RAGAGNIN Elisabetta

Professoressa Associata
Delegata del Dipartimento per l'Internazionalizzazione
041 234 8816 / 041 234 8816
Sito web
www.unive.it/persone/ragagnin (scheda personale)
Dipartimento di Studi sull'Asia e sull'Africa Mediterranea
Sito web struttura: https://www.unive.it/dsaam
Sede: Ca' Cappello

Research interests

The research interests of Elisabetta Ragagnin include the fields of linguistics, philology, cultural studies and literature of Turkic and Mongolic languages and peoples, as well as Silk Road Studies, covering a vast geographical area stretching from the Near East and the Caucasus to Central Asia and Mongolia. Within this broad range of interests, her focus is on Turkic and Mongolic linguistics, especially ethnolinguistics, sociolinguistics and contact linguistics. She has undertaken extensive fieldwork on endangered Turkic languages and cultures of Mongolia and Iran. Old and Middle Turkic sources, particularly the trans-regional languages Chaghatay and Ajemi Turkic, as well as pre-classical and classical Mongolian literary monuments are also central to her research interests. Moreover, she has a broad interest in anthropology, ethnography and literature including Turkic and Mongolian culinary culture, Central Asian nomadic culture, shamanism, Turkic and Mongolian throat-singing, mediaeval and pre-modern odeporic literature, as well as Turkic and Mongolian oral literatures and folklore.


2014: Abilitazione scientifica nazionale (Habilitation) to Associate Professor (10/N1 “Culture del Vicino Oriente Antico, del Medio Oriente e dell'Africa” and 10/N3 “Culture dell’Asia Centrale e orientale”)

2007: PhD (summa cum laude) in Turcology at the Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz Doctoral dissertation: Dukhan, a Turkic variety of northern Mongolia: Description and Analysis

1996: Master Degree in Oriental Languages and Literatures (Persian, Turkic, Altaic and Arabic Studies) at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (108/110)

Positions Held

February 2020 onwards: associate Professor at the Department of Asian and North African Studies, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

April 2015-January 2020: Professor (W2) at the Department of History and Cultural Studies, Institute for Turcology, Free University Berlin

September - October 2017: Visiting professor at the Minzu University of China (MUS), Beijing

May 2015 – onwards: External affiliated researcher at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge (UK)

October 2013-March 2015: Research Associate, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge (UK)

June 2013: Winner of a Maître de conférences position in “Linguistique des langues turques” at INALCO (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales), Paris [refused]

October 2010- September 2013: Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at the department of Turcology and Central Asian Studies, Georg August University, Göttingen

October 2003-October 2010: Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at the Institute of Turcology / Altaic linguistics, Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main

December 2001- February 2002: Visiting Fellow at the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology, Institute of Advanced Study, La Trobe University, Australia

Honors and awards

2014: Honorary Doctorate awarded by the Azerbaijanian Academy of Sciences (Baku)

Editorship and Membership

Chief Editor of the Book Series Hilâl: Studi turchi e ottomani, Edizioni Ca’ Foscari, Venezia

Editorial board member of the Book Series Languages of Asia, Brill, Leiden

Editorial board member of the Journal Turkic Languages, Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden

Scientific Board Member of the Journal Acta Mongolica, Ulaanbaatar

Editorial board member of the Journal Mongolia: area and culture studies, Ulaanbaatar

Scientific Board Member of the Journal Türkologiya, Baku

Editorial board member of the Journal Tehlikedeki diller dergisi / Journal of Endangered Languages, Ankara

Scientific Board Member of the Book Series STRADE (Spiritualità e Tradizioni Religiose: Approcci, Discipline, Etnografie), FrancoAngeli: Milano

Editorial Board Member of the Journal Central’noaziatskie Issledovanija [Central Asian Studies], Kyzyl, Tuvan Republic, Russian Federation

Member of: International association of Mongolian Studies (IAMS)

Member of: Societas Uralo-Altaica (SUA)

Member of: Società Italiana di Glottologia (SIG)

Member of: Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE)

Member of: Associazione per lo Studio in Italia dell’Asia Centrale e del Caucaso (ASIAC)