VeUMEU
First Edition

 

5-7 May 2017

 

 

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Venice International University, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, and the Venice Diplomatic Society, with the support of Europe Direct of the City of Venice and the collaboration of Bringing Europeans Together Association (BETA Italia), will organise the first edition of the Venice Universities' Model European Union on 5-7 May 2017.

 

The Model European Union is a simulation of the EU legislative procedure. The participants will adopt the roles of the members of the European Commission, European Parliament and Council of the European Union, following the steps of the ordinary legislative procedure by which directives and regulations are adopted.

 

The organizing committee chooses the sample proposals for Directives in advance, so that the participants will be well-prepared on arrival to the VeUMEU in May and whose focus reflects aspects of the European Commission's 2017 work programme to deliver “a Europe that protects, empowers and defends”, in particular priorities 3. “A resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy” and 7. “An Area of Justice and Fundamental Rights Based on Mutual Trust”.


For the 2017 edition the Directives that will be adopted for the simulation are:
• Proposal for a Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (2016/0382 (COD))
• Proposal for a Council Directive on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation- COM (2008) 426:

 

The VeUMEU is an excellent opportunity for students to gain an understanding of multilateral diplomacy, and to hone their negotiating and leadership while practising public speaking.
Students will learn about the legislative process, rules of procedure, revision and introduction of amendments and how to draft EU Directives and Regulations.

Participants will act like real MEPs or Council delegates; a group of students will also form the Press Corps, reporting on developments during the weekend of activities.


The VeUMEU is organized with the support of Europe Direct of the City of Venice, for the Venetian celebrations of Europe Day, 5-25 May 2017.

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APPLICATIONS AND ATTENDANCE

 

The participation is open to students of VIU member universities attending the Globalization Program and students from Ca’ Foscari, Iuav, Padova and Tor Vergata universities. This activity is compulsory for students attending the course at VIU S1716 Global Governance for Peace and Security, Cooperation and Development.

 

A seminar workshop in preparation of the MEU meeting will be organized by Ca’ Foscari and the Venice Diplomatic Society at VIU, San Servolo island on Saturday, April 8 (9am - 4 pm).


Participants must attend in full the three-day event (May 5-6-7) and the preparatory workshop, a certificate of attendance will be issued.

 

Applications are open to a limited number of participants and will be accepted between March 15 and March 30, 2017.

 

 

For information about the preparatory workshop and VeUMEU contents write to: veumeu@vdsviews.com 

 

For information about organization and logistics: shss@univiu.org

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Organized by:

 

altThe Venice Diplomatic Society (VDS) is a non-profit association created in 2015 by students of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy. The main aims of this association are giving students and citizens the chance of acknowledging the complex functioning of the greatest international organizations, introducing them to their inner dynamics, organising workshops to train them to speak in a foreign language in front of an international audience, debating on the hottest topics of the planet’s agenda – from current geopolitical crises to environmental issues, but also the theme of refugees, the allocation of foreign investments and violations of international law, gender equality, on-going conflicts and wars, human rights issues. It also puts students in contact with the reality of Model United Nations (Model UN or MUNs), which are extra-curricular activities where students play the role of Delegates of the United Nations and simulate the inner proceedings of UN committees. After the first VeUMUN on 2016, Venice Diplomatic Society is glad to announce the first edition of the simulation of European Union, VeUMEU 2017, with the collaboration of their new partner Bringing Europeans Together Association, BETA Italia.

 

For more information: Venice Diplomatic Society FB pagevdsviews.com

 

 

viu logo n black-crop newsletterVenice International University (VIU) is something unique in the international academic environment: a group of 17 Universities from all over the world sharing a common Campus on the beautiful Island of San Servolo, in the Venice lagoon. These Universities collegially devise study programs to prepare their students to face today’s global challenges: Sustainable Development, Ageing and Welfare, Global Ethics and Cultural Heritage are central topics of VIU programs. Students who choose to spend a term studying at VIU are taught to move across disciplines and through cultures with a flexible approach, an open mind and creative thinking. VIU offers its support for research programs involving the various Universities that form its network, and develops specific programs for advanced training.


For more information: http://www.univiu.org

 

 

altCa’ Foscari University of Venice was born as the first business school in Italy and the second in Europe. Today it provides several courses in various departments, such as Languages, Management, Environmental studies, Philosophy, Science, Humanities International Relations and more. Just like the city that hosts it, it is a crossroad of cultures, fields of research, ideas and creativity; a modern university that keeps abreast of things by realizing, within its eight departments, advanced research projects and innovative study programs that guarantee an excellent educational experience. Through its five interdepartmental schools, Ca’ Foscari works with cross-cutting and integrated educational approaches. Whoever studies in Venice can this way acquire a wider range of and more articulate skills: economy interfaces with cultural heritage, languages intersect with economics, restoration meets science just to cite a few examples.


For more information: http://www.unive.it

 

 

With the support and participation of:

 

 

logocittàcolpic.gif EU_mail.jpgEurope Direct is a European Commission information network designed to inform citizens about the activities and opportunities offered by the European Union. Europe Direct aims to reinforce citizens' sense of attachment to the European Union by involving them in the process of building Europe. The Veneto has a Europe Direct information relay, set up by the City of Venice - as leading figure - and 18 institutional partners: the Veneto Region, the Prefettura di Venezia, the Provinces of Venice, Belluno, Padua, Rovigo and Treviso, the Venice Chamber of Commerce, the Eurosportello of Unioncamere Veneto, the Cities of Bassano del Grappa, Chioggia, Jesolo, Padova, Thiene and Valdagno, Università Iuav di Venezia (Architecture and Design), ESU of Venezia (Students' Union) and USR (the Veneto Regional Schools). 32 centers in the region support citizens in accessing information relative to the areas of activity of the European Union. Since 2008 the information relay has also hosted Eurodesk, providing young people and youth workers with information on the sector-opportunities offered by the European Union and the European Council.


For more information: http://europa.eu/contact/, www.comune.venezia.it/europedirect 
Email: infoeuropa@comune.venezia.it

VIU students also have the opportunity to take courses at Ca' Foscari University of Venice.

Courses offered in English by the Ca' Foscari School for International Education in Spring 2016 (starting February 1):

  • History of Venice and the Veneto

The course will provide a general introduction to the history of Venice from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, particularly focusing on Venice as a commercial city-port and its colonies, Venice as a territorial State and the end of its independence.

  • History of Italian culture and literature

    The course provides a general introduction to the history of Italian culture through its literature, including major literary works from Dante to Montale as well as contemporary poetry. The course will focus on the development of the Unitarian Ideal; Italy and its different political realities (with a particular focus on the history of Venice).

  • History of the arts of Venice and the Veneto

    The course will provide a general outline of Venetian painting and architecture during the Renaissance, looking into the architectural history of the city from the Byzantine era to the Gothic age, with particular attention focused on the role of public and private institutions as patrons (State government, parish churches and so on).

 

The complete database of courses available at Ca' Foscari can be consulted here.

 

Please refer to the SHSS office for assistance with registration: shss@univiu.org
VIU students do not have to pay any fees for courses taken at Ca' Foscari.
The Ca' Foscari course will be included on the VIU transcript.
Upon request, Ca' Foscari may provide a separate transcript. A transcript fee may apply.

 

Deadlines:

 

For Spring 2016 courses of the Ca' Foscari International School of Education:
24 November 2015

 

For all other courses at Ca' Foscari:
30 September (Fall Semester)
4 March (Spring Semester)

This page will be soon available.

The core courses are on offer every semester, subject to slight variations. See Fall 2015 semester course descriptions.

Fall 2016 course programs will be published during the spring term.

 

 

F1601 History of Venice (Italy core)
Luca Pes,
Venice International University
 
F1602 Italian Contemporary History in Films (Italy core)
Luca Pes,
Venice International University

 

F1603 Art and Architecture in Renaissance Venice
Alessandra Pattanaro/Barbara Savy,
Università degli Studi di Padova

 

F1604 The Architectural and Urban Heritage of Venice in Modern and Contemporary Times
Guido Zucconi/Isabella di Lenardo
Università Iuav di Venezia

 

F1605 Italian for Foreigners - beginner, intermediate, upper-intermediate levels (Italy core)
Massimo Brunzin (coordinator),
Venice International University

 

F1606 Italian Fashion Design (Italy core)
not available in Fall 2016

 

F1607 Comparing East and West (Cultures of the World core)
Dennis Shirley,
Boston College

 

F1608 Intercultural Communication (Cultures of the World core)
Elisabetta Pavan,
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

 

F1609 Gender Studies (Cultures of the World core)
Luca Trappolin,
Università degli Studi di Padova

 

F1610 History of US-Japan Relations
Hatsue Shinohara,
Waseda University

 

F1611 Intercultural Communication in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Land of Israel in Greco-Roman Times
Moshe Fischer,
Tel Aviv University
   
F1612 Everyday Life in Ancient Greece
Moshe Fischer,
Tel Aviv University

 

F1613 Jewish History and Culture in Imperial Russia and in the USSR, 1772-1990
Valery Dymshits/ Aleksandr Ivanov,
European University at Saint Petersburg

 

F1614 Cultural History of the Jewish Diaspora
Valery Dymshits/ Aleksandr Ivanov,
European University at Saint Petersburg

 

F1615 Globalization, Ethics, Welfare and Human Rights (Global Challenges core)
Hans-Martin Schönherr-Mann,
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität

 

F1616 Global Governance for Peace and Security, Cooperation and Development (Global Challenges core)
Hatsue Shinohara,
Waseda University

 

F1617 Identity, Heritage and Globalization (Global Challenges core)
Martina Avanza,
Université de Lausanne
 
F1618 Contemporary Migration and Refugee Crisis
Martina Avanza,
Université de Lausanne

 

F1619 The Social Consequences of Globalization. The case of the Italian Northeast
Guido Borelli,
Università Iuav di Venezia

 

F1620 The Ethics of Technological Society
Hans-Martin Schönherr-Mann,
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
 

F1621 Digital Tools for the Humanities: Critical Perspectives (Cultural Heritage Sp. Track)
Dennis Shirley,
Boston College
 
F1622 Fundamentals of Web Based Multimedia Communication (Cultural Heritage Sp. Track)
Victoria Szabo,
Duke University

 

F1623 Digital Storytelling (Cultural Heritage Sp. Track)
Victoria Szabo,
Duke University

 

F1624 Economics and Management of the Arts (Cultural Heritage Sp. Track)
Bruno Bernardi,
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

 

F1625 Training in UNESCO World Heritage Studies (Cultural Heritage Sp. Track)
Giorgio Gianighian,
Università Iuav di Venezia/VIU Fellow

Visiting Professors

 

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Benjamin Arbel, Tel Aviv University (Spring 2004 Semester)
BA in Middle Eastern History and General History (TAU), PhD in History (Hebrew University, Jerusalem).
Full Professor at the Department of History and founder and Director of the Program on Renaissance Studies at Tau. Member of the editorial board of the "Mediterranean Historical Review" and "The Medieval Mediterranean". Member of the Commission for the Publication of Sources on Venetian History at the State Archives of Venice. Published extensively on Venetian overseas Possessions with particular focus on Cyprus and, more broadly, on the Later Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the Mediterranean World and on the Jews in the Levant and in Italy. Author of the books: Trading Nations. Jews and Venetians in the Early Modern Eastern Mediterranean (Brill, Leiden 1995), xi+237 pp.; Cyprus, The Franks and Venice(13th-16th Centuries) (Ashgate, London 2000) (Variorum Collected Studies Series CS 688), xii+332 pp.; The Italian Renaissance: The Emergence of a Secular Culture (Tel Aviv 2000), 144 pp. [in Hebrew].

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Ilai Alon, Tel Aviv University (Fall 2009 Semester)
BA, MA and PhD in Arabic Language and Literature (Hebrew University, Jerusalem). Associate Professor at the Department or Philosophy of TAU. Taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Was Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago, Carleton University of Ottawa and at Harvard, Priceton and Stanford Universities and Member of the advisory committee on graduate Islamic studies at Al-Qasimi Islamic College. Was advisor in peace negotiations for the Israeli Prime Minister. Author of Socrates in Mediaeval Arabic Literature, Leiden: Brill and Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 1991 (198 p); Socrates Arabus, Jerusalem, The Hebrew University Institute of Asian and African Studies, 1995, (413 pp); (with S. Abed), Al-Farabi's Philosophical Lexicon, Cambridge, The Gibb Memorial Trust, 2008, 2 vols. (1100 pp.). Most recent publications include: (2004) "Has Islam introduced a New Perception of Time?" Al-Usur al-Wusta, the Bulletin of Middle East Medievalists (University of Chicago), vol. 16, no. 2, pp.34-37; "Toward a Palestinian Arabic Emotive Lexicon: Invitation for Discussion". Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, April 2005, Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-13; (with Jeanne Brett), "Perceptions of Time and Their Impact on Negotiation in Arabic-Speaking Islamic World". Negotiation Journal, 23/1 (2007) 55-73; "Socrates in Arabic Tradition", The Blackwell Companion to Socrates, Ed. S. Ahbel-Rappe and R. Kamtekar, U. of Michigan, 2005, (pp. 317-336).

