Giovanni Lapis

Giovanni Lapis 150 150 Nina Rismal

Ph.D. Candidate, Venice Center

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.

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