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SAVE VENICE INC - THE ROSAND LIBRARY AND STUDY CENTER IN VENICE: There is a new resource for scholars and the exchange of ideas in Venice. The Rosand Library and Study Center at Save Venice opened on July 1, 2015, in Save Venice’s new office in Dorsoduro in Palazzo Contarini Polignac along the Grand Canal.

David Rosand, longtime Chair of the Save Venice Projects Committee, bequeathed his library to Save Venice in a gesture of dedication to the organization and its mission.

Rosand’s collection of over four thousand volumes includes a variety of rare books, along with offprints, dissertations, and journals. While the focus of the library is Venetian Studies, the collection reflects the breadth of David Rosand’s interests, which range from Chinese calligraphy to Abstract Expressionism, including that of his dear friend Robert Motherwell. It is an intensely personal collection, built around Rosand’s passion for Venice and for the history of humanistic scholarship. Each book in the Rosand collection contains a bookplate that bears an ensō, created in David’s memory by Stephen Addis. Drawn in a single brushstroke, the ensō expresses a moment of spiritual freedom, enlightenment, and serenity.

Rosand’s books complement the conservation files and photographic archives that document almost fifty years of Save Venice’s work, creating a perfect marriage of Rosand’s twin passions: scholarship and conservation. The Center fosters collegiality among scholars in Venice to gather and research together, as David did during sabbaticals in Venice, which he called his ‘home upon the waters.’

Monthly “Research and Restoration Roundtables” at the Center further the RLSC’s mission of uniting scholarship and conservation. Research and Restoration Roundtables focus on the latest restoration efforts of Save Venice and inspire dialogue between art restorers and art historians, highlighting the importance of continued dedication to preserving Venice’s artistic heritage, and bringing these ongoing efforts to a wider audience.

In 2016, thanks to a grant from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Save Venice will process, catalogue, and re-house nearly fifty years of restoration records, which will also be accessible at the Rosand Library and Study Center. The digital catalogue of Save Venice’s restoration documentation will be made available to the public as part of the Rosand Library and Study Center online catalogue, www.savevenice.bywatersolutions.com.

The library is open Monday through Friday and can be accessed by appointment. The library catalogue is also available through the Save Venice website, www.savevenice.org. In the first six months of operation, students and scholars from the US, Italy, UK, and Australia, have utilized the Rosand Library & Study Center for their research.

Rosand Library and Study Center at Save Venice Palazzo Contarini Polignac

Dorsoduro 870

Venice, Italy 30123

http://www.savevenice.org/rosand-library/

venice@savevenice.org


PREMIO ACHILLE E LAURA GORLATO: L’Ateneo Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti di Venezia bandisce per il 2016 il concorso a premio “Achille e Laura Gorlato”. Il premio è stato indetto per legato testamentario dalla prof. sa Laura Gorlato, socia dell’Ateneo, per onorare la memoria del padre Achille, storico ed etnografo istriano.

Il premio annuale di € 3.000 (tremila) sarà assegnato a uno studio inedito e originale, contenuto tra le cento e centocinquanta cartelle di duemila battute ciascuna, su argomenti di storia istituzionale, artistica e culturale, di antropologia e di geografia economica e umana delle Venezie e dell’Istria. I lavori potranno costituire rielaborazioni di tesi magistrali, dottorali o successive ricerche di approfondimento e dovranno fornire contributi innovativi rispetto agli studi precedenti del settore, presentando un’adeguata e aggiornata bibliografia.

Possono partecipare al premio studiose e studiosi di qualsiasi nazionalità, che non abbiano compiuto al 15 novembre 2016 l’età di 40 anni.

Le domande di partecipazione vanno rivolte alla Presidenza dell’Ateneo Veneto, in carta libera e corredate dall’indicazione di tutti i recapiti utili. In allegato devono contenere il curriculum dell’attività scientifica e la relativa documentazione dei lavori. Lo studio dovrà riportare un frontespizio con l’indicazione del nome dell’autore, il titolo, un indice sommario e un’introduzione metodologica che dia giustificazione della ricerca presentata. Le domande dovranno essere presentate in duplice formato, cartaceo – spedito o consegnato presso la Segreteria, con l’indicazione nell’indirizzo della dicitura “Premio Gorlato”, Ateneo Veneto, San Marco 1897, 30124 Venezia – e digitale, in formato pdf, con oggetto “Premio Gorlato” all’indirizzo niero@ateneoveneto.org, entro e non oltre il 15 novembre 2016. Al ricevimento del duplice invio verrà dato riscontro telematico.

La rivista «Ateneo Veneto» pubblicherà il saggio tratto dallo studio premiato assieme ad altri ritenuti meritevoli di stampa.

Gli studi presentati – in lingua italiana, inglese o francese – saranno esaminati da un’apposita commissione, nominata dal Consiglio accademico dell’Ateneo, il cui giudizio è insindacabile. La comunicazione verrà data entro il 20 dicembre 2016. La proclamazione avverrà in forma solenne a Venezia nella sede dell’Ateneo Veneto, durante la lezione inaugurale del Corso di Storia veneta nel gennaio 2017. Nell’occasione sarà consegnato al vincitore la prima parte del premio, mentre la seconda avverrà al momento della pubblicazione dell’articolo nella rivista Ateneo Veneto.


