PICERNI Federico

Qualifica Dottorando
E-mail federico.picerni@unive.it
Sito web www.unive.it/persone/federico.picerni (scheda personale)
Struttura Dipartimento di Studi sull'Asia e sull'Africa Mediterranea
Sito web struttura: https://www.unive.it/dsaam
Sede: Palazzo Vendramin
Incarichi Componente della Consulta dei Dottorandi
  • PhD candidate, Chinese literature
    Department of Asian and North African Studies, Ca' Foscari University of Venice (advisor: Prof. Nicoletta Pesaro)
    Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University (advisor: Prof. Dr. Barbara Mittler)


  • 2018-present: Ph.D. in Asian and African Studies & Asian and Transcultural Studies, Ca' Foscari University of Venice & Heidelberg University.
  • 2015-18: M.A. in History and Asian Studies, University of Bologna.
  • 2010-13: B.A. in Asian Languages, Markets and Cultures, University of Bologna.

_Research abroad and additional training_

  • 2019-20: (September-January) Senior visiting student, Peking University (supervisor: Prof. Zhang Huiyu).
  • 2019: (July) Summer school in "Modern Asian Literatures and Cultures", Palacký University Olomouc.
  • 2017: (November-December) Fieldwork at Peking University.
  • 2017: (May-October) Chinese-Italian literary translation workshop, Confucius Institute of the University of Milan & Civica Scuola Interpreti e Traduttori "Altiero Spinelli".
  • 2014-15: (September-June) 1-year advanced Chinese language course, Xi'an Jiaotong University.

_Scholarships and awards_

  • 1-semester Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship, Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters (May 2019).
  • 3-year PhD full scholarship, Italian Ministry of University/Ca' Foscari University of Venice (September 2018).
  • Grant to conduct M.A. thesis-related fieldwork at Peking University, School of Humanities of the University of Bologna (June 2017).
  • Second prize, 15th Hanyuqiao/Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition, Italy-San Marino (April 2016).
  • Hanban scholarship for a full academic year in China (June 2014).

_Academic teaching experience_

  • Teaching assistant in Chinese language and translation (M.A.), Ca' Foscari University of Venice (2019; 2020-present).

_Academic services_

  • Student Representative of the PhD Programme in Asian and African Studies, Ca' Foscari University of Venice (2018-present).

_Presented papers_

  • From the margins of city and literature: the representation of Beijing in the Picun literature group's ouevre and the right to recognition(s) - China from the Margins: New Narratives of Past and Present, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, forthcoming.
  • Marginality and recognition: migrant workers' right of entry in the "temple of literature" through the case of the Picun Literature Group - EastAsiaNet Workshop "Migration: The Role of East Asia", Duisburg-Essen University, 23-25 April 2020. [Cancelled due to COVID-19 emergency]
  • Writing the country and meaning the city. Rural space, city and identity of authors in contemporary Chinese migrant-worker literature - Transcultural Connections: Migration in Asia, Europe and the Americas, Heidelberg University, 21-22 June 2019.
  • Migrant-worker writing in the social space of China's contemporary city - 11th Asian Dynamics Initiative Conference - PhD Workshop "The Asian City", University of Copenhagen, 18-19 June 2019.
  • Strangers in a familiar city? The urban space of Beijing seen and written by Picun migrant poets - The Transcultural Production of the Urban Space in Eurasia, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, 20-21 February 2019.
  • Family restructuring, marital crises and left-behind children and wives in Fan Yusu and Xu Zechen's stories - The invisible within: actors, relationships and activities in Chinese migrant families, University of Central Lancashire, 15-16 November 2018.
  • Gendered migration. City, countryside and gender in Xu Zechen's migrant fiction - 9th International Symposium for Young Researchers in Translation, Interpreting, Intercultural Studies and East Asian Studies, Universitat Autonòma de Barcelona, 29 June 2018.


  • "Picun's writers in the literary field of Beijing; Beijing in the literary works of Picun's writers", University of Chicago Center in Beijing, 3 December 2019.
  • "Contrordine compagni! Il linguaggio omosessuale in Cina" (Pull back, comrades! Homosexual language in China), University of Bologna, 7-8 November 2018.


_Research groups and networks_

_Additional relevant professional experience_

  • Since 2013 I have been working as a freelance translator and interpreter (Chinese, English, Italian), collecting experience in a number of sectors, including cultural events, film festivals, and the judiciary. In this respect, I have worked with the Confucius Institute, the China Children’s Press & Publication Group and European Union bodies, among others. Starting from 2015 I have also worked as a teacher of English and Chinese at private and public schools.