Meet our Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellows

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Ca' Foscari University, top academic host institution in Italy for MSCA Individual Fellowships awarded in the frame of 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Calls, and now in the European top ten, is pleased to introduce its Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellows.

These post-doctoral researchers have been awarded a Fellowship providing them with the opportunity to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research in a European context or outside Europe.

Success stories: thanks to their project, many of our Marie Curie Fellows have developed their careers further.

Contacts and reservations

To know more about our Marie Curie Fellows and their research, the School for International Education, together with the International College, organises the seminars "Showcasing our Marie Curie Fellows", starting from 19th November 2018.
All are welcome to the seminars, which will be in English, yet they are primarily directed at Ca' Foscari exchange students and students from the International College.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions - Individual Fellowships (IF) are individual funding opportunities aimed at boosting promising researchers' careers through worldwide and cross-sectoral mobility. Their duration varies from 12 up to 36 months, and fellows can carry out their research at an host institution in Europe and/or in a third Country, in this case followed by a reintegration period at Ca' Foscari.

The International Research Office - Individual Funding Unit is available to provide information and support in the preparation of project proposals.

Funded projects


Marco Faini - BIVIUM: Standing at the Crossroads: Doubt in Early Modern Italy (1500-1560)

A scholar of the Italian Renaissance, Marco will spend the first two years of his fellowship at the University of Toronto and return to Ca’ Foscari for the final year. Marco works on the social history of doubt in sixteenth-century Italy. In a period of tumultuous cultural, political, and religious change, accepted ideas were shaken and doubts on traditional knowledge arose. Marco will investigate the nature and the extent of this condition of uncertainty, exploring how doubt was conceptualized, visualized, and practiced across different social classes. His tutor will be Marco Sgarbi in the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage.

Andrea-Bianka Znorovszky - MARIA: Marian Apocryphal Representations in Art: From Hagiographic Collections to Church Space and Liturgy in Fourteenth-to-Sixteenth-Century France

Andrea-Bianka Znorovszky investigates the contribution of liturgy and liturgical tradition to the dissemination of Marian apocryphal depictions and their transition from hagiographic collections to church space. Her project also demonstrates the fundamental role of apocryphal material to the development of Marian iconography, and implicitly, to European church tradition. She received her PhD (2016) and Master’s Degree (2011) in Medieval Studies from the Central European University, Budapest. Her supervisor will be Dr. Flavia De Rubeis, professor at the Department of Humanities.  

Ahmad Guliyev - SAFVEN: West meets East in Venice: Cross-cultural interactions and reciprocal influences between the Safavids and Venetians

Ahmad Guliyev, from Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, will analyze the significance of symbolic communication, ritual and ceremony in Safavid-Venetian diplomatic relations. The study will shed light on the cultural and political meanings of gifts, reciprocity in gift exchanges, connections between gifts and identities, institutional, ceremonial and economic aspects of material exchanges in Safavid-Venetian diplomatic encounters. Reconstructing the lives and daily experiences of early modern diplomats will help us to better comprehend social aspects of diplomacy and practice of diplomacy in different cultural contexts in that period. SAFVEN will last 2 years and will be supervised by Professor Maria Pia Pedani at the Department of Asian and North African Studies.

Thomas R.P. Coward – ILLR: Intellectual Life and Learning on Rhodes (168BC-AD44)

Thomas Coward holds a PhD from King’s College London. He is currently a Term Assistant Professor of Classics at George Mason University. His main interests are Greek poetry and music, ancient scholarship, and fragmentary texts and authors. His research will demonstrate the pivotal and under-appreciated role of Rhodes in the knowledge economy of the Greco-Roman Mediterranean. It analyses all forms and participants of Rhodian intellectual life, and their impact and legacy. It shows the transformation of the island from a predominately economic and political power to a cultural one. His supervisor will be Prof. Ettore Cingano in the Department of Humanities.

Carlos Vara Sánchez - ENAMARE: Enactive model of aesthetic experience through rhythm and entrainment

At Ca’ Foscari, Carlos will study the aesthetic component of everyday perception. His dual background will allow him to use an interdisciplinary approach grounded on philosophy, but integrating research results from biology and neurosciences as well. Specifically, his project explores the interaction between environmental and bodily rhythms mediated by the phenomenon of entrainment. He aims to work on the elaboration of a model, which will use conceptual tools from the dynamic systems theory, to gain a better understanding on how we synch up to the world and its consequences. His tutor will be Professor Roberta Dreon of the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage.

