Thursday, May 03, 2012
Italian Visiting Fellowship in the Humanities
Preservation of Landscape and Cultural Heritage in Italy: a Long History, a New Challenge
Lecture by Professor Salvatore Settis (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa)
The civic, ethical and historical reasons for preservation appear today to be giving way to the growing dominance of market forces and, in spite of its high constitutional status, the protective legislation of the Italian cultural heritage is increasingly ignored. Italy, a country with the lowest demographic growth in Europe, also has the highest consumption of land, whilst public investment in heritage management and protection of the landscape is continually shrinking. Museums which are closing down and archaeological sites in a state of collapse (for example, Pompei) are only the most obvious aspects of an ever-increasingly serious crisis. What now will be the fate of Italian cultural heritage? Indeed, is the current crisis of preservation an exclusively Italian problem, or is it the precursor of a more general decline in the civic, ethical and juridical model of protection?
Salvatore Settis has been Director of the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (1994-1999) and of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (1999-2010), where he also taught Classical Archaeology. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, of the Institut de France, of the Istituto Veneto, and of the Academies of Sciences in Berlin, Munich, Brussells, and Turin. He has also been Chair of Italy’s High Council for Cultural Heritage and Landscape. His research interests are many and varied, including Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Art, Cultural Heritage and Cultural Policies.
Date: Thursday, May 03, 2012
Venue: Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh
Organized by: Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
In collaboration with: Italian Cultural Institute
Open to the public: free event
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