Programma

ANNUAL CONFERENCE

19-24 July 2017

CARRARA

The programme is subject to change. Last updated 6th February 2017 

WEDNESDAY 19TH JULY

4:00 Hotel pick-up
Bus 1 from Marina di Carrara and Bus 2 from Massa

From 3:30  to 5:30 Foyer Teatro degli Animosi
Conference Registration and cocktail reception

6:00 Teatro Animosi
Welcome speech
(present: Mayor of Carrara, President of Dickens Fellowship, Councillor for Culture and Tourism, sponsor representatives, Branch President’s address)

8:15 Dinner at Mulino Forti
(an old watermill along the river Carrione, in the historical centre of the town, 2 minute walk from the Dickens Fellowship Carrara branch office)

9:30 Teatro Animosi
Opera Concert

THURSDAY 2OTH JULY

8:30 Hotel pick-up
Bus 1 from Marina di Carrara and Bus 2 from Massa

9:15 Conference Hall, Chamber of Commerce, Carrara
Lecture
Dickens and the Art of Landscape
Prof. Malcom Andrews, Emeritus Professor of Victorian &Visual Arts, University of Kent

10:00 Conference Hall, Chamber of Commerce, Carrara
Lecture
Prof. Francesca Orestano, University of Milan

10:45 Coffee break

11:15 Conference Hall, Chamber of Commerce, Carrara
Lecture
The English Traveller’s Luggage: What Dickens Took to Italy – and the Pictures He Brought Back
Dr. Tony Williams, President of the Dickens Fellowship, Senior Honorary Research Fellow, University of Buckingham

12:00 Conference Hall, Chamber of Commerce, Carrara
Lecture 
Dickens and Jasper: Where Art Ends and Landscape Dissolves
Prof. Marisa Sestito, University of Udine

1:00 Lunch at Mulino Forti

2:30 Mulino Forti
Relaxation time

4:00 Guided tour to the marble quarries

7:30 Dinner at Mulino Forti

9:00 Teatro Animosi
Pictures from Italy – In Prospettiva
by Primessa Productions

FRIDAY 21nd July

8:45 Hotel pick-up: departure to La Spezia by coach
Bus 1 from Carrara and Marina di Carrara and Bus 2 from Massa

10:05 Departure from La Spezia harbour to Portovenere by boat

10:45 Arrival in Portovenere
visit to the historical centre, St.Peter’s Church and Byron’s grotto

1:00 Packed lunch and free time in Portovenere

2:20 Departure from Portovenere to La Spezia by boat

3:00 Departure from La Spezia to the hotel by coach

6:00 Hotel pick-up
Bus 1 from Marina di Carrara and Bus 2 from Massa

6:30 Conference Hall, Chamber of Commerce, Carrara
Lecture
Dickens and Company All the Year Round in Italy
Dr. Jeremy Parrott, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Buckingham.

7:15 Conference Hall, Chamber of Commerce, Carrara
Lecture
Dickens Posing for Posterity: The Photographic Portraits by Herbert Watkins
Dr. Leon Litvack, Queen’s University, Belfast

8:00 Dinner at Mulino Forti

9:30 Carrara Night sightseeing
‘Walking in Dickens’s footsteps’
tour in the historical centre of Carrara

SATURDAY 22nd JULY

8:00 Hotel pick-up 
Bus 1 from Marina di Carrara and Bus 2 from Massa 

8:30 Conference Hall, Chamber of Commerce, Carrara
AGM agendaAppointment of New DF President

10:00 Conference Hall, Chamber of Commerce, Carrara
Lecture
Dickens and the Geranium
Prof. Jenny Hartley, Past President of Dickens Fellowship, Professor Emerita at the University of Roehampton.

10:45 Coffee break

11:15 Conference Hall, Chamber of Commerce, Carrara
Lecture
Dickens and the Pre-Raphaelites: from Criticism to Friendship
Dr. Lucinda Hawksley Dickens

12:00 Conference Hall, Chamber of Commerce, Carrara
Lecture
The Art and Landscape of Dickens’s ‘A Tale of Two Cities’: Beginnings and Endings
Prof. Gail Tarley Houston, Distinguished Feminist Research Lecturer 2016, Feminist Research Institute, Professor of  English Literature, University of New Mexico

1:00 Lunch at Mulino Forti

2:30 Conference Hall, Chamber of Commerce, Carrara
Lecture (University of Genoa)

4:00 Carrara guided visit to Centre of Plastic Arts and Marble Artistic Laboratory

6.00 Transfer to the hotel and free time

8:30 Studio Michelangelo Carrara
Gala Dinner and entertainment

SUNDAY 23RD JULY

8:45 Hotel pick-up
Bus 1 from Marina di Carrara and Bus 2 from Massa

9:30 Saint Andrew’s Cathedral
Church Service

11:00 Coffee break

11:30 Conference Hall, Chamber of Commerce, Carrara
Lecture (University of Pisa)

1:00 Lunch at Mulino Forti  

2:30 Mulino Forti  
Relaxation time  

4:00 Departure to the Roman archeological site of Luni 
(20 minutes by bus from Carrara city centre)

4:45 Guided visit to the Roman city of Luni

7:45 Dinner at Mulino Forti

9:00 Teatro Animosi
Farewell speech

9:30 Teatro Animosi
Gerald Dickens’s performance Dickens in Italy

MONDAY 24TH JULY

9:00 Hotel pick-up
Bus 1 from Marina di Carrara and Bus 2 from Massa

9:45 Optional Post-Conference outing to Pisa

“Dickens, art and landscape”

English writers and poets have always been attracted by Italy as a country marked by a unique artistic and natural wealth, shrouded in a dusty veil of past grandeur. Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio and many other Italian poets and writers have been a recurrent stimulus to English poetic achievement.

Tuscany, in particular, hosted the most outstanding literary personalities in English Literature straddling the eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries and the Victorian Age.

Charles Dickens first visited Carrara in January 1845, where he was astonished by the breathtaking view of the white marble quarries, which he describes in Pictures from Italy and in the many letters to his friend John Forster. The magnificent white marble quarries in the very heart of the Apuan Alps are unique and reveal themselves as a gleaming vision before the visitor’s eyes. Entering the mountain’s heart, one can touch the precious material so highly favoured by artists like Michelangelo and Canova.  Dickens’s sharp eye was able to grasp the hardship of the quarrymen and the precariousness of their lives, something which is still true today.

The Dickens Fellowship conference offers the opportunity to follow Dickens’s footsteps along old Roman routes and visit ancient buildings and monuments in an incomparable part of Italy, a perfect blend of art and nature.

The Conference coincides with the reopening of the Teatro degli Animosi in Carrara, a nineteenth-century work of art, a theatre completely restored and brought back again to its original beauty, as described by Dickens in Pictures from Italy.

Carrara will host many Dickens specialists: scholars and academicians, Dickensians from the English-speaking world and from Italian universities, who will investigate the way Dickens and his contemporaries perceived Italy, its culture, history and people. It will be an event aimed at encouraging and enhancing the dialogue of cultures, strongly supported by Tuscany Region, Carrara Local Government, The Regional Education Department, University of Pisa, University of Milan, AIA, ANDA and many other Italian and British institutions, not to mention private companies, benefactors and, of course, The International Dickens Fellowship.

PICTURES FROM CARRARA

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