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Dana Arieli-Horowitz, Tel Aviv University (Fall 2003 Semester)
B.A. in Political Science and General Studies, M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science (Hebrew University, Jerusalem). Lecturer at the Department of Political Science of TAU. Was Postdoctoral Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Research interests focus on the interrelations between Art and Politics, Political Thought, Intellectual History, Political Culture and Israeli Politics. Author of "The Jew as Destroyer of Culture in the National Socialist Ideology" in Patterns of Prejudice (1/1998). Publications in Hebrew include: Romanticism of Steel: Art & Politics in Nazi Germany (Magnes - The Hebrew University Press, 1999); The Labyrinth of Legitimacy: Referendum in Israel (Hakibutz Hameuhad, 1994) and -as editor- State and Religion Yearbook 1994-1995 (The Center for Progressive Judaism in Israel, Jerusalem 1996), She recently completed a book manuscript in Hebrew and English titled The Totalitarian Ideal: A Comparative Look at Politics and Art in Fascist Italy, Russia Under Stalin and Nazi Germany.

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Mary Armstrong, Boston College (Fall 2006 Semester)
Member of the Fine Arts Department at Boston College since 1989. She has primarily taught Painting: foundations and advanced levels. She has received several grants and fellowships including, two awards from The Massachusetts Artists Foundation, two fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and a fellowship from The Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland. Her work has been exhibited in New York, where she had four solo shows between 1985 and 1994, and in California, Boston, Florida, Pennsylvania and Ireland. Her work is in many prestigious collections. Mary received a BFA in painting from Boston University and a MED in Art Education from Lesley University. She also attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

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Antonella Attardo, Venice International University (Spring 2004 Semester)
Laurea in Political Sciences (Milan), M.A. in African Studies (Soas, London), PhD in African History (Siena and Soas). General Secretary at VIU. Was advisor for The British Refugee Council, researcher and campaigner for Africa in the International Secretariat of Amnesty International, Head of Communications for Minority Rights Group International. Recently taught in the European Master in Mediterranean Intermediation at Ca' Foscari. Doctoral thesis focused on women's ownership and inheritance rights in the Fanti coastal areas of Ghana from the mid 1800s to the 1920s. Published, with M. De Ponte and E. Noli, Rights without peace. Human Rights and armed conflict, Florence, CEP, 1999 (in Italian). Forthcoming articles: 'Is this British Justice?' Perceptions of colonial justice in African newspapers published in the Gold Coast, 1874-1926, "Canadian Journal of African Studies" and Violations of fundamental rights against women and post-conflict settlements: the Liberian case in F. Declich (ed.), Women's rights five years after the Beijing Conference and the International Criminal Court.

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Martina Avanza, Université de Lausanne (Fall 2015 Semester)
Degrees in History and in Anthropology (Paris X); PhD in Sociology with an ethnographic thesis on Lega Nord activists (EHESS, Paris). Professor in Political Sociology at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques et Internationales (IEPI), University of Lausanne. Main Fields of Teaching: Political Sociology and Political Science (party politics, mobilizations, nationalism); Methodology (ethnographic and qualitative methods); Gender Studies (gender and political activism). Main Fields of Research: Political activism (party, unions, social movements); Gender and Politics; Race and Politics; Right-wing and conservative movements; Nationalism and identity-building; Ethnographic approaches (methodological and ethical questions).
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Caterina Balletti, Iuav Venezia (Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015 Semesters)
Laurea (Iuav), Doctorate in Geodetic and Topographical Sciences (Politecnico, Milan). Works at the Photogrammetry Laboratory of Circe, at Iuav, where she teaches "Survey" and "Processing Systems of Information". Author of more than 70 publications on Topographic and Cartographic topics. She was involved in research on "Digital Survey Methodologies, GIS and Multimedia Network for Architectural and Environmental Heritage" (Politecnico, Milan), "Survey and representation of Carlo Scarpa's works at Fondazione Querini Stampalia" (Querini Foundation and Iuav), “Archaeological and architectural survey and three-dimensional modeling systems” and "Digital memory of geometric forms. 3D scanners and digital photogrammetry: examination of systems for conducting surveys, for creating virtual models, for reproduction, for conservation and for the re-updating of objects"(Iuav).

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Francesca Banchi, Venice International University (Fall 2012 , Spring 2013 Semesters)
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Amnon Bar Or, Tel Aviv University (Spring 2014 Semester)
Laurea in Architecture (Florence), BSc in Archeology (Haifa). Head of the program on Built Heritage Conservation Studies in the Azrieli School of Architecture, Tel Aviv University, where he is also Lecturer and Tutor in the affiliated Conservation Studio. Founder of an independent architects’ studio specializing in the planning of preservation and restoration of historic sites, acting throughout Israel. In 2008, he and his planning partners, architects Lior Zionov and Lior Vitkin, won the first place at an open architects’ competition for the planning of the Umm al-Fahm Museum of Contemporary Art. Recent book: A Time for Conservation, in which he questions how we should cope with the memory of a place and how we assimilate the past in the contemporary environment, using his own professional experience in Israel.

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Yechiel Michael Barilan, Tel Aviv University (Fall 2011 Semester)
BSc in Medical Sciences and Doctor of Medicine (Technion, Israel Institute of Technology); certified in Traditional Chinese Medicine (Tmuroth School) and in Clinical Hypnosis (American Society for Clinical Hypnosis); European Master in Bioethics (Leuven). Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, TAU. Full time experience as a Senior Physician (consultant) in the Department of Internal Medicine, including consultations to surgical departments and other clinical services; Member of the Ethics Committee at the Meir Hospital; Member of the editorial board, "Medicine Healthcare and Philosophy" (Kluwer/Springer) and editor of the "Journal of the Israeli Society for Palliative Medicine". Publications include: "Human rights and bioethics", Journal of Medical Ethics, 34:379-83 (2008); "Responsibility as a meta-virtue: truth-telling, deliberation and wisdom in medical professionalism", Journal of Medical Ethics 35:153-8 (2009); "Persuasion as respect for persons: an alternative view of autonomy and of the limits of discourse", Journal of Medical Philosophy, 26:13-33 (2001); "Nozick's experience machine and palliative care: revisiting hedonism", Medical Health Care Philosophy, 12:399-407 (2009); "The dilemma of good clinical practice in the study of compromised standards of care", Crit. Care, 14:176 (2010).

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Vadim Bass (Fall 2013 Semester)
Degrees in Engineering (St Petersburg State Academy of Cooling and Food Technologies) and in Art History and Theory (St Petersburg State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture); M.A. in Art History (EUSPb); Ph.D. in Art History (State Russian Museum). Professor at the Department of Art History of EUSP. Courses taught include: “Principles of architectural analysis“, “Architecture as Communication“, “History of Russian Architecture”. Research interests: Russian and Western architecture of the 20th century, classical tradition in architecture, architectural competitions, theory and rhetoric of architecture and architectural discourse, professional thought in architecture, interrelations between professional and social values. Among his publications: St Petersburg Neoclassical Architecture of the 1900s to 1910s as Reflected in the Mirror of Architectural Competitions: Word and Form (St Petersburg, 2010, in Russian).

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Shaul Bassi (Fall 2004, Spring 2007, Fall 2009 Semesters)
Laurea in English Language and Literature (Ca' Foscari), Dottorato in English Literature (Pisa and Florence). Associate Professor in English and Post-colonial Literature at Ca' Foscari. Visiting Assistant Professor of Romance Languages (Italian Studies), Wake Forest University, Venice Program. Editorial secretary of "Il Tolomeo", journal of Post-colonial Literatures in English and French. Taught at VIU in Spring 2002, Fall 2004 and Spring 2007. Was visiting Professor, University of California at Santa Cruz; Member of the Board of the Jewish Community of Venice, 1994-1998 and secretary of AISLI, the Italian association of postcolonial studies (2003-06). Main fields of interest: Shakespeare and post-colonial theory and literature. Author of La metamorfosi di Otello. Storia di una etnicità immaginata, Graphis, Bari 2000; Poeti indiani del Novecento di lingua inglese (an anthology of Indian poetry in English, which he edited and translated), Supernova, Venice 1998; and (with Alberto Toso Fei) of Shakespeare in Venice. Exploring the City with Shylock and Othello, Elzeviro, Treviso 2007. Coedited (with Simona Bertacco and Rosanna Bonicelli) In that Village of Open Doors. Atti del I congresso dell'AISLI, Cafoscarina, Venezia 2002; An Academic and Friendly Masala (co-editor Flavio Gregori), Cafoscarina, Venezia 2005 and (with Roberta Cimarosti), Bullets of the Brain. Experiments with Shakespeare, Cafoscarina, Venezia 2006. Most recent publications in English include: 2008 "Traffic in the Jungle: Teachers, Lawyers, Animals in Three Kipling Films", reprinted in Considering Children's Literature. A Reader, Andrea Schwenke Wyile & Teya Rosenberg, eds., Peterborough, Ontario, Broadview Press; 2007 "Heart of Darkness and the Postcolonial Process", in Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), eds. Cordula Lemke & Claus Zittel, Berlin, Weidler Buchverlag, 2007, pp. 187-216; 2006 "'Funny, you don't look hybrid!': Jewish Memory Revisualized", in Postcolonial Studies: Changing Perceptions, a cura di Oriana Palusci, Trento, Editrice Università degli Studi di Trento.

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Ian Bernard Baucom, Duke University (Fall 2003 Semester)
B.A. in Political Science (Wake Forest), M.A. in African Studies and Ph.D. in English (Yale). Associate Professor of English and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the English Department of Duke. Member of the Modernist Studies Association committee on Interdisciplinary Studies and Fellow in the British American Partnership. Involved in organising a series of working conferences on the Black British arts scene with the Tate Galleries and the universities of East London and Duke. Was Assistant Professor of English at Yale where he co-curated an exhibition on three Black British artists at the University Art Gallery (title: The Unmapped Body). Author of Out of Place: Englishness, Empire and the Locations of Identity, (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999); edited Atlantic Genealogies, a special edition of the "South Atlantic Quarterly" (Spring, 2002). Forthcoming work include: Shades of Black: The London Renaissance, a collection of essays on the black arts scene in post-war Britain, co-edited with Sonia Boyce and David A. Bailey and Afterlives of Romanticism, a special edition of the "South Atlantic Quarterly", co-edited with Jennifer Kennedy and Anne Rowland (Summer 2003).

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Herman L. Beck, Tilburg University (Fall 2010 Semester)
Master's degree and Doctorate in Theology (Leiden). Born in former Dutch New Guinea as son of a missionary preacher and a medical nurse. Today is Professor of Religious Studies, especially of Islam, and Head of the Department of Religious Studies, in the Faculty of Humanities, at Tilburg University, where he is also a Member of the Board of the Centre for Intercultural Ethics and a Member of Babylon, Centre for Studies of the Multicultural Society. In 1989–1991 was University lecturer for the Indonesian-Netherlands Islamic Studies Program of Leiden University, seconded to the Islamic State University at Yogyakarta, Central Java. His research is focused on Islam and religious pluralism; Islam and multiculturalism; inter-religious dialogue between Islam and Christianity. He is a specialist in the field of Islam in Indonesia, Morocco and the Netherlands. Publications in English include: The rupture between the Muhammadiyah and the Ahmadiyya, in Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, 161:2/3 [2005], pp. 210-246 and A Pillar of Social Harmony: The Study of Comparative Religion in Contemporary Indonesia, in G.A. Wiegers in association with J. Platvoet (ed.): Modern Societies and the Science of Religions (Studies in the History of Religions 95), Leiden: Brill 2002, pp. 331-349. Other publications include: Moslims in een westerse samenleving. Islam en ethiek (with Gerard Wiegers), Zoetermeer: Meinema 2008; Les musulmans d'Indonésie, Turnhout: Editions Brepols 2003; Islam in hoofdlijnen, Zoetermeer: Meinema 2002; Grondleggers van het Geloof. De levensverhalen van Mozes, Boeddha, Jezus en Mohammed (with M. de Jonge, P.S. van Koningsveld, K. van der Toorn and T.E. Vetter), Amsterdam: Prometheus 1997; L'image d'Idrîs II, ses descendants de Fâs et la politique sharîfienne des sultans marînides, Leiden: E.J. Brill 1989, reprinted in 1997.