Pascal Bohleber – GOLD-ICE: Next generation analysis of the oldest ice core layers

Climate archives like polar ice cores allow us to study the dynamics of our earth system and thus to prepare better for future climate change. However, much is still to be learned from the oldest, and thinnest, ice layers of Antarctica- calling for analysis at unprecedented detail. Just-in-time to meet this challenge, the project will exploit Laser-Ablation Inductively-Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) for novel ice core analysis at highest resolution. Previously untapped paleoclimatic evidence will be explored in deep polar ice core layers, through carefully avoiding misinterpretation of the high-resolution signals. This creates exciting new research opportunities, also within future ice coring projects. Pascal will work with Professor Carlo Barbante at the Department of Environmental Science, Informatics and Statistics.

Elena Ghezzo – REFIND: Remote strategies for fossil finding: multispectral images and species distributional modelling applications for large-scale palaeontological surveys.

Elena Ghezzo is a vertebrate palaeontologist, specialized for the studies of European carnivorans. Shewill go to the University of Oregon, at Eugene, for two years and then will return to Venice. She will define a standard for the computed analyses of multispectral satellite images with hight resolution, in order to find fossils of mammals, extinct whales and dinosaurs, exposed on the desert surfaces. Moreover, she will apply new geographical tools for reconstruct the palaeoranges of extinct species. Her tutor will be professor Stefano Malavasi of the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics.

Caterina Tarlazzi – NATURA: Reassessing Realism over Universals in the Time of Peter Abelard

Caterina is a historian of philosophy specialising in the medieval Latin tradition. Her research combines an interest for logic and metaphysics with an interest for manuscript unpublished sources. After studying in Padua, Cambridge, and Paris, she was British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge and a Research Associate of St John's College (Cambridge) for three years, before joining the ERC Consolidator Grant "9SALT. Reassessing Ninth Century Logic: A Synchronic Approach to the Logical Traditions" at Universität Wien (PI: Christophe Erismann). She was then awarded a four-year FNS Ambizione Fellowship at the Département de Philosophie, Université de Genève. For her MSCA, she will work at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage of Ca’ Foscari, where she will be supervised by Richard Cross and Marco Sgarbi respectively. She will investigate realist theories of genera and species from the 12th-century on the basis of mainly unpublished sources, exploring their relations to both Peter Abelard’s thought, and contemporary essentialism.

Edoardo Gerlini – WHEREAL: World Heritage and East Asian Literature – Sinitic writings in Japan as Literary Heritage.

Edoardo Gerlini's Global Fellowship envisages a two-year outgoing phase at Waseda University and one year at Ca’ Foscari University, Department of  Asian and North African Studies, under the supervision of Professor Bonaventura Ruperti. His research focuses on pre-modern texts of Japanese literature, in particular the so called Sinitic or Sino-Japanese writings, that constitutes an important part of the shared cultural heritage of East Asia, where Classical Chinese was the language of culture and diplomacy of the East Asian sub-continent, at least until the 19th century. The aim is to formulate a new definition of ‘literary heritage’ as an alternative to the dichotomy of tangible/intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO, through an interdisciplinary approach comparing the different debates on ownership and authorship.

Andrea Berardi – EUTERPE: EUropean TERm Premium Estimation

The project addresses a very relevant issue for policymakers, which consists in identifying in real time some unobservable variables that determine the movements of interest rates. In particular, the research focuses on the estimation of the term premium, a measure of the investors’ perceived risk of holding government bonds. The purpose of the project, which will be carried out at the Department of Economics under the supervision of professor Monica Billio, is to implement an innovative system that can equip the European policymakers with a novel analytical tool for their monetary policy decisions and that has various applications in the financial industry.  Andrea Berardi, a former professor of quantitative finance, restarts his academic career after a break as financial manager in the Swiss pharma industry.

Nicole Tabasso – ION: Information Diffusion on Networks

Nicole Tabasso will carry out her two-year project at Ca’ Foscari University, Department of Economics, under the supervision of Prof. Sergio Currarini. Her project looks at what drives the spread of rumours, and why they appear to be so difficult to eradicate. The particular focus is on the role that interaction patterns between people play – people are part of a network of communication, and who talks to whom, and how often, plays a crucial role in the spread of information, both true and false. By increasing our understanding of what factors benefit the spread of rumours and misinformation, my project aims to help in the fight against digital mass misinformation, which causes serious harm all over the world.

Anna Rosinska - 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

Thanks to her Global Fellowship, Anna Rosinska will spend two years at the University of Massachussetts and one year at Ca’ Foscari, in the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage, under the supervision of prof. Sabrina Marchetti. MAJORdom is about paid domestic and care workers (cleaners, nannies, elderly care givers) who are 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 conduct statistical data and policy analysis. The results will help us understand the role of gender, race, ethnicity and class in contemporary inequalities.

Animesh Gain - SECurITY: Social-ECological Interdependencies in TransboundarY water resources systems.

