Research

Publications catalogue

The publications catalogue of the Department collects the information from ARCA [ITA], the institutional open-access archive of Ca’ Foscari scientific production.
It is also accessible from cerCa, the Ca’ Foscari bibliographic platform.

Working in research

PhD Degrees

PhD Degree is the highest level of academic education. It is a limited admission degree programme and lasts for at least three years. It allows graduates to develop methods and skills to pursue highly qualified research.

Research fellowships and grants

Short-term research fellowships allow Master’s Degree graduates to pursue short-term research (less than 12 months normally) including them in existing projects and research groups.

Research grants allow Master’s Degree graduates and PhDs to pursue research activities at the university or in the projects offered to the candidates.
In this section also a list of the ongoing research grants and topics [ITA], including the area research fellowships and the research fellowships on specific projects.

Discover all the other opportunities of international recruitment at Ca’ Foscari: our University is highly committed in achieving excellence in research, developing international partnerships and funding new talents.


Research areas

  • Classical and Medieval Greek and Latin literature
  • Ancient, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary History
  • Near Eastern, Classical and Medieval Archeology
  • Ancient and Medieval Epigraphy and Philology
  • Romance and Byzantine Studies
  • History of Art


  • Italian Literature (Middle Ages to the 20th Century and beyond)
  • Linguistics
  • History of Religion
  • Cultural Anthropology, Ethnology, Ethnolinguistics and Geography
  • Cataloguing and study of manuscripts and books
  • Digital humanities

Research groups

GIEFFRA - International Group of Studies on Women and the Family in ancient Rome

The GIEFFRA group brings together Roman scholars experts in different disciplines (epigraphers, jurists, papyrologists, numismatics, archaeologists, art historians, philologists…), to study with a documentary approach women and the family in the Roman world, from the Republican period to Late Antiquity, in Italy and in the provinces.

Through technical knowledge and less exploited types of sources, a renewed study is possible on the Roman family, on the political and social ties of kinship, on the presence of women in political, dynastic, legal, family, religious and social life. The research projects enable to extend the analysis to a large scale or to focus on geographical area (Rome, Italy, the Latin speaking provinces, the Greek speaking provinces).

Website of GIEFFRA

EMoDiR - Early Modern Religious Dissents & Radicalism

EMoDiR is an international research group dedicated to the study of religious differences, conflicts and plurality in Europe during the early modern period.

Analysis, both at local and transnational levels (from a predominantly European perspective), transcends traditional historiographic boundaries (notably national and/or confessional) to examine the discursive constructions of religious dissent and the socio-cultural practices: this plurality defied confessional ‘orthodoxies’ that were establishing within states’ growing and modern-evolving apparatus.

Besides the specific cultural practices and intersections of different forms of religious dissent, the group analyses also specific mechanisms of cultural transfer: circulation of manuscripts and printed texts, publication strategies, social networks and male and female dissenters, their journeys, and their meetings within heterodox environments.

Website of EMoDiR

Between Republic and Principality

Coordinators: Roberto Cristofoli (Università di Perugia), Alessandro Galimberti (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano) and Francesca Rohr (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice).

The research group ‘Between Republic and Principality’ aims at exploring in-depth the knowledge of the period between the 1st century B.C. and the 1st century A.D., a crucial phase of Roman history in which the crisis of Republican institutions grew after several solutions were attempted to ensure the survival of the Roman Republic and reforms were eventually set to guarantee the future of the Roman State as a Principality.

Experts in several fields (history, legal history, philology, epigraphy, archaeology, papyrology, numismatics) work together in a multidisciplinary approach which creates opportunities for scientific dialog and collaborations between scholars from different generations and nationalities.

Archaeology at Ca' Foscari

A showcase of the archaeological projects at Ca’ Foscari University, involving the Department of Humanities in innovative and research opportunities for students and volunteers.

Research projects

The Department periodically highlights in this page some of the main ongoing research projects, at a national or international level.

