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

MaP Centre

MAP - Centro di Ricerca Marco Polo sulle connessioni globali Europa-Asia - Marco Polo Centre for Global Europe-Asia Connections

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


Cansiglio Forest Retreat 2022 / Forum on the Belt and Road Initiative & Social Ecological Systems

The retreat was hosted at Vallorch nature education center between November 8 and 10. After descending the mountain, participants shared in Venice the outcomes of their work at the “Forum on the Belt and Road Initiative & Social Ecological Systems”. The forum took place on 11 November  (10:30-12:30) at Ca'Foscari Zattere Cultural Flow Zone. During this event, the outcomes from the retreat were shared with the wider community, while also taking in fresh perspectives for future research and action. 

Presentation of the new book series "Marco Polo" and its inaugural volume

The presentation of the new book series and its inaugural volume by L. M. Olivieri: Stoneyards and Artists in Gandhara was held on the 30 of September at 5.30pm at the Istituto Canossiano San Trovaso.
Inspired by the famous Venetian merchant, the book series is designed to publish up-to-date research in dialogue with the intellectual tradition of the Research Centre and prioritises studies that are inquisitive, bold, and dynamic, with a preference for transcultural and interdisciplinary studies.
Further information at the Edizioni Ca' Foscari website.

Summer School on Social Movements in Contemporary Southeast Asia

This Summer School focused on the specific and distinctive features of collective social actors in the region by illuminating the central roles played by the youth, women, LGBTQ+ activists and religious actors in shaping, resisting, and/or contesting processes of cultural and socio-political change.
The Summer School was held in Venice, Italy, on September 18 to 24, 2022.

Summer School: A Multilingual Philology of Nature (MPN): Reading Eco-Cultural Landscapes across the Hindukush-Karakoram

The aim of the summer school was to bring together some of the most important scholars of the region in order to work, for one week full-time, on the multilingual eco-cultural landscapes of Hindukush-Karakoram with a selected group of brilliant students, in a multidisciplinary, chronologically open perspective.
The Summer School was held in Venice, Italy, on September 26 September to 1 October, 2022.