Being a recipient of Outstanding Young Scientist Award of European Geosciences Union (EGU) and Alexander von Humboldt fellowship, currently he is working at Kiel University, Germany, within the cluster of excellence, ‘the Future Ocean’. For his Marie Curie Global Fellowship, he will be working on assessment of human-water interdependencies of international river basins, with an aim to enhance transboundary cooperation. During the outgoing phase, he will be working at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for two years, with Prof. Susskind (Environmental Policy & Planning Group) and during return phase at Ca’ Foscari with Prof. Giupponi (Department of Economics).

Carlotta Minnella - SWP: Shaming States: Social Sanction and State Behaviour In World Politics

Carlotta Minnella will carry out her research for two years at Duke University and will return to Ca 'Foscari - Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage – during the third year, under the supervision of Prof. Matteo Legrenzi. 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 practices 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? 

Alexander Araya - RIGHTS UP: The right to the city and the ambivalence of tourism: a comparative approach to media discourses and social movements' dissent in Venice, Amsterdam and Barcelona.

Alexander is a researcher, freelance sociologist and media advisor from Costa Rica, who will spend two yeard at theDepartment of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies, under the supervision of Professor Francesca Coin. His project will focus on the right to the city, observing the ambivalent role of tourism and following protests and social movements that claim access to their city and its resources—mainly in Venice, Amsterdam and Barcelona. The expected results are a better comprehension of the needs of European local communities with impact at policy-making levels.


Marie Curie fellows at Ca' Foscari University

Damiano Acciarino - ATRA: Atlas of Renaissance Antiquarianism

Outstanding scholar of Italian literature who obtained his doctoral degree at Ca' Foscari, Damiano will go to the University of Toronto, Canada for two years, and then return to Venice to fulfill his research objectives. He will implement the digital atlas of ancient studies of the Renaissance, connecting documents that are currently difficult to relate and thus opening new research opportunities on the history of thought and the evolution of European civilization. His tutor will be Professor Riccardo Drusi of the Department of Humanities.

Beatrice Daskas - MYRiCE: The church of the Holy Apostles at Constantinople: the MYth and its Reception across the Centuries

Byzantine scholar with competencies in philology and history, she will carry out her research project at Ca' Foscari after a research experience at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Monaco of Bavaria. She is currently a visiting scholar at the Institute for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies at Princeton University. She will be studying the cultural history of Byzantium and its reflections through the centuries, focusing on the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople and its symbolism. She will also compare her research results with another monument which has carried messages over the centuries: the Basilica of San Marco in Venice. Her tutor will be Antonio Rigo, professor at the Department of Humanities.

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

He was awarded his graduate and doctoral titles at Ca' Foscari, where he now teaches Russian and European History of Art. The Marie Curie Fellowship will take him to the University of California at Santa Barbara, to study the impact of art on culture and society during the Cold War, in particular regarding the two German Republics, Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union and Italy. He will carry out his research thanks to the collections of the Getty Research Institute and of the Wende Museum in Los Angeles. His tutor will be Professor Silvia Burini of the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage.

Elise Franssen - RASCIO: Reader, Author, Scholar in a Context of Information Overflow. How to master and manage knowledge when there is too much to know?

After her Phd in Arabic literature in Liege, Belgium, she will come to Ca' Foscari University to study al-Safdī, an intellectual of the Mammelucco period (1250-1517). Examining and digitizing the list of his works and annotated manuscripts, she will re-build a crucial part of the cultural life of the period. Her tutor will be Professor Antonella Ghersetti, at the Department of Asian and North African Studies.

Pauli Lappi - MILO: Mining, Lobbying and Efficient Environmental Policy

He carries out his research activities at the University of Helsinki; thanks to his project he will work at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and statistics of Ca' Foscari for two years, under the supervision of Professor Carlo Carraro. MILO investigates environmental policy from the economics viewpoint with a focus on polluting exhaustible resource production. MILO has two research objectives. First, it will analyze the properties of the economically optimal environmental policy targeted at exhaustible resource production, and second, it will study the properties of the policy instruments when the policy-making is affected by lobbying.



Ca' Foscari Alumni in Europe and in the World

Daniele Vecchiato - VehmeLit: Legal Cultures and Literary Trials in the Age of Goethe

Daniele Vecchiato got a Ph.D in Germanistic in a joint Ph.D programme with the Humboldt University in Berlin. He was awarded various research fellowships in Germany and in 2015 he received the Ca’ Foscari Research Award for Ph.Ds. Thanks to the Marie Curie European Fellowship, he will study at King’s College London, to investigate the reasons behind Vehmic’s secret court in German literature between XVIII and XIX centuries, from both a comparative and an interdisciplinary point of view.

Deborah Nadal - AREE: The Social Anthropology of Rabies Epidemiology and Elimination

After getting a Bachelor's and Master's Degree from Ca’ Foscari, she obtained a Ph.D. at the University of Verona in 2014 and in 2016 she was awarded a Marie Curie Global Fellowship. Her project, “SAREE”, is focused on rabies in rural India: her study will combine anthropology, epidemiology and medicine methods, in order to better understand this serious but overlooked illness and to identify culturally convincing strategies to contain it. She will be working under the supervision of professor Cleveland in Glasgow (UK) and professor Rabinowitz in Seattle (USA).

