A NICHE event: Christoph Mauch – Planetary Blues, American Environments and Slow Hope for the Futurehttps://hscif.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Poster_Mauch_8March-pdf-1024x528.jpg1024528Barbara Del MercatoBarbara Del Mercatohttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/c47acbca5d84216cb819bd8645dddc2e?s=96&d=mm&r=g
Christof Mauch, Director of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich, will talk about Planetary Blues, American Environments and Slow Hope for the Future. He will be introduced by the Director of NICHE, Francesca Tarocco.
This is the first event organised under the new name of The Center for the Humanities and Social Change, i.e. The New Institute Centre for Environmental Humanities at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (NICHE). Please visit our new website and refer to it for our future activities: www.unive.it/niche.
This lecture also inaugurates the NEW BOOKS in Environmental Humanities series, which will continue into 2022.
The Yellow River: A Natural and Unnatural Historyhttps://hscif.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Copia-di-barenghi_11-12-2021-trascinato-pdf-1024x530.jpg1024530Barbara Del MercatoBarbara Del Mercatohttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/c47acbca5d84216cb819bd8645dddc2e?s=96&d=mm&r=g
Anthropocene Campus Venicehttps://hscif.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/ACV21_FB-1024x576.jpeg1024576Barbara Del MercatoBarbara Del Mercatohttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/c47acbca5d84216cb819bd8645dddc2e?s=96&d=mm&r=g
We are thrilled to take part in a large international event taking place in Venice and online on October 11-16, 2021: the Anthropocene Campus Venice (ACV), a one-week forum with a strong educational commitment, around the theme of Water Politics in the Age of the Anthropocene.
Beyond Museums. Tools for Promoting the Natural and Cultural Water Heritage: an online training coursehttps://hscif.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/3_water_museum_Venice-Ca-di-Mezzo-Natural-Oasis.jpg1000750Barbara Del MercatoBarbara Del Mercatohttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/c47acbca5d84216cb819bd8645dddc2e?s=96&d=mm&r=g
The 1st online training course will be held in form of webinar series and will focus on different tools, strategies and good practices aimed at promoting water heritage beyond museums.
Speakers coming from Bangladesh, Croatia, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Spain, UK, Uruguay will give lectures on traditional waterscapes, participatory approaches, heritage promotion, responsible tourism, leisureeducation and other key topics in water heritage management.
In order to register, please write an email with a CV and a brief motivation letter to Sara Luchetta (firstname.lastname@example.org). Registration and payment are due by the 30th of September 2021.
THEMATIC CLUSTER #1 Inland hydrographies and riverscapes Digital itineraries Ancestral hydrotechnologies Local communities and water Water memories and intangible heritage Urban waterscapes digital exploration Arts for waterscapes
THEMATIC CLUSTER #2 Participatory practices and engagement Traditional water management Visual anthropology for community involvement Participatory photography and bottom-up approaches Oral history for community involvement
THEMATIC CLUSTER #3 Education for water culture Community museums and water heritage Waterways as vectors of ecomuseums Sustainable tourism, sustainable mobilities Ecotourism Spatial anthropology and the water cities
PLATFORM: Zoom – Links will be provided to all the attendees.
WHEN: The online course includes 12 webinars and will start on Friday the 22nd of October 2021, running every Friday until the 21st of January 2022.
Every webinar starts at 13.00 CET and ends at 15.00 CET.
FEES: Regular fee: € 250 Low Income Countries: € 50 Ca’ Foscari University community (students, PhD candidates, researchers, professors, administrative staff): € 100 WAMU-NET members: One person from each water museum/member of WAMU-NET can participate for free. Each 2nd, 3rd, 4th (and so on) person can participate with a 50% discount on the regular fee (€ 125 regular; € 25 LICs).
A certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the training course by the UNESCO Chair. In order to receive the certificate, participants must attend at least 9 webinars out of 12 (about 80% attendance).
