Casanova in Place:

A Symposium in Venice

Venice, Italy
28-30 June 2019

The Symposium

28-30 June

Known as one of the eminent travelers of the 18th century, Giacomo Casanova visited much of Europe and wrote one of the era's most important chronicles, as much a travel account as an autobiography. Exploring his interactions with people in the many cities he visited and on the roads reveals insights into both the man and his times. How do we, of other places and times, expand our understanding of his contributions? Join us in Venice, Casanova's birthplace and heart-home, to explore the impact of place and time on Casanova's identity, writing, and ideas.

This symposium aims to bring together anyone interested in the study of Casanova's life and letters. A rich variety of participants will engender rich discussion and invite new ideas and perspectives. On offer will be events both academic as well as popular.


The Symposium will include papers, readings from published books, and receptions. Optional extra excursions may include a trip on the Burchiello, a tour of the Casanova's cell in the Doge's Palace,  and walking tours to Casanova sites in Venice. The reception will be held at the Galleria il Redentore on Giudecca and the lectures will be held at the Centro Cultural Don Orione Artigianelli in Dorsoduro. 

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About the Organizers

Presented by Kathleen Ann Gonzalez, author of Seductive Venice: In Casanova's Footsteps (also known as Casanova's Venice: A Walking Guide and A Venezia con Casanova) and Malina Stefanovska, University of California, Los Angeles, co-organizer of the 2016 conference Casanova: Libertine Legend and contributor to the catalogue for the exhibit Casanova: The Seduction of Europe

Sponsored in part by the William Andrews Clark Library /

UCLA Center for 17th & 18th Century Studies.

Tentative Schedule of Events

Thursday 27 June:

8:00 – 17:00 Optional Full day cruise on the Burchiello boat from Venice to Padua, lunch included. 109 euros.


Friday 28 June:

10:00 – 12:00 Optional Walking tour of Casanova-related sites in Venice, with Kathleen Gonzalez, ending at optional lunch. 

14:00 – Optional Visit to Casanova Museum. 13 euros.

18:00 – 19:30 Symposium Reception. The evening will include a recitation of Casanova's translation into Venetian of Homer's Iliad by Albert Gardin.  Location: Galleria il Redentore, Giudecca (vaporetto stop Redentore)

Saturday 29 June: 

8:30 – 16:30 Presentation of papers, moderated by Bruno Capaci. (lunch provided). Location: Centro Culturale Don Orione (vaporetto stop either Zattere or Accademia)

19:00 Dinner on your own.


Sunday 30 June: 

9:00 – 12:00 Author Panel Discussion. Location: Centro Culturale Don Orione

12:00 – 14:00 Lunch (provided)

14:00 – 17:00 Screening of film version of Casanova Ballet. By special arrangement with Sky Arts, Digital Theatre and Northern Ballet. Directed and choreographed by Kenneth Tindall and scenario by Kenneth Tindall and Ian Kelly, based on his biography of Casanova. Location: Centro Culturale Don Orione

19:00 Dinner on your own.


Monday 1 July:

9:55 – 11:30 Optional Doge’s Palace Secret Itineraries Tour (includes Casanova’s prison cell). 20 euros. Tour is in English, with tours at other times in Italian and French.

Afternoon: Optional walking tour of northern Venice to Casanova sites, with tour guide Luisella Romeo. 



Presenting papers
Gregory Dowling, Ca' Foscari University of Venice
Jean-Christophe Igalens, Senior lecturer, Faculté des  Lettres de Sorbonne Université
Stefano Feroci, author and editor
Mladen Kozul, Associate Professor of French, 
University of Montana
Cyril Frances, Senior Lecturer, 
Université Jean Moulin - Lyon 3
Malina Stefanovska, University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Nicola Vinovrški, University of Queensland
Tom Vitelli, author, editor, and researcher

Author Panel Discussion

Authors Include:

Barbara Lynn-Davis, Ph.D., lecturer, Department of Art, Wellesley College, USA, and author of Casanova's Secret Wife
Kathleen Ann González, author of Seductive Venice: In Casanova's Footsteps
Michelle Lovric,
author of Carnevale, The Wishing Bones, and other books
Ian Kelly,
author of the biography Casanova

Casanova Ballet

"In a claustrophobic Venice of lavish dress and gilded interiors, Casanova is preparing for a career in holy orders when an erotic encounter sets him on a different path. Sexual conquests and intellectual liberation define this whirlwind of scandal and excess. 