Francesco Piraino - SufisEthics&Politics

Francesco Piraino will study the role of Sufi confraternities in the political areas between Europe and Maghreb (Belgium, France, Morocco and Algeria). Some of these confraternities are actually playing a key role in the cultural, social and political mediation process. His research will take place at KU Leuven University in Belgium. He graduated from Ca' Foscari University in Philosophy, in Sociology at the University of Padua, and obtained a joint Ph.D. in Sociology at Pisa’s Scuola Normale Superiore, in collaboration with the EHESS in Paris. He also had the chance to be visiting researcher at the Universities of Lund (Sweden), Aarhus (Denmark) and Cape Town (South Africa). Since 2016, he has been a consultant for the Centre for Comparative Studies of Cultures and Spiritualities at the Giorgio Cini Foundation.

Alice Equestri - Renaissance Idiocy: Representing Idiocy and Intellectual Disability in Early Modern English Literature, 1500-1640

Ca’ Foscari research fellow Alice Equestri has been awarded a Marie Curie European Fellowship in the call 2016. Her project will give her the chance to spend a research and training period at University of Sussex, Brighton, in the United Kingdom. She will be working there under the supervision of professor Andrew Hadfield, an expert of early modern English literature.


Marie Curie fellows at Ca' Foscari University

Alessandra Gilibert - COMPUS: Civic community and public space in the ancient Near East. The case of Hittite Anatolia at the end of the Late Bronze Age (14th-13th centuries BCE)

Alessandra Gilibert studies the relationship between public space and political life in the ancient Near Eastern city, with the city of Hattusha, capital of the Hittite Empire, as case-study. The project COMPUS uses a multi-level, computer-aided methodological toolbox to extract social meaning from ancient urban design, reconstruct the political dimension of urban space, and find out how past communities generated places of gathering, negotiation, and dissent. The biennial research is located at Ca' Foscari Department of Humanities, under the supervision of Lucio Milano, full professor of Ancient Near Easter History at our University.

David García-León - WATER DROP - Droughts and Water Scarcity in the EU: Economic Impacts, Adaptation, Policy Implications and Integrated Assessment Modelling.

David is an Environmental Economist from Spain; his project will be carried out at the Department of Environmental Science, Informatics and Statistics under the supervision of Prof. Antonio Marcomini. WATER DROP will investigate drought risks and water scarcity in Europe, which are expected to intensify as a result of climate change, seeking to measure the economic impacts of agricultural droughts at the geographically finest level, using high-resolution agricultural and satellite data. It will also assess the evolution of the relation between drought stress and agricultural production over time, quantifying the presence of adaptive behaviour to climate change. The results of this project will help policymakers and relevant stakeholders to design more efficient early warning and drought mitigation tools.

Suzana Blesic - CLARITY: Uncovering information in fluctuating CLimate systems: An oppoRtunity for solving climate modeling nodes and assIst local communiTY adaptation measures

Suzana Blesic is an associate research professor at the Institute for Medical Research in Belgrade. She holds a PhD in theoretical physics, finished a post-doc at CNRS Marseilles and has worked in laboratories in Sweden and Japan. CLARITY intends to use valuable information from fluctuations in climate records to analyze, interpret and incorporate into Bayesian modelling strategies the observed, reconstructed and simulated climate data, in order to obtain projections that can be of assistance to community needs. The supervisor of this research is Angelo Rubino, professor of  Oceanography, Meteorology and Climatology at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics.

Further information: CLARITY website; Participant Portal

Panagiotis Ch. Athanasopoulos - TASTGCEP: Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae Ia IIae translated by Demetrius Cydones and Bessarion’s incomplete Compendium of the translation – A Critical Editio Princeps

Panagiotis Athanasopoulos prepared his Doctoral Dissertation at the Department of Philology, University of Ioannina, Greece. Since 2013 he is a research collaborator of the “Thomas de Aquino Byzantinus” international research project (Laboratory of Arts, University of Patras – Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London). His project aims to provide scholarship with critical editions of the Byzantine translations of some of Aquinas’ writings and, thus, to contribute to the research on the relations between the Catholic and Orthodox theological and intellectual traditions.

Pervinca Rista - GoldOpera: Carlo Goldoni and Europe’s New Opera Theatre

Pervinca Rista, researcher and professional musician, will study the evolution of Classical opera to shed light on the important innovations in musical theatre introduced by Venetian playwright and librettist Carlo Goldoni. The project ultimately aims to create the basis for the restoration, publication, and performance of historical operas that have vanished from the traditional repertoire, to bring to a larger public new knowledge of a form of art that had a global impact, and therefore a deeper understanding of our shared cultural heritage. Her supervisor will be Pier Mario Vescovo, at Ca' Foscari Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage.