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Bruno Bernardi, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015 Semesters)
Laurea (Ca’ Foscari), Diploma in Directional Development (Bocconi, Milan). Professor of Business Administration at Ca’ Foscari. Promoter and Chairman of the Master degree in Economics and Management of Arts and Cultural Activities. Coordinator of the Planning and Control Area within the Master in Cultural and Environmental Heritage Management, held in cooperation with the École Superieure de Commerce, Paris. Was a member of the regional board for improvement of standards in museums. Research interests focus on planning and control systems (especially in cultural organizations), accountancy, Information Technology, management and behaviour, and distance learning processes through the Internet.

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Francesca Bianchi, Venice International University
Degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures, with focus on English, Chinese, German and French (Florence). Professor of Italian as a Foreign Language at the Venice Institute, specialized in teaching to Chinese and American students. Already taught Italian for Foreigners at VIU since a couple of years.##/LIST##

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Marina Bianchi, Università di Cassino (Spring 2006, Spring 2008, Spring 2009 Semesters)
Associate Professor in Economics at the University of Cassino, where she teaches Microeconomics Theory and Industrial Economics. Already taught at VIU in Spring 1999 and 2006.
Her research interests range from game theory and the evolution of institutions, to firm structure and the role of innovation both on the product side and in the form of the ways in which consumers elect creatively to use products, analysing the characteristics of creative goods and the limits of the traditional economic framework in explaining choices concerning goods and activities of this type. Her most recent project and book is The Active Consumer. Among her recent publications are: (with Daniela Federici) Cities are Fun. Aesthetic Preferences and Urban Landscapes (paper presented at a conference "Policies for Happiness" Siena 14-17 June 2007); Time and Preference in Cultural Consumtion, in Hutter M. and D. Throsby (eds.), Value and Valuation in Art and Culture, Cambridge 2007; If Happiness is so important, Why do we know so little about it?, in L. Bruni and P. Porta (eds.), Handbook on the Economics of Happiness, London 2006.

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Gideon Biger, Tel Aviv University (Spring 2012, Fall 2015 Semesters)
BA, MA and PhD in Historical Geography (University of Jerusalem). Professor in the Department of Geography and Human Environment, at TAU. Published extensively on 19th-20th Century Historical Geography of Palestine and Israel, with particular interest in: the Historical Geography of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem; Boundary formation in Modern Palestine and Israel; Geographical analysis of Palestine under British rule; Ideology and Landscape in a Historical Perspective; Wood, Trees and Forestation policies in Palestine and Israel.

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Arnoud-Jan Bijsterveld, Tilburg University (Spring 2011 Semester)
Master's Degree in History (Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen and Universiteit van Amsterdam); PhD (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). Professor, Tilburg University, School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Department of Sociology, where he is also Postdoctoral researcher and coordinator of the project ‘Town and Countryside: the Dynamic Symbiosis’ and Professor at a funded chair for the regional history and ethnology of Brabant. He is member and president of the editorial board of Noordbrabants Historisch Jaarboek and member of the editorial boards of Jaarboek voor Middeleeuwse Geschiedenis and of In Brabant, journal for regional history, ethnology and heritage. Recent publications include: Maakbaar erfgoed. Perspectieven op regionale geschiedenis, cultureel erfgoed en identiteit in Noord-Brabant (Tilburg: Stichting ZHC, 2009) and Do ut des. Gift Giving, Memoria, and Conflict Management in the Medieval Low Countries. Middeleeuwse Studies en Bronnen 104 (Hilversum: Uitgeverij Verloren 2007).

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Kirill Borisov, European University at St. Petersburg (Spring 2015 semester)
Diploma of Economist-Mathematician and Phd in Mathematics (Leningrad),  Doctor of Science in Economics (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow). Professor at the EUSP Department of Economics, where he was Dean in 2008-2010. Research Interests: Economic growth and inequality, Natural resource and environmental economics, Political economy. Areas of Teaching: Macroeconomics; Microeconomics; Economic Growth; International Economics ; Mathematical Economics.

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Federico Boschetti, CNR (Fall 2014, Fall 2015 Semesters)
Laurea in Ancient Greek Literature (Ca' Foscari), International Doctorate in Classical Philology (Trent and Lille III), Doctorate in Cognitive and Brain Sciences - Language, Interaction and Computation (Trent). Researcher at Institute of Computational Linguistics of CNR. Visiting lecturer at the University of Liepzig and Visiting Lecturer at Tufs University. He was Programmer and Assistant for digitization of Latin texts at the University of Padua. Main fields of research: Formal and Computational Philology, Corpus Analysis, and Greek Philology.

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Stephen F. Brown, Boston College University (Spring 2013 Semester)
PhD in Philosophy (Université de Louvain); PhD Homoris Causa in Theology (University of Helsinki). Professor in Theology and Director of the Institute of Medieval Philosophy and Theology at Boston College. Previously taught at Siena College, St. Bonaventure University, The University of the South. Was Visiting Professor at SUNY, Buffalo; Yale University; and the Sorbonne. President of the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy; Vice-President of Société internationale pour l'étude de la philosophie médiévale. Resarch interest: Medieval Philosophy and Theology, especially 13th and 14th centuries. Author of very successful textbooks on Protestantism, Chistianity, Judaism, the last two of which were also translated in Japanese.

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Massimo Brunzin, Venice International University (All Semesters)
B.A. (Laurea) in Foreign Languages and Literatures (Ca’ Foscari), doctorate (Dottorato) in Francophone Literature (Bologna). Specialized in Language Teaching with Advanced Technology (Ca’ Foscari), he is member of the management staff and instructor of Italian for foreigners at the Venice Institute. Teaching Assistant in Francophone Literature at Ca’ Foscari, with special interest in Black Africa. He is author of several articles on African Francophone Literature. Coordinates the Italian as a Foreign language courses at VIU since Fall 2001.

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Giulio Buciuni, Venice International University (Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015 Semesters)
Bachelor (Laurea triennale) in Marketing and Business Management, master (Laurea specialistica) in Economics and Management of Networks (Ca' Foscari), PhD in Business Administration (Verona). Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Management at Ca' Foscari. Visiting researcher at the Center on Globalization, Governance and Competitiveness at Duke. Research interest: Global Value Chains, Organizational structure, Global Production Networks, Outsourcing. Author of a comparative study on local production systems of North Carolina and North-Eastern Italy and global competition.

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Dwayne Eugène Carpenter, Boston College (Spring 2010 Semester)
B.A. in Spanish and M.A. in Spanish Literature and Linguistics (Pacific Union College), Ph.D. in Medieval Spanish Literature (University of California, Berkeley), Ph.D. (Graduate Theological Union at the Dominican School of Theology; University of California, Berkeley). Professor of Hispanic Studies at Boston College, where he is Co-founder and Co-director of the Jewish Studies Program. Among other things, he was Visiting Research Scholar at the Université Charles de Gaulle, Lille, France, and Visiting Research Associate at Westfield College, University of London, Summer. His research interests are in Medieval religious and intellectual history, Medieval Jewish-Christian relations, Paleography and textual criticism. Recent publications include: "Playing and Praying: What's Luck Got to Do with It?" In: Alan Wolfe and Erik C. Owens, eds. Gambling: Mapping the American Moral Landscape. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2009, pp. 291-97, 439-40; "Alborayque". 2 Vols. 1: Estudio preliminar, edición y notas. 2: Facsímil. Biblioteca de Barcarrota, no. 6. Editora Regional de Extremadura. 2005; "'Alea Jacta Est': At the Gaming Table with Alfonso the Learned." The Journal of Medieval History 24 (1998): 333-45. With Carlos Alvar and José Manuel Lucía Megías he is editor of "Alfonso de Valladolid" [A Study of His Hebrew and Spanish Manuscripts]. In Diccionario filológico de literatura medieval española. Eds.. Madrid Castalia, 2002 (140-52).

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Elizabeth Carroll, Venice International University (Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011 Semesters)
B.A. in Art History and Music (Occidental College), M.A. and Ph.D. in Italian Renaissance Art History (Indiana University). Teaches "The Arts of Venice During the Golden Age" for the Colgate University Venice Study Group. Was Lecturer at the Boston University Venice and Padua Programs and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Connecticut College Venice Program. Was Visiting Lecturer at Stanford. In 2005-2006 already taught at VIU for the Summer Graduate Seminar in the Humanities on Tradition and Circulation of Knowledge, 1605-1797. Among her publications is "La pala ritrovata: Una rivisitazione della Pala d'altare di Bartolomeo Montagna, già nella Chiesa di San Marco a Lonigo", in Arte Documento: Storia e tutela dei Beni Culturali, vol. 20 (2004): 112-117. She has manuscripts in progress on In the Shadow of Venice: Defining Bartolomeo Montagna and Artistic Identity in Early Modern Vicenza and on Consumption, Pleasure and Seriality: The Early Modern Globalization of Copies in the Venetian Art Market.

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Andrea Centaro, Venice International University (Fall 2015 Semester)
Laurea in Lettere (ie Humanities) and Master in Italian as a Foreign Language ITALS (Ca' Foscari). Teacher of Italian as a Foreign Language at the Venice Institute since 2012.
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William H. Chafe, Duke University (Spring 2007 Semester)
Ph.D. (Columbia University). Professor at the Department of History, Duke University, where he is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. Main scholarly interest: issue of race and gender equality. His dissertation and first book focused on the changing social and economic roles of American women in the fifty years after the woman suffrage amendment. Subsequent books compared the patterns of race and gender discrimination in America. His book on the origins of the sit-in movement in North Carolina helped to re-orient scholarship on civil rights toward social history and community studies. He has written two books on the history of post-World War II America and a biography of the liberal crusader Allard Lowenstein. The author of eight books overall, he has received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award (1981) for Civilities and Civil Rights: Greensboro, North Carolina and the Black Struggle for Freedom (1980) and the Sidney Hillman book award (1994) for Never Stop Running: Allard Lowenstein and the Struggle to Save American Liberalism (1993). Recent Publications include Private Lives/Public Consequences: Personality and Politics in Modern America, Harvard University Press, 2005 and American Liberalism in the 20th Century. Columbia University Press, 2003.

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Agnese Chiari, Venice International University (Spring 2011 Semester)
Laurea in Lettere, with specialization in History of Art (Ca' Foscari). Professor of Venetian Art History in the Venice Semester Program of Wake Forest University. Taught for the Department of History of Art at Ca' Foscari and, in Fall 1997, at VIU, where she also taught in the Duke in Venice Summer Program. Was C.N.R.- N.A.T.O. Research Fellow at the Department of History of Art, University of Oxford. Research focus include: Venetian Renaissance Printing; Titian's printing, drawings and paintings; the Scuole Grandi and in particular the Scuola Grande of San Rocco.

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Michael Coester, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Fall 2010, Spring 2013 Semesters)
Doctor degree (Freiburg), Master in Law (Michigan), Habilitation (Augsburg). Professor Emeritus at LMU where he was Professor (Chair) of Civil Law, Labour Law and Private International Law, Vice-Dean of the Law Faculty and Member of the Senate. Was LMU representative on the VIU Academic Council. Previously taught in Augsburg and Goettingen, where he was Dean of the Law Faculty. Was Visiting Professor at the University of Nanjing (China), at University College, London and at the China University of Politics and Law, Beijing. Was Visiting Senior Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Legal Studies in European and Comparative Law, Oxford, England. He is Member of the “Deutscher Familiengerichtstag” and chairman of its “Children´s Rights Comittee”. Member of various law Associations, he is Expert at the “Round Table on Child Abuse”, established by the German Government 2010. He is Editor of the Family-Law-Volumes of the largest German Commentary on Civil Law. Taught at VIU in Fall 2010.

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Thomas Joseph Cogan, Waseda Univerity (Spring 2011 Semester)
BA (Department of Japanese, Ohio State University), MA (Department of Asian Studies, University of Hawaii), Ph.D. (Department of Asian Languages and Literature, University of Hawaii). Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at Waseda. Fields of specialization: Japanese Literature and Cultural History, Comparative Culture. Author of "Western Images of Japan", Part I "Looking and Laughing at Japan" and Part II "The Mysteries of Japan", in "The Waseda Journal of General Sciences", Vol. 50 (1996), pp.1-34 and Vol. 56 (1999), pp.1-46; "Western Images of China: Recent Travel Accounts", "Western Images of Asia: Popular Accounts of Korea 1882-1914" and "Western Images of Asia: Fu Manchu and the Yellow Peril" in "Waseda Studies in Social Sciences" Vol.2, no.1 (2001) and no.2 (2002), Vol.3 no.2 (2003);"Inages of Japan in Recent Western Films" in "The Possibilities of Comparative Culture", edited by Ikeda Masayuki and Koga Katsujiro, Seibundo Publishing, Tokyo 2007.

