Department of
Philosophy and Cultural Heritage


Exhibition - CYFEST15: Vulnerability
Exhibition - CYFEST15: Vulnerability

CYFEST 15: Vulnerability is a series of traveling exhibitions hosted worldwide, and in Venice in 2024.
April 15–19 — Press Opening
April 19, 5:30 pm — Opening Night with performance by Nao Nishihara
April 22, 5 pm — Vulnerability. The panel will bring renowned thinkers and practitioners from the fields of Arts, Science, Technology, Business, and Design to discuss the value of vulnerability.

From citizen science to participatory democracies
From citizen science to participatory democracies

Inspired by citizen science, the EU-funded ISEED project looks at the conceptual and empirical means to revitalise citizen participation in European democracies, culminating in a guide to best practices for citizen engagement.

Read CORDIS' interview professor Eleonora Montuschi on ISEED project's results.

11th Annual Conference on International Studies - CESRAN2024
11th Annual Conference on International Studies - CESRAN2024

Call for papers

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, CESRAN International, Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa, and OBSERVARE invite panel and paper proposals for the CESRAN2024 conference on 1-3 October 2024 in Venice, Italy. Deadline for submissions: 1 June 2024

With 20 'Marie-Curie' grants Ca' Foscari enters the European Top 10
With 20 'Marie-Curie' grants Ca' Foscari enters the European Top 10

Ca' Foscari University of Venice confirms its attractiveness for young talents in research and wins European funding for 20 'Marie Skłodowska-Curie' projects totalling 4.7 million euros.





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.