Enrico Emanuele Prodi - ASAGIP: Ancient scholarship on archaic Greek iambic poetry

Enrico Emanuele Prodi holds a D.Phil. from Oxford. He is currently in the 4th year of a Research Fellowship at Christ Church, Oxford. His main research interests are papyrology, archaic Greek lyric, and ancient scholarship on archaic and Classical literature. His research will be devoted ancient scholarship on archaic iambic poetry, chiefly Archilochus and Hipponax, from the fourth century BC to the twelfth AD. Systematic investigation of all available sources will allow its history, characteristics, transmission, and use to be examined. The project ‘ASAGIP: Ancient Scholarship on Archaic Greek Iambic Poetry’ will be supervised by Prof. Ettore Cingano in the Department of Humanities.

Xanthi Penteli - SCouT: Sparse Composite Likelihood Inference in Count Time Series

Xanthi Pedeli got her PhD in Statistics at the Athens University of Economics and Business. Her curriculum includes professional experience in both the academia and the private sector, research activities related to both theoretical and applied statistics and involvement in a number of European research projects. At Ca’ Foscari University, she will work on the simultaneous order selection and estimation of autoregressive and moving average terms in count time series models, with the aim of supporting statistical methods for public health surveillance and detection of disease outbreaks. SCouT will be supervised by Prof. Cristiano Varin in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics. Website

Ca' Foscari Alumni in Europe and in the World

Olivia Casagrande - MAPS-URBE: The invisible city - Mapuche mapping of Santiago de Chile

Graduated at Ca' Foscari in Cultural Anthropology, Ethnology and ethnolinguistics, after the award of a PhD (Doctor Europaeus) at the University of Verona, Olivia Casagrande obtained a Global Fellowship at the University of Manchester, with a period of research and training in Santiago, Chile. Her project aims to explore the artistic and cultural reality of the younger generations of Mapuche indigenous people within the urban context of the capital. Through a collaborative methodology that includes participatory mapping and storytelling, she will analyze the indigenous experience of the city and the links with the ancestral territory in the south of the country.

Franco Luciani - SPES: Servi Publici: Everybody's Slaves

After receiving a PhD from Ca' Foscari University of Venice in 2011, Franco Luciani was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Neuchatel (Switzerland), Ca’ Foscari University and the University of Trento. Thanks to the SPES project, Franco is moving to Newcastle University in the UK to embark on a full-scale study of the role of public slavery in the Roman world. The SPES project sets out to provide a full-scale reconsideration of the position of public slaves in the Roman economy and society through a multidisciplinary and comparative study.

Michele Costola - European early warning system for systemic risk

Michele Costola will study the implementation of a new European early warning system, able to identify and signal economic vulnerabilities in order to allow policy makers to intervene in a timely manner. The project is called - European early warning system for systemic risk and its aim is to implement a EWS for systemic risk to prevent and mitigate financial instability by exploiting the linkages among the financial markets and the real economy. will be implemented at the House of Finance - SAFE Institute (Sustainable Architecture for Finance in Europe) at the Goethe University in Frankfurt with a secondment period at the European Central Bank.

Alessia Castagnino - TransIt: Translating science in the long Italian Eighteenth-Century. The role of translators and publishers as “cultural mediators” (1760-1790s)

PhD in European Social History at Ca' Foscari University, at present works as post-doctoral researcher at the University of the Republic of San Marino. Her Marie Curie Fellowship at the European University Institute (Department of History and Civilization, Florence), will analyse the role of  translators and publishers as “cultural mediators” (1760-1790s). This project is conducted under the supervision of prof. Ann Thomson and is focused on the strategies of translation of English and French scientific works in Italy during the last decades of the Eighteenth-Century. The aim is to reflect on the role played by translators and publishers and on the idea that translations were a lens through which to analyse the quality of the dissemination and reception of European scientific culture in the Italian peninsula.


Marie Curie fellows at Ca' Foscari University

Valentina Ciciliot - CAT-CAM: The Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR): an Historical Analysis Between US and Europe

Valentina Ciciliot will explore how globalization and the interaction between different religious cultures have been crucial to the Christian confessions in the modern world. The project CAT-CAM implies a period of research at the University of Notre Dame Du Lac (USA) and a reintegration period at Ca' Foscari University, in the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies. The supervisor is Giovanni Vian, Professor in History of Christianity and the Church. Through the analysis of new spiritual and religious forms, as Pentecostalism and new charismatic movements, Valentina will study the deep transformations affecting Christianity in Europe and in the rest of the world.