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Simona Cohen, Tel Aviv University (Spring 2011 Semester)
BA and MA in Counselling and Art History (TAU); PhD in Art History (TAU). Professor in the Department of Art History and in the Department of East Asian Studies at TAU. Was Visiting Lecturer at the Villa i Tatti Harvard Center of Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence. Main field of teaching and research: Renaissance Art History. Another field of interest is History of Indian Art. Author of Animals as Disguised Symbols in Renaissance Art, Leiden, Brill's Studies in Intellectual History, October, 2008. Most recent articles include: "The Enigma of Carpaccio's Venetian Ladies," Renaissance Studies, vol. 19, no.2, April 2005, 150-184; "The Image of the Divine in Indian Art Catalogue of the exhibition: Touching the Divine, Sacred Images in Traditional and Contemporary Indian Art, Treasures from the Wilfred Israel Museum of Oriental Art and Studies, and the Israel Museum, September, 2008; "Changing Functions of the Canine Image in Venetian Religious Paintings of the Sixteenth Century," Ikon, Journal of Iconographic Studies, 2, Rijeka, 2009, 277-286; "The Animal Triad of Capital Sins in Franciscan Iconography," Ikon, Journal of Iconographic Studies, 3, Rijeka, 2010, 189-198.

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Francesca Coin, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Fall 2009, Spring 2014, Spring 2015 Semesters)
B.A. in History and M.A. in Immigration Studies (Ca' Foscari)and Ph.D. in Sociology. Assistant Professor in Sociology at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where she teaches courses on Neoliberal Policies and Globalization. Areas of interest: globalization; race and ethnic relations, immigration; multiculturalism; indigenous communities; rural sociology; labor relations; social movements. She has lived for several years in the United States and has travelled extensively through Asia and the Americas doing research and social work in the rural peripheries in order to assess the impact of globalization on labor. The notion of labor is her main research interest. She has published extensively on issues related to labor conditions in the rural peripheries and in the West, looking at the effects of neoliberalism on subjectivity. Currently, her main research interests focus on the impact of neoliberalism and austerity in the public sphere, particularly regarding reproduction and education. As part of her sociological work, she produced black and white photographs, portraying poverty and the homeless in Atlanta and the life of Mexican farm-workers in the US and Mexico, which were exhibited by social institutions or in the event of symposiums.

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Stoney Conley, Boston College (Fall 2006 Semester)
Member of the Fine Art Department at Boston College where he has taught studio art classes since 1982. He was the Chief Curator at the B.C. McMullen Museum of Art for sixteen years, where he organized many exhibitions. He has received many grants and Fellowships for his artwork including; a Fulbright Grant to Italy, a National Endowment of the Arts grant, The Massachusetts Artists Foundation grant, two Fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a fellowship at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in County Mayo Ireland. His work has been exhibited in New York, Boston and Chicago. He received his BFA from Tufts University and a Diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, where he also did graduate studies and was awarded The Clarissa Bartlett traveling scholarship. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine where he learned the fresco painting technique.

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Camilla Costa, Università IUAV di Venezia (Spring 2014 Semester)
BA in Business Economics, MA in Administration and Control (Ca' Foscari), PhD in Regional Planning and Public Policies (IUAV). Post-doc research fellow at IUAV with a project on Sustainable Planning and Creative Communities: the introduction of Digital Start Ups in the Venice Region. She also worked as research fellow at the Urbanus Research Bureau (URB) in Shezhen, China and contributed to the background report for the OECD Territorial Review on the Venice Metropolitan Area. Among her publications is an essay on Creative City Development In Globalization Process written with Zhou Jing and published by "Planners".
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Vera Costantini, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Fall 2008 Semester)
Laurea in History (Ca' Foscari) and dottorato in Social and Economic History of Europe, with thesis on the War of Cyprus and the Ottoman rule over the island (Ca' Foscari and EHSS). Ricercatrice of Turkish Language and Literature at Ca' Foscari. Lectured at the College de France (2003), at LMU (2005), at the University of Cyprus (2003) and the University of Ancona (2007). Published several articles in Italian and international reviews and coedited, with Markus Koller, a volume in honour of Suraiya Faroqhi (Living in the Ottoman Ecumenical Community, Brill, Leiden 2008). Member of the Association of Ottoman Social and Economic History. Speaks, writes and reads in Italian, English, French and Turkish.

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Daniela Cottica, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Fall 2006 Semester)
Laurea (Ca' Foscari), MA and PhD in Archaeology (University College, London). Lecturer (ricercatore) in Classical Archaeology at the Department of Sciences of Antiquity and the Near East of Ca' Foscari. Current fields of research include: private architecture in the Roman Empire; the space of imperial cult; Roman military architecture; symbolism in private art and cognitive archaeology; Hellenistic, Roman and Late Antique ceramics; pottery analysis and quantification; relationship between material culture and context; theories and methods of archaeological research.
Among her publications are: Late Roman imported and locally produced pottery from Hierapolis (Pamukkale, Turkey): preliminary evidence, "Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautorum Acta" 36, Abingdon 2000; Perspectives on pottery production and exchange in Late Roman and Byzantine Anatolia: the common Wares from Hierapolis, Phrygia, in J.Ma. Gurt I Esparraguera, J. Buxeda I Garrigòs and M.A. Cau Onitiveros (eds.), LRCW I. Late Roman Coarse Wares, Cooking Wares and Amphorae in the Mediterranean: archaeology and archaeometry, British Archeological Report, International Series 1340, Oxford 2005. Forthcoming: Continuity and Change in Late Roman Mid-Byzantine Hierapolis (Turkey): the Ceramics from the town houses, "Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautorum Acta" 39, Abingdon.

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Francesco Dal Sacco, Venice International University (Spring 2004 Semester)
Degree and Doctorate in Business Administration (Università Ca' Foscari Venezia) with educational training at UCLA , Berkely. Researcher at the TeDis center, VIU, where he is involved in various European and Italian projects on Information and Communications Technologies (especially multi-media) applied to small and medium size enterprises (of Industrial districts). Author of "Il distretto tessile di Schio-Thiene-Valdagno) in G. Brunetti, S. Micelli, M. Minoja, La sfida delle tecnologie di rete: distretti Lombardi e Veneti a confronto, Franco Angeli, Milano 2002; "Internazionlizzazione dei sistemi locali di sviluppo – dalle analisi alle politiche", in E. Rullani, S. Micelli, M. Chiarvesio, G. Corò, Formez 2003. Redazione dei casi studio.

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Cristina Dallara, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Spring 2014 Semester)
Dottorato in Political Science at the Department of Political Science and Sociology, University of Florence. Permanent Researcher in Political Science at the Research Institute on Judicial Systems of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) in Bologna. Member of the Global Governance Programme Network and of the Center for Judicial Cooperation, European University Institute, Fiesole. Expert scholar for the Commission for the Efficiency of Justice of the Council of Europe. Was Scientific Coordinator and Lecturer at the Summer School in Public Policy of the University of Florence. Research interests: Public policy analysis; International Judicial Networks and Global Governance; Judicial System Reforms and Anti-Corruption Policies; EU enlargement.##/LIST##

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Sergej Daniel, European University at St. Petersburgh (Fall 2013 Semester)
B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. (Academy of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg). Professor at the Department of Art History of EUSPb and at the Faculty of Foreign Art of Academy of Fine Arts of St. Petersburg. At EUSPb he teaches "Analysis of the Painting" and "Semiotics of Arts". In 1992-2000 he lectured at Colleges and Universities of California, Colorado, Mississippi and was Visiting Professor at Connecticut College. His research interests include: Western European and Russian painting, Fine Art Theory, Biblical Iconography, Structural Methodology. Publications include books on Problems of Composition in 17th Century European Painting, on Pieter Bruegel, on French Painting viewed from Russia and on Masterpieces of Russian Paintings. He is also an artist himself.

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Neil De Marchi, Duke University (Spring 1999, Spring 2006, Spring 2008, Spring 2009 Semesters)
BEc (Western Australia), BPhil (Oxford), PhD (Australian National University, Camberra). Professor of Economics at Duke, presently carrying out a research on Art and Economics at VIU TeDis Center. Previously taught at Monash University (Victoria, Australia) and at the University of Amsterdam. Was Adjunct-directeur, Economic Research Dep't of the ABN Bank, Amsterdam. Recent publications include: "Size and Taste. Taking the Measure of the History of Art Markets," in S.Cavaciocchi (ed.), Economia e Arte. Secc. XIII-XVIII (Florence: Le Monnier 2003), 78-91; "Auctioning paintings in late Seventeenth-Century London: Rules, Segmentation and Prices in an Emergent Market," in Victor A. Ginsburgh (ed.), Economics of Art and Culture (Amsterdam: Elsevier 2004) 97-128; "Visualizing the gains from trade, mid-1870s to 1962," with the assistance of E.Roy Weintraub, European Journal for the History of Economic Thought, 10 (2004), 551-72; "Smith on Private Provision of the Arts," (with Jonathan A. Greene) in History of Political Economy 37 (2005), special issue on Economists' Cases for the Arts; "The History of Art Markets," (with Hans J. Van Miegroet), ch. 3 of Elsevie-North Holland Economic Handbook of Art and Culture, edited by Victor Ginsburgh and David Throsby (2005); "Mapping Markets for Paintings in Europe, 1450-1750, edited with Hans J. Van Miegroet, Tunrhout: Brepols, 2006.

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Agostino De Rosa, Università IUAV di Venezia (Spring 2014, Spring 2015 Semesters)
Architect and Full Professor of Architecture at Iuav. Teaching interests: Foundations and Applications of Descriptive Geometry; Theory and History of Representation Methods; Architectural Drawing in Landscape Architecture. Author of books and essays on the theme of representation, the history of images and land art. Edited the critical edition of the works and treatises on perspective by friar Jean François Niceron (1613–1646), reconstructing – digitally and physically –  Niceron's design of  optical devices and tricheries. Scientific co-ordinator of the surveying program (with laser scanner technology) of the anamorphic paintings hosted in the Monastery of Trinità dei Monti (Rome). Curator of numerous exhibitions in Italy, Germany and Sweden.
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Renzo Derosas, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Spring 2006, Fall 2007 Semesters)
Laurea at the Department of History of Ca' Foscari, where he teaches Economic History. In the previous years, he also taught Methodology of Historical research, Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences and Modern History. Was Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. In 1999 was visiting scholar at the Department of Sociology of UCLA and, in 2000, was visiting professor at the Faculty of Economics of Keio University, Tokyo. Member of the European and the American Social Science History Associations. His areas of interest include History of the Family, Historical Demography, Database development and applications to historical research, Multivariate exploratory data analysis, Event History Analysis, Social Network Analysis. He is currently involved in the Eurasia Project on Population and Family History, a multidisciplinary and comparative research network, with the cooperation of scholars from different European, American and Japanese Universities. Recent edited: with Marco Breschi and Pier Paolo Viazzo, Piccolo è bello. Approcci microanalitici alla ricerca storico-demografica, Udine: Forum 2003; and with Michel Oris, When Dad Died. Individuals and Families Coping with Distress in Past Societies, Bern: Peter Lang 2002. Chapters in collective volumes include: "Socio-economic Factors in Infant and Child Mortality: Venice in Mid-Nineteenth Century", in Marco Breschi and Lucia Pozzi (eds.), The Determinants of Infant and Child Mortality in Past European Populations, Udine – Sassari 2004; with Marco Breschi and Matteo Manfredini, "Mortality and Environment in Three Emilian, Tuscan and Venetian Communities, 1800-1883" and with Michel Oris and Marco Breschi, "Infant and Child Mortality", both in Tommy Bengtsson, Cameron Campbell, James Lee, et al., Life Under Pressure: Mortality and Living Standards in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900, Cambridge (Mass.): MIT Press 2004.

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Isabella di Lenardo, Università Iuav di Venezia (Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015 Semesters)
Dottorato in Theories and History of Arts (Iuav). Teaching Assistant in Urban History and History of Architecture at Iuav and Research Fellow at the Dutch University Institute for Art History in Florence. Author of essays and articles about Venetian Art and Architecture during the “Long” Renaissance. She was involved in teaching at the VIU Summer School “Visualizing Venice: The Ghetto of Venice”. Her research interests are focused on the production and circulation of artistic and architectural knowledge in Europe between the Sixteenth and Eighteenth Centuries, with a particular emphasis on North-South relationships and influences.

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Tobias Doering, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Spring 2009 Semester)
Professor of English Literature at LMU, board member of the German Shakespeare Association, co-editor of the Shakespeare Jahrbuch, and member of a DFG research group ("Beginnings in Modernity") and a research network ("Pluralization and Authority in Early Modern Europe"). He took his degrees in Berlin and Canterbury, UK, and has published widely in English, Postcolonial and Renaissance Studies. His monographs include: Postcolonial Literatures in English: An Introduction. Uni-Wissen. Stuttgart: Klett 2008; Performances of Mourning in Shakespearean Theatre and Early Modern Culture (Early Modern Literature in History). London, New York: Palgrave/Macmillan 2006; Caribbean-English Passages: Intertextuality in a Postcolonial Tradition (Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures). London, New York: Routledge 2002, Paperback reissue 2006. He edited A History of Postcolonial Literature in 12½ Books (Handbücher zum literaturwissen-schaftlichen Studium, Bd. 8), Trier: WVT 2007 and (with Susanne Rupp) Performances of the Sacred in Late Medieval and Early Modern England (Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft, Bd. 86), ed. Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi 2005.