CREAZIONE DELLA RIVISTA PER GIOVANI RICERCATORI IL CAMPIELLO: Il Campiello è una rivista elettronica di studi veneziani per giovani ricercatori, creata da tre dottorandi - Azzura Mauro, Fabien Coletti e Sébastien Mazou - due francesi e una italiana della facoltà di Storia e della sezione d’Italianistica dell’Università Toulouse – Jean Jaurès (Il Laboratorio / FRAMESPA). È quindi ideata come strettamente bicefala: gli studi storici e quelli letterari vi saranno rappresentati in uguale misura.

Questo Campiello per giovani ricercatori, che si stende a qualche passo dal più largo Campo della ricerca istituzionale, intende prima di tutto essere un calderone dove si possano scambiare idee tutti quelli – dottorandi, giovani dottori di ricerca, ma anche specializzandi – che stanno forbendo le proprie armi all’ombra della Serenissima. Un’attenzione particolare sarà rivolta al Medioevo e all’epoca moderna, ma Il Campiello è anche aperto al più largo quadro della storia e della cultura venete antiche e contemporanee.

Condizioni di partecipazione: essere uno studente di specialistica, un dottorando, un dottore di ricerca dopo cinque anni o meno.

Per ora la rivista viene presentata attraverso un blog (http://blogs.univ-tlse2.fr/il-campiello/), mentre il sito stesso del Campiello verrà creato con la pubblicazione del primo numero, a fine 2015.

La rivista progetta una pubblicazione a scadenza annuale, divisa in due sezioni principali, la prima storica, la seconda letteraria. Proposte che vadano nel senso di una più stretta interdisciplinarità saranno ovviamente benvenute e potranno essere accolte in una terza sezione mista. Inoltre, per rendere possibili tanto la circolazione di idee recenti quanto la partecipazione degli specializzandi, verrà aperta una sezione di recensioni.

Il Call for Paper del primo numero è scaduto questo 15 maggio. Invece le proposte di recensioni possono essere mandate fino a fine agosto, con l’obiettivo di almeno una pubblicazione mensile sul blog.

Dimensione massima delle recensioni: 1000 parole. Una lista delle recensioni accettate o in corso di realizzazione verrà pubblicata sul blog, nello scopo di evitare doppioni.

Per conttatarci : ilcampiellorivista@gmail.com


RULERS OF VENICE: The Renaissance Society of America is pleased to announce that "The Rulers of Venice, 1332-1524: Interpretations, Methods, Database," compiled and edited by Benjamin G. Kohl, Andrea Mozzato, and Monique O’Connell, has a new address: rulersofvenice.org. In 2009, the original version of the Rulers of Venice database was published by the Renaissance Society of America. It used proprietary software by FileMaker, Inc. As technology evolved and users offered their feedback, the RSA decided to migrate the database to a new home using the open-source, standards-based MySQL database and a traditional website better adapted to online searches. The second release of the database in Sept 2012 makes no changes to the data itself, but changes the software and search capabilities in order to improve users' experience. Those who already use the database should update their bookmarks with the new address.


CENTRO VITTORE BRANCA: The Vittore Branca International Center for the Study of Italian Culture is an international resource for humanities studies inaugurated in June 2010, aimed at young researchers and expert scholars interested in Italian culture, especially the culture of Veneto, in the Humanities field (history, art history, history of architecture, literature, music, theatre, early printed books).

The Vittore Branca Center aims to provide a place of study and meeting for young researchers and expert scholars, writers and artists from all over the world interested in furthering their knowledge in a field of Italian culture from an interdisciplinary point of view.

Scholars of all ages can apply for admission to the Vittore Branca Center for a period of study in keeping with the aims of their research project (short, medium to long term periods of stay).

The residential facilities on the Island provide scholars and researchers with the opportunity to work and stay at length on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice at economically reasonable conditions in a setting conducive to reflection and intellectual exchanges. A residence situated in the grounds of the Island can accommodate up to 90 scholars, allowing young researchers and expert scholars to enjoy the mutual benefits of working side by side in the Foundation Libraries.

The Vittore Branca Center offers two types of funding: scholarships to young scholars, covering six month stays, and co-financing to scholars of all ages willing to work on research projects in line with the Fondazione Giorgio Cini cultural strategies.

For more information, please visit: www.cini.it/centrobranca or contact Marta Zoppetti at: centrobranca@cini.it - +39 041 2710253.


JOURNAL OF EARLY MODERN HISTORY – CALL FOR PAPERS: The early modern period of world history (ca. 1300-1800) was marked by a rapidly increasing level of global interaction. Between the aftermath of Mongol conquest in the East and the onset of industrialization in the West, a framework was established for new kinds of contacts and collective self-definition across an unprecedented range of human and physical geographies. The Journal of Early Modern History, the official journal of the University of Minnesota Center for Early Modern History, is the first scholarly journal dedicated to the study of early modernity from this world-historical perspective, whether through explicitly comparative studies, or by the grouping of studies around a given thematic, chronological, or geographic frame.

