Full name: Rita VIANELLO
Nationality: Italian
Birth date: 19/06/1966
ORCID ID: 0000-0001-5369-602X
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Member of the interdisciplinary research teams of Ca’ Foscari University:
Creative arts, cultural heritage and digital humanities: ;
Environmental technology and green economy: ;
Science of complex economic, human and natural systems:                                                                       

University of Western Bretagne in Brest (France): chercheur associé                                                                                                                      URL for web site:

•    01/01/2009 - 13/12/2013: PhD in Ethnology at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Western Bretagne in Brest (France) - Honours.
•    01/01/2009 - 13/12/2013: PhD in co-supervision with the European Doctorate in Social History from the Middle Ages to the Modern Ages, at the University of Venice.
•    13/12/2013: Label “Doctor Europaeus” (European Doctor).
•    26/02/1999: Degree in Social History at the University Ca' Foscari of Venice – Honours.

13/12/2013 PhD in Ethnology at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Western Brittany, Brest, France, in co-supervision with the European Doctorate in Social History from the Middle Age to the Modern Age at the University of Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Italy, title of the dissertation: Le savoir des mytiliculteurs de la lagune de Venise et du littoral breton. Etude d’ethnologie comparative, scores: Très Honorable avec les Félicitations du jury (Honours); awarding of the title of “Doctor Europaeus” (European Doctor).
26/02/1999: Degree in Social History at the University Ca' Foscari of Venice, title of the dissertation: La cultura della pesca nell’isola di Pellestrina, degree score, 110/110 e Lode (Honours).


15/03/2021 al 30/09/2021: Adjunct Professor of Cultural Anthropology for schoolteachers, 1st, 2nd and 3rd class, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice. 08/03/2020 to 30/09/2021: researcher in partnership with the CNR-ISMAR (National Research Council) of Venice as part of the Interreg project Italy-Slovenia TRETAMARA “TREzze, Tegnùe e Ambienti MARini-litorali dell’Alto Adriatico: proposte di gestione”. Participation in the writing of the proposal with an anthropological study on the Traditional Ecological Knowledge owned by fishermen on “tegnùe”.                                                                 from 01/11/2020 Member of the Istituto Italiano di Archeologia ed Etnologia Navale-ISTIAEN, Venice.                                                                   01/09/2019 - 30/09/2020: Adjunct Professor of History of Popular Traditions, Department of Human Studies, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice.
08/02/2019 al 30/09/2020: Adjunct Professor of Cultural Anthropology for schoolteacher (24cfu) 1st and 2nd cycles, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice.
01/09/2019 – 31/08/2020: Research fellow of ARCA - Adriatica project (Priority Axis – Environment and Cultural Heritage), EU Interreg program Italy-Croatia 2014-2020 (European Regional Development Fund) focused on the preservation, valuing and development of the maritime heritage of the Adriatic Sea, with the aim of a knowledge spreading and of a sustainable tourism development. Department of Economics, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice (I).
from 15/05/2015 to present: Honorary Fellow at Centre de Recherche Bretonne et Celtique (CRBC), Université de Bretagne Occidentale (UBO), Brest, (France).

16/04/2019 - 30/09/2019: Adjunct Professor of Methodologies of Anthropological Research, Department of Human and Social Sciences, University of Bergamo, Bergamo (I).
08/02/2019 al 30/09/2020: Adjunct Professor of Cultural Anthropology for schoolteacher (24cfu), Department of Human and Social Sciences, University of Bergamo, Bergamo (I).
01/09/2018 - 30/09/2019: Adjunct Professor of History of Popular Traditions, Department of Human Studies, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice.
08/02/2019 al 15/10/2019: Adjunct Professor of Cultural Anthropology for schoolteachers, 1st and 2nd class, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice.
13/11/2018 - 12/06/2019: Research fellow of “SI2 – Integrated Sustainability and Social Innovation”, ESF program (European Social Fund), focused on the role of the relational goods in the organic farms of the OltreConfin District, Veneto Region, Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics, DAIS, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice.
12/02/2018 - 31/07/2018 Adjunct Professor of Anthropology for schoolteachers (24cfu) in the, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes.

2020: Il ritmo dell’esperienza, dieci casi etnografici per pensare i conflitti ambientali, V. Bonifacio, R. Vianello (edd), CLEUP, Etnografie, Padova.
2020: Novecento A Venezia – Le Memorie Le Storie: Pellestrina, G. Crovato, M. Tagliapietra, R. Vianello (edd) editorial series by Mario Isnenghi, il Poligrafo, Padova.

