Internationally renowned Philosopher and political scientist Seyla Benhabib works on the socio-political history of ideas as well as Feminist and Critical Theory. In her book The Rights of Others: Aliens, Residents, and Citizens, she argues for a moral universalism and advocates porous borders. Her voice is often heard in the context of current political events, as, for instance, regarding the migration movements of 2015. Seyla Benhabib has been a visiting professor and fellow at a number of institutions, among them the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin and the NYU Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice. She is Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University.
Andrea Drocco is a Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where he is teaching Indo-Aryan linguistics and Hindi. After his Ph.D. in Indological Studies (University of Turin, 2005), he taught Indo-Aryan linguistics at the University of Turin. His main area of research is the development of the alignment system of New Indo-aryan languages, in particular in the period preceding the 19th century. He has published research papers not only on the morphosyntactic alignment of Braj, Hindi and Bangani but languages also on the interpretation of the technical terms tatsama, tadbhava and deśī in the context of the medieval Indian grammatical tradition. Andrea is currently a Fellow of the Center for the Humanities and Social Change at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, and he is carrying out a research on the linguistic and rhetorical strategies of intolerant discourses in South Asia.
Project: The Stories that b(l)ind us: How Stories work, and how they Change the World (Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati – Department of Linguistic and Comparative Cultural Studies, tutor: prof. Pia Masiero)
Francesca Massarenti is a Ph.D. candidate at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where she researches English literature and culture and is a Fellow of the Center for the Humanities and Social Change. Her research intends to examine the cinematic representations of the British literary heritage, in order to tackle how ideas regarding the Nineteenth century appear in the contemporary filmic imagination driven by women directors. Her work looks into the intertextual operations at work between the page and the screen, with a focus on the the narrative techniques and structural devices adopted to translate and convey plots, ideas and tone from a medium to the other.
Marco Marrone holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Bologna (2018). His research was on internships and the informalization of labor in Italy. He was a visiting scholar at York University in Toronto, and conducted research in Canada and India. He is currently a post-Doc fellow at the Center for the Humanities and Social Change of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where he is working on a project on technology and the transformations of labor. His studies currently focus on the rise of platform capitalism and on workers’ resistance in the food delivery industry. He is also directly involved in workers’ struggles and in the ongoing debate with policy makers to bring on new and positive regulations for the industry. His research interests include the global transformations of capitalism and their impact on both formal and informal work; the transformations of the labour market and its processes (especially those related to technology), the ways precarious workers organize, labour policies and the effects of neoliberalism and austerity policies on the working and living conditions of people. He also collaborates with IRES Emilia-Romagna (Institute for Economic and Social Research) and is on the editorial board of Alternate Route – A Journal of Critical Social Research and on the scientific board of Fondazione Claudio Sabattini. He is the author (with Gianluca De Angelis) of Voucherizzati! Il lavoro al di là del contratto (Socialmente, 2017), and of a variety of articles in both peer review and on-line journals.
Ilenia is a Ph.D. Student in Art History at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and a Fellow of the Center for the Humanities and Social Change. After an M.A. in Art History with a thesis in Science and Philology of the Image at the University of Udine, in June 2017 she was awarded as the best student of her M.A.’s course for the a.y. 2015/16. She is currently specialising in Islamic Art and Islamic Culture, with a focus on the iconography of the Turk/Muslim during the Renaissance, seen as an important starting point to discuss and overcome enduring prejudices against the Islamic world and to use art as a tool for deconstructing the fear of the “Other”.
Project: Education to Interculturality through the Studies of Religions. The Problem of East Asian Religions (Dipartimento di Studi sull’Asia e sull’Africa Mediterranea – Department of Asian and North African Studies, tutor: prof. Massimo Raveri)
Giovanni is a Ph.D. candidate at the Center for the Humanities and Social Change at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. His research project aims to explore the challenges and potentiality of the study of East Asian Religions applied to the field of Religious Education, with a special emphasis on the dimension of interculturality.
Giovanni has a with a B.A. in Japanese Language and Japanese Culture, and specialized with an M.A. in Sciences of Religions, maintaining a focus on Japan and other east-Asian religions and culture, such as India’s and China’s. His other fields of interest are History of religions, East Asian philosophies, Western philosophy and social sciences.
Since 2010 he has been involved in the scientific divulgation of religions and non-confessional religious education, working in large events such as “Turin Spirituality” Festival and building up a network of like-minded scholars and practitioners between Rome, Turin, Padua, Venice and Trento.