The Church of the Holy Apostles at Constantinople: the Myth and its Reception across the Centuries (MYRiCE)

Researcher: Daskas BeatriceLength: 24 months (until 04/06/2019), Grant: € 180.277,20 (H2020 - Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship)

MYR<i>CE aims at contributing to the study of the cultural history of Byzantium and the dissemination of its memory across the centuries, by considering a major monument – the church of the Holy Apostles at Constantinople – and the symbolism associated to it, to understand the reason why this monument occupies a crucial place in Byzantine and Medieval times. The research set of sources referring to it (textual, iconographic) and follow the paths of its dissemination across time and space, reaching also the San Marco Basilica in Venice. will include Given the importance of the example chosen, this project is potentially entitled to become a reference model for other comparable case-studies.
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Ebla and Syria from the Bronze Age: reception, circulation and transmission of cultural models

Researcher: Milano LucioLength: 36 months (until 05/02/2020), Grant: € 101.951,00 (Research Projects of National Interest - PRIN)

The project focuses on the analysis of epigraphic documentation of Syria from the Bronze Age, and in particular of the Ebla tablets (XXIV century B.C.) to highlight the processes of transformation of specific cultural models, the interaction with co-existing models in other geographical areas and their transmission/transformation in the second millenium B.C. The Civilization of Ebla will be studied from a historical and institutional perspective to understand its relationships with the surrounding areas and to fully grasp the scope of its cultural heritage.


Atlas of Renaissance Antiquarinism (ATRA)

Researcher: Acciarino DamianoLength: 36 months (until 31/07/2020), Grant: € 229.761,00 (H2020 - Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship)

ATRA - Atlas of Renaissance Antiquarianism is a digital system that will map the circulation of antiquarian learning in sixteenth-century Europe. Its purpose is to contribute to the promotion of new knowledge on antiquarian studies in the Renaissance and demonstrate how the antiquarian approach – that based the growth of thought on documented sources and empirical evidence – played a primary role in the evolution of the entire cultural/intellectual life of Early Modern times. The main intent is to allow the interconnection of data that otherwise would probably never come into contact or not classified yet, to enable the discovery of new cultural itineraries and convergences in Renaissance scholarship, ideas and trends to better understand the evolution of European civilization and spirit.


Bilingualism in Florentine and Tuscan Works - ca. 1260 - ca. 1416 (BIFLOW)

Researcher: Montefusco Antonio, Length: 60 months (until 30/09/2020), Grant: € 1.380.625,00 (Horizon 2020 - ERC)

The project will undertake the first systematic investigation of the various literary documents that circulated simultaneously in more than one language in Tuscany, and especially in Florence, between the mid-13th Century and the beginning of 15th Century, when Florence was both a prominent center for vernacular literature, and home to a renewal of classical Latin eloquence. This research, at the crossroad of several disciplines (literature, philology, linguistics and Medieval history), has a strong pioneering quality. It aims at reshaping our comprehension of Medieval Italian culture and of its passage to Humanism. ‘Biflow’ will produce the first catalogue of bilingual texts and manuscripts from the medieval Tuscany, as a database and a printed publication.
Project website [ITA], Research for Global Challenges portal


ODyCCEuS - Opinion Dynamics and Cultural Conflict in European Spaces

Researcher: Levis Sullam Simon with Li Calzi Marco and Warglien Massimo (coordinator), Length: 48 months (until 31/12/2020), Grant: € 600.813,00 (Horizon 2020)

Social media and the digitization of news and discussion fora are having far-reaching effects on the way individuals and communities communicate, organize, and express themselves. The ODyCCEuS project seeks conceptual breakthroughs in Global Systems Science, including a fine-grained representation of cultural conflicts based on conceptual spaces and sophisticated text analysis, extensions of game theory to handle games with both divergent interests and divergent mindsets, and new models of alignment and polarization dynamics. The project will also develop an open modular and open source community platform, called Penelope, to integrate tools for the complete pipeline (from data scraped from social media and digital sources, to visualization of the analyses and models developed by the project). Finally, the project will build two innovative participatory tools, the Opinion Observatory and the Opinion Facilitator, which allow citizens to monitor, visualize and influence the dynamics of conflict situations that involve heterogeneous cultural biases and non-transparent entanglements of multilateral interests.
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