The Millennial Discord: Generational Tensions in Early Modern Italy
Friday, September 27, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am
Smith Warehouse, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Bay 4, C105
About the presentation: Generational tensions have driven some of the greatest social and artistic upheavals of our history. The power of generational allegiance has been both a productive catalyst for social change and creative force for new modes of artistic expression. But historically it has also led to the adoption of incompatible worldviews and encouraged the creation of quasi-mythical perceptions of the past and present. Recently, this has led some to speak of a 'post-truth society'. How does this happen and is it unique to our present day? This talk will illustrate that generational tensions have a long and complicated history; they were expressed not only in the social and political spheres but also in the cultural and artistic ones. The Italian seventeenth century was a time when the natural rivalry of different generations contributed to the inner mechanics of artistic forms; this period was saturated by polemics, aesthetics of contrast, and the identification of beauty in the incongruous.
About the speaker: Roseen Giles is Assistant Professor of Music at Duke University.