4th International doctoral symposium on Asian and African studies
3rd-5th April 2024, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

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On April 3rd - 5th, 2024 the Department of Asian and North African Studies will host the 4th International Doctoral Symposium on Asian and African Studies (IDSAAS IV). In this gathering, hosted for the second time by Ca’ Foscari, national and international doctoral students will present their research in different fields of Asian and African Studies, favouring discussion and exchange of views among young scholars. At the of end of each day, there will also be individual tutoring sessions.

Symposium topics

The symposium will focus on the following topics:

  • transcultural exchange  
  • communities and Justice
  • publishing, production and genre
  • philosophy
  • linguistics
  • boundaries
  • people in the city
  • ancient culture and art
Scientific Committee


April 3rd, 2024 - Ca’ Foscari, Aula Baratto

  • 9:00-9:15 Greetings
  • 9:15-10:45 Keynote speech: Joshua Mostow (University of British Columbia) “Sex in Heian-kyō (Kyoto) in the tenth and eleventh centuries”
  • Break
  • Panel 1 - Transcultural exchange
    • 11:00- 11:20 Sun Wei “Le Japon des Avant-Gardes: 1910-1970 and the discursive formation of Japanese Avant-Gardes in European museums”
    • 11:20-11:40 Wang Xinru “Revisiting Zong Baihua 宗白华: The Birth of Chinese Aesthetics in A Transcultural Context”
    • 11:40-12:00 Ileana Amadei “Wang Dayuan’s «Daoyi zhilüe»: a legacy of the Yuan era”
    • 12:00-12:30 Q&A session
  • Lunch
  • Panel 2 - Communities and Justice
    • 13:50-14:10 Marilena Proietti “Resilience and resistance: Exploring strategies against discrimination in Adivasi women’s lives in contemporary Jharkand”
    • 14:10-14:30 Guan Jian “The society of local Banner People in the Qing Dinasty”
    • 14:30-15:00 Q&A session
  • Break
  • Panel 3 - Publishing, production and genre
    • 15:20-15:40 Gloria Cella (online) “The role of journals in contemporary Chinese genre fiction: Fantasy as a case study”
    • 15:40-16:00 Giacomo Longhi “Restoring the rules for publishing: on negotiating linguistic choices in Iran’s book” market
    • 16:00-16:20 Wang Hui “«Cartoon is the New Human?»: Contemporary Art, Virtual Image, and the Metaverse of Spectacles"
    • 16:20-16:50 Q&A session
  • 17:30-18:30 Tutoring

April 4th, 2024 - Ca’ Foscari, Aula Baratto

  • 9:00-10:30 Keynote speech: Mitsuru HAGA (Tohoku University) "Stories or the God of War born from the Sea: 
    Portraits of Meiji Japan through the Chinese Lens and the Western Lens and Beyond"
  • Break
  • Panel 4 - Philosophy
    • 10:50-11:10 Jiang Mingya (online) “The infinite Dao of Lao Tzu: A study on understanding Daodejing from the perspective of phenomenological Hermeneutics”
    • 11:10-11:30 Linda Pietrasanta “Xiong Shili’s reading of Madhyamaka and Yogacara philosophy”
    • 11:30-11:50 Julian Tobias Klar “An American in Asia – On the influence of John Dewey’s time in Japan and in China on his pragmatist philosophy in the light of unpublished sources”
    • 11:50-12:20 Q&A session
  • Lunch
  • Panel 5 - Boundaries
    • 13:30-13:50 Ioannis Stylianidis (online) “The representation of the Israeli-Palestine conflict in the Greek media”
    • 13:50-14:10 Wang Yuechen “Negotiating boundaries: Exploring transcultural dynamics in modern Tibetan art with emphasis on Han artists’ practices and indigenous responses”
    • 14:10-14:30 Anna Chiara Martire “Along the Iran-Afghan border: witnesses of life and war”
    • 14:30-15:00 Q&A session
  • Break
  • Panel 6 - Linguistics I 
    • 15:20-15:40 Maria Stella Burgio “Linguistic taxonomy for System Thinking”
    • 15:40-16:00 Emura Rei “How to make sense of complex Japanese sentences”
    • 16:00-16:20 Mariia Kravets “History and fiction through narrative and characters’ Voices in «69 sixty nine» by Ryu Murakami”
    • 16:20-16:50 Q&A session
  • Break
  • Panel 7 - Linguistics II and Art
    • 17:00-17:20 Claudia Zancan “Living Images, Silent Identities: Exploring the Visual Strategies of Kyūshū’s Decorated Tombs and Their Social Significance”
    • 17:20-17:40 Laura Locatelli “Chinese passive constructions in environmental communication: a corpus-based preliminary inquiry into their discourse functions”
    • 17:40-18:00 Nicoletta Cirota “The acquisition of Chinese FL/SL by Italian L1 learners with dyslexia: what are the main challenges?”
    • 18:00-18:20 Q&A session
  • 18:30-19:30 Tutoring
  • 20:30 Aperitif-dinner

April 5th, 2024 - Malcanton Marcorà, Sala Morelli

  • Panel 8 - People in the city
    • 9:00-9:20 Valentina Barnabei “The city and the texts as a research field: exploring how literary studies can benefit from an ethnographic fieldwork”
    • 9:20-9:40 Qian Sherry (online) “The representation of Chinese migrant workers in cinema during China’s social transition period”
    • 9:40-10:00 Q&A session
  • Break
  • Panel 9 - Ancient culture and art
    • 10:20-10:40 Quan Zi (online) “Visual logic of ancient Chinese cosmology”
    • 11:00-11:20 Michele Pulini (online) “Researching word families in excavated Chinese texts”
    • 11:20-11:40 Hong Li (online) “From Ghandara to Kucha: The relics cult as reflected in the Buddhist caves of Kizil”
    • 11:40-12:00 Q&A session
  • 12:15-13:15 Tutoring (this session will be held at Palazzo Vendramin dei Carmini)