Department of
Asian and North African Studies


The DSAAM is among the 4 departments of excellence of Ca' Foscari selected by the MUR (Ministry of University and Research)

The Department of Asian and Mediterranean African Studies aims at being an international center of excellence for advanced linguistic and cultural studies. Central to this project is the consolidation of the Marco Polo Centre for Global Europe-Asia Connections, the strengthening of research on the religious dimensions of globalisation, and research on the themes of sustainability and social and cultural inclusion. For further information check the article on CafoscariNEWS.

Face to face with Joseph Emanuel Sanzo

Joseph Emanuel Sanzo, Associate Professor at DSAAM, teaches in the fields of Religious Studies and Ancient Mediterranean History, providing students with the theoretical, methodological, and historical skills necessary to study Ancient Religion (especially the religion of everyday life in antiquity). 
Watch the video interview on the DSAAM Youtube channel.

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DSAAM: a unique learning opportunity

Not only Chinese, Japanse or Arabic: the Department offers the opportunity to learn many languages and cultures, from Armenian to Vietnamese, from Georgian to Thai.
Check out all the opportunities offered in our courses.

Welcome message from Marco Ceresa, Director of the Department

"In our Department we teach seventeen languages and provide an approach to the study of various areas, from the most well-known languages to the ones that are extremely interesting from a cultural perspective”

Marco Ceresa,
Director of the Department of Asian and North African Studies







Our research

Research areas

The Department of Asian and North African Studies offers a great variety of research topics, which reflects the great variety of interests of the teaching staff. This variety contributes to creating a stimulating environment; it promotes a multi-disciplinary approach; and it offers ample support to the most diverse research prospects. 

In order to help you navigate these ramifications, the staff’s main research interests are linked to linguistic and geographical areas, and organised in themes, in order to help you identify the research topics that the Department focuses on: Arabic studies, Armenian-Caucasian studies, Korean studies, Jewish studies, Indian studies, Iranian studies, Japanese studies, Chinese studies, Southeast Asian studies, and Turkish studies.  


Research projects
EJCM - Early Jewish and Christian Magical Traditions in Comparison and Contact

Supervisor: Joseph E. Sanzo
Length: 5 years (01/02/2020 - 31/01/2025)

FUZZFARM - Modelling of the early agricultural spread in south of the Eastern Europe

Supervisor: Paolo Biagi
Length: 24 months (15/03/2021 - 14/03/2023)


The research conducted at the Department of Asian and North African Studies results in internationally recognised scientific work, including contributions to journals, books, and conference proceedings.