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Musicisti europei a Venezia, Roma e Napoli (1650-1750): musica, identità delle nazioni e scambi culturali

David Moss   ANU

For anyone working on the connections between music, the formation and career mobility of musicians, cultural exchanges and national identity this research project, under the auspices of the École francaise de Rome and other European research organisations, will be of interest. e85c73290cEven though dealing with an earlier period, many of its themes pick up questions raised in Roger Hillman’s earlier post on Verdi, Woody Allen and singing in the shower. The project’s website provides detailed information on the kind of comparative research undertaken, the individual projects of the team members and the events they organise. Even though the research deals with a specific kind of music, only three cities and a single century, many of the questions raised about culture, creativity and collectivities should be applicable quite widely.

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IN MEMORIAM: GUIDO MARTINOTTI 1938-2012

David Moss   ANU

Friends, colleagues and readers of his many works will have heard with great sadness of the sudden death of Guido Martinotti, one of Italy’s foremost sociologists and public intellectuals, on December 5 at the age of 74.

Guido Martinotti – @foto: uninews24

Guido Martinotti – @foto: uninews24

Born and educated in Milan, he was largely trained as a sociologist in the United States, thanks to a Harkness Fellowship which provided for a period of extended study in American universities – in his case, Columbia and the University of California at Santa Barbara where he became an annual visiting professor after 1986.

Other beneficiaries of Harkness and Fulbright awards who belong roughly to his own generation and who drew similar inspiration from what was then the primary frontier of sociology include Gianfranco Poggi, Alberto Martinelli, Franco Ferraresi and Marino Regini. Collectively they played a major role in establishing the development of sociological research in Italy, investigating the impact of modernity across the entire range of Italy’s cultural, political, religious and economic institutions.

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