24th November 2017, 15.00

Memorie d'Africa. Tracce coloniali nella cultura italiana

The Center for the Humanities and Social Change presents a symposium of "Memories of Africa. Colonial traces in Italian culture". 

From 3 pm to 7 pm at the Aula Magna of Ca' Dolfin (map [IT]) scholars, writers and a photographer discuss traces of colonial history in Italian culture. 

Vittorio Longhi, Alessandra Di Maio, Shaul Bassi and Elena Cadamuro will give a general introduction, followed by writer and current post-doc reasearcher at the Center for the Humanities and Social Change Igiaba Scego presenting together with photographer Rino Bianchi their book Roma negata (ediesse 2014), "postocolonial itineraries within the city of Rome". A slideshow of photographs from Rino Bianchi's project on Eritreans in Rome will be projected.

At 5.30 pm Ethiopian writer Maaza Mengiste, currently in residence at the Waterlines project, will talk with the Italian writer Francesca Melandri (Sangue giusto, Rizzoli 2017).

At 8.30 pm the program continues in a different venue with the play Acqua di colonia [IT], by Daniele Timpano and Elvira Frosini, staged at the Teatro di Ca' Foscarri (map [IT]). The paly is in Italian, reservations must be made at: 

The symposium is part of a wider focus on Africa that will be developed throughout 2018. 


31st October 2017, 17.00

La strada bianca: poesia, porcellana, passione

The Center for the Humanities and Social Change presents Edmund de Waal, writer and artist, the author of The Hare with Amber Eyes (2011) and The White Road (2016).

"I’m both an artist and a writer. These are not divergent practices: they are shared obsessions with how we see and read objects and texts. In this illustrated presentation I’ll talk about recent projects in Vienna, Berlin and LA, how family stories interweave with what I am trying to do, why collecting matters and why white is a difficult colour."

Auditorium Santa Margherita, Dorsoduro 3689, Venice

Admission free
Event in English language, with Italian translation available.

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17th May 2017, 16.30

Inaugural event of the Center for the Humanities and Social Change

Opening remarks

Michele Bugliesi, Rector of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Erck Rickmers, Chairman of Humanities and Social Change International Foundation

The Humanities and Climate Change
Amitav Ghosh, author of "The Great Derangement. Climate Change and the Unthinkable" (University of Chicago Press, 2016), "La grande cecità. Il cambiamento climatico e l’impensabile" (Neri Pozza, 2017)

in conversation with
Shaul Bassi, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Thomas Carlson, University of California at Santa Barbara

Please confirm your participation to by 15 May 2017
Admission subject to availability of places.


June 8-10, 2017

The Populist Upsurge and the decline of the diversity Capital


The Reset-DoC Seminars 2017 will be held in Venice on 8th-10th June 2017in partnership with Ca Foscari University, Giorgio Cini Foundation and Bilgi University.

Speakers, Faculty and Participants: Kiku Adatto, Asaf Savaş Akat, Giuliano Amato, Katajun Amirpur, Lisa Anderson, Akeel Bilgrami, Murat Borovali, Giancarlo Bosetti, Cemil Boyraz, Lucio Cortella, Hamid Dabashi, Sara De Vido, Alessandro Ferrara, Nilüfer Göle, Manlio Graziano, Andrea Graziosi, Amr Hamzawy, Volker Kaul, Tiziana Lippiello, Stephen Macedo, Yves Mény, Lea Nocera, Claus Offe, David Rasmussen, Michael Sandel and others.


Last update: 06/08/2018