Friday, April 27, 6:30pm – Lina Bolzoni, "Memory Palaces" — The New School – The Arts of Memory Conference

The NSSR Interdisciplinary Memory Group invites you to the following event: 

Friday, April 27, 6:30–8:30 p.m.


(The New School for Social Research, Wolff Conference Room, 6 East 16th Street, 11th Floor)

“Memory Palaces – The Renaissance and the Contemporary World”

Lina Bolzoni
Global Distinguished Professor of Italian Studies
New York University


An ancient tradition teaches the art of memory. This art builds palaces in the mind in which to place images that help us to remember. While this tradition may at first sight appear radically remote from the world we live in today, it nevertheless regularly resurfaces in different forms. This talk describes the most famous “theatre of memory” of the Renaissance, the magical-hermetic Theatro of Giulio Camillo, and draws comparisons with the Encyclopedic Palace of the World (now in the American Folk Art Museum of New York), the brainchild of an Italian emigrant who developed this project for Washington Mall in the 1950s. Further contemporary employments of the ancient memory techniques may be observed in the life and works of historian Tony Judt and writer Siri Hustdvedt, opening up intriguing questions as to why such reemergence should occur at this particular historical juncture.


This keynote address will be given in conjunction with “The Arts of Memory,” the Fifth Annual Interdisciplinary Memory Conference at The New School for Social Research, Thursday, April 26 – Friday, April 27, 2012.

More information is attached and the full conference schedule is available on the conference website:

The evening event and conference are both free and open to the public — please join us!


NSSR Interdisciplinary Memory Group
“The Arts of Memory” — The 5th Annual NSSR Interdisciplinary Memory Conference — Thu., Apr 26 – Fri., Apr. 27, 2012

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