46th International Advanced Culture Course Dimore della distanza / Habiter la distance / Distant closeness

Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
plus Nov, 1619 2021

The International Advanced Culture Course will start up again from 16-19 November 2021. Renewing this legacy means pursuing the Fondazione Giorgio Cini’s twofold vocation of helping keep alive and fecund the roots of Venetian humanism in its Mediterranean context and of studying trends in the contemporary world and contributing to them for the future.


Although the difficulties introduced by the pandemic in public and private life throughout the world have brought to the surface latent tensions and have made contradictions explicit, they have also suggested the possibility of lasting solutions. The topics to be discussed on the course are intended to reflect this idea: not just point out limits but seek new ways forward. To this background, “Distant closeness” is a theme rich in implications and possibilities: the distance imposed on us is not only prophylactic distancing, absence of conviviality, loss of dialogue and isolation but also a convergence towards new forms of interpersonal exchanges, respect for the “aura” in the careful, accurate use of words and listening. This may also involve re-gauging the distances between the typical world of the individual and the infinities that surround us.


The participants on the course will be:


Benjamin Arbel, Tel Aviv University;

Ricciarda Belgiojoso, Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca;

Mario Botta, architect, Accademia di Architettura, USI;

Alberto Manguel, writer, Centro de Estudos da História da Leitura, Lisbon;

Amina Mettouchi, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris;

Carlo Ossola, Collège de France, Paris (Course Director);

Giulia Rodighiero, Università degli Studi di Padova;

Victor Stoichita, Université de Fribourg;

Alain Supiot, Collège de France, Paris;

Gabriele Veneziano, Collège de France, Paris and CERN, Ginevra.




Download the Program of the 46th International Advanced Culture Course