psalm” (May 8th-Sept 29th, 2019)

Venice, 22/05/2019 at 5.30 p.m. Ca’ Bottacin (Dorsoduro 3911)

Archives of the Present: Introducing the Mayank Austen Soofi Archive

Dayanita Singh and Mayank Austen Soofi in conversation

Introduced by Anna Gerotto

 Mayank Austen Soofi is a writer, blogger, journalist and photographer based in Delhi, India. For more than a decade he has been creating stories and images out of the megacity. Artist Dayanita Singh calls him the “Chief Archivist of Delhi”. Mayank Austen Soofi is now organi­sing his ongoing work, a literary and artistic form in itself, into a massive online archive.

In the garden of Ca’ Bottacin from 4.30 to 7.30: “Somewhere in Delhi collection – Prints on Khadi”, a project by Anna Gerotto based on Mayank Austen Soofi’s photos.

 Please find here the complete cultural program organised around Edmund de Waal’s psalm.

Learn more about psalm here

May 22, 2019 at 5.30pm

Ca’ Bottacin, Dorsoduro 3911, Venice

The event is in English

No booking is required

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Programma culturale in concomitanza di “psalm” di Edmund de Waal

Il Center for the Humanities and Social Change dell’Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia collabora con Edmund de Waal organizzando un ricco programma di eventi culturali che accompagneranno la mostra “psalm” (Venezia, 8 maggio-29 settembre 2019)

Il Center for the Humanities and Social Change dell’Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia è partner ufficiale di un importantissimo evento artistico che si apre l’8 maggio a Venezia. L’artista e scrittore inglese Edmund de Waal, famoso a livello mondiale come ceramista e autore del best seller Un’eredità di avorio e ambra porta a Venezia in anteprima mondiale una doppia installazione intitolata “psalm” (salmo), destinata a girare poi nei più prestigiosi musei del mondo.
Presso l’Ateneo Veneto de Waal ha costruito la “Biblioteca dell’esilio”, una struttura temporanea rivestita in porcellana liquida applicata su foglia d’oro, che ospiterà quasi 2000 volumi di autori che hanno vissuto l’esperienza dell’esilio, da Ovidio ai giorni nostri.
Edmun de Waal ha scelto Ca’ Foscari per l’organizzazione di un ricco programma culturale legato ai temi della mostra: l’esilio, la persecuzione degli scrittori, l’importanza della parola. Da Maggio fino al 29 settembre gli spazi della mostra e la sede del Center for the Humanities and Social Change a Ca’ Bottacin si animeranno con letture, performance, conferenze, seminari, concerti, documentari e altro ancora. Tra gli ospiti più prestigiosi citiamo Ben Okri, Stefano Bartezzaghi, Benedetta Tobagi, Haim Baharier, Philippe Sands, André Aciman Eva Hoffman, Mary Hoffman, Dayanita Singh, Noo Saro Wiwa, David Grossman e lo stesso Edmund de Waal.
 
Il programma completo è disponibile qui
 
Periodo di apertura della mostra “psalm”
8 maggio – 29 settembre 2019
Il sito della mostra:  www.psalmvenice.org
Sedi della mostra:
San Marco, 1897 –  Campo San Fantin
30124 Venezia
Campo del Ghetto Nuovo
Venezia
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Opening of the “psalm” cultural program: Ben Okri and Edmund de Waal

The Venice Center for the Humanities and Social Change collaborates with Edmund de Waal organising a rich cultural program around his exhibition “psalm” (May 8th-Sept 29th, 2019)

Venice, 10/05/2019 at 5 p.m.

May 10th, at 5 p.m. Edmund de Waal and Ben Okri present The Library of Exile, a fascinating project based in the Aula Magna of Ateneo Veneto and part of a larger exhibition which is on display also at the Jewish Museum of Venice.

Full program here

Booking is essential: bookings@psalmvenice.org

Learn more about psalm here

Republics and Republicanism: Theory and Practice. Heritage / Present and Future Perspectives 910 720 Barbara Del Mercato

Republics and Republicanism: Theory and Practice. Heritage / Present and Future Perspectives

The Venice Center for the Humanities and Social Change supports this conference on “Republics and Republicanism” organized by the Venice International University: 

Venice (San Servolo), 3-5/05/2019 

The aim of the conference is to discuss Republicanism in a broad, multidisciplinary and worldwide perspective, and to initiate a series of such meetings to be held in Venice every two years.

