Events "Italien-Zentrum"

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Guest lecture
Visual Cold War. The cultural association "Italy-USSR" and Soviet films at the Venice Film Festival

Tue, 22 November 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Weiherburggasse 13, Innsbruck

Starting from the early 1920s, cinema and international film festivals were the battleground for ideological struggles between the different political beliefs of the capitalist West and the Soviet Union. After the end of the Second World War the confrontation was only increasing. In his talk, Stefano Pisu will explain how 16 and 35mm film reels, sent from the Soviet Union to the cultural association “Italy-USSR”, helped to create and disseminate a positive image of socialist modernity in Italy and why Soviet officials were refusing to participate in the Venice film festival.

Speaker: Stefano Pisu: Università di Cagliari

In cooperation with: The event takes place in cooperation with the Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen within the scope of the artistic research project “Image Diplomacy” by Vladislav Shapovalov.

Language: Englisch


Reading Mountain Festival
"Berge lesen – verdichtet"

Mon, 5 December 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Claudiasaal, Herzog-Friedrich-Str. 3, 2. floor, Innsbruck

Are there islands in the Alps? Yes, the Dolomites are not made from primitive rock, but have grown from reef, before the time of the Alps. The “most beautiful mountains of the world” are not mountains, but dense water, barrier chalk, sediments, layered time. How to read mounains that are not mountains? Cuntedes de paroles, say people from the Ladin, words in-between.

Speaker: Prof.in Ulrike Kindl, Università di Ca’ Foscari, and Nicola Dal Falco, writer

Moderation: Dr. Leander Moroder from the Micurà de Rü Ladin Cultural Institute

Afterwards we invite you for drinks.

In cooperation with: regular office of the Alpine Convention, Micurà de Rü Ladin Cultural Institute

Language: German/Italian


Guest lecture
Towards a quantitative theory of performance and success

Mo, 23 January 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Location: HS 2,EG, O-E. 04., SOWI, Universitätsstr. 15, Innsbruck

Performance, representing the objectively measurable achievements in a certain domain of activity, like the publication record of a writer or the winning record of an athlete, captures the actions of an individual entity. In contrast, success, captured by impact or visibility, is a collective measure, representing a community’s reaction and acceptance of an individual entity’s performance. We are often driven by the belief that the detection of extraordinary performance is sufficient to predict exceptional success. However, the link between these two measures, while often taken for granted, is actually far from being understood. Indeed, even experts of performance assessment are notoriously bad at predicting long-term success. Nevertheless, differently from performance, success is quantifiable and predictable: given its collective nature, its signatures can be uncovered from the many pieces of data around us using novel tools from network and data science.

In this talk I will show how we can quantify and predict success in a variety of fields. I will discuss the role of luck in achieving success, and will address the relation between performance and success in a variety of settings, highlighting the challenges of gauging performance through success.

Speaker: Roberta Sinatra, Central European University (Budapest) und Northeastern University (Boston)

Language: Englisch


More information: www.uibk.ac.at/italienzentrum


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