Wiki800Unipd: studenti e professori dell’Università di Padova su Wikipedia

Wiki800Unipd: studenti e professori dell’Università di Padova su Wikipedia

Un workshop online rivolto a tutta la cittadinanza per imparare a scrivere pagine di Wikipedia e al contempo conoscere meglio l’Università di Padova. Sotto la guida di insegnanti e con testi forniti appositamente in formato digitale, viene chiesto a chi partecipa di scrivere una voce riguardante studentesse, studenti e docenti illustri del nostro Ateneo; le migliori vengono pubblicate su Wikipedia.

https://venetonightpadova.it/evento/wiki800unipd-studenti-e-professori-delluniversita-di-padova-su-wikipedia/#altrieventi


HuMaps: Framing Migration Narratives and Visualities through the Lens of the Cartographic Humanities

HuMaps: Framing Migration Narratives and Visualities through the Lens of the Cartographic Humanities

Postdoctoral project supervised by Tania Rossetto

Project in collaboration with the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences and the Centre for the Movement of People, Aberystwyth University (Prof Peter Merriman, Dr Andrea Hammel), and the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS) and the Geomedia laboratory at Concordia University (Prof Sébastien Caquard)

Laura Lo Presti

HuMaps explores the link between the emerging “cartographic humanities” and mobility and migration studies from a geo-visual and narratological perspective. The two-year research project has the dual objective of analytically deconstructing the imaginaries of migratory maps as well as reconstructing alternative, creative and sensitive imaginations of human mobility. These two research lines thus envisage an analysis of the cartographic narratives of the global migrant crisis to assess how maps, map-like objects and cartographic imaginaries have reproduced human migration over time – and migrated through several networks, artistic media and hybrid materials – to alternately foster feelings of hospitality and hostility towards newcomers. More importantly, HuMaps will reflect on novel applications of digital (and non-digital) mapping methodologies in the context of migration storytelling. These methodologies will be developed in collaboration with the MobiLab, as well as with the support of international scholars and partner institutions in Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.


XXXIII CONGRESSO GEOGRAFICO ITALIANO “Geografie in movimento / Moving geographies”

Congresso | XXXIII CONGRESSO GEOGRAFICO ITALIANO “Geografie in movimento / Moving geographies”

Evento online

Dal 08.09.2021 al 13.09.2021

Il Congresso Geografico Italiano torna nella città di Padova a 67 anni di distanza dal Congresso del 1954, per celebrare assieme agli otto secoli di storia dell’Ateneo patavino anche 150 anni di ricerca, didattica e impegno civile della geografia, forte della sua storia ma anche di una costante vocazione al rinnovamento della disciplina e dei suoi strumenti di interpretazione del mondo.

Ispirandosi al Progetto di Eccellenza del DiSSGeA “Mobility and the Humanities”, il Congresso Geografico Italiano 2021 è dedicato alle GEOGRAFIE IN MOVIMENTO, con l’obiettivo di stimolare la comunità geografica italiana a farsi promotrice di un’articolata riflessione sui temi della mobilità.

Se il movimento è una dimensione implicita della geografia, poiché da sempre informa la relazione tra uomo e ambiente e tra spazio e società, una rinnovata attenzione verso questo aspetto è emersa negli ultimi decenni. Termini come circolazione, trasferibilità, connettività, transcalarità hanno connotato la più recente ricerca in campo geografico. Non si tratta di una semplice focalizzazione sulle dinamiche e sulle implicazioni spaziali, economiche, politiche, culturali o ambientali del movimento in relazione agli oggetti della ricerca geografica – siano questi umani, biologici o tecnologici – ma di un rinnovamento dello stesso vocabolario, della stessa cassetta degli attrezzi e delle stesse lenti di cui i geografi e le geografe si dotano per osservare, descrivere, analizzare e, in ultima analisi, produrre conoscenza.

Dedicare il Congresso Geografico Italiano 2021 alle “geografie in movimento” sembra paradossale nel momento in cui l’iper-mobilità che sembrava aver attratto l’attenzione più di recente – come fatto socio-spaziale ma anche come oggetto o categoria d’analisi privilegiati della ricerca – è messa in questione da una pandemia difficilmente eguagliabile a quelle che l’hanno preceduta. Se da un lato la pandemia trova nel legame con la radicalizzazione della globalizzazione un proprio elemento distintivo, dall’altro lato il momento è contraddistinto da un forte rallentamento dei flussi che più avevano guadagnato la ribalta a causa dei confinamenti a scale diverse imposti o subiti da differenti categorie di persone e oggetti (nella propria casa, nella propria regione, nel proprio Stato). Il rischio è che si perda di vista il fatto che mobilità e immobilità non sono mai assolute, né singolari. La situazione presente (o appena attraversata), piuttosto, smuove concetti, teorizzazioni, strumenti eminentemente geografici.

Per giocare al gioco del movimento e per mettere in discussione le questioni della mobilità, il Congresso Geografico Italiano 2021 rimescola le carte e si organizza intorno a cinque nodi:

  1. Elementi, animali, piante: mobilità dei costituenti, delle forze e degli organismi
  2. Oggetti, merci, beni: l’impronta materiale del movimento nello spazio
  3. Soggetti, gruppi, persone: pratiche, spazi e dinamiche delle mobilità umane
  4. Idee, testi, rappresentazioni: pensare, raccontare e immaginare il movimento
  5. Strumenti, tecnologie, dati: GIS, luoghi, sensori, attori

Le giornate congressuali, che si terranno online, verranno seguite da una serie di escursioni post-congressuali che renderanno possibile un “ritorno sul campo” in sicurezza.

