Erck Rickmers donated more than €1 million to the University for the project in which 20 researchers from Ca’ Foscari will be involved over the next three years.
VENICE – 17 May 2017. The International Centre for Humanities and Social Change was founded in Venice in 2017. It was established on the initiative of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and the Humanities and Social Change International Foundation in order to start a research programme on the effects of globalisation on contemporary society.
Over the next three years, 20 Ca’ Foscari researchers will study global changes and inequality, analyse social and religious conflicts, and will examine their impact on all aspects of society. A multi-disciplinary project, in which humanistic culture plays a strategic role when it comes to facing our current challenges.
The International Centre for Humanities and Social Change is the first centre of an international network that will involve prestigious universities from all over the world and will connect scholars from different fields.
The aim of the Centre is to create and develop a multi-disciplinary research programme in human and social sciences, to establish dialogue with other art, science and technology sectors, as well as experts in the field of work, media and information, politics and other stakeholders. The aim is to help to find answers to the most relevant and pressing issues of contemporary society and its technological, cultural and economic development, and to provide recommendations and solutions for political decision-makers.
The Centre was founded with the support of Erck Rickmers, Chairman of the Humanities and Social Change International Foundation, who donated €1,125,000 to Ca’ Foscari for the first three years of the project.
Rector of Ca’ Foscari, Michele Bugliesi: «Ca’ Foscari is a strong believer in this project which, thanks to the support of the HSC Foundation, will employ twenty professors, researchers, locals and PhD students, who will address key topical issues, working in teams and collaborating with other scholars from all over the world. Venice becomes the centre of scientific work that will investigate our current social problems and cultural changes. I would like to thank Erck Rickmers for choosing to support the Ca’ Foscari project in the city of Venice.“
„In view of the growing social and political challenges that we are faced with all over the world, I would like to enhance the participation of the humanities in public debate. The economy now appears to have a predominant influence over our society. However, we still need a more holistic approach to resolving contemporary global problems. Having spent much time in Venice, I am delighted to support this capital city of culture and its renowned Ca’ Foscari University.“
– Erck Rickmers, Chairman of the Humanities and Social Change International Foundation
The Centre’s scientific committee is composed of the following members: Shaul Bassi (Director), Sabrina Marchetti, Tiziana Lippiello and Massimo Warglien.
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