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Conference: Toward a Sustainable Attitude
Conference: Toward a Sustainable Attitude

Together with NYU Tandon and Universität Bern, on October 6-8, 2022, Ca’ Foscari hosts the international conference “Toward a Sustainable Attitude: Aesthetics, the Arts, and the Environment”.
The conference is organised and funded by Ca’ Foscari’s Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities at the Department of Humanities, Sustainable Ca’ Foscari and the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage.
For further information please check this link

QS 2022: Ca' Foscari ranked in 13 subjects
QS 2022: Ca' Foscari ranked in 13 subjects

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice is once again listed in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022, one of the most influential university rankings worldwide, with 13 subjects included. The most impressive achievement is in Classics & Ancient History, where Ca’ Foscari ranks 36th worldwide, thanks to its international reach. 

AI to aid historians in restoring, placing and dating ancient texts
AI to aid historians in restoring, placing and dating ancient texts

An exceptional discovery was made by Marcello Bolognari at the State Archive of Venice: the last will and testament penned by a young woman on 7 July 1319 in Venice and entrusted to her father Marco, reveal the existence of a daughter of the famous traveller and author of the Travels of Marco Polo.

ILIOUPERSIS: epic archetypes
ILIOUPERSIS: epic archetypes

Ilioupersis project investigates the archetypes of our way of thinking about the violence of war across different cultures and epochs of history, in a perspective that is multidisciplinary and includes oral poetry, literature, history, art, theatre, cinema and sport.
For further information check the Altheia website.

Welcome message from Giovanni Vian, Director of the Department

“We study the past and merge the humanities with new digital technologies. We focus on the Mediterranean and Near East areas.
Venice is, by nature, a special observation point.”

Giovanni Vian,
Director of the Department of Humanities





Our research

Research areas

The Department of Humanities is an innovative research and development centre that operates in various branches of the humanities, such as history, archaeology, the science of texts and written documents, linguistics, classical literature, Italian literature, cultural and social anthropology, and art history from ancient to contemporary art.

The Department is developing projects and activities in the digital humanities (DH), innovative tools which integrate traditional research and teaching methods. Numerous national and international research projects are financed at the Department every year and contribute to the important scientific achievements of its scientific community.

The Department’s centres and laboratories promote, organise and coordinate its research and training activities. The Department is involved in the interdisciplinary research network Research for Global Challenges.

Research projects
PURA - PURism in Antiquity: theories of language in Greek atticist lexica and their legacy

Researcher: Olga Tribulato;
Lenght: 60 months (31/12/2025)

Water Cultures - The Water Cultures of Italy (1500-1900)

Researcher: David Gentilcore;
Lenght: 60 months (until October 2024)


The Department of Humanities promotes the dissemination of its research through contributions to journals, books, and conference proceedings.