CIS Center

CIS Center
Center for Comparative International Studies in Venice


The Center for Comparative International Studies in Venice (CIS) is a departmental research center founded in May 2016.

Its purpose is the promotion of research in Comparative International Studies in all disciplinary areas related to the relationship between languages, cultures and international politics.

The Center promotes and ensures the free aggregation and organization of research in the field of international studies, with emphasis on the comparative approach to the study of politics and international relations

CIS - Center for Comparative International Studies in Venice


The Center for Comparative International Studies in Venice develops scientific collaborations with national and international institutes in the various fields of comparative international studies; promotes training in the various fields of comparative international studies, supporting teaching and in particular the Master’s Degree in Comparative International Relations; carries out consultancy and research activities related to comparative international studies for the benefit of organizations and institutions; and promotes the dissemination of research through publications, conferences, seminars and exhibitions.

Research projects



  •   International History Seminar, from February to June 2024. To register write to: 
    • José Ricardo Aguilar (Universidad de Warwick), 10 June 2024. International History Seminar (Ca’ Foscari-Colmex-UNAM-CIDE).
    • Paula López Caballero (Centro de Investigaciones Interdisciplinarias en Ciencias y Humanidades (CEIICH)-UNAM, 29 May 2024. International History Seminar (Ca’ Foscari-Colmex-UNAM-CIDE). 
    • Marcelo Casals (Universidad Finis Terrae/Colmex), 17 April 2024. International History Seminar (Ca’ Foscari-Colmex-UNAM-CIDE).  
    • Duccio Basosi (Universidad Ca’ Foscari Venezia) Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski and the paradoxes of "Soviet totalitarianism," 1977-81, 20 March 2024. International History Seminar (Ca’ Foscari-Colmex-UNAM-CIDE).
    • Daniela Spenser (Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS). "Tiempo fragmentado, vidas divididas en la guerra y la paz fría: rumbo a Palestina, (1939-1945)", 29 February 2024. International History Seminar (Ca’ Foscari-Colmex-UNAM-CIDE). 
  • "The New International Economic Order. Lessons and Legacies 50 Years Later", 10-11 May 2024. Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy. Call for papers
  • Cesare Cuttica (Università Paris 8), “What Did They Talk About When They Talked About Democracy? Reflections on Early Modern Political Thought in England and Beyond.” 23 April 2024, 12:15-13:45, Polo didattico San Basilio (Magazzino 5), Aula 1G (contact:
  • Cesare Cuttica (Università Paris 8), “The Intellectual Historian’s Workday: Dealing with Minor Authors, Reading Odd Sources and Talking About Things That Do Not Quite Exist. Some Thoughts on Methodology”. 22 April 2024, 17:30-19:00, Sala Conferenze, Palazzo Cosulich (contact:
  • Patricia Clavin (Oxford University), "Histories and Futures of the Global Order", 18 April 2024, 14:30-16:30, Aula Berengo (contact:
  • Duccio Basosi (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski and the paradoxes of "Soviet totalitarianism," 1977-81, 20 March 2024. International History Seminar (Ca’ Foscari-Colmex-UNAM-CIDE), at 17.00 Venice time / 10.00 Mexico city time. Discussant: William Michael Schmidli (Leiden University). To receive the Zoom link and Prof. Basosi’s paper, please write to:
  • Conference "Riadattare e costruire i saperi nello spazio italiano tra fine Settecento e primo Ottocento", 7 March 2024, Sala B, Ca’ Bernardo (contact:
  • Chloé Bérut (Ca’ Foscari), "Digitalisation of health policy in the EU", 7 February 2024, 14:00-15:30, Conference room, Palazzo Cosulich (contact:
  • Yuko Tanaka, Donatella Calabi, Hidenobu Jinnai et al., "Conference Public and private spaces in Tokyo and Venice: The role of local communities and values", 11-13 January 2024, Aula Baratto (contact:
  • Grethel Domenech (Universidad Iberoamericana), "El intelectual y la revolución: semánticas de un rol en América Latina (1959-1972)", 29 November 2023 (online event; contact:
  • "INTERPIM - Interdisciplinary perspectives on international migration conference", 28-29 November 2023, Aula Silvio Trentin (contact:
  • Moisés Prieto (University of Bern), "Feeling Dictatorship: The Power of Emotions in Nineteenth-Century Autocracies", 17 November 2023, 10:30, sala Conferenze, palazzo Cosulich (
  • Alessandra Lorini (Unifi), "Immaginari coloniali e razziali nell'America contemporanea," 25 October 2023, 14:00 (contact:
  • "Markets, business and cities in the Japanese Empire. East Asian Economic History workshop", Sala Marino Berengo, Ca’ Foscari, 25 September 2023 (contact:
  • "Quantitative History of Japanese Imperialism: Statistical Survey of Japan’s Empire", Ca’ Bernardo – Aula Azzurra, 25 September, 17:30 (contact:
  • "CEST Summer School in Venice, Turkey and/in the Balkans: Turkish power projections, transnational Islam, and social linkages", 6-14 August 2023, Kerem Öktem (Ca’ Foscari) and Elise Massicard (CNRS/CERI SciencesPo)
  • "Seminar of International History" (Ca’ Foscari-Colmex-Cide-UNAM), Francesca Lessa (University of Oxford), "The Condor Trials: Transnational Repression and Human Rights in South America", 19 April 2023, Sala Berengo, Ca’ Foscari (contact:
  • Seminars "Storie transnazionali": 
    • Sophus Reinert (Harvard University), "Out of Italy: Industry, Emulation, and the History of Political Economy", 19 May 2023, Sala Berengo (contact:
    • Kontanstina Zanou (Columbia University), "Soldiers of Fortune: Two Brothers and the Adventures of Antiquities from the Ottoman Mediterranean to Gilded Age New York", 26 April 2023, Sala Archivio, Ca’ Foscari.
    • Vincenzo Lavenia (University of Bologna), "Astri e miscredenza: il caso di Flaminio Fabrizi (1587-1591)", 16 March 2023, Sala Archivio, Ca’ Foscari.
  • Martin Conway (Oxford University), "Is there a Political History of Men? Male Citizenship in Twentieth-Century Europe", 5 April 2023, Palazzo Cosulich, sala conferenze, Ca’ Foscari (contact:
  • Federico Marcon (Princeton University), "Fascism: History of a Word", 4 April 2023, Cosulich, Sala conferenze, Ca’ Foscari (contact:
  • Conference "The reconfiguration of the EU presence in Latin America (EUinLAC)", 29-30 March 2023, sala B, Ca’ Bernardo (contact:
  • Conference of the Consortium for European Symposia on Turkey (CEST), Limits of Autocratisation: Actors and Institutions of Democratic Resilience, 18-20 November 2022, VIU/ San Servolo (contact:
  • Florian Bieber (Graz University), "The Civilizational Turn of Nationalism. Nationalist Claims to Europe", 17 November 2022, sala B, Ca’ Bernardo (contact: and
  • Andrea Borelli, "Gorbačëv e la riunificazione della Germania", 8 November 2022, sala B, Ca' Bernardo (contact:
  • Presentation of the series "Izquierdas de América Latina de Prohistoria Ediciones", 26 October 2022, (contact:
  • Luiza Bialasiewicz (University of Amsterdam), "The geopolitical imaginations of a sovereign Europe", 25 October 2022, Rio Nuovo, (contact:
  • Fernanda Alfieri (University of Bologna) e Pasquale Palmieri (University Federico II, Naples), "Scrivere di storia/e. Il confine permeabile tra fiction e storia", 14 October 2022, sala B, Ca’ Bernardo (contact:
  • Convegno "Inventare la sanità in età moderna: pratiche, agenti, norme", organised by the Veneto Region and the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies (DSLCC), 12-13 October 2022, Sala Berengo (contact:
  • Ilaria Maria Sala, "Hong Kong e Pechino: i primi 25 anni. Incontro con l'autrice di L'eclissi di Hong Kong: topografia di una città in tumulto", 5 October 2022, Auditorium Santa Margherita (contact:
  • Lectio inauguralis - Master in Comparative International Relations, Patrick O. Cohrs (University of Florence), "How the Modern Global Order Was Transformed. New Perspectives on the Long 20th Century", 19 September 2022, Aula Magna Silvio Trentin, Ca' Dolfin (contact:
  • Workshop "Marginalized People and the Mixed Economy of Welfare: Entangling European Experiences, 1918-1939", 17-18 May 2022 (contact:
  • Michele Brunelli (University of Bergamo), "La propaganda jihadista: il caso dello Stato islamico", 21 April 2022. Aula 2D San Basilio (contact:
  • "Politica e memoria nella Russia putiniana. Il caso di Memorial", Screening of the documentary 'Processo alla memoria (Začistka pamjati)' di Konstantin Goldenzweig (Dozhd’/TvRain, Russia, 2021), with Niccolò Pianciola (University of Padua), Valentina Fava (Ca’ Foscari) and Stefano Petrungaro (Ca’ Foscari). 12 April 2022, 15:00, aula B, Ca' Bernardo.