June 2019: realization of the ethnographic-documentary “Le aziende biologiche del distretto Oltreconfin: beni relazionali e sostenibilità”, founded by ESF programme (European Social Fund) inside the project Integrated Sustainability and Social Innovation (

2019: fellowship Erasmus+, Staff Mobility for Teaching (STA), at the Universidad de Granada, Departamento de Anthropologia, Spain (23-27 September 2019).
2018-2020: researcher of the programme Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility 2019, between Italy and Argentina, concerning the historical effects of the anthropization in lagoons and river deltas, coordinated by Dr. Marco Fincardi of Ca' Foscari University of Venice, in collaboration with the Venice CNR, National Research Council and CONICET, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2019: Marie Curie Action-Individual fellowship-Standard GF: Horizon 2020, proposal title “The Fining Relational Goods in Sustainable Fishing Practices in Lagoa de Conceicao and in Venice Lagoon”, Participating organisations: UNIVE and UDESC, Evaluation Summary Report total score 83,80.
2012/2015: collaboration with the project CO-SCIENCES: Cooperation Sciences/Companies for the production of Scientific issues in the Environmental field: analysis of scientific, social and structural innovations, Brest University.
01/02/2014: French Teaching Qualification for Lecturer in Ethnology (CNU 20).
2014: as a researcher collaborator of Latitude Platform for Urban Research and Design, I have been awarded a Marie-Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme “Understanding exclusion through security defensive systems in wealthy urban areas. Porto Alegre, Brussels, Veneto region” (assignment not accepted due to commitments research).
2009-2010: I managed an anthropological research about the professional category of Venetian gondoliers, funded by Giorgio Cini Foundation of Venice, section Folk Traditions, and Region of Veneto.
1999: National Prize Costantino Pavan, sections unpublished works, with my Master thesis: La cultura tradizionale della pesca nell'isola Pellestrina (the traditional culture of the fishing in Pellestrina island).

15/10/2004 - 06/2005: collaboration with the Association Culture and Rural Tradition of Treviso (I) for the cataloging and classification of ethnographic objects.
2003: researcher with the Interuniversity Research Project “The popular names of animals”. University involved: Venice, Genoa and Calabria, financed by Ca’ Foscari University, Venice.
01/01/2001 – 02/2002: Pramaggiore (Venice), collaboration with the Ethnographic Museum of Belluno (I) for the realization of a museum about the farming culture at the Mill of Belfiore; I have managed the fieldwork, the cataloging of objects and information sheets for general public.
Dal 2016: Collaboration with the Venice International University, Isola di San Servolo, Venice, for special lectures (invited by the vice-dean Dr. Luca Pes): Titles and dates: 03.10.2018: “The perception of the safeguard works in the Venice Lagoon”; 28.03.2018: Fishermen Knowledge and the perception of the water; 23.10.2017: Fishermen Traditional Knowledge in the Venice Lagoon; 08.05.2017: The imaginary of fishermen and the perception of the water; 11.05.2016: Both in the Sea and Mobile Dams as Threats. The Contemporary Imaginary of the Fishermen of the Lagoon.

From 2015: Thesis supervisor, co-supervision and mentoring of MA degree students in Anthropology, at the Department of Human Studies, University of Ca’ Foscari, Venice.
01/10/2004 – 01/01/2006: as researcher member of ARCA (Association for the Research in Cultural Anthropology) I have supervised the stage activity of 2 MA students of Anthropology by the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

13/12/2018: Panel “Comunicare il cambiamento climatico, dal negazionismo alla consapevolezza inter-specie: quale ruolo per l’antropologia?”, VI National Congress SIAA, Società Italiana di Antropologia Applicata, La comunicazione in antropologia applicata (Cremona 13-15 December 2018).

23/02/2019: referee of the paper Género, infancia y antropología frente al cambio climático/ Gender, children and anthropology in the face of climate change, COLLECTIVUS Revista de Ciencias Sociales, CRCS (ISNN 2382-4018), Facultad de Ciencias Humanas - Programa de Sociología, Universidad del Atlantico, Colombia.

