Historical, Geographical and Anthropological Studies

Inter-University PhD programme, in partnership with:

Università degli Studi di Padova

Doctorate coordinator

Prof. Giulia Albanese, University of Padua,

Doctorate coordinator

Prof. Anna Maria Rapetti, for Ca' Foscari University of Venice


Department of Humanities

Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies


For information on educational activities:
Federica Napolitano:  segreteria@gesta.scuoladottorato.it

Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
via del Vescovado 30, 35141 Padua

Educational aims

The PhD Programme aims at enhancing and coordinate the skills and areas of research developed in the three Universities (Padua, Ca’ Foscari Venice and Verona), extending the territorial scope and increasing the opportunities for dialogue and scholarly debate among teachers and PhD students.

The Course intends to be a landmark, at a national and international level, for the training of young researchers and of teachers in these disciplines.

The presence, within the Course, of scientific areas such as history, physical and human geography and cultural anthropology aims at stimulating, in the research of PhD students, the learning and mastering of specific methodologies and the habit of posing open questions about the potential for cross-links both among the disciplines related to humanities research, and between the humanities and the hard-sciences.

The Programme foresees the following areas of study:

  • Historical Studies;
  • Geographical Studies;
  • Historical and Religious Studies and Anthropology.

Research themes

Historical Studies

  • Society and cultural representations:
  • The study of identity and identity construction (national and international, professional, religious, racial, kinship, intergenerational identities);
  • Rules and law;
  • Public and private sociability;
  • Ritual and religious practices.
    Politics and its functioning:
  • Civil and ecclesiastical institutions;
  • The history of communication and of public opinion;
  • Military history;
  • Colonialism and post-colonialism.

Geographical Studies

  • Analysis of spatial and territorial processes: Dynamics of the physical environment;
  • The impact of man on physical environment, (climatic change, geomorphological processes, population);
  • Development and sustainability projects; 
  • Landscape studies and representations;
  • Place production;
  • Historical, geographical and anthropological problems of globalisation: technology, politics, ethics.

Historical-Religious and Anthropological Studies

  • Social history and anthropology of the material and immaterial heritage: Ethnographic museums; Understanding the natural environment;
  • History and anthropology of the landscape (natural and semi-natural);
  • The history and anthropology of cities, of migration and of labour;
  • History of spirituality;
  • Cultural and religious transformations.

Professional profiles

Through the skills and competencies acquired, the PhD graduate will be able to successfully take a path towards academic research as well as teach in the historical disciplines at both a university and secondary school level.  Furthermore, the methodological and critical preparation in the social sciences (in sociology and anthropology in particular) provides a background that can be applied within other professional areas (research centers, publishing houses, libraries, museums).

How to apply and call for applications

Admission to Doctoral Programmes is gained through a highly selective application process, subject to international attention. Yearly the call for applications is published by University of Padua.


Padua (Administrative office) and Venice

Last update: 25/02/2021