Asian and African Studies
professor Federico Squarcini (email@example.com)
The Programme aims to train experts in the various fields of economics, law, politics, history, linguistics, philological-literary and artistic subjects. Their skills will be further enhanced by the direct analysis of sources in the following languages: Arabic, Aramaic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Chinese, Korean, Hebrew, Georgian, Japanese, Hindi, Persian, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Turkish, Urdu and Yiddish.
The Doctoral Programme focuses on the in-depth study of languages spoken in the Near East, North Africa, Southern Asia and the Far East, which are all taught at Ca' Foscari University. These languages are: Arabic, Aramaic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Chinese, Korean, Hebrew, Georgian, Japanese, Hindi, Persian, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Turkish, Urdu and Yiddish.
The geographical area where these languages are spoken encompasses a wide variety of countries: from Morocco to India, Caucasus and ex-Soviet Central Asia to Sri Lanka, and China to Japan and Korea. These are countries with very ancient civilizations, now oriented to a rapid economic development. Therefore, this research doctorate is designed in a way to inspire research on both classical studies and contemporary issues.
Main topic areas:
Philological, literary and linguistic studies:
The main linguistic-literary research subjects of Asian and North African Studies are the following:- Birth, development and history of literary forms and genres;
- Intercultural transmission of forms and subjects related to the folkloristic and cultured narrative from the Asiatic area (China, India) to Euroasiatic and Mediterranean regions (Muslim society);
- In-depth study of rhetoric systems relative to the main literary traditions in Asia and North Africa;
- Planning the improvement of instruments and methods both for language didactics and for the theory and practice of translation (through the elaboration of specialised dictionaries and other lexicographic instruments).
Thought, Philosophy, Religion, Anthropology. The doctoral programme relative to this research area is planned around the various dimensions of philosophic-religious discourse, which are strictly linked: mythical/narrative; devotional/ritual; textual/philological; theological/philosophical; historical/anthropological; aesthetic/iconographic; sociological and ethno-linguistic.
Figurative and Performing Arts, Archaeology, Conservation of Cultural Heritage.
History, Institutions, Economics, Society, Politics and International Relations. The doctoral programme relative to this research area links well-established oriental research in the historical-humanistic field with politics-based , socio-economic and institutional disciplines.
Department of Asian and North African Studies, Palazzo Vendramin - Dorsoduro 3462, 30123 Venezia
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