Convening 20 May 2019 Venice (Italy) Practicalities and Registration for Visitors
Sources of Democracy: Citizenship, Social Cohesion and Ethical Values

The Seminars are free and open to all.

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Venice Seminars
Close Encounters Across all Divides
May 23rd-25th, 2019 | Giorgio Cini Foundation and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

The Venice Seminars, in partnership with the Giorgio Cini Foundation, the Mominoun Foundation and the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, The lack of resilience and social cohesion to resist the illiberal trend finds resonance in the old paradox of philosopher Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde: “The liberal state lives on premises that it cannot itself guarantee […] without renouncing its liberalism.” The surprising rise of nationalism, populism, illiberal extremism and the profound crisis of Western democracy all confirm the need to examine these “premises”, i.e. the moral, cultural and educational resources that are taken for granted. The questions that face societies seeking to cultivate and reproduce them are timeless and recurrent: Has individualism endangered communitarian and religious allegiances as much as it has done for the relative importance of national boundaries? Has it undermined the social capital and civic fabric that ground societies? Or is the illiberal trend a temporary regression, a momentary lapse in the long and winding history of democratic development? What insight do we gain on current political illiberal trends from other regional contexts that have been more reluctant to sacrifice communitarian values (South America, Arab and Muslim world, Asia)?

The Venice seminars will analyze these vital questions in Western and non-Western contexts, bringing a comparative approach to examine the attractive power of democracy on a global scale.



You may find useful the official Venice transport map here:

Travel and Accommodation: participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses. 

A room near Santa Lucia Train Station may be a suitable option since you can reach Ca’ Foscari University – Ca’ Dolfin in 15 minutes by walking. You can easily reach San Giorgio Island as well with vaporetto line n°2 in 45 minutes from Ferrovia Stop (in front of Santa Lucia train station).

Also a room near “Zattere” vaporetto stop may be a good option since you can reach Ca’ Foscari University (Aula Morelli, Palazzo Malcanton Marcorà, Dorsoduro 3484/D, Calle Contarini, 30123 Venezia) in 15 minutes by walking and San Giorgio Island with vaporetto line n°2 in 10 minutes.

Another option can be a room in Mestre, that is cheaper than a room on the main Island, from where you can reach Ca Foscari University in 30 minutes with the bus T2.

Here a list of suitable accommodations:

Hotel Andria (Mestre)

Legrenzi Rooms (Mestre)

B&B outlet sweet Venice (Mestre)

B&B romantica Venezia (Mestre)

Hotel San Geremia (near Ferrovia stop, Santa Lucia Train Station – vaporetto line n°2)

Hotel Adriatico (near Ferrovia stop, Santa Lucia Train Station – vaporetto line n°2)

Hotel Dolomiti (near Ferrovia stop, Santa Lucia Train Station – vaporetto line n°2)

Hotel Pensione Seguso (near Zattere Stop – vaporetto line n°2)

For any further information please write to Marco Lucidi:



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