Maria Simona Morosin - NPA: Neurodidactics of Performing Arts: The Impact of Drama Teaching on Second Language Acquisition

Maria Simona Morosin joins Neuroscience, Education and Theater, investigating the impact of theater practice on language learning. She will base her research on the current understanding of Neuroscience of Education, dealing with cognitive brain functions such as thinking, memory, attention, emotions. The project "NPA - Neurodidactics of Performing Arts: The Impact of Drama Teaching on Second Language Acquisition" is a Global Fellowship which implies a three-year research at the University of Sydney and Ca’ Foscari. Her supervisor is Paul Puppa, professor of Theater History at the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage.

Ivan Franceschini - Chinese Labour: Shifting Dynamics of Chinese Labour in a Global Perspective

Ivan Franceschini will work in China, analysing perceptions and expectations of those who work in the 'world's factory', in reference to the future European investment in the country. "Chinese Labour - Shifting Dynamics of Chinese Labour in a Global Perspective" is the title of his project, which will last three years and will lead Ivan in Canberra, at the Australian Centre on China in the World. His supervisor is Professor Renzo Cavalieri, Professor of East Asian countries Law in the Department of Asian and North African Studies.

Veronica West-Harling - Family, Power, Memory: Female Monasticism in Italy from 700 to 1100

Veronica-West Harling, an historical medievalist, will study the religious who lived in Italians convents between 700 and 1100, with a comparative and interdisciplinary approach. The center of her research will be the relationship between female figures, religious beliefs and behavior, politics and society, with the aim of understanding issues rooted in our history and still open in modern society. "Family, Power, Memory: Female Monasticism in Italy from 700 to 1100" is the title of the two-year project that will be conducted under the supervision of Stefano Gasparri, Professor of Medieval History at the Department of Humanities.

Teodoro Katinis - SPERONI: Sperone Speroni (1500-1588) and the Rebirth of Sophistry in the Italian Renaissance

Teodoro Katinis will analyse the singular figure of Sperone Speroni, a philosopher and scholar from Padua who lived in the sixteenth century.  He will bring to the attention the interest of this intellectual for the Sophists, on whom he wrote in vernacular. The study of Katinis will last two years and is entitled "SPURS - Sperone Speroni (1500-1588) and the Rebirth of Sophistry in the Italian Renaissance". It will contribute to a broader international project on Aristotelianism in Italian Renaissance, funded by an ERC Starting Grant and led by Professor Marco Sgarbi of the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage of Ca' Foscari, in collaboration with the British University of Warwick.

Arianna Traviglia - VEiL: Visualizing Engineered Landscapes: an archeological approach to unlock environmental resilience and sustainability in antiquity

VEiL project (Visualising Engineered Landscapes) investigates the processes and dynamics of ancient landscape engineering in order to inform models of sustainable practices for contemporary landscape management. Focused on the exceptionally well-preserved territory skirting Aquileia (Italy), one of the wealthiest and largest cities of the Roman Empire, this project integrates archaeological, historical, environmental and geospatial information to investigate the forms, impact and endurance of the complex Roman rural parcelisation system, known as Centuriation. To achieve this research agenda, Marie Curie fellow Arianna Traviglia, with the supervision of prof. Andrea Torsello, develops new methods based on Artificial Intelligence and Computer vision to automatically identify over aerial and satellite imagery the traces left from ancient territorial infrastructures that still survive in the organisation of the contemporary landscape.

Chengfang Pang - NanoERA: Nanomaterials Ecological Risk Assessment: A study of the long-term effects and risks of nano scale Iron Oxide used in plastic composites in the acquatic environment

Chengfang Pang will analyze the behaviour of nanoparticles in the aquatic ferric oxide (n-Fe2O3), used in large scale in the dye for plastics. The aim will be to develop methods and data to predict the long-term effects of the use of this nanomaterial and related environmental risks. The project will last two years and will have as supervisor Antonio Marcomini, Professor of Environmental Chemistry and director of the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics of Ca' Foscari.

Ca' Foscari Alumni in Europe and in the World

Mariachiara Barzotto - SkillUp: Skill development and firm upgrading to sustain the competitiveness of the EU manufacturing sector

Mariachiara Barzotto, lecturer at the Department of Economics of Ca 'Foscari, obtained the title of Doctor Europaeus in 2014. Mariachiara will explore paths that combine strategies of upgrading of enterprises with the development of skills to improve the competitiveness of European manufacturing industries. Her project ‘Skillup - Skill development and upgrading firm to sustain the competitiveness of the EU manufacturing sector’ is a European Fellowship that will allow the Researcher to carry out her research at the Birmingham Business School - University of Birmingham (UK) for a period of two years.

Chiara Fabbro - MaSCheNav: Mass Spectrometry-Based Chemoproteomic Profiling of Nav1.7, a Voltage-Gated Sodium Channel

Chiara Fabbro got the PhD title in Science and Technology Chemical and Pharmaceutical University of Trieste. After a Postdoc fellowship at the University of Namur (Belgium), she arrived at Ca 'Foscari as a Researcher at the DSMN, where she works on the synthesis of new materials for applications in art restoration. Thanks to the Marie Curie Fellowship she will work at Imperial College - London. Her project aims to study ion channels involved in the transmission of the pain signal, using techniques of chemoproteomics forefront, for the development of new therapies.