During recent decades, Republicanism has become a central concern in political theory and history. This body of thought emerged as the main alternative to Liberalism, when Marxism lost this role after the fall of the Berlin Wall. There is a renewed interest today, while searching for solutions to mounting populism and personalization of power; the issue of inequality and the crisis of democracies….

Continue reading on conference website

Venice International University

Isola di San Servolo
30133 Venice,
Italy


phone: +39 041 2719511
fax:+39 041 2719510
email: viu@univiu.org

The event is in English

Admission free

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Joan C. Tronto – Caring democratically: A response to neopopulism 724 1024 Barbara Del Mercato

Joan C. Tronto – Caring democratically: A response to neopopulism

The Venice Center for the Humanities and Social Change presents:  Joan C. Tronto (Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota) – Caring democratically: A response to neopopulism. Chair: Giulia Garofalo Geymonat, Discussant: Beatrice Gusmano

Venice, 13/05/2019 at 11 a.m.

Recent neopopulist ideas have gripped democracies around the globe. They have brought with them new forms of tribalism, hatreds of outgrips (religious groups and migrants) anti-feminist and anti-women regressive policies. But to defeat these powerful forces requires a proper analysis of their attraction. First, we need to understand that neopopulism is a reaction to neoliberalism and the damage it has wrought. Neopopulism, while reactionary and nostalgic for an imagined past, also contains a *discourse of care *that explains its appeal. This discourse of care is paternalistic and rests on fear of imagined, threatening, others. Defeating neopopulism requires more than a critique of neoliberal economics, it also requires addressing specifically the racist/ xenophobic and masculinist appeals of neopopulism. A democratic care ethics provides a convincing way to address these concerns.

prof. Joan Tronto teaches at the University of Minnesota.

“‘It is important to realize that we are receivers as well as givers of care, acted upon as well as agents. This is a difficult position to understand politically, but strength and human cooperation can arise from our recognition of our mutual interdependence.” J. Tronto

Aula Magna Silvio Trentin
Ca’ Dolfin (map)
Dorsoduro 3825/D, 30123 Venezia

The event is in English

Admission free

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HSC Venice Lecture Series: Michael Taussig

Michael Taussig

with Franca Tamisari and Valentina Bonifacio

Monday April 15th

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Aula B Ca’ Bottacin, Dorsoduro 3911, Venice

Michael Taussig

in conversation with Franca Tamisari and Valentina Bonifacio

Presents November, by Berlin-based artist Hito Steyerl, (Germany 2004, DV, 25min).

This short film is both a hommage to Steyerl’s Kurdish friend Andrea Wolf, killed at 18 in a battle against the Turkish state, and a reflection on popular film, on feminism and revolution.

This event is in English.

In collaboration with the Department of Humanities

Michael Taussig, Adjunct professor at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, is an Australian anthropologist, born in Sidney of German and Czech/Jewish ancestral parents. He earned a medical degree from the University of Sidney, received his PhD. in anthropology from the London School of Economics and is a professor at Columbia University. Although he has published on medical anthropology, he is best known for his engagement with Marx’s idea of commodity fetishism, especially in terms of the work of Walter Benjamin.

Hito Steyerl, November, 2004
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Maja Lunde at Incroci di civiltà Festival in Venice

The Venice Center for the Humanities and Social Change supports the presence of  Maja Lunde at the literary festival Incroci di civiltà

Venice, 06/04/2019 at 2.00 p.m. 

Ocean Space, Chiesa di San Lorenzo, Campo San Lorenzo, Venice

Born in 1975, Maja Lunde lives in Oslo with her husband and their three children. A novelist and TV-screenplay writer, after numerous children’s books she became internationally known with her first novel The History of Bees (2015), which has been published in 32 countries. An international best-seller, The History of Bees won the Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize, becoming the first debut novel to receive the prize. Blue (2017) is the second book of the anticipated tetralogy on climate change.

(from the page of Incroci di civiltà. See full program here)

Maja Lunde will converse with

Sara Culeddu — Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

Boris Ondreička — TBA21-Academy

Bibliography in Italian

La storia dell’acqua, trad. di Giovanna Paterniti, Marsilio, 2018;

La storia delle api, trad. di Giovanna Paterniti, Marsilio, 2017.

The conversation will be English (simultaneous translation available); free admission, booking required.