Il programma completo dei lavori congressuali, da cui si evince l’ampiezza dei modi in cui è possibile declinare la riflessione e la ricerca sulle mobilità, è consultabile sul sito del Congresso Geografico Italiano.

 www.congressogeograficoitaliano2021.it

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From Venice and Rome to Mainz: Italian Books from Humanism to Counter-Reformation in the Library of Baron Johann Christian von Boineburg

From Venice and Rome to Mainz: Italian Books from Humanism to Counter-Reformation in the Library of Baron Johann Christian von Boineburg

Postdoctoral project supervised by Paola Molino

Gábor Gángó

The “Maecenas Germaniae,” the Baron Johann Christian von Boineburg (1622-1672) was a book collector, patron of the arts, Lord Marshal at the court of the Mainz Elector Johann Philipp von Schönborn, and not least friend and supporter of the young Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. Boineburg’s private library as an encyclopaedic, with an abundant number of hand-written cross-references interconnected “database” and his extended scholarly correspondence provides the source basis for the mapping of the international network of politically, denominationally, and scholarly engaged intellectuals after the Peace of Westphalia.

Gábor Gángó’s project aims at the reconstruction of Boineburg’s role in the knowledge transfer between Germany and Italy. This research would encompass details of the acquisition, circulation, and reviewing of Italian books within his network as well as the determination of the place which science and theology that were produced in Italy occupied in Boineburg’s ever-broadening system of knowledge.

Besides, the project will focus on the issue of confessionality in Boineburg, which crystallised in a special way in his conversion. Boineburg, who received a Lutheran education in Jena and Helmstedt, was converted at the Imperial Diet of Regensburg in 1653. In the literature, his better career prospects at the court of the Mainz Elector are given as possible reasons. Here Gábor Gángó wants to overcome the previous state of research and also reveal the intellectual motives for the conversion. To this end, he will also examine the collective thought processes in Boineburg’s correspondence with other scholars. This collective communication and thought process has a lot to do with Italy and cannot be understood without the Italian context. As it will be shown on the collected source materials, impulses of the Counter-Reformation in the 17th century in general and also particularly in Boineburg’s case came from Rome.

As a result, one would be in a better position to understand, through the case study of an important German Catholic convert, the mid-17th-century reconciliation attempts between the authority of the Catholic Church and the aspirations of modern science and philosophy for the possession of true knowledge.


Museum objects in movement

Museum objects in movement

Project in collaboration with the Department of Geography and the Centre for the GeoHumanities, Royal Holloway, University of London (Prof Felix Driver, Dr Caroline Cornish)

Despite their illusory condition of immobility, museum objects represent the meeting point of a wide bundle of itineraries, each of which has enriched them in meaning and, therefore, narrative potential through time. The mobility perspective allows us to read these itineraries and circulations as main components of the value of objects and to better understand the complexity of the role they play for their heritage communities.

Among the numerous kinds of movement that can involve museum objects, the basic one concerns the trajectories objects have followed from their production places to the collection seat itself, their main stages, the actors involved, the reasons behind them, the techniques, materials, and representations. Mobility is a defining characteristic in the life and history of objects. The point of origin of an object’s trajectory, however, coincides with the destination point of the trajectories traced by the commodity chains of its material components, and connections between unexpectedly distant places are revealed, together with the historical roots of contemporary topics like the object’s environmental and social sustainability.

Objects also trace spatial trajectories in relation to their use in different practices and places. Thinking of science and geography museum collections, for instance, instruments might have known a mobile outdoor life related to fieldwork-based research, either in specific location or widely spread. In such a context, the reconstruction of the instruments’ itineraries might allow us to compose different heritage expressions into a coherent mobility-based system, both tangible (instruments, photographs, documents, maps, etc.) and intangible (research output, practices of knowledge construction and research documentation, teaching habits, etc.). Moreover, focusing on the life of plants, botanical, and ethnobotanical collections in terms of the mobility/immobility turn means to look at their “life cycle” through a different conceptual and theoretical lens.

The meaning of objects is also frequently affected by shifts and changes. Although this can appear a metaphorical application of the mobility paradigm, such a shift in the meaning of an object is often related to its physical transfer and the consequent change of its perception and/or use by new subjects. Vice versa, sometimes the transfer itself represents the evidence of a change of significance for the person or community dealing with it.

The Covid-19 emergency is multiplying the number of museum objects involved in another kind of mobility: digitized and shared online, narrated through virtual tours and podcasts, they are moving creatively from Museum platforms to people’s digital devices and therefore potentially towards everywhere and everyone. Tracing their movements along the ramifications of the WWW would represent an extremely interesting investigation under several points of view.

Thanks to the Museum of Geography and the Botanical Garden of the University of Padova, we bring together different traditions and fields of studies, such as museum studies, history of science, historical geography, and material culture history. In our research project we aim at deepening the multilayered concepts connected to the idea of museum objects’ mobility. On the one hand, we follow different “things” through their uses, itineraries, trajectories and circulations in space and time. On the other hand, we focus on the theoretical implications connected to the general idea of mobility of objects in museums.

Coordinated by:

Elena Canadelli

Chiara Gallanti

Mauro Varotto