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Ilia Doronchenkov, European University at Saint Petersburg (Fall 2015 Semester)
MA and PhD in History of Art at the Russian Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. Chair of the Department of History of Art at EUSP. He is also Professor at the Repin State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts. Was Visiting Professor at Brown University (US) and at the University of Freiburg (Germany), research Fellow at Columbia University (US). Major areas of research: Russian-Western Art relations and influences; Problems of identity in Russian art in the 19th and 20th centuries; History of art criticism (Russian and Western); History of the 19th and 20th century art; Cultural history of Russian emigration after 1917; Relations of Russian literature and art in the early 20th century. Edited: Russian and Soviet Views of Modern Western Art, 1898-1936. A Critical Anthology. Berkeley, Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2009.
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Gregory Dowling, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Fall 2004, Spring 2006 Semesters)
graduated from Oxford University. Teaches American Literature at Ca' Foscari. In recent years has taught on exchange schemes in Atlanta, Amsterdam, Oulu and Turku. Publications include: Giovane poesia inglese, an anthology of contemporary British poetry in collaboration with A. Scarsella (Treviso: Edizioni del Leone, 1996); A Study of the English Verb (Venezia: Supernova, 1994); Someone's Road Home: Questions of Home and Exile in American Narrative Poetry (Udine: Campanotto Editore, 2003). Main field of study is American poetry, and in this area he has published on Longfellow, Melville, Wallace Stevens, Robert Frost, Anthony Hecht and Andrew Hudgins among others. He is also interested in the relationship between British and American writers and Italy and in this connection he has published on Shelley, Byron, Ruskin and Henry James. Has published four thrillers set in England and Italy (e.g. A Nice Steady Job. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994 and, set in Venice, Every picture tells a story. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1991). Has translated widely from Italian. For The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing (Oxford University Press, 1999) wrote the entry on "Crime and Mystery Writing in Italy". He has also published on Raymond Chandler. For The Time-Out Guide to Venice he regularly writes and updates the "sightseeing" chapters on the sestieri of Venice and a chapter on the literary image of Venice. Current research projects include a study of metrical and stanzaic schemes in contemporary narrative poetry and the use of historical themes in American poetry.

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Jörg Dünne, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Fall 2007 Semester)
Maîtrise (M.A.) of French Literature (Paris VIII, St. Denis), Dr. phil. in Romance Philology (LMU). Postdoctoral Assistant at the Institut für Romanische Philologie, LMU. Was assistant at Romanisches Seminar, University of Kiel (1996-2000) and postdoctoral fellow at Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris (2005-06). Current research on the relation between cartography and Spanish/Portuguese literature in the early modern period. Other fields of interest: theory of cultural space, subjectivity and self-practices, history of knowledge and film studies. Author of a study on literary writing and ascetics (Asketisches Schreiben: Rousseau und Flaubert als Paradigmen literarischer Selbstpraxis in der Moderne. Tübingen: Narr 2003). Co-editor of several books on the theory of cultural space (recently: Raumtheorie. Grundlagentexte aus Philosophie und Kulturwissenschaften. Frankfurt a.M.: Suhrkamp 2006), on hypermedia (Internet und Hypermedien in der Romanistik. Theorie – Ästhetik – Praxis. 2004. Suppl. of Philologie im Netz, 2004) and on autobiography and mediality (Automedialität. Subjektkonstitution in Schrift, Bild und neuen Medien. München: Fink - forthcoming). Articles on travel literature and maps in the early modern period, French literature of the 19th century, modern narrative in Latin America.

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Gerald Easter, Boston College (Spring 2008 Semester)
BA (Political Science and History Departments, Boston College), PhD (Political Science Department, Columbia University). Associate Professor at the Political Science Department of Boston College. Is Faculty Associate at Harvard. Was Visiting Assistant Professor at Miami (Ohio) and Georgetown Universities. Current research focuses on Capital, Coercion and Post-Communist States. A book on the topic is forthcoming. Is author of Reconstructing the State: Personal Networks and Elite Identity in Soviet Russia (Cambridge University Press, 2000 and coeditor of Shaping the Economic Space in Russia: Policy-making, Institutions, Actors (Ashgate Publishers, 2000). Most recent contributions include: "Capacity, Consent and Tax Collection in Post-Communist States," in Capacity and Consent: Taxation and State-Building in Developing Countries (Cambridge University Press, 2007), D. Brautigam, O. Fjeldstad and M. Moore, eds. "Building Fiscal Capacity," in The State After Communism, (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006), Timothy Colton and Stephen Holmes, eds.; "The Russian Tax Police," Post-Soviet Affairs (December 2002); "Politics of Revenue Extraction in Post-Communist States: Poland and Russia Compared," Politics and Society (December 2002)
"Networks, Bureaucracy and the Russian State," in Explaining Post-Soviet Patchworks (Ashgate Publishers, 2001), Klaus Segbers, ed.; "Institutional Legacy of the Old Regime as a Constraint to Reform: The Case of Fiscal Policy," in Shaping the Economic Space in Russia, Easter and Harter, eds.

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Valentina Facen, Venice International University (Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015 Semesters)
(Laurea) B.A. in Languages and Culture of Asia and Africa (L’Orientale, Naples); (Laurea Magistrale) M.A. in Language Sciences (Ca’ Foscari).
Specialized in Italian as a Foreign Language, English, German and Amharic. Spent periods of study in Hamburg and Addis Ababa. Professor of Italian as a Foreign Language at the Venice Institute.

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Luciana Fellin, Duke University (Spring 2011 Semester)
Laurea in Modern Foreign Languages and Literature (Bologna), PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (University of Arizona, Tucson). Assistant Professor at the Department of Romance Studies at Duke. Was Lecturer at the Department of European Studies at San Diego State University. Fields of teaching: Italian sociolinguistics; Language research methods; Second language acquisition and teaching theories and methods; Italian American Studies. Research interests: language ideologies; language socialization; language and identity; endangered languages; Italian-American studies; sociolinguistics and language learning and teaching. Recent publications in English include: "Lost tongues and reinvented repertoires: ideologies of language and creative communicative practices among third generation Italian-Americans", in Rubino, A., Lingua, identità e comunicazione in contesti anglofoni e italiani (Special issue of Studi Italiani di Linguistica Teorica e Applicata), Pisa 2007; with De Fina, A. “Italian in the U.S.” In Potowski, K. (Ed.) Immigrant language Patterns in the U.S., Cambridge University Press 2010; "The Question of Language in the Italian American Experience” in Finotti, F. (Ed). Languages, cultures, Identities of Italy in the World. Selected Proceedings from the AISLLI Conference 2009, Marsilio Editori, Venezia 2010.

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Tovi Fenster, Tel Aviv University (Spring 2010 Semester)
B.A in Geography, Sociology and Anthropology and M.A in Geography (TAU); Ph.D in Social Administration & Geography (LSE). Associate Professor specialising in Environmental Justice, Human Rights and Planning, Gender and Planning at TAU, where she is the Head of the PEC - Planning for the Environment with Communities – Lab. Professional Consultant on regional and environmental development, social aspects of planning, gender planning. Was Head of the Women and Gender Studies Program at TAU. She is one of the founders and past-Chairs of Bimkom-Planners, Israeli non-profit organization seeking to enhance the link between Human Rights, Social Justice and the planning process. Her research mainly relates to social and human rights aspects of planning, gender planning, globalisation and its affects on the built environment. She is editor of Gender, Planning and Human Rights, Routledge, London 1999. Publications in English include The Global City and the Holy City: Narratives of Knowledge, Planning and Diversity, Pearson, London 2004; 'The Right to the Gendered City: different formations of belonging in Everyday life' The Journal of Gender Studies Vol. 14(3), 2005, pp. 217–231; "Identity Issues and Local Governance: Women's Everyday Life in the City", Social Identities, Vol. 11 (1), 2005, pp. 23-39.

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Vladi Finotto, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012 Semesters)
Laurea in Communication sciences (Padova), Dottorato di eccellenza in Network Economy and Knowledge Management (SSAV). Ricercatore in Business Economics and Management at Ca' Foscari. Researcher at TeDis Center of VIU. Coordinator of the Globalization Program of the SHSS. Was Visiting PhD student at the Industrial Performance Center of MIT. Main teaching fields: Operations Management, E-Business, Knowledge Economics, Business Economics and Management, Networks and Business Strategies, International Management. Published (with S. Micelli and D. Bedin), NetGlobo: Un nuovo modello a rete per i processi di internazionalizzazione, Franco Angeli, Milano 2008. Publications in English include: (with E. Di Maria) (2008) "Communities of Consumption and Made in Italy", Industry & Innovation, vol. 15 (2): 179-197 Special issue on Managing Open Innovation through Online Communities; (with A. Forte) (2004) "Re-Use of Solutions and Open Source Software in Public Administrations", in Di Maria, E., Micelli, S. (eds), Online Citizenship, Springer-Verlag, NY; (with M. Bettiol) (2009) "The impact of Web 2.0 Technologies on Marketing Strategies: an Exploratory Study on SMEs in Made in Italy", Proceedings of the 8th International Marketing Trends Congress, January 16th-17th, ESCP-EAP, Paris, France; (with E. Di Maria) (2007), "Communities of Consumption and Made in Italy", paper presented at the EURAM Annual Conference, Current Management Thinking: Drawing from Social Sciences and Humanities to Address Contemporary Challenges, Paris, 16-19 May 2007; (with P. Legrenzi, S. Micelli and M. Bettiol), (2004), "Design and Competitiveness: the Case of Italian Industrial Districts", working paper presented at the second National conference of the Association for cognitive sciences (AISC), Work and Cognitive Sciences: Environments, Technologies, Activities, Ivrea, 19-20 march 2004.

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Valeria Finucci, Duke University (Fall 2004, Fall 2007 Semesters)
Laurea in Modern Languages and Literature (Roma), PhD in Comparative Literature (Illinois). Professor at the Department of Romance Studies, Duke University. Already taught at VIU in Spring 2001 and Fall 2004. Her interests include: Renaissance literature, theater, women's study, early modern medicine, and psychonalysis. She has written on femininity and power in Renaissance discourses, The Lady Vanishes: Subjectivity and Representation in Castiglione and Ariosto (Stanford, 1992) and on issues of masculinity and paternity, The Manly Masquerade: Masculinity, Paternity, and Castration in the Italian Renaissance (Duke, 2003). Editor of Renaissance Transactions: Ariosto and Tasso (Duke, 1999); and co-editor of two collections of essays, Desire in the Renaissance: Psychoanalysis and Literature (Princeton, 1994) and Generation and Degeneration (Duke, 2001). Also published the critical edition of a 16th century Italian chivalric romance, Moderata Fonte's Tredici canti del Floridoro (Mucchi, 1995), and of the only prose romance written by a woman in the Renaissance, Giulia Bigolina's Urania (Bulzoni, 2002 - forthcoming in English as Urania, a Romance printed by University of Chicago Press). She is co-editor of the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

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Elisa Fioravanti, Venice International University (at VIU since 2004)
Laurea in Asian Languages and Literatures with focus on Japanese Language and Culture (Ca' Foscari). Lived and worked in Tokyo in 2001-2002. Specialized in Italian as a Foreign Language (Itals and Cedils Certificates, Ca' Foscari), in teaching Italian to learners with Dyslexia (Masterclass, Ca' Foscari) and in the use of Theater techniques in language teaching. Instructor of Italian as a Foreign Language at the Venice Institute. Taught at the "L. Heilmann" Inter-faculty Centre for Applied and Theoretical Linguistics of the University of Bologna. Teaches beginners and intermediate Italian courses at VIU since 2004.

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Kazuyoshi Fukuzawa, Waseda University (Spring 2008 Semester)
B.A. in English Literature and M.A. in Psychology (Waseda), Ph.D. in Speech and Language Pathology (Northwestern University, Illinois). Full Professor of Psychology, Department of Literature of Waseda University. Was Visiting Researcher in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and Carnegi-Mellon University and Researcher at the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology. Member of the Society for Neuroscience, the Japanese Society for Neuropsychology and the Japanese Society for Disorders of Higher Cortical Functions. Publications include: Language and Brain: Text Book for Education through Broadcasting, 2007; Understanding neuropsychological writing disorders from computational theory of cursive handwriting, "Journal of Clinical Neurology", 2007; Introduction to logical argumentation, NHK Book Publishing Co. 2002; Introduction to logical thinking and expression, NHK Book publishing Co. 2005; Fundamental rules for logical dialoge, Chikuma Book Publishing Co. 2007.

