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Afropean Bridges 2019. Identity, Representation, Opportunities 1024 768 Barbara Del Mercato

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

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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

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Venice HSC Lecture Series: Edward Wilson-Lee and The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books

The Venice Center for the Humanities and Social Change in collaboration with Bollati Boringhieri presents Edward Wilson-Lee in conversation with Maria Del Valle Ojeda Calvo and Igiaba Scego about his latest book, The Catalogue of Shipwrecked books (published by William Collins in the U.K, Scribner in the U.S.A and recently in Italy by Bollati Boringhieri)

Venice, 24/01/2019 at 5.30 p.m.

THE CATALOGUE OF SHIPWRECKED BOOKS tells the scarcely believable––and wholly true––story of Christopher Columbus’ bastard son Hernando, who sought to equal and surpass his father’s achievements by creating a universal library that would harness the vast powers of the new printing presses and bring every book in the world together in his library in Seville. (…) But the library he produced was much more than just an information-crunching machine: it was an artefact moulded by his life and the age in which he lived. During his immensely eventful life (…) he also amassed the largest collection of printed images and of printed music of the age, started what was perhaps Europe’s first botanical garden, and created by far the greatest private library Europe had ever seen, dwarfing with its 15,000 books every other library of the day. This first major modern biography of Hernando––and the first of any kind available in English––tells an enthralling tale of the age of print and exploration, a tale with striking lessons for our own modern experiences of information revolution and Globalisation.

(More on Edward Wilson-Lee’s website)

Il catalogo dei libri naufragati, translated by Susanna Bourlot, Bollati Boringhieri 2019

CFZ, Zattere al Ponte Lungo, Dorsoduro 1392

Admission free
Event in English, with Italian translation

A review of the event (by Andrea Carboni, in Italian) here

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Mediterranea: civil society in defence of human rights

Alessandra Sciurba (University of Palermo) and Lucia Gennari (lawyer, ASGI) discuss with Sara De Vido (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) and Shaul Bassi (HSC Venice) about the genesis and development of the Mediterranea project. 

Venice, 30/11/2018 at 8.45 a.m.

Mediterranea-Saving Humans is a project, network, and “Non Governmental Action” created to monitor and report from the central Mediterranean, defying the silence surrounding the migrants’ death toll at sea. Which principles animate Mediterranea? How does it work? What is the legal framework sustaining its action? How was it possible to buy a ship and operate it? The event is in English, hosted by a class of international students. Everybody is welcome.

Admission free
Event in English

Rai3 Veneto news broadcast on Mediterranea hosted by HSC Venice

Short interviews to Shaul Bassi, Sara De Vido, Lucia Gennari and Alessandra Sciurba on Ca’ Foscari University’s website

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Venice HSC Lecture Series: Stefano De Matteis

The Venice Center for the Humanities and Social Change presents Stefano De Matteis, Le false libertà. Verso la postglobalizzazione. A dialogue with Franca Tamisari and Francesco Della Puppa

Venice, 20/11/2018 at 3 p.m.

Aula Geymonat, Malcanton Marcorà, Dorsoduro 3484/D

Admission free
Event in Italian

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Citizenship and Belonging

An event in collaboration with the Dimensions of Citizenship program of the USA Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2018

Venice, 18/09/2018 at 2 p.m.

Pachuka Beach. 5-7 p.m.

Via Klinger, 1

Lido di Venezia

Admission free

Citizenship and Belonging

In a world in which 65 million people are constantly on the move, seeking a place to live and to which they can belong, what does citizenship mean in the contemporary context as a legal fiction that is increasingly a flashpoint of nativist reaction, xenophobic legislation, and redefined ideas of who belongs where? But a fluid multi-cultural and polyglot situation is hardly something new. Venice, a city built in-between land and sea, has always been a liminal place where multiple interlocking and fluid identities and communities have been formed, experimented with, and solidified. Venice has always “welcomed,” albeit in very controlled and often self-serving ways, diverse communities into its social structures and physical spaces. What can we learn from this history and from the contemporary experiences of all manner of “Venetians” residing in and visiting the city today about segregation and interaction, of localized and international bonds between competing economies of trade and belonging, commerce and identity? Goods and persons flooded the maritime city, profoundly affecting the way in which people ate, spoke, worshipped, and understood the past.

Full program and photo gallery here

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Italy, the Mediterranean, the Horn of Africa: questioning colonial spaces and their legacy

A seminar with Claudio Fogu (University of California Santa Barbara) and Igiaba Scego

Venice, 18/09/2018 at 2 p.m.

Aula Milone, Malcanton Marcorà

Dorsoduro 3484/D, Venice

Admission free
Event in English and Italian

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Luigi Doria

Research Fellow, Venice Center

Project: The Nature of Money and its Social Perception in Times of Crisis – Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies, tutor: prof. Francesca Coin)

2018-2021

Email: luigi.doria@unive.it

Luigi Doria

Luigi Doria is a fixed-term researcher at the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and a fellow of the Center for the Humanities and Social Change at Ca’ Foscari, where he investigates the nature of money and its social perception in times of crisis from the perspective of economic sociology. He graduated in Economics (Economia Politica) from Bocconi University, Milan. He earned his Ph.D. in Regional Planning and Public Policy (Pianificazione Territoriale e Politiche Pubbliche del Territorio) from the University IUAV of Venice. Some of his past activities: he carried out research at the University IUAV of Venice and at Bocconi University, Milan; he was fixed-term researcher of CNRS at the Centre Maurice Halbwachs (CNRS-EHESS-ENS), Paris; he carried out teaching activies (as a docente a contratto) at Bocconi University and at the University of Calabria; he taught a course, as a visiting faculty member, at the International University College of Turin. He was a fellow at the Nantes Institute for Advanced Study.

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Venice HSC Lecture Series: Andrea Most 500 300 Barbara Del Mercato

Venice HSC Lecture Series: Andrea Most

The Venice Center for the Humanities and Social Change presents A Pain in the Neck: Ecocritical Memoir, with Andrea Most (University of Toronto)

Venice, 18/10/2018 at 12.15

Aula 7, Rio Novo, Dorsoduro 3161

Calle Larga Foscari, Venice

Admission free
Event in English