Centro di Ricerca Marco Polo - Centre for Global Europe-Asia Connections

MaP Centre

The MaP Centre's mission is to foster collaborative scientific research and networking for the study of cultural, social, political, economic, and religious interactions across Europe, the Mediterranean region, and Asia.

It aims at developing international scientific cooperation on topics such as new religious identities, social and political institutions, and the history of relations in an innovative, transcultural perspective.

The scope of MaP’s activities covers also cross-cutting issues such as migration and climate change.



Joint seminars and lectures, in collaboration with national and international visiting scholars


In-residence post-doctoral fellowships on research topics related the Centre’s mission


International summer schools, focused on historical processes and emerging trends in politics, governance, economics, and socio-cultural changes between Europe, the Mediterranean region, and Asia


Stefano Pellò and Carlo Frappi at the 2nd Italy - Central Asia Conference

As part of the 2nd Italy-Central Asia Conference, the Marco Polo Centre for Global Europe-Asia Connections of Ca' Foscari and the International Institute Center for Global Europe-Asia Connections in Tashkent organised a round table dedicated to scientific and academic cooperation among Italy and five Asian countries. Ca' Foscari professors Stefano Pellò and Carlo Frappi took part in the event.

Second Meeting on Water: Imaginations and Concepts 

In this second meeting the central theme was the imagination and conceptualisation of water in economics, human geography and the humanities. This event was held online on the 24 November 2021 at 2pm. 

The MENA Countries and China Interests, Perceptions and Future Balances

These conferences were held on the 10, 22 and 29 November 2021 by Sofia Graziani (Università di Trento), Yahia Zoubir (KEDGE Business School) and Sophie Zinser (Chatham House). For further information please check this link

Finanza e potere lungo le Nuove Vie della Seta

Professor Alessia Amighini, author of the book "Finanza e potere lungo le Nuove Vie della Seta", discussed China's global political and financial repositioning with professors and young researchers from Ca’ Foscari University. The event was held on the 15 September 2021.