Thursday 3 December 2020
6.30 – 8.30pm

During the Renaissance Venice was recognised as a maritime economic superpower. The systems its merchants perfected went on to shape the development of modern capitalism, and still underpin the global economy in the 21st century. 

Venice later reinvented itself to become known as a Performance City to encourage tourism - 'The City of the Carnevale'. It became famous for entertainments and vice as varied as public opera and theatre, masking-wearing and gambling to prostitution and cross-dressing. 

Join us for this vibrant Ocean Talk to consider what life is like in Venice today, how the past has shaped its people, and how Venice's colourful history has shaped contemporary capitalism, tourism, & festival cities.

Note: Ticket includes light refreshments and the opportunity from 5.30 – 6.30pm to view the exhibition Venice: City of the Sea

Main image: by Ingeborg Gärtner-Grein, Unsplash


Jane Gleeson-WhiteJane Gleeson-White is an award-winning writer and author of four books, including the internationally acclaimed history of accounting, Double Entry: How the merchants of Venice shaped the modern world (2011), and its sequel, Six Capitals: The revolution capitalism has to have (2014). Her first two books are about literature. Her essays and articles on literature, economics and sustainability have been widely published, including by the Wall Street Journal, Guardian, Bloomberg and Wired. She has spoken about economics and sustainability around the world, including for the Sundance Film Festival, United Nations and European Union. An updated paperback edition of Six Capitals will be published in March 2020.


Professor Adrian FranklinProfessor Adrian Franklin trained in social anthropology in the UK and held Professorial positions in the UK, Europe and Australia. His research interests include the sociology of art museums and art publics, festivals, urban studies, design, contemporary social theory, travel, tourism and the creative industries.  

Recent books include Anti-museum (Routledge), The Making of MONA (Penguin); City Life (Sage); Tourism (Sage). New books include Animal Theory (for Sydney University Press) for 2020.
Recent articles include:
"Where "Art Meets Life": Assessing the Impact of Dark Mofo, The Journal of Festive Studies, 2019, a new mid-winter festival in Australia, 
Art Tourism: A New Field for Tourist Studies Tourist Studies, 2018, 
'Feral Tourism', in Bryan Grimwood, Kellee Caton, Lisa Cooke, and David Fennell (Eds.) 
New Moral Natures in Tourism London: Routledge [with Thomas Colas, Ecoles Normales Superior, Paris] 2018, 
'Engaging with the anti-museum? Visitors to the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)'. [With Nikos Papastergiadis] Journal of Sociology 2017; 
'Aimless and Absurd Wanderings'? Children at the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)', Museum and Society 2018; 
'The More-Than-Human City', The Sociological Review, 2016. 
'Journeys to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao:Towards a Revised Bilbao Effect', Annals of Tourism Research 2016.


Dr Francesco VisentinDr Francesco Visentin is a human geographer with research interests in ethical tourism and cultural history. His research focuses on water and rural landscape changes especially in Italy, Spain and England. He is currently a researcher academic in the Department of Languages and Literature, Communication Education and Society of the University of Udine, Italy. He is involved in projects concerning cultural heritage, the landscape evolution and the tourism processes. He is also interested in the relationship between art and geography and life in Venice and the city's engagement with tourism. Sometimes he wanders along rivers and canals exploring everyday geographies.


Domenico GentileYour host: 
Domenico Gentile: SBS journalist, producer, broadcaster and script-writer




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