CIACOE IN TOCIO: IDEE, CONVERSAZIONI E SUGHI PER MANGIARE CON LA LAGUNAhttps://hscif.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Schermata-2021-06-15-alle-16.24.21.png771512Barbara Del MercatoBarbara Del Mercatohttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/c47acbca5d84216cb819bd8645dddc2e?s=96&d=mm&r=g
Ciacoe in tocio: conversazioni e sughi per mangiare con la Laguna In collaborazione con Ocean Space Domenica 20 giugno, ore 15.00-18.00 presso Ocean Space, Campo San Lorenzo, Venezia
PRENOTAZIONE: L’evento è gratuito, è necessaria la prenotazione al seguentelink
La ricetta del sale richiede due ingredienti: il mare e il sole. Ma la ricetta di Venezia? La città di Venezia è emersa dalle barene, dal lavoro delle maree che portano l’acqua del mare avanti e indietro, dentro e fuori. Come “foresta sul mare”*, Venezia è un atto di equilibrio e il sale ha una certa esperienza con l’equilibrio. Il sale impone l’ordine. Comanda il comportamento di un ingrediente. Troppo poco e anche un legume di fiducia ha il sapore di qualcosa che manca. Troppo e la sete si diffonde nella bocca. L’appetito umano per il sale, come sottolinea l’antropologa Margaret Visser, rivela che siamo di fatto “ambienti marini ambulanti”**. Il mare nella nostra bocca. La laguna sulla nostra lingua. Ma per quanto il sale conservi – mantenendo gli ingredienti in armonia e i sapori in equilibrio – danneggia ed erode al tempo stesso. In dialogo con la dualità del sale, Ciacoe in Tocio: idee, conversazioni, e sughi per mangiare con la laguna attinge dal passato e dal presente di Venezia per reimmaginare il suo futuro.
Un pomeriggio di conversazioni culinarie, un evento che presenta il cibo come un veicolo critico con cui conoscere Venezia e la sua laguna. La tavola diventa un laboratorio per capire e modellare mondi d’acqua salata e futuri costieri. Mangiare diventa un metodo di indagine.
Invitando ad abbandonare l’attenzione esclusiva sulle dinamiche alimentari terrestri, la studiosa di studi culturali Elspeth Probyn chiede: “possiamo mangiare con l’oceano?”*** Si chiede: “Come poter mangiare bene l’oceano?”****. Noi – lo chef Marco Bravetti, la storica culturale L. Sasha Gora e la food designer Katinka Versendaal – ipotizziamo delle risposte a queste domande. Venezia può mangiare con la laguna?
Seguendo i ritmi della marea, ci chiediamo: cosa significa mangiare con qualcosa? Cosa significa mangiare con la marea o contro di essa? Queste domande si riferiscono a dibattiti più ampi su come gli appetiti umani cambiano il clima e come il cambiamento climatico, a sua volta, influenza gli appetiti umani.
* Karl Appuhn, Una foresta sul mare: Environmental Expertise in Renaissance Venice (Baltimora: The John Hopkins University Press, 2009).
** Margaret Visser, Much Depends on Dinner (New York: HarperCollins, 2010 ), 115.
*** Elspeth Probyn, Eating the Ocean (Durham: Duke University Press, 2016), 7.
**** Ibidem, 130.
A cura di L. Sasha Gora, assegnista di ricerca del Center for the Humanities and Social Change, Marco Bravetti e Katinka Versendaal
Call for expressions of interest for Postdoctoral Fellowships in Environmental Humanities – 2021https://hscif.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/IMG_20210610_182526.jpeg960452Barbara Del MercatoBarbara Del Mercatohttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/c47acbca5d84216cb819bd8645dddc2e?s=96&d=mm&r=g
Call for expressions of interest for Postdoctoral Fellowships in Environmental Humanities
The Center for the Humanities and Social Change at Ca’Foscari University of Venice is seeking candidates for a maximum offour Postdoctoral Fellowships in Environmental Humanities. This program allows applicants to launch a successful research-intensive career while working on a project that aligns with the host institution’s strategic priorities.
The Center for the Humanities and Social Change is an intellectual community with strong links with the The New Institute in Hamburg, privileged interactions with the European Center for Living Technology, all University departments, and many other cultural institutions in Venice. The fellows are expected to work in residence in Venice and actively contribute to the Center activities (e.g. offering seminars for the M.A. in Environmental Humanities and/or organizing academic and outreach events). They will be offered office space and full access to the university libraries and research facilities.
Ca’ Foscari Center for the Humanities and Social Change Postdoctoral Fellows in Environmental Humanities are scholars who have received their degrees in the humanities, social science, or other areas relevant to the Environmental Humanities. Applicants must either have worked in the area of Environmental Humanities or show potential for research interest in this field. Evidence of active research and publications in peer-reviewed journals will be an added advantage. The Center seeks to provide a stimulating scholarly environment in which to pursue research, develop new interdisciplinary connections, and network with others. Fellows join lectures and conferences as appropriate to their research and may play a role in the planning of working groups and events. The Postdoctoral Fellowship will provide an annual stipend of € 27, 770 euros before tax. The fellowship may be renewed for a second year.
