I am going to spend January-April 2013 as an independent research fellow at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice.
The Fondazione Giorgio Cini Foundation is one of Venice's major cultural institutions and research centres. It was constituted by Vittorio Cini, in memory of his son Giorgio, with the aim of restoring the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore (devastated after 100 years of military occupation) and of creating an international cultural centre that would re-integrate the island into the life of Venice. Its libraries have rich holdings relating to the city of Venice, its art and literature, and its relations with the rest of Europe.
I am going to be working on the connections between the idea of utopia and the city of Venice, as part of my current work on the European afterlives of Thomas More's Utopia, first published in Latin in 1516.