JEMH invites submissions both of individual articles and of proposals for special editions (which may appear up to twice a year). For additional information visit the website www.brill.nl/journal-early-modern-history.


EARLY MODERN ARCHITECTURE: Early Modern Architecture (http://earlymodernarchitecture.com) is a new website devoted to global, interdisciplinary frameworks for the architectural theory and design of Europe and its colonies, 1400-1800. This site particularly disseminates and opens up international scholarly exchange of innovative research and education. We seek to showcase new methodologies that link areas of architectural history, art history, and the humanities. The range of resources now available includes: announcements of conferences and CFPs, images, syllabi, a listserv, and links to online databases of visual and printed works.

Editors: Freek Schmidt, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (f.schmidt@let.vu.nl) and Kimberley Skelton (KCSkelton@aol.com)


ENGLISH WRITERS IN ITALY: English Writers in Italy is an informal association of English and American writers based in various regions of Italy. Our website is www.englishwritersinitaly.com. Our membership includes novelists, poets, journalists, translators and academics. We meet two or three times a year. The next meeting is in Umbria in May. We are currently putting together a proposal for an anthology provisionally entitled Exiles in Paradiso, about living, working and studying in Italy.

If you would like to join the association, or you have a piece (300-2,500 words) you'd like to put forward for inclusion in the anthology, please contact Gay Marks g.marks@alice.it


GRANTS FOR INDEPENDENT RESEARCH ON VENETIAN CULTURE AND HISTORY: The Trustees of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation announce its annual call for applications for predoctoral and postdoctoral grants for historical research on Venice and the former Venetian empire and for the study of contemporary Venetian society and culture. Disciplines of the humanities and the social sciences are eligibile areas of study, including (but not limited to) archaeology, architecture, art, bibliography, economics, history, history of science, law, literature, music, political science, religion, and theater. The deadline for applications is December 15. Guidelines and application forms are available from the Foundation's website: www.delmas.org.


GRANTS FOR VENETIAN RESEARCH: The Trustees of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation of New York announce that up to £20,000 will be made available to scholars from Great Britain and the Commonwealth for Research in Venice. The principal areas of research envisaged concern both the past (art, architecture, history, law, language, literature, music) and the present (conservation, culture, environment, politics) of Venice and the territories formerly subject to it. Further particulars may be obtained from Miss Kerry Drakeley, Faculty of Arts Office, Room H0.45, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL (email: Delmas@warwick.ac.uk). Applications should be received by May 10, 2013.


CESARE BARBIERI GRANT: The Cesare Barbieri Endowment for Italian Culture (Trinity College, Connecticut) will award a research grant in modern Italian history. The amount of the grant has been increased to $7,500 and the application procedure is streamlined. You will find all information at the the link below: http://www.cbendowment.org/grant


MEDITERRANEAN HISTORICAL REVIEW – CALL FOR PAPERS: Mediterranean Historical Review is a bi-annual, refereed journal, published by Routledge. The journal is interested in receiving papers treating the history of the Mediterranean basin, emphasizing contacts, relations and influences within a Mediterranean context, as well as questions of a comparative and comparable nature. For information regarding the submission of manuscripts, please visit our website: http://www.tau.ac.il/humanities/cmc/mhr/mhr.html. Or contact us at: mhrtau@post.tau.ac.il.


AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE MARCIANA: As no one knows better than the readers of News on the Rialto, the Marciana Library is one of the world’s great cultural resources, which has been granting public access to its unparalleled collections for half a millennium. For the past nine years grants to the Marciana from The American Friends have been contributing to new projects at the library, and if you have worked there during that time you have been a beneficiary of those grants. For the past few years all the funds from The American Friends have been dedicated to entering the Marciana’s sometimes indecipherable hand-written catalogues of printed books into the on-line data base. These grants made it possible to continue the Golem project, the results of which have been integrated into OPAC (On line Public Access Catalogue), which you can now access from your office. As recent visitors to the Marciana can testify, once they have negotiated their way through the construction dust, they have found vastly improved access to the library’s collections.

The Marciana has now become the leader among the Italian state libraries in providing on-line services for its patrons. That leadership role is manifest in the Marciana’s sponsorship of a conference at the Palazzo Ducale on “L'evoluzione dell'accessibilità informatica.” The Marciana is setting the example.

As one of his final acts as the Marciana’s Director before retiring, Marino Zorzi began a campaign to digitize the catalogue of manuscripts, a project that would parallel what Golem has achieved for printed materials. This is an exciting prospect for researchers in the Marciana, and The American Friends have undertaken the responsibility for helping to finance the costs of the campaign.

The American Friends consist of people like you, scholars who work in Venice. Many are not even Americans, but all love the Marciana and have been willing to contribute. We would like to invite all the patrons of the Marciana, but especially the forestieri who have benefited from this magnificent Italian state institution, to join the Friends.

Of course, your gifts are tax-deducible. Please send your contribution to

The American Friends of the Marciana Library, Inc.
25 East End Avenue, Suite 15G
New York, New York 10028-7052

Many thanks,
Edward Muir
President