Your expression of interest should include a Curriculum Vitae (max 3 pages), the names and contact information of two referees, and a two-page research project focused on one (or more) of the following areas:
the blue humanities: humanistic perspectives on water, the ocean, rising sea levels, water politics and cultures; (in collaboration with TBA21/Ocean Space);
the city of Venice as both an object of study and a point of observation on global environmental issues;
the roots and routes of Asian environmental thought and/or the Medical Humanities (with particular reference to Buddhism);
the role of the arts in the construction and transformation of the environmental imagination;
environment and intersectional inequalities, with particular attention to issues of labour, migration and social justice;
the environmental crisis and the future of democracy, with special emphasis on the issue of public environmental discourse, the use of social media and online communication.
For all these areas we encourage projects that engage non-western and indigenous cultures; address issues of minority, gender, ethnicity, disability; suggest pedagogical and activist practices; engage with the tangible and intangible heritage of Venice and its contemporary art scene; formulate strategies of environmental communication.
Please direct expression of interest and queries by 15 July 2021 to:
Dr. Barbara Del Mercato, Project Manager – E-mail: email@example.com (Subject: HSC_EOI2021)
After the closure of the present call for expressions of interest, HSC will issue a formal Call for Applications in August. Fellowships will begin on 1 October, 2021.
Exploring Sonic Environmentshttps://hscif.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Exploring-sonic-environments-1024x576.jpeg1024576Barbara Del MercatoBarbara Del Mercatohttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/c47acbca5d84216cb819bd8645dddc2e?s=96&d=mm&r=g
This investigation of sounds in spheres ranging from physical environments to music will connect research in the arts and sciences with the aim of constructing an interdisciplinary language around the specificities of Venice.
– Topic 1:Soundscapes of Pollution > What are the acoustic dimensions of ecological problems, including the perception of certain sounds as problematic noises?
– Topic 2:Rhythm > Which sounds constitute the rhythms of the places where we live?
– Topic 3: The Mathematics of Sounds in Nature > To what extent is a mathematical framework fruitful for understanding crossmodal correspondences between auditory effects in nature and music, as well as listeners’ internal visualizations of sonic forms such as a melodic line?
Bio sketch Heather Contant
explores the collectivist tendencies of media arts through her research, teaching, and creative endeavors. Her research on the history of wireless media has gained recognition in multiple publications, such as Leonardo Music Journal, Soundscape, and Journal of Sonic Studies, and she was awarded the 2018 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Research for her PhD thesis from the University of New South Wales Art and Design in Sydney, Australia.
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.
earned her Master in Theoretical Physics as well as three Masters in Composition, in Conducting, and in Piano in Italy. In Paris, at IRCAM – UPMC Paris 6 Sorbonne, she earned her Master 2 ATIAM in Acoustics, Signal Processing, and Informatics applied to Music. In the US, at the University of Minnesota, she achieved her Ph.D. in Composition. She is a member of the editorial board and editor in training of the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts.
Adriana Rodrigues Novais, Donne Sem Terra e la lotta contro l’agrobusinesshttps://hscif.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Schermata-2021-06-08-alle-16.03.36-1024x572.png1024572Barbara Del MercatoBarbara Del Mercatohttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/c47acbca5d84216cb819bd8645dddc2e?s=96&d=mm&r=g
Lo scopo di questo intervento è discutere come le donne del Movimento dei lavoratori in Brasile hanno portato avanti la propria sfida al modello egemonico dell’agrobusinnes brasiliano attraverso una particolare pratica femminista conosciuta come “Feminismo Camponês Popular com Identidade e Revolucionário”, ossia un femminismo che è apertamente contadino, popolare, rivoluzionario e che riconosce le diversa identità che lo compongono. In questo incontro, Adriana Rodrigues Novais, ricercatrice e attivista nel Movimento, introdurrà l’organizzazione delle donne contadine e presenterà I quattro pilastri del loro approccio contro l’agrobusiness: lotta diretta, formazione politica, contrasto alla violenza e agroecologia.
Adriana Rodrigues Novais
Laureata in Scienze Sociali presso la Facoltà di Scienze e Lettere dell’Università Statale Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho. Ha completato il suo master presso l’Università Federale di São Carlos con una tesi su: Cinema e memoria della dittatura civile-militare in Brasile: un’analisi dei film “Pra Frente Brasil” (1982) e “Açao entre Amigos” (1998).
È dottoressa di ricerca in Scienze Sociali presso l’Università Statale di Campinas, (tesi “Contadini e popoli indigeni e la lotta per la memoria della verità e della giustizia in Brasile” – sulla memoria politica, la giustizia transizionale e i diritti umani, concentrandosi su contadini e popoli indigeni in Brasile). Attualmente sviluppa ricerche sulla violenza contro le donne contadine e su genere e nuova estrema destra in Brasile. È una militante del Movimento dei lavoratori rurali senza terra.
