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Fixed-Term Assistant Professor (RTD/A) at Ca' Foscari University, Venice, Italy

Researcher at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (International Affairs Institute), Rome, Italy



PhD, Asian and African Studies, (September 2015- February 2019) Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy. Dissertation: “De-Framing a National Dream: Identity and Political Legitimacy in the Discourse on the Chinese Dream”, Awarded Cum Laude
Advisor: Prof. Fiorenzo Lafirenza

MA, Languages, Economics, Legal Institutions of Asia and Mediterranean Africa,Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy (September 2011 to October 2014), 110 out of 110 cum laude. Dissertation: “Metaphors of a Metaphor: The Rhetoric of the Chinese dream”

BA, Oriental Studies, University ‘La Sapienza’, Rome, Italy (September 2007 to December 2011), 110 out of 110 cum laude. Dissertation: The Yuefu during the Six Dynasties



Shanghai Academy of Social Science, Shanghai, PRC (June-July 2019). Visiting Program for Young Sinologist, funded by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the PRC.

Peking University, Beijing, PRC (February 2016 – January 2017)
Senior visiting student at the School of Journalism and Communication, Peking University, Beijing

Advisor: Prof. Chen Rudong

Beijing Foreign Languages University, Beijing, PRC (February 2010 to June 2010) Certificate of attendance and achievement: a 1-semester Chinese language program



Ph.D.full scholarship, Italian Ministry of Education, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice (2015–2018)

Special allowance for research activities abroad, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Graduate School

China Scholarship Council via the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for conducting research on Contemporary Chinese Political Discourse and Rhetoric, Peking University, Beijing, PRC (2016- 2017)



Adjunct Lecturer of Sociology in Asian Countries at Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, Italy (2019 -2021)

Adjunct Lecturer of Chinese Language and Translation at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy (2019 -2021)

Teaching assistant for Global Asian Studies Minor, Ca’ Foscari International College, Venice, Italy (September 2018- July 2021)

Freelance Translator and Interpreter Chinese, English, Italian (2019 -ongoing) in various fields, including legal, cultural and business.

Teaching assistant in Chinese language (M.A. and B.A.), Ca' Foscari University, Venice, Italy (February 2017- January 2019)

Linguistic and cultural mediator, Vocational School “Barbarigo” in Venice for Tourism and Catering (2014)



(November 2022 – October 2026) Researcher in “ReConnect China: Generating Independent Knowledge for a Resilient Future with China for Europe and its Citizens”. Horizon Europe-CL2-2021-TRANSFORMATIONS.

(August-December 2021) Project coordinator of the research project “When Italy embraces the Belt and Road”, Istituto Affari Internazionali, Italy:

(2020 – ongoing) Participant to the research project “Sinophone Borderlands Europe Survey” (, organised and coordinated by Palacký University in Olomouc (UPOL), Czech Republic.



Panels organised

"Keywords in contemporary China", chaired by Marco Fumian, with Adrian Krawczyk, Bettina Mottura, Federico Picerni, Runya Qiaoan and Natalia Riva, August 26, 2021, 23rd Biannual Conference of the European Association of Chinese Studies, Germany, Leipzig. 

Papers given

“China’s official narratives on Xinjiang”, “Xinjiang and Counterterrorism Discourse in China”, (February 8, 2023), Lancaster University, UK, (invited).

“China’s public diplomacy in and through texts: The role of translation in (re)framing China’s official narratives in the era of Covid-19”,  Conference “The COVID-19 Pandemic and China’s Global Projection: Between Continuities and Changes”, (November 11-12, 2022) (invited).

“Techno-Orientalism in the 21st century: From the Japan threat to the China threat”, “Sinophone Borderlands Survey Workshop”, (September 5th, 2022), Olomouc, Czech Republic, (invited).

“China’s official narratives on Xinjiang: interethnic mingling, economic prosperity and religious terrorism”, September 26, 2021, "US-China competition, COVID-19, and democratic backsliding in Asia: Implications for Europe", European University Institute in Florence (invited). 

"Jingshen 精神 (spirit): A governmental Keyword in contemporary China”, August 26, 2021, 23rd Biannual Conference of the European Association of Chinese Studies, Germany, Leipzig.

"Dalla civiltà spirituale allo spirito cinese: il ruolo politico della cultura nella Cina del XXI secolo" (From the spiritual civilization to the China spirit: the political role of culture in 21st century China). L'Ircocervo e noi: spazi e prospettiva per una sinologia critica. Giornata di studi per il III anniversario in ricordo di Angela Pascucci, (April 24th, 2021), Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy (invited).

