PhD in Asian and African Studies

PhD in
Asian and African Studies

Calls for applications
Final results - call for applications 40th cycle (a.y. 2024/2025)

Applications and Selections are closed. You will find all results, according to the schedule, on the page dedicated to Selections.

For further information, please contact the PhD Office (phd.application@unive.it)

PhD overview

In partnership with:

The course is structured as an international Ph.D., thanks to the Agreement with Heidelberg University(Germany), which stipulates that at least two students per cycle spend a minimum of 12 months at the partner university. Moreover, the agreement ensures the presence of professors from Heidelberg University in the Board of Directors. In addition to this, numerous co-tutelle agreements are activated and the mobility of Ph.D. candidates is strongly encouraged, both for participating in international conferences and for research periods at prestigious foreign institutions. The activity of studying and researching abroad constitutes a fundamental moment for building a network of relationships within the international scientific community and an important point of reference for the research of Ph.D. candidates. Furthermore, the Department guarantees high-level international teaching activities, with the participation of visiting scholars and visiting professors, whose scientific and professional skills contribute to enriching the educational offer of the Ph.D. program.

Coordinator

Nicoletta Pesaro

xiaopei@unive.it

Objectives

In our PhD program we seek to educate a new generation of prospective experts on Eurasia and Northern Africa. Graduates are trained to acquire all the necessary skills to become influential experts and knowledge brokers in the study of these regions. We believe that a combination of specific skills is imperative for this:

  • Firstly, we built and develop our program on solid theoretical and methodological skills;
  • Secondly, we expect and support students to develop original research with interdisciplinary and transcultural perspectives;
  • Thirdly, we integrate students into ongoing joint activities with our international partners in order to prepare them for their successful interaction in international settings.

Prerequisites

Students who seek participation in our programme should have a broad intellectual and communicative engagement as well as intercultural flexibility. They need to have excellent language skills in at least one of the languages of the list below and have an English language proficiency of at least B2 level. The principal language of our program is English. Applicants should have a solid methodological basis in either the humanities or in the social sciences. 

Our expertise

We provide training and guidance across a wide range of languages and disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Our department ranks among the best 200 modern language programs worldwide. We offer excellent, cutting edge academic training and a vibrant international network.

Languages permanently offered in our programme

  • Ainu
  • Arabic
  • Aramaic
  • Armenian
  • Azeri
  • Chinese
  • Coptic
  • Korean 
  • Hebrew
  • Japanese
  • Hindi
  • Marathi
  • Mongolian
  • Neo-Greek
  • Pali
  • Persian
  • Russian
  • Sanskrit
  • Syriac
  • Thai
  • Tibetan
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese

Class timetable (a.y. 2023/2024)

12 February 2024

Palazzo Vendramin, Sala A

Student presentations

  • 9:30-13:30, Method and methodology of the PhD project (15 min presentation + 15 min discussion)
  • 14:30-18:00, Method and methodology of the PhD project (15 min presentation + 15 min discussion)  

13 February 2024

Palazzo Vendramin, Sala A

  • 9:30-10:30 Organisation of the 4th International Doctoral Symposium on Asian and African Studies (IDSAAS IV): introduction and task assignment

Guest speaker

  • 10:45-12:15 Sara De Vido (Ca’ Foscari University) International legal framework on countering gender-based violence against women including ICT facilitated violence

14 February 2024

Palazzo Vendramin, Sala A

Guest speaker

  • 9:30-11:00 Joshua Mostow (University of British Columbia) Humanities Academic Publishing in English

Research at DSAAM  

  • 11:30-13:00 Piera Rossetto (Ca’ Foscari University) In other words: When research meets creativity

12 December 2023 

Palazzo Vendramin, Sala A

Guest speaker 

  • 9:00-11:00, Wei Wang (University of Sidney), Sociolinguistic approaches to Chinese Sociolinguistic /approaches to Chinese Discourse 

Research at DSAAM: Linguistic

  • 11:15-13:15, Bianca Basciano, Marco Casentini e Alessia Iurato, The PRIN project ACHIEVE - The acquisition of Chinese resultative verbal complexes by L1 Italian learners: theoretical and methodological issues
  • 14:30-15:30, Anna Morbiato, Corpora as a research tool: methodological potential and issues
  • 15:30-16:30, Marco Casentini, Introduction to statistical analysis and tools in linguistics research
  • 16:30-17:30, Carlotta Sparvoli, Semantic disambiguation of modal expressions: Methodology and available taxonomies

13 December 2023

Sala Marino Berengo, Ca’ Foscari 

Josie Dixon (Lucian Consulting), 2-day workshop “Writing Articles for International Publication in Peer-Reviewed Journals” 

  • 9:00-16:00, Josie Dixon (Lucian Consulting) Article publishing workshop

14 December 2023

Sala Archivio, Ca’ Foscari 

Josie Dixon (Lucian Consulting), 2-day workshop “Writing Articles for International Publication in Peer-Reviewed Journals” 

  • 9:00-16:00, Josie Dixon (Lucian Consulting) Article publishing worksho

15 December 2023

Palazzo Vendramin, Sala A

Student presentations

  • 9:30-15:00, the theoretical basis of your PhD project (15 min presentation + 15 min discussion)

16 October 2023

Palazzo Vendramin, Sala A

Student presentations

  • 09:30-13:00, Method and methodology of the PhD project (15 min presentation + 15 min discussion)  
  • 14:30-16:30, Method and methodology of the PhD project (15 min presentation + 15 min discussion)  

Joint book discussion

  • 17:00-18:00, (with Nicoletta Pesaro) T. Mullaney, C. Rea Where Research Begins.

17 October 2023 

Palazzo Vendramin, Sala A

Research at DSAAM: The New Institute Centre for Environmental Humanities (NICHE)

  • 9:00-10:30, Natasha L. Rooney (Deakin University), Ayurveda and Epigenetics: Hybridizing molecular biology and traditional medicine around pre-pregnancy clinic
  • 10:45-12:15, Maurizio Meloni (Deakin University), Orientalism and the History of the Body 
  • 14:30-16:30, Roberta Raffaetà (Deputy Director of NICHE, Ca’ Foscari), Microbes, Environments, Cultures

18 October 2023

Aula 0C, Palazzo Moro

Research at DSAAM: Lab on Area studies for Sustainability Transformations (LAST) 

  • 9:30-12:00, Daniele Brombal, The Joy and Sorrows of Transcending Discipline. A Personal and Scientific Journey Across Methods, Ethics, and Politics.

19 October 2023

Palazzo Vendramin, Sala A

Guest speaker 

  • 10:00-12:00, Bart Dessein (Ghent University), Taixu: A Buddhist Monk's Quest for Modernity

Notices

From 3 to 7 June 2024 a new edition of Research Communication Week is coming, the Ca' Foscari initiative created to raise awareness and provide tools and soft skills in research communication. Discover the 5 workshops on scientific posters, social media, storytelling and public speaking: limited places, registration by 3 April. Webinars also available soon.

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