VENICE IN QUESTION - International Research Seminar

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February 4, 2021 to June 17, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Economic History / Studies, Italian History / Studies, Social History / Studies, Political History / Studies
Please, find the programme on the Facebook page of the Deputazione di Storia Patria per le Venezie: here.
Venice in Question is a space where PhD students, post-doctoral and young researchers can present their research on Venice, including its territorial and maritime domains. New publications and important research projects will also be discussed. There will also be an opportunity to interact with established scholars of Venetian history, providing an additional working tool for those embarking on studies on the Serenissima. As reflected in the title, this seminar is characterised by an international dimension and an openness to all historiographic traditions. This approach is dictated by the restricted number of Italian scholars still active in universities (abroad the situation is slightly better) and the risk of isolation and historiographic decline that Venetian studies has been facing for twenty years. It reflects the phenomenon experienced by the city of San Marco in terms of its inhabitants. Indeed, prospects and opportunities for research beyond the lagoon, as far as Finland, Australia, and Japan are proving very promising. For this reason, this seminar will regularly consist of a significant portion of non-Italian scholars (English will therefore be the official language of the seminar along with Italian). After all, the future of academic research in the humanities lies in sharing experiences and human, economic, and institutional resources on a global scale.
This seminar is part of the broad historiographic vision that Gaetano Cozzi already instilled in the Venetian seminars at the Cini Foundation in the early 1980s. They were organised in cooperation with a young Oxford scholar and opened up to the then distant world of Eastern Europe. This experience was not insignificant for historical studies in the 1970s and 1980s, at least in Italy. Moreover, in the context of the activities pertaining to the Deputazioni, the promotion of historical research in the various Italian regions is a requirement. Indeed, the Deputazione di Storia Patria per la Toscana has been promoting a doctoral seminar in San Gimignano for almost twenty years. This seminar has now become a successful regular event that has been held in collaboration with the Sorbonne University in Paris (as well as the University of Florence-Siena) for some years.
Venice in Question will take place on a live virtual platform on the Facebook and YouTube pages of the Deputazione di Storia Patria per le Venezie. You can also follow the seminar by going to Deputazione's new website, as soon as its restyling is complete. It will be possible to actively participate in the debate either via chat or by appearing on camera with a maximum of ten people at a time. Everything will be managed by a special director and more instructions will be given during the live broadcast.
I would like to thank those who have welcomed this initiative with extraordinary enthusiasm, starting with the hosting institution, the Board of the Deputazione di Storia Patria per le Venezie and its President Gian Maria Varanini. My gratitude also extends to the cultural institutions that are part of our work and have collaborated with, or sponsored, Venice in Questionthe Archivio di Stato di Venezia – Scuola di Paleografia, Diplomatica e Archivistica, the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, the Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani/Deutsche Studienzentrum in Venedig, the Fondazione Querini Stampalia – Onlus, and the Istituto Ellenico di Studi Bizantini e Postbizantini di Venezia.
It would be nice to count on the valuable and active participation of all of you. I very much look forward to seeing you all on the 4th of February 2021, at 17:00 (CET).
Daniele Dibello
Ghent University
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Daniele Dibello is PhD student at Ghent University. His research focuses on Renaissance Italy (1300-1500), with special attention to the history of Venice. In particular, he works on the informal features of Renaissance state formation, politics, and ruling classes, which should be integrated with their socio-economic and cultural contexts to be better appreciated. He is also interested in economic and cultural history. Starting from the sources, he is in favour of an interdisciplinary, theoretical, and long-term approach to historical research. In fact, the myth of Venice is one of his most exciting research topics because it can keep politics, economy, and culture together.
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