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BARBARI EXHIBITION: “A Portrait of Venice: Jacopo de’ Barbari’s View of 1500” opens at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University on September 7, 2017, and runs through December 31, 2017. Curated by Kristin L. Huffman, this exhibition is a research project that was developed in the Wired! Lab at Duke. The mural-sized first state woodcut print, on loan from the Minneapolis Institute of Art, is the gateway to a world of knowledge about Renaissance Venice and its place on the global stage. Huffman and a team of select students, multi-media analysts, and a postdoc at Duke, in collaboration with Visualizing Venice scholars at the University of Padua and the Correr Museum in Venice, developed seven interactive digital displays that connect the View to the origins of printmaking, the dissemination of knowledge in Early Modern Europe, principal sites in Venice, hidden treasures, and the city as a tourist destination for the 500 years since the time of de’ Barbari’s View. The exhibition will be on display through December 31, 2017.


THE SOUNDSCAPE OF THE VENETIAN TERRAFERMA IN THE EARLY MODERN ERA: International Conference celebrating 475 Years of the Accademia Filarmonica of Verona, Verona, 1-3 June 2018.

The Soundscape of the Venetian Terraferma in the Early Modern Era is an international conference organized by the Accademia Filarmonica of Verona on the occasion of the 475th anniversary of its foundation (23 May 1543), in collaboration with the University of Verona, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, the University of St Andrews and the Conservatorio “E. F. Dall’Abaco” of Verona.

Natural sequel to The Soundscape of Early Modern Venice (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, 24-27 May 2017 – vmo.unive.it/soundscape2017), this further initiative has the aim of increasing debate on the varied soundscape of the Venetian Terraferma in the early modern period. This territory, which stretched from Bergamo in the west to the Friulian Alps in the north-east and the river Po at the Republic’s southern extremity, formed one of the three subdivisions of the Serenissima; the others were the Dogado (Venice and surrounding area) and the Stato da mar (Venetian possessions in the eastern Adriatic and Mediterranean areas). The articulate system that regulates musical and non-musical sound in the Venetian territories prior to the fall of the Serenissima in 1797 is highly conducive to an interdisciplinary approach which draws on the new perspectives offered by urban history, humanistic geography and historical anthropology. Emblematic, in this sense, are the activities of the Accademia Filarmonica, which have dominated almost five centuries of local musical history.

The programme committee invites proposals for 20-minute papers, with 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Please email abstracts (max. 250 words), together with a short biography, to: biblioteca@academiafilarmonica.191.it. Deadline for proposals: 31 December 2017. Accepted proposals will be announced before 16 February 2018. For further information please contact Michele Magnabosco: biblioteca@accademiafilarmonica.191.it.


A PORTRAIT OF VENICE AT THE NASHER MUSEUM OF ART: “A Portrait of Venice: Jacopo de’ Barbari’s View of 1500” opens at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University September 7, 2017. Curated by Kristin L. Huffman, this exhibition is a research project that was developed in the Wired! Lab at Duke. The mural-sized first state woodcut print, on loan from the Minneapolis Institute of Art, is the gateway to a world of knowledge about Renaissance Venice and its place on the global stage. Huffman and a team of select students, multi-media analysts, and a postdoc at Duke, in collaboration with Visualizing Venice scholars at the University of Padua and the Correr Museum in Venice, developed seven interactive digital displays that connect the View to the origins of printmaking, the dissemination of knowledge in Early Modern Europe, principal sites in Venice, hidden treasures, and the city as a tourist destination for the 500 years since the time of de’ Barbari’s View. The exhibition will be on display through December 31, 2017.


THE VENICE TIME MACHINE PROJECT: The Venice Time Machine Project is a pioneer international Digital Humanities scientific programme launched by the EPFL and the University Ca’Foscari of Venice in 2012. It includes major Venetian patrimonial institutions: the State Archive in Venice, The Marciana Library, The Instituto Veneto and the Cini Foundation. The Venice Time Machine project aims at building a multidimensional model of Venice and its evolution covering a period of more than 1000 years. Kilometers of archives are currently being digitized, transcribed and indexed setting the base of the largest database ever created on Venetian documents. Millions of photos are processed using machine vision algorithms and stored in a format adapted to high performance computing approaches. In addition to these primary sources, the content of thousands of monographs are indexed and made searchable. The information extracted from these diverse sources is organized in a semantic graph of linked data and unfolded in space and time as part of an historical geographical information system, based on high-resolution scanning of the city itself. Visit https://vtm.epfl.ch/.


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.


INTERNATIONAL 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 International 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 International 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 International Friends have undertaken the responsibility for helping to finance the costs of the campaign.

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

Many thanks,
Edward Muir
President