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Friday trip: Visit to MOSE Barrier System and Venice Lagoon

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by intern No Comments

Friday, October 27, 2017

Meeting Point: 9.10 am, San Servolo (boat stop)


9.10 am Departure with pivate boat from San Servolo Island
10.45 am Malamocco
11.15 am Mose Barrier system
11.30 am Pellestrina
12.15 pm Museum of the South Lagoon
13.30 pm San Pietro in volta
14 pm Ca’ Roman
15.50 pm San Servolo

(You need to bring along a packed lunch)

The visit is compulsory for students enrolled in:
F1701 History of Venice (Prof. Pes)
F1720 Critical Food Studies (Prof. Thompson)

The visit will include a preparatory lesson on Wednesday, October 25 at 5 pm

Some Info
Mose barriers consist of flap gates, installed in the bottom of the inlets, that allow to separate temporary the lagoon from the sea during an event of high tide. They are part of a project intended to protect the city of Venice and the Venetian Lagoon from flooding, through an integrated system consisting of rows of mobile gates installed at the Lido, Malamocco and Chioggia inlets that are able to temporarily isolate the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea during high tides.

Find more info in the MOSE Website

Introductory Lecture to the MOSE visit, October 25

Posted on: October 18th, 2017 by intern No Comments

“Both the sea and mobile dams as threats. The contemporary imaginary of the fishermen in the lagoon”

Wednesday, October 25 – 5 pm – room 9A

Guest Speaker: Rita Vianello

The lecture is part of the MOSE Visit, and it is compulsory for students enrolled in:
F1701 History of Venice
F1720 Critical Food Studies 


Prof. Rita VianelloCa’ Foscari University of Venice, is an Anthropologist of the Sea and author of books about Pellestrina’s fishermen and about the Gondoliers.
Professor Vianello, who did extensive field work in Pellestrina, will introduce the Culture of the Fishermen of the Lagoon and their perception and reaction towards the massive environmental transformation induced by the building of the Mobile Dams (MOSE).

All students and professors interested are welcome to join!

VIU Movie Series – “La Notte di San Lorenzo”

Posted on: October 11th, 2017 by intern No Comments

Monday, October 16 – 5 pm – room 9A

La notte di San Lorenzo


“A distinctive and restless force in European cinema for more than 35 years, the Taviani brothers mastered an eloquent stylistic bridge between Rossellini’s stringency and Fellini’s braggadocio.

1982′s The Night of the Shooting Stars remains their premier achievement and arguably the best Italian film of the ’80s. Fantastic and episodic, this saga of Italian villagers roaming the Nazi-upended countryside searching for the liberating armies combines doom, magic and absurdism with spectacular confidence. This mid-career masterpiece (told as mythopoetic flashback by its six-year-old protagonist, now grown into parenthood) is a traumatic oral history seen from the inside out”.

Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice

Directed by: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani                    Starring:Margarita Lozano and Omero Antonutti
Release date 1983                                                          Genre: Fantasy war drama
Running time: 105 minutes                                           Language: Italian with English subtitles