Northern Ballet's atmospheric and seductive production, Kenneth Tindall’s first full-scale narrative ballet, was captured by Digital Theatre at Manchester’s Palace Theatre and stars Giuliano Contadini as the infamous Italian lover." --Digital Theater website

Ian Kelly and Kenneth Tindall wrote the scenario, based on the Sunday Times bestselling biography Casanova by Ian Kelly, and choreographed and directed by Kenneth Tindall. The ballet won numerous awards, including Best Classical Choreography at the 2017 National Dance Awards and Outstanding Achievement in Dance, 2017, in BroadwayWorld. It will be touring internationally in 2020. 

By special arrangement with Sky Arts, Digital Theatre and Northern Ballet, we will screen this film version of the ballet, to be introduced in person by Ian Kelly.

On Display: Photographs by David Winston

The photographer, David Winston, was born in California and moved to the UK in 1970 and travels extensively with his camera. Like many artists before him, he has been drawn to the city of Venice as a constant source of inspiration and now divides his time between Venice and the UK.

With his photography he has sought ways to work beyond the constraints of modern digital imagery. This has led him to both look back to the earliest photographic processes and also develop his own alternative ways of producing a photographic image:

"The two major elements of magic and emotion are the driving forces behind my photography. The camera is a completely objective observer, simply recording everything the lens sees, rather than filtering it through our individual human perceptions. The use of alternative photo processes allows me to work with the more painterly aspects of photography--to portray what I see in a more subjective way. The art for me is to produce a photograph that engages our imagination."

His work displays the detached, watchful eye of the outsider, evidenced in his evocative and atmospheric images.

The spirit of Casanova cannot be separated from the night of Venice:  the half-lift doorways, the shadowy colonnades, dim figures caught in a fleeting glimpse.  The American photographer David Winston, who lives part-time in Venice, has captured the mystery of the Venetian night in his series of "Nocturnes," some of which will be on display during the symposium. 


Optional Events

Optional excursions will be available outside of the weekend schedule. These may include:

  • A tour on the Burchiello up the Brenta River to Padova, following Casanova's childhood route.

  • Two walking tours of Casanova sites from the book Seductive Venice: In Casanova's Footsteps, one by author Kathleen Gonzalez and the other by guide Luisella Romeo.

  • Group tour of the "Secret Itineraries" in the Doge's Palace.

  • A visit to the Casanova Museum.



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Cancellation Policy:

A refund of $70 USD will be provided if your registration is cancelled by June 10. After that no refunds will be granted. 

Lectures and Author Panel will be  held at the Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli in Dorsoduro, 29 and 30 June 2019.

Reception will be held at the Galleria il Redentore on Giudecca, 28 June 2019.

Galleria il Redentore

Manuel Carrión is the founder and owner of Galleria il Redentore, where he showcases his own work as well as that of other local artists. His 2015 series "Spying on History with Casanova" consists of 1160 small canvases, each depicting individual impressions of Giacomo Casanova. Subsequent series have explored Venetian women as "Donne corragiose" and "Spying on History: Marco Polo." 


Participants should make their own hotel reservations. Here are some nearby accommodations.

Hotel Belle Arti

Rio Terrà Foscarini, 912/A, Dorsoduro 30123

Tel. 0039 041 5226230


Pensione Seguso

Dorsoduro 779

Tel: 0039 041 52 86 858


Santa Margherita Guesthouse

Sestiere Dorsoduro 2885

Tel: 0039 327 854 1710

Domus Cavanis 

Dorsoduro 895

Tel : 00 39  041 5287374

There are also options for religious guest houses, though these are farther away from the conference venue.

Istituto Canossiano

Dorsoduro 1323, Fondamenta delle Romite 

Tel : 00 39  041 2409711

e-mail info@romite


Istituto Ciliota
Calle delle Muneghe (S. Stefano), S. Marco, 2976
Tel : 00 39 041 5204888


Casa Mons. Caburlotto
Santa Croce, 316, Fondamenta Rizzi

Tel : 00 39 041 710 877

Casa Cardinal Piazza            .

Cannaregio, Fondamenta Contarini, 3539/A
Tel : 00 39 041 721 388

Casa Sant'Andrea
Santa Croce, 495/B

Tel : 00 39 041 277 09 45

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