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CfH Lectures


From Spartacus to Othello, Italy has been the stage of revolts, conquests and inward and outward migrations. But Italy’s colonial past in the Horn of Africa is often forgotten about or removed from the national memory. In view of the recent migrant crisis, it is crucial to recover Italy’s imperial legacy in order to shed light on contemporary constellations of identity and citizenship marked by racial and religious intersections. Where is Italy heading? And what can an acknowledgment of Italy’s past tells us about the future of cosmopolitan Europe?

About the Eventalks

The theme of the Early Music Festival 2016 (26 August to 4 September) was Venice: ‘La Serenissima’. For the second time, in close collaboration with Utrecht University’s Centre for the Humanities and the Residencies in Utrecht programme, the festival presented a secular version of evensong, named Eventalk.

The spoken element of Eventalk was entrusted to thinkers and artists. They made short, inspiring presentations with a twist, like an intellectual haiku, with a musical interlude by Artist in residence Olga Pashchenko. In this way Eventalk combines a stimulating discourse with beautiful instrumental music by one of the most versatile performers on the keyboard.