"'Whose dream?': Renmin (the people) as a floating signifier in contemporary China". CALA 2020 The Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology "Asian Texts, Global Contexts" (February 5th-8th, 2020), The Universiti Putra Malaysia, Bintulu, Malaysia 

“Doing things with metaphors in contemporary China: Analysing the use of creative metaphors in the discourse on the Chinese dream”. Workshop on "Eurasian Connection”, (May 25th-26th, 2018), Heidelberg, Germany.

“Old dreams for a new era? Analysing the discourse on the Chinese dream and on the belt and road initiative”. “The 5th International Conference: From Hegel to Mao and Beyond: The Long March of the Sinicizing Marxism”, (April 20th-22nd, 2018), Ljubljana, Slovenia.

“Metafore e potere: Analisi del linguaggio figurato nel discorso politico di Xi Jinping sul sogno cinese” (Metaphors and power: Analysis the use of figurative language by Xi Jinping in the political discourse on the Chinese dream). "Inerzia e Solerzia del Testo: Genesi, Mezzi ed Esiti dell'Agire Testuale", (December 5th-6th, 2017), Venice, Italy.

“Building a community of shared destiny: The belt and road initiative in the political speeches of Xi Jinping”. “the Third International Forum on the 'New Silk Road' and Sino-European Cooperation”, (November 8th-9th, 2017), Duisburg, Germany.

精准扶贫 Precision in poverty alleviation: Le nuove tendenze del discorso politico cinese (精准扶贫 Precision in poverty alleviation: The new trends of Chinese political discourse). "XVI Convegno Associazione Italiana Studi Cinesi" (September 21st-22nd-23rd, 2017), Milan, Italy.

“中国梦理论:中国国家话语的新形态” (The Chinese dream theory: The new shape of China’s national discourse), “The First Annual Conference of the Global Discourse Society & The International Academic Symposium” (September 9th 2016), Wuhan, Hubei, China.

“中国梦:中国国家修辞传播的新趋向” (The Chinese dream: The new trends of China’s rhetorical communication), “The First High-Level Forum on National Communication Studies” (July 17th 2016), Wuhu, Anhui, China.

“The Rhetorical Construction of the Chinese Dream”, “‘Dynamic China’ British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies Annual Conference 2016” (June 23rd- 24th 2016), King’s College, London, UK.

“论中国梦的修辞性建构” (On the rhetorical construction of the Chinese dream), “The Third Annual Conference of Cognitive Communication in China & the International Cognitive Communication Symposium of 2016” (April 8th- 10th 2016), Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China.



"La Cina del XXI secolo. Tra continuità e discontinuità." Istituto Italiano di Studi Filosofici, December 14, 2023. 

"Rimboccati le maniche per realizzare il sogno cinese. La traduzione del discorso politico nell’era di Xi Jinping", Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, November 30, 2023.

“China’s development in the 20th and 21st century: a discursive approach.” Libera università internazionale degli studi sociali Guido Carli (Luiss Guido Carli), 11 April 2022.

“La Cina di Xi Jinping: Tra continuità e discontinuità”, Circolo ACLI Geopolitico, Milan, Italy, April 2, 2022.

“La Cina di oggi in otto parole”, Università degli Studi di Cagliari, March 3, 2022.

“Popolo, Nazione, Civiltà: La costruzione identitaria di una Cina in transizione”, Università Cattolica, Milan, February 17, 2022.

“Studying contemporary Chinese political discourse”, PhD course, Training and Teaching Block 3. Ca’ Foscari University, 17 January 2021

"Lo sviluppo nella storia della Cina", Storia dell'Asia Orientale Contemporanea, Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturati Comparati, Università Ca' Foscari, Venice, October 8th, 2021.

"Da una storia di disastro a una storia di vittoria: La pandemia Covid19 nei racconti di media cinesi", Caffè Sociologico, Università degli Studi "Magna Grecia" di Catanzaro, April 26th, 2021.

"Italian health care system under coronavirus pressure: systemic features, political issues and old contradictions". Global Online Conference on COVID-19: Fallout & Future, Bennet University, April 9th, 2020. 

“La struttura del Partito Comunista Cinese e il Pensiero Politico da Mao a Xi” (The Structure of the Chinese Communist Party and Its Political Thought from Mao to Xi). Verona University, October 9th, 2018.

La ‘Nuova’ Via della Seta: ‘Vecchie’ Istanze per una ‘Nuova Era’? (The ‘New’ Silk Road: ‘Old’ Appeals for a ‘New Era’?). Ca' Foscari University, Venice, November 15th, 2017.

“Da 'il pensiero di Mao Zedong' al ‘sogno cinese’: L'evoluzione del pensiero politico nella Cina contemporanea” (From ‘Mao Zedong Thought’ to the ‘Chinese dream’: The evolution of political thought in contemporary China. Verona University, October 12th, 2017.

