PUBLIC TALK: Italy and the Invention of Luxury
A public lecture by Dr Catherine Kovesi, History, University of Melbourne.
That Italy and Luxury go hand in hand seems hardly noteworthy. It is a pairing at once both obvious and nebulously evocative. However Luxury has a long history, one with a rather sordid past, from which it has never entirely freed itself. And Italy is there, at the heart of the concept – from its fifteenth-century definition and first articulations, to its broader manifestations into present-day luxury brands and the untrammelled consumption of our globalized age. This lecture positions Luxury as one of the key words of our time; but a concept with paradoxes at its core and a chequered history and origins.
This lecture is part of the lecture series celebrating the 90th Anniversary of Italian Studies at UWA.
2019 marks the 90th anniversary of the teaching of Italian language and culture at The University of Western Australia. In 1929, Francesco Vanzetti, an idiosyncratic and popular Venetian, offered the first courses in Italian. This was the first appointment of a lecturer in Italian in any Australian university.
This lecture series, supported by the Institute of Advanced Studies and by Italian Studies in the UWA School of Humanities, celebrates aspects of Italian language and culture, past and present.
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