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Masahiko Gemma, Waseda University (Fall 2010 Semester)
B.S. in Agricultural Sciences (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology), M.S. in Applied Economics and Statistics and Ph.D. in Applied Economics and Economics (University of Minnesota). Professor of Applied Economics at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Waseda, where he is Director of the Waseda Organization for Japan-US Studies. Previously taught at Yokohama City University. Teaches Agricultural and Food Economies, Introductory Macroeconomics and Intermediate Macroeconomics at Undergraduate level; Eurasian Area Studies at Postgraduate level. Research interest on Developing and Transition Economies as well as Agricultural and Food Economies. More recent publications include: (with M.Voros), "Case of Agricultural Production", in Michael Bourlakis, "Intelligent Agrifood Chains and Networks", Blackwells, Oxford 2009; (with K.Palanisami and M.Ranganathan), "Stabilization Value of Groundwater in Tank Irrigation Systems", Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, 63/1,126-134, 2008; (with S.Archibald, Z.Bochniarz, T.Srebotnjak), "Transition and Sustainability: Empirical Analysis of Environmental Kuznets Curve for Water Pollution in 25 Countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States", Environment Policy and Governance, 19/2,73-98, 2009; and "Productivity Growth in New Members of the EU" (paper presented at the Mini-Symposium of the 27th International Conference organized by the International Association of Agricultural Economists, Beijing, China, August 15-21, 2009). He is also author, with B.Senauer, of "Reducing Obesity: What Americans can learn from the Japanese", Choices, American Agricultural Economic Association, The Fourth Quarter, 265-269, 2006.

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Gary Gereffi, Duke University (Spring 2005 Semester)
B.A. in Sociology (Notre Dame), M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D. in Sociology (Yale). Professor, Department of Sociology, at Duke where he was director of the Markets & Management Studies Program. Interested in Sociology of Development; Organization Theory and Multinational Corporations; Economic Sociology; Political Economy; Research Methods in Macrosociology; Social Change; Latin America; East Asia. Fluent in Spanish. Co-director of the Global Value Chains Initiative, an international research workshop supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. Member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Sociology. Has conducted and still conducts consulting activities for UN agencies and other international institutions such as the World Bank and the WHO. Recent books include: Manufacturing Miracles: Paths of Industrialization in Latin America and East Asia (Princeton University Press, 1990), co-edited with Donald Wyman; Commodity Chains and Global Capitalism (Praeger Publishers, 1994), co-edited with Miguel Korzeniewicz; The Value of Value Chains: Spreading the Gains from Globalisation (special issue of the IDS Bulletin, vol. 32, no. 3, July 2001), co-edited with Raphael Kaplinsky; Free Trade and Uneven Development: The North American Apparel Industry after NAFTA (Temple University Press, 2002), co-edited with David Spener and Jennifer Bair; Latin America in the 21st Century: Toward a New Sociopolitical Matrix (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2003), co-edited with Manuel Antonio Garretón, Marcelo Cavarozzi, Peter S. Cleaves, and Jonathan Hartlyn.

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Giorgio Gianighian, Università IUAV di Venezia (Spring 2003, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015 Semesters)
Laurea in Architecture (IUAV). Professor in Architectural Restoration at IUAV, Vice-Director of the Shangai Jiao Tong University International Research Center for Architectural Heritage Conservation. Member of the VIU Academic Council. Visiting Professor at the Schools of Architecture of the Universities of Tokyo, Jerusalem, and East London where he was responsible for the M.Sc. in Architectural Conservation. Has conducted research in Armenia, Japan and Nepal. World Heritage City nomination consultant in Nepal, Republic of Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Moldova, for Unesco; expert for the restoration of Ekmekcizade Caravanserai (Edirne, Turkey) for the European Commission. Professional work in Venice include: the restoration of St. Mark’s clock-tower; the restoration and reuse of the water cistern of the Fondaco dei Turchi.

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Joerg H. Gleiter, Waseda University (Fall 2003 Semester)
Diploma in Architecture (Technische Universität Berlin); Master of Science (Columbia University, New York); architect in USA, Italy and Germany; Ph.D. in Architecture Theory and Aesthetics (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar); Fellow in residence at the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche (Weimar); he taught at Bauhaus-Univeristät Weimar, Universität Karlsruhe, State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart, Waseda-Bauhaus School in Saga; since 2003 Visiting Professor of Philosophy of Architecture at the G-International Studio of Waseda University in Tokyo. Author of The Return of the Repressed – Towards a Critical Theory of Ornament in Architectural Modernism (in German, Weimar 2003) and Venice Is Not Fallen From Heaven (in German, Tübingen 1988); co-editor (with Gerhard Schweppenhäuser) of the book series Philosophische Diskurse (presently 5 volumes, Weimar 1999-2002); editor of Dis-Oriented: Japan, the West and The Concept of Aestheticentrism (in German, Weimar 1998). Other publications include Exoticism Reversed – On Japanese Theme Parks (2003); Weltausstellungen – Die Erfindung der Architektur als Massenmedium (2002); Vom speechact zum sketchact – Architektur als Technik des Körpers (2002) "...Bis zum Umgekehrten hindurch..." – Nietzsche und die Physiologie der Architektur (2001); Japanese Theme Parks (2000). Forthcoming Nietzsche: Nihilism, Décadence and the Physiology of Architecture.

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Sean Golden, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2013 Semesters)
BA in English Literature (College of the Holy Cross), MA and PhD in English Literature (University of Connecticut). Full Professor at the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting of UAB, where he is Director of the Institute for International and Intercultural Studies and Director of the Centre for Chinese Studies. He was UAB representative in the VIU Board of Governors. Already taught in the VIU Semester Program in Fall 1999. Translated Chinese classics (e.g. Sunzi and Laozi) into Catalan. Latest works include: «Modernidad versus postmodernidad en China», Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals, 63.(2003): 9-32; «La cultura china en el diálogo Oriente/Occidente».Temas para el debate, 125.(2005): 31-34; «Socio-cultural aspects of the relationship between the EU and East Asia, with particular reference to China». Asia Europe Journal 4. (2006): 265-294; «Xina: Tradició, modernitat i ideologia a l'era de la globalització. El buidatge ideològic del pensament tradicional i la crisi del buit ideològic».dcidob. pensament i religió a l'Àsia. (2006): 9-13; «The modernisation of China and the Chinese critique of modernity». Revista HMiC: Història Moderna i Contemporània 4.(2006). With Ó. Pujol he is author of «Sistemes de pensament, religions i ideologies a Àsia. Una mirada més enllà del pensament euroamericà». dcidob. pensament i religió a l'Àsia, 99 (2006): 4-8.

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Elana Gomel, Tel Aviv University (Spring 2015 Semester)
MA in English Literature and PhD in the Humanities (TAU). Professor, Department of English and American Studies at TAU. Formerly Visiting Scholar at Stanford and Princeton. Her fields of interest are Narrative theory, Postmodernism, Genre Theory, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Science and Literature, Urban Studies, Multiculturalism, the Victorian Novel, Charles Dickens. One of her most recent books is Narrative Space and Time: Representing Impossible Topologies in Literature, New York: Routledge, 2014.

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Victor Gómez Pin, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Fall 2002, Fall 2007 Semesters)
Maîtrise de Philosophie and Doctorat des lettres (Sorbonne), Doctor en Filosofia (Barcelona). Professor of Philosophy at UAB. Taught at the Universities of Dijon, Paris III and Basque Country. He is coordinator of the International Ontology Congress, vicepresident of the Iberian Society of Greek Philosophy and member of the École Doctorale of the University of Paris X. He is head of a research program on "The Real and the Virtual" from the point of view of the Classical Philosophy, sponsored by the Consejo General de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica. Won the Anagrama Essay Prize with Filosofía, el saber del esclavo, Anagrama, Barcelona 1989 and the Espasa de Ensayo Prize with Entre Lobos y autómatas: la causa del hombre, Madrid 2006. Among his most recent books are: El drama de la Ciudad Ideal, Rev. Ed. Taurus Bolsillo, Madrid 1996; La tentación pitagórica. Síntesis, Madrid 1998; Los ojos del Murciélago. Seix Barral, Barcelona 2000. Publications in English include: as editor, Physis (From Greek thought to Quantum Mechanics), Ontological Studies/Cuadernos de Ontología, S.Sebastián 2002 and, as author, "Quantum Physis and the problem of the ontological priority between continuous quantity and discrete quantity" in M. Ferrero (ed.) Quantum Physis. Kluwer, Netherlands 1997; El hombre un animal singular, La Esfera de los Libros Madrid 2005.

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Avi Gottlieb, Tel Aviv University (Spring 2005 Semester)
B.A. in Psychology and Sociology (Hebrew University, Jerusalem), M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Sociology (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at TAU, where he co-chairs the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Ecology and Society. Taught and did research at Indiana University-Bloomington, Free University-Berlin, Max-Planck Institute for Education and Human Development, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Editor of "Environmental Politics" and Associate Editor of "Society and Natural Resources". Chair of the High School Curriculum Committee for the Social Sciences by appointment of Israel's Minister of Education. Research and teaching subjects include Sustainable Development, Globalization, Social Psychology, Public opinion and Environmentalism, Survey Research, Environmental and Medical Sociology. Author of a great number of monographs and research reports. Edited (with E. Yuchtman-Yaar and B. Strümpel) Socioeconomic change and individual adaptation: comparing East and West, Jai Press, Greenwich, Conn., 1994. Latest books in English include Sustainable society: toward the reconciliation of societal affluence and human survival, Routledge, London/New York, 1999. Main work in progress: Environmentalism and Environmental Awareness in International Context.

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Francesco Guerra, Venice International University (Fall 2012, Fall 2013 Semesters)
Laurea with thesis in Photogrammetry (IUAV), Doctorate in Geodetic and Topographical Sciences (Politecnico, Milan). Professor of Topography and Cartography at IUAV, where he is Director of the Master in Digital Architecture and of the Photogrammetry and Cartography Labs. Taught at VIU in Fall 2012. Involved in research activities at the Department of Cadastre, Photogrammetry and Cartography at the Aristole University of Thessaloniki and at the National Hellenic Centre for Maps and Cartographic Heritage. Completed surveys of monuments in Italy and abroad, such as the Arena of Verona, the Arsenale and St. Mark's Square in Venice. Executed digital photoplanes of Venice and Milan, and the archaeological map of the city of Laodicea (Turkey). He works on organizing GIS and transmitting numerical cartography in networks. Also designs and creates software for handling digital images, photogrammetry and topography.

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Lorenzo Gui, Venice International University (Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011 Semesters)
Laurea in Economics and Master in Economics of Local Development (Ca' Foscari). Doctoral student in Business Sciences (Udine). Taught "Regional Integration and Development in the Mediterranean Basin" for the Euro-Mediterranean School (ALTIS) and worked as tutor for the Master in Economic Sciences at Ca' Foscari. Was Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Tourism and Leisure of the Rovira i Virgili University of Tarragona and at the Center for Globalization, Governance, and Competitiveness (CGGC) of Duke University. Author of "Integrazione economica e benefici politici: un bilancio del partenariato euromediterraneo", Economia e Società Regionale, no. 98 (2), 2007, pp. 97-120. Research experience includes an Economic Report on the Footwear District of the Brenta River (March 2007), based on direct interviews, for the "Challenge Project" (Veneto Region). Among other things, he took part in the Summer School on Latin American Economies, organized in Santiago of Chile (summer 2004) by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and volunteered in several relief expeditions to a refugee camp in Bosnia-Hercegovina in 2000-2001.

