• Sep
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Italian Studies Colloquium

    We welcome you to a conversation with Stephen J. Campbell (Henry and Elizabeth Wiesenfeld Professor of the History of Art, Johns Hopkins University), on his book The Endless Periphery: Towards a Geopolitics of Art in Lorenzo Lotto’s Italy(Chicago; London: The University of Chicago Press, 2019). 

    Abstract: While the masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance are usually associated with Italy’s historical seats of power, some of the era’s most characteristic works are to be found in places other than Florence, Rome, and Venice. They are the product of the diversity of regions and cultures that makes up the country. In Endless Periphery, Stephen J. Campbell examines a range of iconic works in order to unlock a rich series of local references in Renaissance art that include regional rulers, patron saints, and miracles, demonstrating, for example, that the works of Titian spoke to beholders differently in Naples, Brescia, or Milan than in his native Venice. More than a series of regional microhistories, Endless Peripherytracks the geographic mobility of Italian Renaissance art and artists, revealing a series of exchanges between artists and their patrons, as well as the power dynamics that fueled these exchanges. A counter history of one of the greatest epochs of art production, this richly illustrated book will bring new insight to our understanding of classic works of Italian art.

    Arts, Performance, Humanities, Identity, Culture, Inclusion, Libraries, Philosophy, Religious Studies
  • Oct
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Italian St. Colloquium - The Making of Measure and the Promise of Sameness

    Join us for a conversation with Emanuele Lugli (Assistant Professor of Art History, Stanford University), Unità di Misura: Breve Storia del Metro in Italia(Bologna: Il Mulino, 2014), Eng. Translation: The Making of Measure and the Promise of Sameness (Chicago; London: The University of Chicago Press, 2019).

    Abstract : Measurement is all around us - from the circumference of a pizza to the square footage of an apartment, from the length of a newborn baby to the number of miles between neighboring towns. Whether inches or miles, centimeters or kilometers, measures of distance stand at the very foundation of everything we do, so much so that we take them for granted. Yet, this has not always been the case. This book reaches back to medieval Italy to speak of a time when, far from being obvious, measurements were displayed in the open, showing how such a deceptively simple innovation triggered a chain of cultural transformations whose consequences are visible today on a global scale. Drawing from literary works and frescoes, architectural surveys and legal compilations, Emanuele Lugli offers a history of material practices widely overlooked by historians. He argues that the public display of measurements in Italy’s newly formed city republics not only laid the foundation for now centuries-old practices of making, but also helped to legitimize local governments and shore up church power, buttressing fantasies of exactitude and certainty that linger to this day. This ambitious, truly interdisciplinary book explains how measurements, rather than being mere descriptors of the real, themselves work as powerful molds of ideas, affecting our notions of what we consider similar, accurate, and truthful.

    Education, Teaching, Instruction, History, Cultural Studies, Languages, Humanities, Identity, Culture, Inclusion, Philosophy, Religious Studies
  • Oct
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Italian Studies Colloquium - Italian Neorealism: A Cultural History

    Please join us for a discussion with Charles Leavitt (Associate Professor of Italian, University of Notre Dame), Italian Neorealism: A Cultural History(Toronto; Buffalo; London: University of Toronto Press, 2020).

    Abstract: “Neorealism emerged as a cultural exchange and a field of discourse that served to shift the confines of creativity and revise the terms of artistic expression not only in Italy but worldwide. If neorealism was thus a global phenomenon, it is because of its revolutionary portrayal of a transformative moment in the local, regional, and national histories of Italy. At once guiding and guided by that transformative moment, neorealist texts took up, reflected, and performed the contentious conditions of their creation, not just at the level of narrative content but also in their form, language, and structure. Italian Neorealism: A Cultural Historydemonstrates how they did so through a series of representative case studies. Recounting the history of a generation of artists, this study offers fundamental insights into one of the most innovative and influential cultural moments of the twentieth century.”

    History, Cultural Studies, Languages, Humanities, Identity, Culture, Inclusion, Philosophy, Religious Studies
  • Stephanie Pilat, Director of the Division of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma will present a talk entitled, The Afterlife of Fascist Architecture and Urbanism.

    The Fascist regime left a physical legacy in nearly every Italian village, town, and city. From entirely new towns, roads, and infrastructure to stadiums, summer camps, schools, housing, and monuments, the regime sponsored a vast array of building projects. These lingering reminders of fascism provoke the question: who should now decide the fate of these buildings, towns, and monuments scattered across the country and in Italy’s former colonies? Who gets a say in the afterlife of fascism? What do the decisions made about what to preserve, adapt or demolish tell us about Italian society and nationalism today? An analysis of two sites in Rome will illustrate some of the ways in which the physical legacy of Fascism is being negotiated today.