Marco Noè - SOCUPols: Supported organocatalysts and their applications in the upgrade of bioderived polyols

After a brief experience in the private sector, Marco Noè obtained the PhD title in Chemical Sciences at Ca' Foscari in 2012. With his project ‘SOCUPols: Supported organocatalysts and their applications in the upgrade of bioderived polyols: desymmetrisation of glycerol to Obtain building blocks for fine chemicals and pharmaceutical production’, he will work for two years ICIQ - Catalan Institute of Investigació Química. The main objective is to get new systems for the development of products derived from biomass, promoting the transition to renewable sources.

Laura Carnelos - PATRIMONiT: From Cheap Print to Rare Ephemera: 16th-Century Italian 'Popular' Books at the British Library

Expert in Book History and Library Science, she got her PhD in 2010 in Venice. After several scientific experiences between Ca' Foscari University and the University of Verona, thanks to her project PATRIMONiT she will carry our her research at the British Library (UK). Here she will explore some of the 16th century Italian texts which are not stored in any library of our country, considering the historical circumstances related to their survival and international circulation with a new highly interdisciplinary methodology.

Daniele Morselli - EntreLab: The Entrepreneurial Laboratory for teacher training. A capability approach for entrepreneurship education in vocational education

Psychologist, he has worked as a clinician and educator in the Feuerstein Centre of Jerusalem for the rehabilitation of children with severe learning difficulties. In 2014, he got a joint PhD title in Cognitive Sciences and Education between Ca 'Foscari and the University of Melbourne. His doctoral research project involved a comparative model on Italian and Australian entrepreneurship training. EntreLab will develop a close partnership involving Helsinki and Ca 'Foscari University (as a partner), on the entrepreneurship training of teachers through an innovative methodology on technical and vocational training.

Laura Candiotto - EMOTIONS FIRST. Feeling reason: the role of emotions in reasoning

Laura Candiotto, Research Fellow in Theoretical Philosophy at Ca' Foscari, where she works with Prof. Luigi Vero Tarca, worked with Luc Brisson (CNRS, Paris Sorbonne) and presented the results of her research in important international conferences in France, Spain, Germany, Poland and Italy. Through her Marie Curie project she will undertake training and research at the University of Edinburgh, investigating the complex relationships between emotions and rationality, from ancient philosophy to contemporary epistemological theories, in order to put new scientific basis for the study of embodied, located and extended cognition.

Alessio Sopracasa - Digiseal: Byzantine seals in a digital age: new tools for European research

Alessio Sopracasa is an associate member of the 'Centre de recherche et d'Histoire de Byzance Civilisation' and holder of PhD title in Byzantine history at the Université de Paris IV Sorbonne, achieved in co-supervision with Ca' Foscari. He spent a long period of research and teaching in Paris and for many years he devoted himself to the study of economic history and commerce in the Eastern Mediterranean area. At the same time, he developed a deep interest in the Byzantine sigillography that, along with 'Digital Humanities', is the basis of DigiSeal, which will take place at the King's College - London. Thank DigiSeal, in fact, he will will join sigillography with the language TEI-XML, creating a large body of digital Byzantine seals, which will set a new standard and will provide new evidence and new tools for the development of further research in many other sectors.


Marie Curie fellows at Ca' Foscari University

Valentina Bonifacio - ArchFact: Building an archive of conflicting memories. A history of Carlos Casado's tannin factory in Paraguay (1889-2001)

Adjunct Professor at Ca’ Foscari University Venice, Department of Humanities, anthropologist and documentary filmmaker, Valentina was awarded a Marie Curie IOF fellowship in 2013. With his project ArchFact Valentina will travel to Paraguay to gather evidence about the history of the family Stastre-Casado (1889-2000) and their large tannery, which for the first time hired Indians as laborers. She will study the memories of the various protagonists and their role in the formation of the country’s contemporary political identity. Contact:

Diego Calaon - Voices of Venice

Archaeologist and researcher, Diego Calaon was professor of Medieval Archaeology at Ca’ Foscari University. Awarded in 2013 of a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship, he will be hosted by the University of Stanford, California to return, after two years, to Ca' Foscari, Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics. His project The Voices of Venice wants to stimulate a critical review of one of the key European events from the point of view of history and society, the birth of the Serenissima. Contact:

Filip Alexandrescu - NEXSUS: Network-based Expert-Stakeholder Framework for Sustainable Remediation