01/04/2020: Rome, PhD School in History, Anthropology, Religions, Department of History, Anthropology, Religions, Art, Entertainment, University of Rome - La Sapienza, seminar “Mare amaro”. Title: “La laguna di Venezia e il fenomeno delle acque alte: percezioni e conflitti”. Seminar delivered online and on Facebook.
18/10/2019: Venezia, public conference “Venezia e l’Adriatico. Itinerario storico e antropologico tra i mestieri e le tradizioni del mare, della laguna e della città”, for the Gruppo 25 Aprile Association, title: “Gondolieri di casàda. Un mestiere dimenticato?”.
14/09/2019: Mestre Venezia, public lecture at the laboratory “Atlante delle trasformazioni: osservatorio della laguna” directed by Dr. Luca Pes and Dr. Piero Brunello, paper on “Peòci - da veleno a prelibatezza, vicissitudini delle cozze in Laguna”.
08/10/2018: Ca’ Foscari University, Venice: Seminar for the class of Applied Anthropology (Dr. Valentina Bonifacio, MA students) on the Venice Lagoon and the Global Climate Changes.
03/10/2018: “The perception of the safeguard works in the Venice Lagoon”. Venice International University - San Servolo Island, Venice.
14/04/2016: University of Turin, Turin, Department of Lingue e Letterature Straniere e Culture Moderne, special lecture on folk traditions, title: Evoluzioni e trasformazioni del mestiere di gondoliere tra il XX e XXI secolo: il gondoliere de casàda, de paràda, da nolo.
25/11/2015: Venice, Ateneo Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, Conference “Il M° Giulio Ruetta Fabian e la creazione del coro dei gondolieri”.
17/11/2015: Università di Modena, Department of Studi Linguistici e Culturali, special lecture on cultural traditions, title: Il patrimonio culturale immateriale e i mestieri tradizionali.
22/10/2012: Venice, Ateneo Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, public presentation of the book “Il gondoliere”.
15/10/2012: Venice, Cooperative Carpentieri e Calafati, public lesson about the history of the Republic of Venice and the job of gondolier.
17/04/2012: Venice University, seminar for MA students of Ethnology, title: Il mestiere di gondoliere tra il XX e XXI secolo. Il gondoliere de casada, da parada, da nolo (The profession of gondolier between the XX and XXI centuries. The gondolier of “casada”, of “parada”, for hire).
25/09/2012: Venice-Mestre, Regional Centre of Venetian Culture, public conderence of the book Il gondoliere.
05/12/2011: Venice, Municipality of the city, Conference and presentation of the book Il gondoliere.
24/10/2010: Venice University, seminar for the Master of Ethnology, with the title “L’agricoltura del mare: la mitilicoltura nella laguna di Venezia e sulle coste settentrionali della Bretagna. Una visione comparativa”.
20/10/2006: Venice, Library of the Arsenal of Venice, public presentation of the book Pescatori di Pellestrina. La cultura della pesca nell'isola veneziana, Venice, (Pellestrina Fishermen. The culture of fishing on the Venetian island).


01/12/2020: Parma: VIII CONVEGNO NAZIONALE DELLA SOCIETÀ ITALIANA DI ANTROPOLOGIA APPLICATA (SIAA): FARE (IN) TEMPO. Cosa dicono gli antropologi sulle società dell’incertezza. Presentation of the book: "Il ritmo dell'esperienza: dieci casi etnografici per parlare di conflitto ambientale".         29/09/2020: Venezia, Ca' Foscari University. Conference "Humanities, ecocriticism and mulspecies relations" Paper on: MoSE (Venetian Mobile Dams' System). Safeguarding Venice from Flooding and  Anthropocentric Perception.

05/12/2019: Rome, Museum Macro Asilo, lecture at the event “Through waters. Raccontare l’acqua. La bellezza salverà il mondo?”. Title: “L’uomo e l’acqua. La città di Venezia e il rapporto simbiotico tra abitanti e laguna”.
05/11/2019: Bangkok, Thailand, WEEC 2019, Tenth World Environmental Education Congress. Presentation of the video documentary “Being Aware of the Climate Change” in collaboration with A. Bergamasco, Venice-CNR researcher and E. Bougleux, professor at the University of Bergamo.
14/10/2019: Workshop at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice for the presentation of the results of the project FSE “SI² Sostenibilità integrata e innovazione sociale: relazioni umane e nuovi modelli economici”.
09/03/2019: Venice-Mestre, ISRE Institute, Congress “Eco-nomia. Sostenibilità Integrata e Innovazione Sociale”, paper on: Relazioni umane e nuovi modelli economici.
14/12/2018: Cremona, participation at the workshop “Cambiamenti climatici come questione culturale”, VI National Congress SIAA, Società Italiana di Antropologia Applicata.
23/03/2018: University of Florence, Laboratory of Anthropology and Anthropocene, Department ESSESCIFOPSI, “Managing Global Social Water” workshop, World Water Day. Title of the paper: "Global Climate Changes in Venice Lagoon. The Phenomenon of "acqua alta" and the Perception of the Safeguard Works".
15.12.2017: University of Studies of Catania, V National Congress SIAA, Società Italiana di Antropologia Applicata, “Collaborazione e mutualismo. Pratiche trasformative in tempi di crisi”, paper on " Il pericolo delle inondazioni in laguna di Venezia: conflitti e percezioni".
12-13/05/2017: University of Turin-Salbertrand, Congress: "Ambientare: idee, saperi, pratiche”, MASKA project, Marginal Areas Sustainability and Know-how in the Alpes, paper on: Gli interventi per la difesa di Venezia dalle alluvioni e la costruzione del Mose: sapere scientifico versus sapere locale?
19/12/2016: University of Trento, Department of Sociology, IV° National Congress SIAA - Società Italiana di Antropologia Applicata, Politiche, diritti e immaginari sociali: sfide e proposte dell'antropologia pubblica, panel I “Antropologia e cambiamenti climatici”, paper: Cambiamenti climatici e laguna di Venezia: l’innalzamento del livello del mare e la percezione delle opere di salvaguardia del MoSE.
03-04/10/2016: Chioggia-Venice, University of Padua (Palazzo Grassi), Congress on “Historical ecology of semi-enclosed basins: past, present and future of seas at risk” funded by EU-COST Ocean Past Platform (European Cooperation in Science and Technology - EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020 - Department of Biology - University of Padua and ISPRA, Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research; paper: The rehabilitation of lices (mussels) in the lagoon of Venice: an example of change in perception of sea resources.
18/04/2016: University Ca' Foscari of Venice, Department of Studi Umanistici, Laboratory of ethno-anthropology, seminar: Territori in trasformazione: le opere di salvaguardia della Laguna di Venezia.
07/04/2016: University of Florence, Dipartimento di Scienze Formazione e Psicologia - Discipline etno-antropologiche, workshop for MA students in Geographic and Anthropological Studies on the Venice lagoon.
08/11/2015: Free University of Bolzano, IV° National Congress ANUAC - "Ambienti di vita e ambienti immaginati. Nuove sfide per l'antropologia", panel XXII: "Policy and governance of envinronment", paper: "Territori in trasformazione: le opere di salvaguardia alla Laguna di Venezia e il caso del Mo.S.E."
12/12/2014: Università di Rimini, II° National Congress SIAA - Società Italiana di Antropologia Applicata, panel: Il caso della mitilicoltura nella laguna di Venezia: il passaggio dalla pesca all’allevamento artigianale e industriale e le sue implicazioni socioculturali.
25/04/2013: Rennes, France, 138th Congress CTHS (Comité de travaux historiques et scientifiques) "Feeding: behaviours and food strategies" with the paper: Eat healthy, eat wild: the rehabilitation of mussels. Panel reviewed by the Journal of the University of Rennes 2.
16/03/2012: Brest University, France, Department of Ethnology, Workshop "Natural Order and human tinkering XVI", paper: Bad breath of the Sponsor. Do research under the eyes of the Northern League (and other patrons of extreme right).
16/02/2003 - 17/02/2003: Cosenza, University of Calabria, Congress "Zoonimia Popolare”. Paper: I pesci tra mare e laguna nell’isola di Pellestrina.
18/04/2000: Venice, Ca' Foscari University, Congress "Cultura materiale, saperi tecnici e saperi naturalistici”. Relation on: Pesca di mare e di laguna a Pellestrina: influenza delle conoscenze etnozoologiche sulla cultura dei pescatori (Material culture, tecnical skills and knowledge of the nature. Sea and lagoon fishing in Pellestrina: influence of ethno-zoological knowledge about the culture of the fishermen).
22/10/1999: Treviso, International Centre for Water Civility, Congress "Giornate dell'Acqua 1999". Relation on: I saperi popolari nella laguna di Venezia: ambiente, acque, pesci (The popular knowledge in theVenice lagoon : environment, water and fish).