Department of
Philosophy and Cultural Heritage


The multiple facets of rarity: new paths for research on gems and gemstones

Symposium, 2-3.12.22 (in presence and in streaming)
Prejudices against the preciousness and role of materials have particularly affected the study of gems and gemstones. However, the growing interest in issues such as mobility, materiality, the biography of objects, tangible forms of distinction and inequality, and the fluidity of pre-global culture open new avenues for research on these artifacts.

Tenured Associate professor in Economics of Arts and Culture

Ca 'Foscari University of Venice is seeking applications to fill a position as Tenured Associate professor in "Economics of Arts and Culture" within the framework of the Masters’ Degree Programme in “Economics and Management of Arts and Cultural Activities".

Contemporary art and curatorship: from documenta to the Biennale

The announcement to attend the Summer School in Contemporary Art and Curatorship will be soon open.The Summer School offers students the chance to gain insight into the management principles of two of the world's most important and influential contemporary art exhibitions the Kassel documenta and La Biennale di Venezia by bringing together the expertise of scholars, artists and curators based in the hosting cities Kassel (Germany), and Venice (Italy). 

EGArt welcomes new English curriculum: Arts Management

The Masters’ degree programme in Economics and Management of Arts and Cultural Activities (EGArt) now offers a second path, held entirely in English.
“Arts Management” will soon open for enrollment, expanding Ca’ Foscari’s offer in terms of courses and providing students with an interdisciplinary education that encompasses a wide range of subjects from 5 different Departments, in particular those of Management and Philosophy and Cultural Heritage.

Welcome message from Giuseppe Barbieri, Director of the Department

“At Ca’ Foscari, our Department has the highest number of research projects financed by the European Commission and the highest number of Marie Curie Fellows — young scholars who are entering the scientific field”

Giuseppe Barbieri,
Director of the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage





Our research

Research areas

The Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage (DFBC) encompasses four main research areas: philosophical science, art history, social science, and education.

Each of these areas contributes to the building of knowledge that is interdisciplinary, international, and characterised by critical thinking. Such knowledge embraces the various branches of philosophy (theoretical philosophy, the philosophy of logic, moral philosophy, political philosophy, aesthetics, the philosophy of language, the philosophy of science), as well as history of the arts (architecture, art, museum studies) and performing arts (music, theatre, dance, cinema, audiovisual media). It also engages with various pedagogical perspectives regarding education, and with the complex and profound changes happening in society, which require new and sustainable models of governance and development.


Research projects

Our Department is the first Department in Italy in terms of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions funding (48) in the fields of arts and humanities. We also host 5 European Research Council grantees. The decidedly interdisciplinary approach of our research makes the Department an ideal platform for project design at a national, European and international level.

HealthXCross - Remaking Health in a Microbial Planet by Crossing Space, Time, Species and Epistemic Cultures.

Researcher: Roberta Raffaetà;
Length: 60 months

ISEED - Inclusive Science and European Democracy

Researcher: Eleonora Montuschi;
Length: 36 months

EarlyGeoPraxis - Positioned Cosmology in Early Modernity: The Geo-Praxis of Water-and-Land Management in Venice

Researcher: Pietro Daniel Omodeo;
Length: 49 months


The publications of the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage reflect the heterogeneous interests of its community. Most of the publications regard philosophy, art history, social sciences and education.

The Department also publishes articles on history, psychology, architecture, chemistry, mathematics and law, thanks to the expertise of some staff members. Publications are often interdisciplinary. The Department’s international outlook is resulting in the publication of an increasing number of articles in languages other than Italian. T

he bibliographic information regarding the Department’s publications can be accessed through ARCA, Ca’ Foscari’s open-access archive.