About us

Our mission

Humanities for Change is an independent network through which we propose to build and share an alternative ideal for the future of the humanities

Where do we come from?

The project starts from the assumption that public and digital humanities are the most effective channels for the release of the liberal arts from the limitations of a purely academic debate. For this reason, the collaborators intend to critically evaluate the possible actions and contributions that the study of the humanities can offer to the understanding of contemporary reality. The founders and collaborators believe these disciplines – even in their multiplicity and diversity – can provide a greater awareness of the complexity of the political, social and economic problems of our time. In particular, it is the opinion of the authors that the major and more radical transformations affecting the professional world in the digital age and the advent of artificial intelligence could make even more progress and be enhanced through the incorporation of the interpretative categories which derive from the study of humanities.

What are we?

The project stems from an idea of some former students of the humanities faculties of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, to whom the future of their disciplines is at heart, and aspires to involve students and scholars both in Italy and the world at large. The authors believe that this is possible only through a profound redefinition of the roles that the humanities and their teachings play in the present time. Precisely for this purpose, the contents that Humanities for Change deals with are not exclusively addressed to an audience of experts in the field, but aim to reach a much wider and heterogeneous audience, in the awareness that only in this way is it possible to transform a culture considered to be an end to itself as an instrument of practical action and an essential prerequisite for a democratic society.

Where are we going?

Among the various topics, the network also intends to focus on the educational field, in the belief that the development of new teaching practices and methodologies for scholastic and university teaching in the humanities represents a fundamental first step for its renewal. Faced with an increasingly globalized world dominated by the sectorialisation of studies and professions, Humanities for Change adopts a deliberately contaminatory approach, in order to identify the potentials deriving from the dialogue between the humanities and exact sciences, two fields that today appear to be poorly communicating.

It is evident that overall this is a very ambitious project, due also to the scarcity of professional figures involved in the development of a critical reflection on these issues. However, it is a strong conviction of the founders and the collaborators that it is of fundamental importance to promote a debate on these topics, seeking above all the involvement of students and young people. The materials of Humanities for Change, after all, are mainly addressed to them, since it is are a network with prevalent student leadership. In this field of study, the effective development of such a study represents – much more than the incentive of specialized studies – the real stakes for the future of humanities.

 

Humanities for change is a private and independent network based in Verona (Italy), without academic affiliation. Humanities for Change is committed to building an inclusive environment, promoting gender equality and eliminating all forms of discrimination.

Our themes
DIDACTIC INNOVATIONS Developing new strategies for teaching the humanities in high schools
WORKPLACE FOR HUMANISTS Identifying new professional areas for future humanists
PUBLIC HUMANITIES Investigating (and encouraging) the spread of the humanities outside the narrow academic circles
DIGITAL HUMANITIES Emphasize potential interactions between the humanities and new technologies
RESHAPING HUMANITIES Showing the value and importance of the study of humanities for contemporary society
HUMANITIES & HARD SCIENCES Reporting and proposing projects of contamination between humanities and exact sciences
REVIEWS Reviews of recently published books on the themes of digital and public humanities and working environments for future humanists
INTERVIEWS Interviews with international scholars and experts in the field on the themes of Humanities for Change
Collaborators
22
Founders
3
A young and constantly growing team

Our network collects profiles from heterogeneous backgrounds who want to get involved and enhance the study of humanities in the 21st century

Management

Marco Sartor

General coordinator
University of Parma, Philological-Literary, Historical-Philosophical and Artistic Sciences

Beatrice De Paris

Consultant
Université de Tours / Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italian Philology and Literature

Giorgia Cappellina

Deputy coordinator and web editor
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italian Philology and Literature

Blog

Francesco Venturini

Blog Editor-in-Chief
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan, Philosophy

Paola La Barbera

Deputy Editor
Graduated in Ancient Civilisations: Literature, History and Archaeology at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Francesca Leorato Boschi

Deputy Editor
University of Padua, Linguistics

Marco Canton

Facilitator of the Blog
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, History

Angelo Bartuccio

Author
Art historian

Francesco Bastianon

Author
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italian Philology and Literature

Anna Bernante

Author and referee
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, History of Arts and Conservation of Artistic Heritage

Elena Camon

Referee
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, History

Martina Ludovica Canato

Author
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italian Philology and Literature

Giada Capece

Author and web editor
University of Turin, Computer science

Simone Ceschin

Referee
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, History of Arts and Conservation of Artistic Heritage

Victoria Mezzetto

Author and translator
Newcastle University, School of English Language, Literature and Linguistic (SELL)

Marta Pasqualetto

Author
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italian Philology and Literature

Matteo Pavanetto

Author
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, History

Damiano Pellizzaro

Author
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, History from the Middle Age to Present

Laura Petrarca

Referee
Teacher in secondary schools

Elisabetta Pulcini

Author and translator
Newcastle University, Law

Arianna Segafreddo

Author
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italian Philology and Literature

Social media

Edoardo De Luca

Videomaker at Quokka Production
Graduated in History and conservation of the artistic and musical heritage at University of Padua

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