"Le metafore del sogno cinese: Il linguaggio figurato nei discorsi di Xi Jinping" (The metaphors of the Chinese dream: Figurative language in Xi Jinping's political speeches). Lecture at Ca' Foscari University in Venice, December 7th, 2015.



(January 24th, 2018) Book Presentation: Buonanotte Signor Mao (Goodnight Mister Mao) by the Italian Journalist Gabriele Battaglia. Venice, Italy.

(February 18th, 2019) Event: “Lavoro e ambiente in Cina a partire dalle inchieste di Angela Pascucci” (Work and environment in China, starting from the Angela Pascucci’s research). Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy.

(May 10th, 2019) Event: “Sulle trace di Michelangelo Antonioni: La Cina di ieri e di oggi attraverso gli occhi dei protagonisti di Chung Kuo, Cina” (following Antonioni’s footprints: Yesterday and Today’s China through the eyes of the protagonists of Chung Kuo, China). Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy.



Workshop: "Deconstructing China's official narratives: a toolkit". Co-organized by Istituto Affari Internazionali and Ca' Foscari University, March 10th, 2023. 

Roundtable: "China's story: Party rhetoric and State disinformation". Speakers: Una Bērziņa-Čerenkova, Marina Rudyak, James Millward; discussant: Beatrice Gallelli. Organized by Istituto Affari Internazionali, March 9th, 2023.

Roundtable: “Unpacking State-Society Relations in the Urban Space: What are the Limit(s) of Compromise?” Speakers: Silvio Cristiano, Mona Harb, Subrata Mitra, Runya Qiaoan; discussant: Beatrice Gallelli. Venice Seminars. Reset-DOC Venice seminars “Between State and Civil Society: Who Protects Individual Liberties and Human Dignity?”, May 26th-28th, 2022.

“La Cina in Italia” (China in Italy). Co-organised conference between the Istituto Affari Internazionale and Marco Polo Centre of Ca’ Foscari University, December 13th, 2021.

China’s presence in Italy: challenges and opportunities. Public event at the Istituto Affari Internazionali’s premised, Rome, December 17th, 2021,

Dr. Florian Schneider’s lecture “China’s Digital Nationalism and its Implications for Hong Kong”, Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna (postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic).

Dr. Florian Schneider’s lecture “China's Networked Spectacles: Lessons on Public Discourse Management from Hu to Xi”, Ca’ Foscari Universiy, Venice (postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic).

 Book Presentation: Buonanotte Signor Mao (Goodnight Mister Mao) by the Italian Journalist Gabriele Battaglia. Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy, January 24th, 2018.

 “Lavoro e ambiente in Cina a partire dalle inchieste di Angela Pascucci” (Work and environment in China, starting from the Angela Pascucci’s research), Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy, February 18th, 2019)

(May 10th, 2019) Event: “Sulle trace di Michelangelo Antonioni: La Cina di ieri e di oggi attraverso gli occhi dei protagonisti di Chung Kuo, Cina” (following Antonioni’s footprints: Yesterday and Today’s China through the eyes of the protagonists of Chung Kuo, China). Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy.



  • At "Fahrenheit" RaiRadio3, August 11th, 2021, together with Marco Del Corona's Asiatica,
  • Soverato (CZ), Italy, Associazione culturale Kalibreria, August 25th, 2021, with Marco Zappa
  • Novara (TO),Italy, Circolo dei Lettori di Torino, September 10th, with Carla Ferrario
  • Rome, Cina in Italia, November 11th 2021, with Nino Azzarello
  • Bologna, Asia Institute, Novembre 29th, 2021, together with the presentation Matteo Dian's Cina, Stati Uniti e il futuro dell’ordine internazionale (Bologna: Il Mulino, 2021), with Alessandro Albana
  • Online, Stroncature, November 25th, 2021, with Nunziante Mastrolia, Gaia Perini and Paolo Magagnin
  • Novi Ligure, Liceo Amaldi, December 7th, 2021
  • At "Il cielo sopra Pechino" (7 novembre 2021), with Gabriele Battaglia and Marco Magnano.
  • At "Asiatica" (Radio Radicale), December 28th, 2021, with Francesco Radicioni and Valentina Manieri,


 -       2017 Global Discourse Society

-       2017 The National Discourse Association

-       2016 EACS (Europan Association for Chinese Studies)

-       2016 AISC (Associazione Italiana Studi Cinesi/Italian Association for Chinese Studies)



Peer Reviewer for Sociology and Anthropology

Member of the editorial committee of The International Spectator

Member of the editorial board of Sinosfere


Computer Skills:

-       (2018) European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Full Standard Certificate

-       (2017) ECDL IT Security Specialised Level