Summer Institute: Venice And The Veneto Between The Xix And The Xx CenturyVenice International University
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In the 19th and 20th centuries Venice was forced to adapt to dramatically changed circumstances. With the fall of the Republic, the arrival of Napoleon and subsequent Austrian domination, Venice needed to reconfigure its internal structures and national and international relations. After the initial period of crisis, the city gradually developed a new concept of itself, first as a center of industry and manufacture, utilizing and empowering its historic port, and later also as a center for art and culture. The development of the phenomenon of mass tourism, as well as the new concept of “leisure time,” with activities such as sport and vacations, stimulated the city to evolve new infrastructures that could be adapted to, and were minimally disruptive of, local tradition and local identity. In two hundred years Venice accomplished a remarkable transition and became a singular icon of “modernità.”
This seminar will consider the new political and economic realities of Venice, from the emergence of great industrial magnates to the production centers in Marghera and Mestre, from issues such as the preservation of the city and its lagoon to the development of the recreational center and bathing establishments of the Lido. The 2007-2008 Summer Institute will consider the singular history of Venice, and the role of the visitor’s “gaze,” in shaping the economic base, social structures, art, literature, and music of Venice in the twentieth century.
From June 11 to June 16, 2007.
For each of the summer sessions, the lectures will be held at Venice International University on the island of San Servolo, a charming island in front of St. Mark’s square in Venice. The island is accessible by regular boat service from San Zaccaria, near St. Mark’s square.
The program is supported by Duke University and Venice International University, and is organized by Professors Donatella Calabi of the Università Iuav di Venezia and Caroline Bruzelius of Duke University, with the assistance of Jasenka Gudelj of the Ph.D. Program ARS of the School of Advanced Studies in Venice (SSAV).
The program is conceived for advanced graduate students in History, Literature and Language, Architectural History, History of Art, History of the City, Music, and Philosophy, and it is a two-year commitment for one week in each of the successive summers of 2007 and 2008. The first summer will consist of lectures and site visits that concern the history, changing economic structure, archives, urban development, monuments, and visual arts of Venice. During this first session in 2007 the doctoral scholars will identify a research project that will connect some aspect of Venetian culture with their own scholarly interests and research. This project will be presented in the second one-week session in the following summer (June, 2008). The program is run bilingually: lectures will be in English and Italian.