Filip Alexandrescu has worked for some years at the University of Toronto, Canada. Since August 2011, he has been a researcher at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Germany. Awarded in 2013 of a Marie Curie Fellwoship, he chose Ca’ Foscari University, Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics, as the host institution where to develop his project NEXUS. The project aims at improving the development and the evaluation of management processes of sustainability in contaminated soils. Contact:

Darko Darovec - FAIDA: Feud and blood feud between customary law and legal process in medieval and early modern Europe. The case of the Upper-Adriatic area

Professor at the University of Ljubljana, Darko Darovec, has chosen Ca’ Foscari University, Department of Humanities, as the host institution for his Marie Curie Fellowship. His project FAIDA: Feud and blood feud between customs and legal process in medieval and early modern Europe will focus on the area of the northern Adriatic during the late Middle Ages and early modern era. Contact:

Ca' Foscari Alumni in Europe and in the World

Giulia Fiorani - RENOVACARB: Novel applications of renewable based molecules for the preparation of cyclic carbonates and polycabonates

Research Associate at the Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems, Ca’ Foscari University, Giulia Fiorani has worked on the development and optimization of sustainable synthetic protocols. Awarded in 2013 of a Marie Curie Fellowship, her project will focus on the development of new functional molecules and new plastics from renewable materials such as the scraps of the agri-food industry. The research will take place at the ICIQ, a non-profit research center on Molecular Sciences located in Tarragona, Spain. Contact:

Paola Tomè - Tortellex: Giovanni Tortelli's Orthographia and Greek studies in XVth century Europe

Fellow in Medieval Latin Literature and Humanities at Ca’ Foscari University Venice, Department of Humanities, Paola has participated in various research projects of national scope and in 2012 was awarded a "Andrew Mellon" research visiting fellowship at the "Center for Renaissance Studies", University of Warwick (UK). Awarded in 2013 of a Marie Curie Fellowship, she will be hosted by Oxford University to study the diffusion and promotion of the study of greek language in the fifteenth century Italy and Europe. Contact:

Alessio Cotugno - A-Speroni: Sperone Speroni and his Legacy (1500-1588): Literature, Philosophy and the Vernacular

Research Fellow at Ca' Foscari University (2008-2013), Department of Humanities, Alessio lectured in courses related to the disciplines of Italian Linguistics at the Universities of Udine and Venice. Awarded of a Marie Curie fellowship in 2013, he will develop his research project at the Department of Italian and the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick. His project will analyse the role of the Paduan philosopher Sperone Speroni (1500-1588) in the promotion of the vernacular in Italy and France. Contact:

Laura Odasso - AMORE: Awareness & Migration: Organizations for bi-national family Rights Empowerment

Fellow researcher at the Laboratory of European cultures and societies, University of Strasbourg, and professor in collaboration with the Master MIM program, Ca 'Foscari University, Laura studied European migration policies and mixed couples. Awarded of a Marie Curie Fellowship in 2013, Laura will develop her research project between the cities of Strasbourg, Bruxelles and Turin. The project aims to bring an action-research approach to the study of migration policies regulating access to citizenship and residence permits. Contact:


Marie Curie fellows at Ca' Foscari University

Viviana Re - Bir Al-Nas: Bottom-up integrated approach for sustainable groundwater management in rural areas

Research fellow at Ca’ Foscari University Venice, Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems Viviana was awarded in 2012 a Marie Curie IOF. Her project, Bir Al-Nas, covers the multidisciplinary study of the quality of groundwater in the area of Cap Bon (North Tunisia). Bir Al-Nas will be developed for the first two years in Tunisia, at the National School of Engineering of Sfax and in the third year at Ca' Foscari University at the Department of Science molecular and nano-systems. Contact:

Ca' Foscari Alumni in Europe and in the World

Mauro Masiol - CHEERS: “Chemical and Physical Properties and Source Apportionment of Airport Emissions in the context of European Air Quality Directives”

Mauro holds currently a PhD in Environmental Sciences at Ca’ Foscari University, Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics. Awarded in 2013 of a Marie Curie Fellowship, he will be hosted by the University of Birmingham (UK) to implement his project CHEERS. The project focuses primarily on  the determination of the impact of aircraft emissions upon particulate matter concentrations and on the fine particulate matter (PM2.5) source apportionment to quantify the impact of aircraft, road traffic and other airport emissions upon local air quality. Contact:


Toshio Miyake - BETWATE: Beyond “the West” and “the East”: Occidentalism, Orientalism and self-Orientalism in Italy-Japan Relations

Currently adjunct lecturer in Contemporary Japanese society at Ca' Foscari University, Department of Asian and North African Studies, Toshio was awarded of a Marie Curie Fellowship in 2011. His project BETWATE, investigated the reasons of the reciprocal popularity of Italy and Japan, by focusing on mutual discourses and practices regarding “Japan” and “the East” in Italy, and regarding “Italy” and “the West” in Japan, respectively. Contact:

Last update: 20/02/2019