Asian and African Studies

International PhD programme, in partnership with:

Universität Heidelberg

Transcultural Studies on Eurasia and North Africa

Academic Year: 2017/2018


For information on educational activities:

Daniela Nardello,

Palazzo Vendramin - Dorsoduro 3462
30123 Venice

Doctorate coordinator

Prof. Patrick Heinrich, Ca' Foscari University,


In our PhD program we seek to educate a new generation of prospective experts on Eurasia and Northern Africa. Graduates are trained to acquire all the necessary skills to become influential experts and knowledge brokers in the study of these regions. We believe that a combination of specific skills is imperative for this:

  • Firstly, we built and develop our program on solid theoretical and methodological skills;
  • Secondly, we expect and support students to develop original research with interdisciplinary and transcultural perspectives;
  • Thirdly, we integrate students into ongoing joint activities with our international partners in order to prepare them for their successful interaction in international settings. 


Students who seek participation in our program should have a broad intellectual and communicative engagement as well as intercultural flexibility. They need to have excellent language skills in at least one of the languages of the list below and have an English language proficiency of at least B2 level. The principal language of our program is English. Applicants should have a solid methodological basis in either the humanities or in the social sciences. 

Our expertise

We provide training and guidance across a wide range of languages and disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Our department ranks among the best 200 modern language programs worldwide. We offer excellent, cutting edge academic training and a vibrant international network.

Languages permanently offered in our program: Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Chinese, Korean, Hebrew, Georgian, Japanese, Hindi, Persian, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Turkish, Urdu. We also have expertise with regard to Aramaic, Russian and Yiddish. 

Academic calendar (2019/2020)

8-10/10/2019 - Training and Teaching Block 1

Tuesday 8/10/2019 (Sala A - Palazzo Vendramin)

  • 13:00-13:45 Self-introductions students
  • 14:00-15:30 Anja Désirée Senz (Heidelberg University): Turning borderlands into economic powerhouses? Connectivity and trade in Southwest China
  • 15:45-17:15 Research at DSAAM: Dario Miccoli: A sea of memories: doing research in/on the Mediterranean 

Wednesday 9/10/2019 (Sala A - Palazzo Vendramin)

  • 14:00-17:00 Student presentation: Introduction of your PhD project (15 min + 15 min discussion) 

Thursday 10/10/2019 (Sala A - Palazzo Vendramin)

  • 10:00-11:30 Andrea de Antoni (Ritsumeikan University Kyoto): Return of the phantom stranger: Doing ethnography of spirits in contemporary Japan and Italy as a "practice of feeling with the world"
  • 11:45-13:15 Research at DSAAM: Sona Haroutyunian: Migration and translation
  • 15:00-16:30 Reading and Discussion: Peter Godfrey-Smith: Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

2-4/12/2019 - Training and Teaching Block 2

Monday 2/12/2019 (Palazzo Vendramin, Sala A)

  • 10:30-12:00 Research at DSAAM: Hyojin Lee
  • 12:00-13:30 Research at DSAAM: Richard Quang-Anh Tran
  • 14:30-16:00 Discussion: Raewyn Connell (200&) Southern Theory. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Tuesday 3/12/2019 (Palazzo Vendramin, Sala A)

  • 10:30-12:00 Arianna D’Ottone (La Sapienza University, Rome): Faraway, so close - the Blue Koran and the Bible of Cava as a case study of an entangled written culture
  • 12:00-13:30 Boike Rehbein (Humboldt University, Berlin): Globalization, Localization and Area: Theory and Epistemology

Wednesday 3/12/2019 (Palazzo Vendramin, Sala A)

  • 9:00-14:00 Student presentations (20 min): On research question and theory

05-7/02/2020 - Training and Teaching Block 3

Joint PhD workshop: Ca’ Foscari & La Sapienza workshop in Rome
"Asian and North African Studies in a Globalized and Interconnected World"

Last update: 15/09/2020