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Felicity Hand, Univesitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Fall 2006 Semester)
Felicity Hand is senior lecturer in British and American civilization and post-colonial studies in the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She was visiting fellow at the Centre for Research in Asian Migration, University of Warwick, UK, in 1993 and at the Krishna Somers Centre for the Study of Diasporas, Murdoch University, Australia in August 2005. In January 2007 she will be visiting research scholar at the International Centre for the Study of Indian Diaspora, University of Hyderabad, India

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Michael Hardt, Duke University (Fall 2006, Fall 2011 Semesters)
BS in Engineering (Swarthmore College), MA and PhD in Comparative Literature (University of Washington). Professor of Literature and Italian at Duke. Published, among other things, Gilles Deleuze: An Apprenticeship in Philosophy, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis 1993 and, with Antonio Negri, the following four books: Labor of Dionysus: A Critique of the State-form, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis 1994; Empire, Harvard University Press, Cambridge 2000; Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire, Penguin, New York 2004; Commonwealth, Harvard University Press, Cambridge 2009

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Kenji Hashimoto, Waseda University (Fall 2015 Semester)
Degree in Human Geography (Tokyo University), Ph.D. in Informational and Economical Geography (with focus on the spatial impacts of the Informatization of the distribution system in Japan). Professor of Human Geography, Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences, Waseda University, where he has taught since the beginning of academic activities in 2004. Taught Urban Geography (especially the revitalization of city centers), Commercial Geography (in particular, the location of large scale shopping centers in suburban and their impacts on city centers), and Information Geography (especially regional development of the peripheral area using the broadband). Published on the change of Japan’s distribution system using ICT and on the impacts of broadband networks on the regions. Research and teaching interests include Urban Systems and Town Management, and the Spatial Impacts of Informatization.
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Masahisa Hayashi, Waseda University (Spring 2004 Semester)
First Degree in Social Science ( International Christian University), Master and Doctorate in Economics (Hitotsubashi University). Professor at the Graduate School and Faculty of Social Sciences at Waseda. Former Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Yokohama City University. Member of various Study Committees related to the Governments of Japan, of Metropolitan Tokyo and of Yokohama City. Director of Japan's Society of Local Government Finance. Books published include On the Taxation of Corporate Income (Dobunkan Publishing Company, 1991) and Local Government Finance, Theory, Institution and Empirical Analysis (Gyosei Publishing Company, 1999). Articles in academic reviews include: "Economicy of Scale in Prevision of Local Government Services", Economy and Trade Vol. 168, 1999; Financing of Local Public Corporations: the Case of Local Public Hospitals", Economy and Trade Vol. 172, 1996; "The Role of Public Sector In Human Capital Formation In the Development of Japanese Economy", Yokohama City University Academic Papers, Vol. 47, No. 1, 1996; "Decentralization and the Amalgamation of Local Authorities: Experiences of Japan and Economy of Scale in Providing Local Services", Waseda Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 24, Waseda University

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Frank Heidemann, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Fall 2013 Semester)
Ph.D. in Ethnology (University of Göttingen). Professor at the LMU Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology. Lectured and/or held seminars on General Anthropology, Anthropology of South Asia, Visual Anthropology at the Universities of Göttingen, Heidelberg, Berlin, Munich, Copenhagen, Honolulu, Chennai. Was Visiting Professors at the Universities of Hawaii, Madras, Pondicherry and Utkal. Research interests and specialization: Visual Anthropology; Political Anthropology; Anthropology of Religion; Postcolonial Studies; Ethnology of South Asia (especially Caste-System, Ideologies, Social Change, Migration, Development, Conflict). Fieldworks on the Tamils in Sri Lanka and on the Nilgiri in South India. Author of a number of scientific works on the Tamils and Nilgiri and of an introductory book on Ethnology (Ethnologie. Eine Einfuehrung, Göttingen 2011).

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Odile M. Heynders, Tilburg University (Spring 2009 Semester)
Degree in Literary Theory (Leiden), PhD in the field of Poetry (Tilburg). Associate Professor of Cultural Studies in the Faculty of Humanities at Tilburg University, where she is also Program Director of the Liberal Arts Bachelor and Member of the Board of the Department of Language and Culture. Her research focus is on Literary Theories and Attitudes of Reading, Rethoric and Semiotics, Postcolonialism and Modern Western Poetry. She wrote five books and numerous articles in these areas (Dutch) and was co-editor of four books on Poetry and Literary Theory. Most recent publication in English: "'18 October 1977': Poems and Paintings in Dialogue with History" in Kata Kulakova (ed.), Interpretations, European Research Project for Poetics and Hermeneutics, Vol. 2, Skopje 2008, pp. 185-205

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Ren Hirayama, Waseda University (Spring 2005 Semester)
B. A. in Economics (Keio University, Tokyo), M. A. in Geology and Mineralogy (Kyoto), Doctor of Science (Kagoshima). Professor of Paleontology and Life History at the School of International Liberal Studies of Waseda. Taught at Teikyo University. Most recent publications include: (with Brinkman, D.B. and Danilov, I.G) "Distribution and biogeography of non-marine Cretaceous turtles", Russian Journal of Herpetology, 2000 (7):. 181-198, 12 figs.; (with R., Sakurai, K., Chitoku, T., Kawakami, G., and Kito, N.), "Anomalochelys angulata, an unusual land turtle of Family Nanhsiungchelyidae (Superfamily Trionychoidea; Order Testudines) from the Upper Cretaceous of Hokkaido, North Japan", Russian Journal of Herpetology, 2001 (8):127-138; (with Tong, H.), "A new species of Tasbacka (Testudines: Cryptodira: Cheloniidae) from the Paleocene of the Ouled Abdoun phoaphate basin, Morocco", Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie Monatschefte, 2002 (5): 277-294; (with Tong, H), "Osteopygis (Testudines: Cheloniidae) from the Lower Tertiary of the Ouled Abdoun Phosphate Basin, Morocco", Palaeontology 2003 (46): 845-856

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David Hooper, Waseda University (Fall 2005 Semester)
BA in Education with Physical Education and PhD in Education/Motor Control (University College of North Wales). Associate Professor at the School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University. Interested in Education, Teaching and Learning, Motor Control and Comparative Culture. Member of the editorial board of "Classical Fighting Arts Magazine", and regular contributor to "Classical Fighting Arts" (US) and "Shotokan Karate Magazine" (UK). Recent publications include: Communication Beyond the Classroom in "The Japanese Association for Studies in English Communication Bulletin" (2002) 11 (1), p.123-132; Some Thoughts on Learning and Understanding in "Journal of Liberal Arts, Seijikeizai-Gakubu, Waseda University" (2004) 116, p.107-120. Forthcoming title: Experience: An Often Underestimated and Undervalued Part of the Teaching and Learning Process

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Loretta Innocenti, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Fall 2005, Spring 2008 Semesters)
Full professor of English Literature at Ca' Foscari, where she is Vice Provost for International Relations. Taught at VIU in Fall 2005. Has been teaching courses on different topics, focusing mainly on Renaissance literature (Shakespeare and Elizabethan theatre, Milton, Seventeenth-Century poetry, metaphysical poetry, etc.). Worked extensively on Sterne's novels, on Humour in Eighteenth-Century narrative, especially Smollett's and Austen's, and on Eighteenth Century linguistic theories, focusing on the relation between word and image. First studied Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century English emblems, as mnemonic and rhetorical texts (Vis eloquentiae. Emblematica e persuasione, Sellerio, Palermo 1983), and more recently she has been concerned with a more general concept of "visuality", as a model of perception and representation. Also worked on Elizabethan theatre (Il teatro elisabettiano, Il Mulino, Bologna 1994), on neoclassical theatre (La scena trasformata. Adattamenti neoclassici di Shakespeare, Sansoni, Firenze 1985), and on the contemporary scene. Her research is at present focused on Seventeenth-Century literature. She planned six International Seminars on "The Orient in Western Arts (1700-2000)", which were realized in 2002 and 2003 in different Italian towns (Naples, Florence, Rome, and Venice), and co-edited the two volumes of the proceedings

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Gad Kaynar, Tel Aviv University (Fall 2013 Semester)
B.A. in Theatre Arts, Poetics and Comparative Literature, M.A. and Ph.D. in Theatre Arts (TAU). Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at TAU, where he is also Theatre Manager and Full Professor. Main fields of teaching and research: Dramaturgy; Hebrew and Israeli Theatre and Drama; Holocaust Drama; Bible and Theatre; Israeli Women Playwrights; Experimental Israeli Theatre; German Drama and Theatre (especially: Enlightenment to Expressionism); Scandinavian Drama (especially: Ibsen, Strindberg, Bergman); Play and Performance Analysis; Rhetoric and Reception Theory; Theory and Methodology of Drama Translation; Theatre and Education. Work experience includes: translating; writing poems and stage adaptations; acting in theatre, film and television features; directing theatre and radio plays. He was awarded the Norwegian Order of Merit for his translations of Ibsen's work into Hebrew.

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Nobuo Kawabe, Waseda University (Spring 2010 Semester)
B.A. and M.A. in Commerce (Waseda), Ph.D. (Ohio State). Professor of Business History at the Faculty of Commerce at Waseda. Director of the Institute for China Business. Was Visiting Professor in several universities, in Malaysia, Mexico, Germany, Lithuania, England, Thailand and Uzbekistan. His fields of specialization are: Business History, Comparative Management, International Management and Marketing. Publications in English include: "Education and Training in the Development of Modern Corporations" , University of Tokyo Press 1993; "Historical Development of Japanese Management: An Overview", Sangnam Forum, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring 1998); "Movement of Japanese Companies into Europe", in The Hybrid Factory in Europe: Japanese Management and Production Systems Transferred, edited by H. Kumon and T. Abo, Palgrave McMillan 2004; "Japanese Enterpreneurs in a Historical Perspetive", in a collection of articles to clebrate Professor Kim Yong Rai's 60th birthday, Hobunsha 2006. Edited in Japanese (with Hiroki Shimamura and Tetsuzo Ymanamoto), "Sustainable Development: Japanese Economy in 2015, Toyokeizai Shinposha 2005.

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Eckhard Kessler, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Fall 2004 Semester)
PhD in Philosophy, Latin and Greek and Habilitation in Philosophy and History in the Renaissance (LMU). Has been Professor of Philosophy and History in the Renaissance at LMU until 2003, and Member of the Academic Council of VIU until 2001. Published Das Problem des frühen Humanismus. Seine philosophische Bedeutung bei Coluccio Salutati (Humanistische Bibliothek, I,1), München 1968; Theoretiker humanistischer Geschichtsschreibung im 16. Jahrhundert (Humanistische Bibliothek, II,4), München 1971 and Petrarca und die Geschichte. Geschichtsschreibung, Rhetorik, Philosophie im Übergang vom Mittelalter zur Neuzeit (Humanistische Bibliothek I,25) München 1978. Most recent publications in English include: "Metaphysics or Empirical Science? The Two Faces of Aristotelian Natural Philosophy in the Sixteenth Century", in: Renaissance Readings of the Corpus Aristotelicum, Proceedings of the conference held in Copenhagen 23 - 25 April 1998, ed. Marianne Pade, Copenhagen 2001, 79 - 101; "Renaissance Humanism: the Rhetorical Turn", paper given at the Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Toronto, 27 - 29, March, 2003, e-version: www.phil-hum-ren.uni-muenchen.de/php/Kessler/Toronto2003.htm

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Claudia Koonz, Duke University (Fall 2008 Semester)
B.A. (Wisconsin, Madison), M.A. (Columbia), Ph.D. (Rutgers). Professor of History at Duke. Member of faculty of the Duke Human Rights Center and co-director of the Duke Refugee Action Project. Has also been teaching to perspective humanitarian professionals and students volunteering for work in refugee camps in Slovenia, Bosnia and Croatia. Current president of the Berkshire Conference for Women Historians. Areas of research: contemporary Islamophobia; Nazi racial politics; genocide. Edited, with Renate Bridenthal, Becoming Visible: Women in European History, Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 1977 (reprinted totally revised in 1987). Author of Mothers in the Fatherland: Women, The Family, and Politics in Nazi Germany, New York: St. Martin's 1987 and London: Jonathan Cape, 1987 (revised German edition, Mütter im Vaterland 1989 translated into French, Japanese, Italian, & Dutch), which won several awards; The Nazi Conscience, Belknap, Harvard University Press. 2003 (translated in Spanish, Russian and Japanese). Latest articles include: "The Quest for a Respectable Antisemitism: Scholarship and the Spread of Racial Fear," in Das Jahrbuch des Simon-Dubnow-Instituts, 2006; Unmasking Multiculturalism: Muslim Memoirs Probe the Limits of Tolerance, "Berlin Journal", Spring, 2006; "'Hijāb' A Word That Moves," in Gluck, Carol and Anna Tsing, eds., Words in Motion, an anthology sponsored by the SSRC, Duke University Press, 2007; "Two Tributaries and a Mainstream: Gender, Women and the History of Nazi Genocide," Hagemann, Karen and Jean Quataert, eds., Mainstreaming Gender History, New York: Berghahn, 2007 (German edition forthcoming).

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Alexei Kraikovski, European University at St. Petersburg (Spring 2014 Semester)
Assistant Professor, Research fellow, at the Center for Environmental and Technological History, Department of History of the European University at St. Petersburg. Fields of interest: Russian History, 16th – 18th cc.: source study, methods of analysis of mass sources, environmental history, history of trade and prices, fisheries history, salt history, history of frontier zones, modernization projects.
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Mikhail Krom, European University at St. Petersburg (Fall 2014 Semester)
Diploma (Herzen State Pedagogical University, St. Petersburg), Doctorate and Habilitation in Historical Science (Russian Academy of Sciences). Professor at the Department of History and Member of the Academic Council at EUSP. Was Visiting Lecturer at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris and Guest Lecturer at TAU. Teaching areas: Historical Anthropology; Historical Sociology; Historiography of Medieval and Early Modern Russia; Source Problems in Problems of Russian Medieval History; New Political History; Introduction to Comparative History. Research interests: East European medieval and early modern history (Muscovy and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania); state building, patronage and clientele in comparative perspective; historical anthropology, microhistory, new political history; comparative history.