This event is sponsored by Center for the Humanities and Social Change, NORLA – Norwegian Literature Abroad, TBA21-Academy and Marsilio

In collaboration with Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati

Maja Lunde
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Afropean Bridges 2019. Identity, Representation, Opportunities

Afropean Bridges is an international workshop aimed at opening a discussion about the identity of Europeans of African origin and about the post-colonial relationship between European and African countries. The event officially supports the International Decade for People of African Descent. This is its second edition

Venice, 21/03/2019 (3-6 p.m.) and 22/03/2019 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.)

Afropean Bridges 2019

Africa and Europe: Identity, representation, opportunities

PROGRAM

March 21st

Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Aula 10B, Campus San Giobbe, Cannaregio 873 (map)

15.00-18.00

Welcome remarks: Giacomo Pasini (Rector’s Delegate for Cooperation and Development, Ca’ Foscari University), Vittorio Longhi (journalist, founder of Afropean Bridges), Shaul Bassi (Director, Center for the Humanities and Social Change)

  • Anco Marzio Lenardon (Uniafrica)
  • Mario di Giulio, Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa (OHADA)
  • Antonio Calò, European Citizen of the Year 2018 for a migrants’ hosting model
  • Roberta Borgotti (International Career Services,  Ca’ Foscari University)

March 22nd

Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Aula Baratto, Dorsoduro 3246 (map)

 10.00-13.00 

15.00-18.00

  • Melesse Gelaneh Alemu, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
  • Igiaba Scego, writer, Center for the Humanities and Social Change.
  • Alessandra Di Maio, University of Palermo
  • Minna Salami, journalist and blogger (MsAfropolitan)

Afropean Bridges

March 21st, 2019
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Aula 10B, Campus San Giobbe, Cannaregio 873 (map)

3 p.m – 6 p.m.

March 22nd, 2019
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Aula Baratto (2nd Floor)
Dorsoduro 3246, Calle Larga Foscari (map)

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The event is in English and Italian – translation available

With the support of Uniafrica

Report on the 2019 edition on Ca’ Foscari University’s website here

Program of the 2018 edition of Afropean Bridges here

Johny Pitts

(interview by Sofia Pistore, editing Francesca Gastoldi)

Esther Elisha

(interview by Sofia Pistore, editing Francesca Gastoldi)

Minna Salami

(interview by Sofia Pistore, editing Francesca Gastoldi)

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Luc Steels: The Role of Artificial Intelligence in a Changing Society

The Venice Center for the Humanities and Social Change presents:  Luc Steels, The Role of Artificial Intelligence in a Changing Society. With HSC Fellow Marco Marrone as discussant.

Venice, 13/02/2019 at 3.30 p.m.

Artificial Intelligence is in the news. Although the techniques, methods and software components of AI have been under development for decades, it is only recently that the deep potential of AI for transforming many aspects of society is beginning to be felt. This talk first clarifies what Artificial Intelligence is, including what its limits are. It then discusses various areas of activity where there is currently a very active exploration of AI, more specifically in media, work, science and the arts. I will also raise some questions in relation to the ethical and legal issues of AI.
Institute for Advanced Studies (ICREA), Barcelona
Visiting Professor at Ca’Foscari University of Venice
Marco Marrone is a post-doc Fellow of the Venice Center for the Humanities and Social Change
Aula Saraceno
Department of  Management Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Fondamenta San Giobbe 703, Venice

The event is in English

Admission free

A documentary by Nakul Singh Sawhney 500 300 Barbara Del Mercato

A documentary by Nakul Singh Sawhney

The Venice Center for the Humanities and Social Change presents the screening of the documentary “Muzaffarnagar eventually”, by Nakul Singh Sawhney. Followed by a discussion with the author and with Stefano Beggiora, Massimo Warglien, Andrea Drocco

Venice, 05/02/2019 at 5.15 p.m.

In September 2013, Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts of Western Uttar Pradesh, India, witnessed one of India’s worst ever anti-Muslim pogrom since Indian Independence. What triggered it, what happened?

‘Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai…’ (Muzaffarnagar eventually…) tries to find anwers by speaking to a cross-section of people. While looking at the immediate violence and its repercussions, it takes a journey around the many facets of the massacre. In the midst of gloom, the film narrates the tale of a continued and growing resistance.

A film by Nakul Singh Sawnhey, English subtitles, 130 mins., India 2015

CFZ, Zattere al Ponte Lungo, Dorsoduro 1392

Admission free
Documentary with English subtitles, discussion is in English