In 2013, he wrote a project proposal on behalf of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice concerning the teaching of religions in public schools, which received full financing from the EU Commission, and was then involved in the project both as Project Manager and as Researcher. In 2017 his proposal for a follow-up project, with a specific focus on stereotypes and prejudices, received funding again by the EU Commission and is currently (as of 2018) in progress.
His research at the Center for Humanities and Social Change aims at providing a solid theoretical framework and guidance for this kind of operative projects.
Luigi D’Amelia is a post-Doc Fellow at the Centre for Humanities and Social Change hosted by Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (2017-). He works on a project entitled “Are texts innocent? Nourishing religious prejudice in the Middle Ages”, which aims to gather the most standardized and widespread Greek linguistic expressions used by the Byzantines to qualify and denigrate their religious enemies in different literary genres.
He graduated in Classics (MA) at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (2009), where in 2013 he completed his PhD in “History of Christianity and of Churches”. In the same year he also obtained a diploma at the Vatican School of Library Studies (2012-2013). In 2015 he was post-Doc Fellow at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster with a Stipendium funded by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung. In 2015-2018 he was post-Doc Fellow at the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari within a project funded by the Italian Government entitled “I secoli XI e XII prodromi dell’Europa unita e divisa: confronti e scontri tra l’Oriente bizantino e l’Occidente latino” (The 11th and 12th centuries as harbingers of a united and divided Europe: comparisons and confrontations between the Byzantine East and the Latin West).
He is a member of the editorial board of the journal “Nea Rhome”, specialized in Byzantine Studies, and of the Consiglio Direttivo of the Italian Association of Byzantine Studies (AISB).
His main fields of research are: Byzantine Hymnography, Byzantine Hagiography, Greek Palaeography, Medieval Controversies between Greek and Latin Church.
Alan is a post-doc Research Fellow at the Center for the Humanities and Social Change at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice since December 2017. He received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Sciences from the Ca’ Foscari University in 2018. Alan’s core research interest is in the discipline of Human-Computer Interaction, specifically in the use of multisensory feedback to facilitate and enrich the interaction with digital artifacts. His current work pertains the digital dissemination of the Creative Europe project “Shakespeare In and Beyond the Ghetto”, 2016-2018 (http://shabegh.eu/), which dealt with Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice. The goal is to provide scholars and nonprofessionals with the access to the multimedia material generated during the project, and by doing so enable a further investigation of the play’s topics, which are as relevant as ever.
Project: SISEG_ Social Innovation by Means of Artistic Media for Addressing Cultural Diversity: Coping With the Challenges of Young Second Generation Immigrants Starting from Educational System (Dipartimento di Filosofia e Beni Culturali – Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage, tutor: prof. Francesca Campomori)
Francesco Della Puppa is Research fellow of the Center for the Humanities and Social Change at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. He is carrying out a research on young people of migrant origin and their artistic expressions. His project intends to deal with young people of migrant origin in search of their identity, adopting the theoretical and methodological framework offered by social innovation literature. In particular, he is interested in studying and piloting social innovation practices which use artistic media as strategies for intercultural education, for the exploration of cultural diversity and for fostering a reflexive understanding of the world.
Francesco got a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Padua in 2012. His doctoral dissertation focused on family reunification, the social construction of gender identity, and on the transformations of masculinities among Bangladeshi migrants in Italy.
From 2012 to 2017 he was a Post-Doctoral fellow both at the University of Padua and at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, and his core research interests are the social transformations prompted by migration phenomena. He is a member of the Master’s Program on ‘Migration Phenomena and Social Transformations’ and of the ‘Laboratory for Social Research’ at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, was Visiting Research Fellow of the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex and of the Slovenian Migration Institute of Ljubljana.
Fabiana Zollo is an Assistant Professor and member of the Laboratory of Data Science and Complexity in the Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, and Research Fellow in the Venice Center for the Humanities and Social Change (HSC). Her research investigates (mis)information spreading with a special focus on the dynamics of polarization and intolerance and the evolution of collective narratives on online social media. She collected several papers on the topic, both with national and International co-authors. Her results have been included in the Global Risk Report 2017 of the World Economic Forum and have been widely covered by the media (among the others: The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Bloomberg View, The Guardian, Phys.org, El Pais) and disseminated internationally (Le Scienze, Pour La Science, Spektrum, Scientific American, Investigatión y Ciencia). She was/will be a keynote speaker, among the others, at EFSA 2018, TEDx Bari 2017, CAV Conference 2017, Wissenswerte 2016, the International Journalism Festival 2016.