Scientific committee

Professors and researchers

Francesca Antonini

Research interests: Intellectual History, Caesarism, Bonapartism, Interwar Period

Duccio Basosi

Research interests: History of international relations, History of international political economy, Energy history, Cold War history

Rosa Caroli

Research interests: History of Japan, History of Okinawa, Japan's peripheries, Modernization, Edo-Tokyo history

Laura Cerasi

Research interests: Italian Fascism, Nationalism, State and State Building, European Intellectual History, Interwar Period History

Giulia Delogu

Research interests: Political Communication, Information, Napoleon, Fiction and History, Free Ports

Kerem Öktem

Research interests: Turkey, Autocratization, Religious infrastructures and foreign policy, Turkey in the Balkans

Stéphanie Novak

Research interests: EU Politics and Institutions, International Negotiations, Transparency and Democratic Accountability, Social Norms, Collective Decisions

Rolf Petri

Research interests: Conceptual History, Idea of Europe, Geo-History and Power Politics, Mediterranean 'World'

Stefano Petrungaro

Research interests: Social History, South-East and East Europe, Collective Memories, Public Use of the Past

Vanni Pettina

Research interests: Inter-American History, Cold War History, Latin American History, International History, US History and Contemporary History of the Americas

Antonio Trampus

Research interests: Enlightenment; Constitutionalism; Port cities; Political and Social institutions


Chloé Bérut

Research interests: European Union, Public Policies, Digital healthcare, Health data, COVID-19

Juan Alberto Ruiz Casado

Research interests: Taiwan, US-China relations, Global Privilege, Discourse Analysis, Peace Studies

Ilaria Sicari

Research interests: Cultural Cold War, Transnational Relations, Cultural Diplomacy, Book History, Comparative and Cultural History

Associate researchers

Michele Mioni

Centre d'histoire sociale des mondes contemporains (CHS) di Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Research interests: Social Security; European Welfare States; Labour History; Warfare and Welfare; (Post)colonial Social Policy

Cecilia Molesini
Cecilia Molesini

University of Bologna

Visiting scholars

Luiza Bialasiewicz

University of Amsterdam
Period: September 2022-February 2023