Publications catalogue

The publications catalogue of the Department collects the information from ARCA [IT], 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 [IT], 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

The Department’s interdisciplinary calling is expressed through five thematic areas where different competences, methods and research traditions dynamically converge:

  • Interculturality;
  • Heritage, history and memory;
  • Innovation, culture and training;
  • Cultural and life practices. Feeling, making, acting, producing;
  • Current categories and tools of knowledge: philosophy, human and social sciences as critical and interpretive tools of contemporary processes. 



The Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage has scientific archives coming from three respected art historians: Antonio Morassi, Sergio Bettini and Giuseppe Mazzariol. These collections of documents and photographs reflect the researches that were then carried out: they mainly deal with painting from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century with a special emphasis on Veneto, Medieval and byzantine art and modern and contemporary architecture.

The archives and other collections (Diateca, digital images Archive and mediatheque) are managed by the Cultural heritage Laboratory which permits consultation, manages projects to preserve, enhance and disseminate materials.

Research projects


REducing and Preventing, an integrated Approach to Marine Litter Management in the Adriatic Sea (ML-REPAIR)

Researcher: Giulio Pojana, Lenght: 18 months, Grant: 175.488,70€ (Interreg V A Italy Croatia Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020)

The Interreg Italy-Croatia ML-REPAIR project represents the capitalization of Fishing for Litter (FfL) activity started in the IPA-Adriatic DeFishGear-Derelict Fishing Gear Management System (DFG) project. As identified in the DFG project, although local communities, coastal tourism and the fisheries sector contribute to the marine litter problem, they can also be part of the solution. Within the ML-REPAIR project, activities will be carried out in both Croatia and Italy, in order to involve predefined target groups such as fishermen and fishing associations/cooperatives, local communities, younger population, tourists, public administrations, FLAGs and LAGs, in: i) testing new educational tools to encourage positive changes in attitudes and behaviour towards marine litter, stimulating the sustainable growth of tourism; ii) consolidating cross-border co-operation, exchanging knowledge and reducing the gap between different approaches to marine litter issues; iii) providing data and innovative tools to decision-makers (public administration bodies) for more comprehensive transboundary initiatives and for establishing a proper marine litter management system; iv) reducing marine litter through a participatory approach of the fisheries sector; v) reducing and preventing Adriatic Sea pollution, so improving its ecosystem quality in the long term; vi) evaluating the potential contribution of FfL activities to reduce microplastics generation; vii) monitoring the status of selected Natura2000 sites in terms of marine litter and its potential impact.

A Teaching Toolkit for Fostering Scientific Curiosity (CURIO)

Researcher: Fiorino Tessaro, Lenght: 35 months, Grant: 11.532,00€ (Erasmus + KA2 2017-1-MT01-KA201-026985)

CURIO is a strategic partnership action funded under the ERASMUS+ programme. It is a 3-year project that aims to engage students and stimulate curiosity in scientific topics at the elementary school level through the creation of a digital toolkit. The CURIO toolkit will allow teachers and students to author scenarios that can then be played in a gamified, virtual environment.


Reinforcing Entrepreneurship in Adults through Communication Technologies [REACT]

Researcher: Massimiliano Costa, Lenght: 24 months, Grant: 49.818,00€ (Erasmus Plus - KA2 - Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices KA204 - Strategic Partnerships for adult education)

The strategic partnership project with the South Concept Cooperative (France) will be developed in order to strengthen awareness of the importance of lifelong learning pathways in adults; to promote a better understanding of entrepreneurial skills among adults. The objectives will be pursued through the implementation of a sample survey on best projects, learning tools and peer tutoring methods; definition and experimentation of innovative tools and practical methods that support adults to improve their entrepreneurial skills. The project also aims to promote an innovative tool for certification of skills.

Early Modern Cosmology - Institutions and Metaphysics of Cosmology in the Epistemic Networks of Seventeenth-Century

Researcher: Pietro Omodeo Lenght: 60 months (from November  01st 2017 to October 31st 2022) Grant:  € 1.999.976,00 (HORIZON 2020)

The focus of this project is the competing confessional discourses on cosmology of the seventeenth century, an epoch in which religious conflicts originated opposing ‘epistemic cultures’, which were embodied in scholarly institutions and networks such as the Protestant web of northern European universities or the global web of Jesuit colleges.

In the Early Modern Period cosmological controversies (over issues such as heliocentrism, plurality of worlds, space, infinity, cometary theory, celestial matter and fluidity) were heated and amplified by increasing political and confessional fragmentation. It considers parallelisms and contrasts, negotiations and intersections of seventeenth-century cosmological discourses between scholars, institutions and scientific communities belonging to different epistemic cultures. 

GYSIART - A cultural history of comparative art practices and receptions in Cold War Europe (1945-1991)

Researcher: Matteo Bertelé Length: 36 months (from January 18th 2018 to January 17th 2021) Grant: €244,269.00 MSCA (HORIZON 2020)

The project is intended as a comparative survey within a polycentric and inclusive European focus area, including the two German republics, Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union and Italy. The main study cases will be provided by multilateral art encounters and the involved locations and actors, analysed as individual and collective art practices. Cold War art archives and collections at the Getty Research Institute and at the Wende Museum in Los Angeles will provide key resources.

POOSH - Occupational Safety and Health of Posted Workers: Depicting the existing and future challenges in assuring decent working conditions and wellbeing of workers in hazardous sectors

Researcher: Fabio Perocco Lenght: 24 months (from January 01st 2017 to December 31st 2018) Grant:  € 135.106,76 (DG Employemnt EaSI Progress)

The occupational safety and health (OSH) of posted workers is regulated by Article 3 of the Directive 96/71/EC concerning the posting of workers in the framework of provision of services and is inextricably linked to the assurance of decent labour/working conditions. The project establish and/or further improve transnational cooperation, facilitate multilateral initiatives leading to better prevention, monitoring and response to violations of posted workers’ rights and develop policy recommendations. 

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This project has received financial support from the European Union, Programme for Employment and Social Innovation "EaSI" (2014- 2020). For further information please consult: