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

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. 

Archives

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

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

Researcher: Roberta Raffaetà, Length: 60 months (from September 1st 2021 to August 31st 2026), Grant: 1.367.062.00 € (Horizon 2020 - ERC-2020-STG)

The microbiome is the ecological community of bacteria and viruses that live in, on and around us humans. Microbes affect human health by connecting humans with their environment. HealthXCross will ethnographically explore how microbiome research is reconfiguring concepts and practices of health, analyzing how scientists innovate through open data platforms that aggregate data beyond conventional categorizations of time, space and species. HealthXCross has a participatory design with scientists, engaging them in defining what it means to be human on an interdependent planet in times of profound ecological, socio-technical and health transition.

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Credit: Molly Adams from USA

ISEED - Inclusive Science and European Democracy

Researcher: Eleonora Montuschi Length: 36 months (from February 1st 2021 to January 31st 2023) Grant: € 2.723.287,00 (Horizon 2020 Framework Programme)

ISEED, coordinated at C’ Foscari and including a research consortium of 12 European and extra European partners,  will use existing experience in the broadly defined field of citizen science as a tool to explore under what conditions participative and deliberative practices can be successfully implemented in democratic governance for the purpose of building forms of knowledge-based democratic governance complementary to political representation. Calls for a more participative way of doing science go hand in hand with a rise of people literacy. And a larger involvement of citizens in the orientation of research and/or in the production of knowledge is valued for the sake of democracy – an orientation not only justified conceptually but supported for global strategic policy reasons. The project proposal developed thanks to the support of a Ca' Foscari SPIN grant for the project “Trust in Science - the pragmatic and ontic debates” (2018-2020).

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Project AdriArchCult

AdriArchCult - Architectural Culture of the Early Modern Eastern Adriatic

Researcher:  Jasenka Gudelj Length: 60 months (from September 1st 2020 to August 31st 2025) Grant: € 1.999.750,00 (Horizon 2020 - ERC-2019 - COG)

Between the 15th and 18th c. the Eastern Adriatic, partitioned between Venetian and Dubrovnik Republics, the Kingdom of Hungary-Croatia and Habsburg and Ottoman Empires, has been politically transformed into a vast archipelago, even mainland coastal towns divided from the hinterland. This process triggered the formation of fluctuating and floating architectural market functioning within a multilingual and multiconfessional context. The aim of the AdriArchCult project is an overall study of the architectural culture of the region, examining its political, religious, cognitive and practical sphere, and thus overcoming the divisions of historiographies in different languages and traditional approaches based on the national or centre/periphery paradigm. The result will be an innovative and dynamic vision of the architectural production of a region that connects the various faces of European culture. 

Credits: Bondesan A., Meneghel M., Rosselli R., Vitturi A. (Eds), (2004)

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

Researcher:  Pietro Daniel OmodeoLength: 48 months (from September 1st 2020 to August 31st 2024) Grant: €  319.996,00 (Progetto FARE – Bando 2018)

EarlyGeoPraxis investigates the link between cosmology and geological practice in the early modern period, focusing on the “water city” of Venice, an example of the nature-civilization relationship, in the light of questions raised by current debates on the Anthropocene about the consequences of the anthropic transformation of the earth-system. The project integrates the cosmological research which is currently conducted in the context of the ERC GoG “Institutions and Metaphysics of Cosmology in the Epistemic Networks of Seventeenth-Century Europe”. It examines the practical dimension of astronomy, in particular the materiality of cosmography, and the management of the territory that constitutes the socio-ecological basis of cultural policies. Comparative, historical and global studies will also be undertaken, in order to broaden the perspective of the investigation. 

THE DAMNED

Researcher: Andrea Brazzoduro Length: 36 months (from January 20th 2020 to January 19th 2023) Grant: € 221.605,44 MSCA (HORIZON 2020)

The Damned proposes a new study of the genealogy of the New Left from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s. Breaking with current interpretations, The Damned reframes the European political geography to include the (post)colonial space, and reassesses the historical influence of the Algerian War of Independence (1954–1962) – and Third Worldism more generally – in the genealogy of the new political cultures that flourished during the long 1960s. The Damned will focus on a threefold case study (Algeria, France, Italy) setting out new approaches to understanding the emerging of the New Left as a complex process encompassing local, national and transnational dynamics; a process shaped by, but also shaping, decolonisation. The goal is to contribute – at least – to complicating the narrative of the global 1960s, by shifting the focus from Berkeley and Paris to Algiers. 

CRAFT - To Craft an Authoritarian Regime: Politicization of Civil Society and the Judiciary in Turkey

Researcher: Bilge Yabanci Lenght: 24 months (from December 1st 2019 to November 30th 2021) Grant:  €178 157,48 MSCA (HORIZON 2020)

CRAFT investigates how civil society and the judiciary can become an instrument for social control and manufacturing consent in hybrid regimes. It focuses on the case of Turkey and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) rule since 2002 to present. Hybrid political regimes with limited democratic qualities and strong authoritarian tendencies are on the rise worldwide. The political science discipline focuses on the capture of the legislative and executive bodies in the study of these regimes and considers courts and civil society as domains of law and sociology. This project offers a new approach to study the dynamics of ‘crafting’ a hybrid regime through the concept of ‘politicization’ of civil society and the judiciary. The project helps to understand the societal aspects of building hybrid regimes through the consent of society, controlling social demands, creating a loyal elite coalition. It is based on a multi-method approach combining ethnographic fieldwork, interviews and quantitative analysis. It offers original contributions about the lasting repercussions of the politicization of non-partisan institutions on the civil-political and state-society relations in hybrid regimes. 

Credits: Sara Lando

 

Mnemedance - Memory in Motion. Re-Membering Dance History

Researcher: Susanne Franco Lenght: 35 months (2019 - 2022) Grant:  € 49.043,75 (SPIN 2018, Misura 2, Call di Ateneo)

MNEMEDANCE aims to inquire into the relationship between dance and memory and to rethink dance history as a discipline that can make an impact on the adjacent areas of arts and humanities. Dance history may contribute to reconceptualizing the past as an ongoing process rather than a sum of acquired knowledge when adopting memory as a research tool. In dance, memory is always active because it implies the movement of the bodies performing and transmitting it. MNEMEDANCE investigates the dancing body as a tool for remembering and archiving experiences and cultures, and movement as a strategy for preserving and transforming meaning. It also aims to question the canonical genealogies of artists and traditions that historians have often employed without taking into account forms of removals, oblivion or resistance. It also seeks to challenge the common assumption that dance is a form of ephemeral and non-reproducible knowledge, analyzing the role of dancers and choreographers in the construction of collective knowledge and memories, their preservation, transmission and accessibility. 

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VULNER

VULNER - Vulnerabilities under the Global Protection Regime (VULNER) How Does the Law Assess, Address, Shape and Produce the Vulnerabilities of the Protection Seekers?

Researcher: Sabrina Marchetti (Work Packages on Italy and on Human Trafficking, under the general coordination of Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology), Lenght: 36 months, Grant: 3,030,932.50 € (European Union‘s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870845)

The vulnerability of migrants seeking protection is a concept increasingly used in legal and policy instruments, at the international and European levels. Yet, there are still gaps in understanding its concrete meanings, legal implications and practical consequences. The project aims to address these gaps. The research objectives are to analyse how vulnerability is addressed by asylum laws, policies and practices, and to document the vulnerabilities experienced by migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, including their resilience strategies. VULNER is conducted in 8 countries (Belgium, Norway, Germany, Italy, Canada, Lebanon, Uganda and South Africa), and is carried out by an international consortium. The Ca’ Foscari team (Prof. Marchetti, Alexandra Ricard-Guay and Dany Carnassale) will conduct the case study on Italy and the study on human trafficking.

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SIforREF - Integrating refugees in Society and Labour Market through Social Innovation

Researcher: Francesca Campomori Lenght: 36 months (from April 1st 2019 to March 31st 2022) Grant:  € 355.660,00 (INTERREG Central Europe Call 3)

The challenge that SIforREF addresses is combating the risk of marginalization of refugees after the reception phases. Its main objective is to enhance significantly and/or to launch (where not existing at all) refugee integration policies at regional and local level particularly addressing refugees’ transition from reception phases to autonomy in Bologna, Parma, Vienna, Ljubljana, Vienna and Berlin. Through this project we expect that refugee integration is included in the decisional agenda both at local and transnational level. Moreover, we expect that policy-makers and stakeholders engage in virtuous governance in order that innovative and inclusive measures become mainstream. The main outputs of the projects are: tools for evaluating and designing social innovative practices and improving the social innovation capacity of policies; pilots of these tools and the development of a regional and transnational strategy.

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DANCING MUSEUMS. The Democracy of Beings

Researcher: Susanne Franco Lenght: 39 months (from October 1st 2018 to December 31st 2021) Grant:  € 112.292,00 (Creative Europe)

DANCING MUSEUMS. The Democracy of Beings is a three year project (2018-2021), supported by Creative Europe – Culture Sub-program, that involves partners from seven European countries to explore new ways in which art can be enjoyed through dance. Designed to foster and sustain long-term collaborations between dance organisations, museums, universities, and local communities, Dancing Museums aims at examining coreographic practices inside museums programmes, and disseminating knowledge related to this particolar domain where performing arts and museology intervene. It also aims at encouraging the active involvement of viewers/visitors in museum spaces and art galleries. The exploration of how audience’s participation can be stimulated by the dance is meant to experiment with new forms of democracy and community.

 

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Con3Post - Posting of Third Country Nationals: Mapping the Trend in the Construction Sector

Researcher: Fabio Perocco Lenght: 24 months (from January 1st 2019 to December 31st 2020) Grant:  € 77.210,03 (DG Employemnt EaSI Progress)

The recruitment of third country nationals (TCN), mainly from the Western Balkans, non-EU Eastern Europe and North African regions, to work as posted workers in the EU construction sector is a growing and under-researched phenomenon. Con3Post project will investigate the European labour market and mobility dynamics related to this trend by focusing on: labour rights and representation; social welfare and OSH; managing transnational workplaces in the European construction sector; monitoring violations and disputes relating to TCN. Experts and key stakeholders from seven EU Member States that represent a mix of TCN sending (Slovenia, Poland, Italy) and receiving countries (Austria, Finland, Belgium, Estonia) are brought together to establish transnational cooperation, share information and conduct empirical research on this trend.

MAJORdom Intersections of class and ethnicity in paid domestic and care work: theoretical development and policy recommendations based on the study of 'majority workers' in Italy and in the USA

Researcher: Anna Rosinska Lenght:  36 months (from August 1st 2018 to July 31st 2021) Grant: € 262.269 (Horizon 2020)

MAJORdom is about paid domestic and care workers (cleaners, nannies, elderly caregivers) who are citizens and members of ethnic and/or racial majority in a given country. These workers are overlooked in the debates that focus on minorities and migrants in this sector. They will be studied in the USA and in Italy, where their role is growing recently. In the course of the project, the Fellow will interview workers, their employers and experts, as well as she will carry out statistical data and policy analysis. The results will help us understand the role of gender, race, ethnicity, and class in contemporary inequalities. 
Thanks to her Global Fellowship, Anna Rosinska will spend two years at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, working with prof. Mignon Duffy, and one year at Ca’ Foscari, in the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage, under the supervision of prof. Sabrina Marchetti. 

ENAMARE - Enactive model of aesthetic perception through rhythm and entrainment 

Researcher: Carlos Vara Sanchez Length: 24 months (from June 1st 2018 to May 31st 2020) Grant: €244.269,00 MSCA (HORIZON 2020)

The project aims to study the aesthetic component of general perception. Specifically, it explores the importance of the interaction between environmental, brain and bodily rhythms mediated by entrainment and other related phenomena. Dr Vara aims to characterize an enactivist concept of rhythm, based on John Dewey’s philosophy and recent scientific research, in order to elaborate a model of aesthetic perception using conceptual tools from dynamic systems theory. This will afford new perspectives on how our environment influences us and how we influence it in return.

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SWP Shaming states: social sanction and state behaviour in world politics  

Researcher: Carlotta Minnella Length: 36 months (from January 15th 2019 to January 14th 2022) Grant: €244.269,00 MSCA (HORIZON 2020)

This project is situated within the remit of International Relations theory and will analyse the reaction of state elites, bureaucracies and public opinion to international naming and shaming campaigns in the fields of human rights and counter-terrorism, civilian protection in war, and concerns for global status and standing in the international arena. Some of the research questions the study aims to answer are: why are certain states sensitive to shame while others are not? Are state elites more sensitive to naming and shaming campaigns than a country’s public opinion? Does the source of the shaming matter?

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BIVIUM Standing at the Crossroads. Doubt in Early Modern Italy (1500-1560)  

Researcher: Marco Faini Length: 36 months (from September 1st 2018 to August 31st 2021) Grant: €229.761,00 MSCA (HORIZON 2020)

This project aims to analyse the presence and the role of doubt in Italian culture in the first half of the sixteenth century, with special attention to its literary, philosophical, religious, and visual aspects. Doubt appears as a flexible and useful tool in order to understand the spiritual and intellectual anxieties in the first decades of the century. This project investigates doubt as a condition that affects the mind as well as the spirit and the body. Unlike already existing histories of Renaissance scepticism, BIVIUM has an approach that privileges social history over sheer intellectual history. The purpose of this project is not that of writing the history of a few isolated individuals dealing with recognizable philosophical traditions. Rather, it will reconstruct how, to what extent, and in what fields doubt was an everyday experience able to unsettle (and sometimes to deny) official narratives.

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ML-REPAIR
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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.

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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.

Website: https://www.um.edu.mt/create/eu_projects/curio

React

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. 

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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.