The “Montalcini” programme at Ca’ Foscari: a new call and new fellows


Ca’ Foscari is a university that attracts international researchers who, after spending a period of time conducting research abroad, decide to develop their academic career in Italy. One of the opportunities offered by Ca’ Foscari is the Rita Levi Montalcini programme, funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research to enable young researchers to work at Italian universities.

The latest call for applications opened on 27 September 2022 and closes at midnight on 27 October 2022. The total budget amounts to EUR 8,5 million.

Thanks to the Montalcini programme, three fellows are in the process of starting their research at Ca’ Foscari, including Francesca Antonini and Piera Rossetto. The complete list of Ca’ Foscari’s Montalcini Fellows is available here.

Francesca Antonini holds a PhD in Philosophy (University of Pavia), and has conducted research in Italy, France, and Germany. She has worked as a postdoc researcher at Université de Lyon/ENS de Lyon e postdoctoral fellow presso il Lichtenberg-Kolleg/Moritz-Stern-Institut (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen). Antonini has chosen Ca’ Foscari and the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies to develop her project, “Conceptualising Political Leadership. Bonapartism and Caesarism in the European Political Thought of the Interwar Period.” The project aims to provide a thorough investigation of the use of these categories in intellectual and political debates in various countries in Europe (in particular Austria, Germany and Italy) between 1918 and 1939. Re-reading the interwar period through the lenses of the Caesarist-Bonapartist model will allow for a better grasp of the variety of political solutions that lie between the two opposite theoretical poles of dictatorship and democracy.

Piera Rossetto holds a PhD in Languages and Civilisations of the Mediterranean (University of Venice) and in Socio-historical Anthropology (EHESS-Toulouse). She has been Hertha Firnberg Post-doc Fellow and Lecturer (2018-2022) at the Centre for Jewish Studies - University of Graz (Austria). Her previous projects include Mind the map: charting unexplored territories of in-visible migrations from North Africa and the Middle East to Italy. Her current Montalcini project is “Gender, Ageing and Migration: Memory and Jewish Masculinities from North Africa and the Middle East.” Based on the case study of Jewish migrations from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe from the 1950s to 1970s, the project will apply the lenses of age and gender to examine memories of forced migration and will consider the memory narratives of migrants’ children to be a "later coping strategy" for handling their parents’ traumas during the migration process. 

For further information, please contact the International Research Office -Individual Funding Unit