Landless Women and the fight against Agribusiness Abstract
The aim of this talk is to discuss how the women of the Landless Rural Workers’ Movement in Brazil “Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra” have been building ways to challenge Brazil’s hegemonic agribusiness model by developing a particular feminist posture known as “Feminismo Camponês Popular com Identidade e Revolucionário”, in other words, a feminism that is overtly peasant, popular, revolutionary, and which recognizes the diverse identities of its members. In this lecture, I will introduce this women’s peasant movement and present the four pillars of their approach to challenging agribusiness: direct struggle, political training, combating violence and agroecology. The talk draws on my own 12 years of experience, both as an active member of the movement, and as a sociological researcher.
Adriana Rodrigues Novais
Graduated in Social Sciences from the Faculty of Sciences and Letters of the Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho State University.
She has completed your master’s degree from the Federal University of São Carlos. The title of the dissertation is: Cinema and memory of the civil-military dictatorship in Brazil: an analysis of the films “Pra Frente Brasil” (1982) and “Açao entre Amigos” (1998).
She is a PhD in Social Sciences at the State University of Campinas, the title of the thesis is “Peasants and indigenous peoples and the struggle for the memory of truth and justice in Brazil” – on political memory, transitional justice and rights humans, focusing on peasants and indigenous peoples in Brazil.
Currently develops research on violence against peasant women and on gender and the new far right in Brazil.
She is a militant of the Landless Rural Workers’ Movement.
Contemplating Borders: From Machine Learning to the Environmenthttps://hscif.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/joint-2-1024x576.jpeg1024576Barbara Del MercatoBarbara Del Mercatohttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/c47acbca5d84216cb819bd8645dddc2e?s=96&d=mm&r=g
This joint seminar intends to critically address the common ethical problem of bordering from different disciplinary perspectives. Firstly, the session will consider how geophysical environments have been co-opted, both directly and indirectly, as infrastructures of the border. Secondly, by considering how biometric data and machine learning is used to categorise minority groups. Finally, by presenting recent work by artist-researcher Hito Steyerl, the session will address the limits and political implications of the introduction of AI-based technologies as policy-making tools. By considering borders in these ways we intend to critically question what is meant by borders and ask how the humanities and computer sciences can contribute to a common discourse regarding borders, migration and asylum.
is a writer and inter-disciplinary researcher whose research concerns the relationships between political violence and watery spaces and materialities. He completed his PhD at the Centre for Research Architecture (CRA), Goldsmiths, University of London, where he developed the concept of necro-hydrology, which addresses the ways hydrologic properties are instrumentalised through border regimes, as technologies of obfuscation, and weaponised against marginalised communities. His current research project, Submergences, proposes to explore the ways hydrologic knowledges and practices can be mobilised to imagine alternate strategies of resistance against such forms of environmental weaponisation.
received her Master in Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Trento, and previously her Bachelor in Psychology at the University of Padua. During her studies, she collaborates with the research centre for Analysis and Design of Intelligent Agents at Reykavik University. Her research interest is in the user’ understanding and perception of AI, social and ethical influences, and a definition of more human-centric design approaches.
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.
Her main research interests lay at the intersection of Computer Science and Philosophy and include the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on human-decision making, the role of data and algorithms in social regulation, and the ethical assessment of AI systems. She is also interested in studying AI from the point of view of epistemology and the philosophy of science (e.g. some topics of interest include the problem of induction, the problem-solving approach and the notion of progress).
L. Sasha Gora – Happy as a Clam: Clichés, Climate, and Cuisinehttps://hscif.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Gianmarco-Toma-Acqua_viva-e1621515379161-1024x421.jpg1024421Barbara Del MercatoBarbara Del Mercatohttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/c47acbca5d84216cb819bd8645dddc2e?s=96&d=mm&r=g
May 28, at 3.00 p.m. CEST, online (email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive link)
A seminar with L. Sasha Gora, Post-doc Fellow at the Center for the Humanities and Social Change
Happy as a Clam: Clichés, Climate, and Cuisine
Eating is one of the most direct ways humans interact with environments by literally digesting them. Food history, thus, reveals how everyday eating practices not only reproduce cultural imaginations of landscapes but also shape actual environments. Narrowing in on seafood, this seminar asks: how do human appetites transform, harm, but also perhaps heal watery worlds? It aims to serve examples of the kinds of stories that food can tell. Spotlighting both Venice and Venice-in-the-world, it assembles a cast of fish and shellfish to consider the relationship between food and place, between ritual and cliché, and between cuisine and climate.
Sasha Gora is a cultural historian and writer with a focus on food studies and contemporary art. She received a PhD from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the Rachel Carson Center on the subject of Indigenous restaurants in Canada. Before joining the Center for the Humanities and Social Change at Ca’ Foscari, she was a Lecturer at LMU’s Amerika-Institut and spent spring 2019 as a visiting scholar at the University of California Berkeley.