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Stefan Kühl, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Spring 2004 Semester)
Diplomsoziologie (Bielefen), MA in History (John Hopkins), PhD (Bielefeld) with thesis on Scientific Racism and relationships among Eugenicists in the 20th century. Lecturer (wissenschaftlicher assistant) at the University of Munich, Institute of Sociology. Teaching and research interests in Sociology of Work, Sociology of Professions and Sociology of Organizations. Books published: The Nazi Connection. Eugenics, American macis and German National Socialism. New York; Oxford: Oxford University Press; 1994. (Japanese translation published in 1999); Wenn die Affen den Zoo regieren. Die Tücken der flachen Hierarchien, Frankfurt a.M.; New York: Campus; 5. Auflage; 1998 (first edition 1994). (Dutch translation published in 1997); Die Internationale der Rassisten. Der Aufstieg und Niedergang der internationalen Bewegung für Eugenik und Ressenhygiene im zwanzigsten Jahrhundert. Frankfurt a.M.; Campus, 1997; (with Gerhard Kullmann) Gruppenarbeit. München: Hanser, 1999; Das Regenmacher-Phänomen. Widersprüche und Aberglauben im Konzept der Lernenden Organisation. Frankfurt a.M.; new York: Campus, 2000.

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Hans Kühner, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Spring 2006, Fall 2015 Semesters)
Dr.phil. in Sinology. Professor of Chinese Studies, LMU. Visiting Professor at Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, and Jishou University, China. Research Fellow, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, and at the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica. Published Die Lehren und die Entwicklung der „Taigu-Schule". Eine dissidente Strömung in einer Epoche des Niedergangs der konfuzianischen Orthodoxie, Wiesbaden, Harassowitz, 1996, and edited (with Th. Harnisch) China übersetzen, Bochum, Projekt Verlag, 2001. Recent Essays include „Die Entstehungsbedingungen des Romans Lin nü yu und die literarische Sphäre in Shanghai 1903", in Bochumer Jahrbuch zur Ostasienforschung 26, 2002, „'The Barbarians' Writing is like Worms, and their Speech is like the Screeching of Owls' – Exclusion and Acculturation in the Early Ming Period", in Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft 151/2, 2001, „Tears of Strength or Tears of Weakness: Lao Can youji and the Aporias of Political and Moral Commitment", in W. Kubin (ed.), Symbols of Anguish: In Search of Melancholy in China. Bern, Peter Lang, 2001, „Plurality and Confucian Orthodoxy: The Views of a Neglected Qing School of Thought", in Journal of Chinese Philosophy 26:1, (1999). Main fields of interest: Literary and intellectual history of late imperial and early republican China, nationalism in late imperial and contemporary China, views of the West in contemporary Chinese literature

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Kinneret Lahad, Tel Aviv University (Spring 2013 Semester)
B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in Cultural Studies (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) PhD in Sociology (Bar-Ilan University). Assistant Professor, NCJW Women and Gender Studies Program, at Tel-Aviv University. Work in progress on Single Women Contesting Culture; Single Women and the Problem of Self-Determination; “Why are they still single?" Rethinking Famillial Hegemonic Norms. Research and Teaching Interests: Singlehood, Sociology of the Family, Social Time, Popular Culture, Feminist Theory, Feminist Cultural Studies, Globalization and Self-Help Culture.

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Lori Leachman, Duke University (Spring 2012 Semester)
BS in Political Science and Economics, MA and PhD in Economics (University of South Carolina at Columbia). Professor of the Practice in the Department of Economics at Duke, where she is Director in the Research in Practice Program. Fields: International Economics, Macroeconomics, Urban and Regional Economics. Research Interests: International Capital Markets and Finance, Macroeconomic Policy, Time Series Analysis, Economic Development, Emerging Markets, Causality Testing, Political Economy.

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Deborah Levenson, Boston College (Spring 2015)
BA and MA in History (Massachussetts), PhD in Latin American History (NYU). Professor of History at BC. Teaching areas: Modern and colonial Latin America; urban poverty; modernity; gender; social movements; religion and history; oral history. At present, her research focuses on a study of two very different Guatemalan artists, using their art, patrons and life stories to think about the history of twentieth-century Guatemala. Among her most representative publications in the field of Feminism "The Loneliness of Working Class Feminism" in The Gendered Worlds of Latin American Women (1997).

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Ilya Levin, Tel Aviv University (Fall 2014 Semester)
M.Sc. in Computer Engineering (Leningrad Transport Engineering University), Postgraduate Studies in Mathematics (Leningrad State University), Ph.D. in Computer Engineering  (Latvian Academy of Sciences). Professor and Head of the Department of Science and Technology Education at the School of Education of TAU. Member of the Academic Council of the Holon Institute of Technology. Taught in a variety of institutions in Russia and Israel. Was Visiting Researcher at the University of Massachusetts  and Visiting Fellow at the University of Boston. At TAU teaches courses such as "Advanced Computer System Topics" and "Technology, Education and Culture". Research interests include: Computer Design, Human Concepts Learning, Information Society and Technology Education. He is author an outstanding number of papers on Computer Engineering and Education. 

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Marco Li Calzi, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Spring 2004, Spring 2007 Semesters)
Laurea in Economia Politica (Bocconi), M.S. in Operations Research and Ph.D. in Decision Sciences (Stanford). Full Professor in Mathematical Methods for Economics at Ca' Foscari. Director of the Ph.D. Program in Economics and Organization of the School of Advanced Studies in Venice. Was editor of "Decisions in Economics and Finance" (1999-2005). Fields of interest: Decision Analysis and Market Microstructure. Author of Teoria dei giochi, Milano: EtasLibri, 1995, his most recent publications include: (with S. Spaeter), "Distributions for the first-order approach to principal-agent problems", Economic Theory, 21, 2003, 167-173; (with S.DellaVigna) "Learning to make risk neutral choices in a normal world", Mathematical Social Sciences 41, 2001, 19-37; "Upper and lower bounds for expected utility", Economic Theory 16, 2000, 489-502; (with R.Bordley) "Decision analysis using targets instead of utility functions", Decisions in Economics and Finance 23, 2000, 53-74; "A language for the construction of preferences under uncertainty", Revista de la Real Academia de Ciencias Exactas, Fìsicas y Naturales 93, 1999, 439-450

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Michèle Longino, Duke University (Fall 2010 Semester)
B.A. (Rosary College), M.A. (Claremont Graduate School), Ph.D. in French Literature (University of Michigan). Professor of French Studies and Chair of the Department of Romance Studies at Duke. Was Director of Center for French & Francophone Studies and for many years Director of the Duke-in-France program. Previously taught at Rice University. Her areas of interest include: 17th Century French Literature; Travel Writing; Early Modern Mediterranean Studies; History of Theater; The Epistolary Genre; Feminist Criticism; Theories of Genre. Her interests in the epistolary genre and in women's writing led to the publication of "Performing Motherhood: The Sévigné Correspondence" (University Press of New England, 1991). She has published articles on the writings of other seventeenth-century authors, including Mme d'Aulnoy, Marie de Gournay, Poullain de la Barre, Mme de Lafayette, Corneille, Boileau, Molière, and Racine. She has also published a book on the staging of exoticism in seventeenth-century France: "Orientalism and French Classical Drama" (Cambridge University Press, 2002). Her current research interests include travel accounts, questions of genre, feminist theory, and seventeenth-century French literature in a cultural studies context. In the context of her research on travel, she has published articles on Chardin, Galland, and Thévenot. Most recent articles on French travels to the Ottoman world are "Jean Thévenot: ethnographe des îles du Levant", Actes du CIR 17 : "L'Ile au XVIIe siècle: réalités et imaginaire », Centre International de Recherches sur le 17e siècle, (April, 2009) and "Le Mamamouchi" ou la colonisation de l'imaginaire français par le monde ottoman. « Théâtre en voyage », Presses universitaires de Paris - Sorbonne, 2009. Her current book project is entitled "Travel, or the Benefits of Discontent: Marseilles to Constantinople (1650-1700)".

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Rosella Mamoli Zorzi, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Fall 2003 Semester)
Laurea in English and American Literature (Ca' Foscari). Professor of American Literature at Ca' Foscari, where she is also Chair of the American Studies Program and Director of the Higher Degree course in Literary Translation from English into Italian. Published, among other books, Invito alla lettura di Faulkner, Mursia, Milano 1976. Translated W. Faulkner, G. Stein, R. Jarrell and F.M. Ford. Recent interest has focused on the relation between art and literature, and on H. James, E. Wharton, and the reaction of American writers to Venetian painting. Publications include: the edition of James' Letters from the Palazzo Barbaro, London, Pushkin Press, 1998 (second edition June 2001); "Into Forbidden Ground: J.A.Symonds and Tiepolo" in John Addington Symonds. Culture and the Demon Desire, John Pemble ed., Macmillan, London 2000; "Tiepolo, Henry James, and Edith Wharton", in The Metropolitan Museum Journal, 33, 1998; "The Pastimes of Culture. The Tableaux Vivants of the British Expatriates in Venice in the 1880s and 1890s", in Textus, English Studies in Italy, XII (1999) 1; "Venetian Mirrors. Barrett or Browning as the artist?" in The Author as Character, P. Franssen and T. Hoenselaars eds., Associated University Presses, London 1999; "Intertextual Venice: Blood and Crime and Death Renewed in two Contemporary Novels", in Venetian Views, Venetian Blinds. English Fantasies of Venice, M. Pfister and B. Schaff (eds.), Rodopi, Amsterdam 1999.

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Miriam Mandel, Tel Aviv University (Fall 2004 Semester)
Senior Lecturer at the Department of English of TAU. Author of Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon: The Complete Annotations. Scarecrow Press, 2002; R eading Hemingway: The Facts in the Fictions. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1995. (paperback edition, 2001); The British and American Novel in the 20th Century: Critical Explication for F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Tel Aviv: Everyman's University Press, 1985. Editor of A Companion to Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon, Rochester: Camden House/Boydell & Brewer, Inc., 2004 (slated for September). Among her articles is "Letting Her Speak: A Lifetime's Work" published in Notable Women: Female Critics and the Female Voice in Hemingway. Eds. Lawrence Broer and Gloria Holland. Tuscaloosa and London: University of Alabama Press, 2002. She is also in the International Advisory Committee of the Editorial Board of The Hemingway Review, since 1992.

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Ilda Mannino, Venice International University (Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2015 Semesters)
(Laurea) Bachelor in Environmental Science (Ca' Foscari). Scientific Coordinator of Research and Advanced Training in Environmental Management at the VIU TEN Center. Teacher in the Postgraduate program EDUCOM@MED, education on Coastal Management for the Mediterranean. Her Teaching topics include Industrial Economics and Industrial Ecology at the Scuola di alta specializzazione ambientale (ASA) of the Veneto Agency for Environmental Protection. Former Ca' Foscari Tutor within the Euro-Asian research and training in Climate change Management (CLIMA). Post-doctoral research conducted at the Center of Industrial Ecology, Yale University. Her present research interests focus on Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Industrial Ecology.

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Marco Marani, Duke University (Spring 2013, Spring 2014 Semesters)
Laurea in Civil Engineering and PhD in Hydrodynamics (Padova). Professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment and at the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University. Professor at the Department of Hydraulic, Maritime, Environmental and Geotechnical Engineering of the University of Padova. Was Visiting Scientist at MIT. Research interests: bio-geomorphology of tidal environments; remote sensing in hydrology and tidal bio-geomorphology; fluvial geomorphology and theory of the hydrologic response; models and analysis of space-time precipitation; hydrometeorology; climatology.

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Giovanna Marconi, Università IUAV di Venezia (Spring 2014 Semester)
Dottorato in Regional Planning and Public Policies (IUAV). Researcher, Unesco chair on the Social and Spatial Inclusion of International Migrants, at the Department of Planning of IUAV. Founder and coordinator of Urban_ID Network, a multidisciplinary network of jr researchers and scholars from all over the world working on the urban impacts of international migration. Current research interests: International migrants and the Right to the City; South to South international migration; Governing international migration in small-medium size cities; Transit Migration, Transit countries, Transit cities; Public space and intercultural cities.##/LIST##

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Fabrizio Marrella, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Spring 2004 Semester)
Certificate in WTO Law (The Hague Academy Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations), Diploma (The Hague Academy of International Law), Dottorato in Diritto Civile (Bologna), Docteur en droit (Paris I, Panthéon Sorbonne). Research Professor of International Law in the Department of Legal Sciences of Ca' Foscari, where he teaches Maritime and Comparative Law. Also instructor of International Law and International Business Transactions in the Vanderbilt and Widener University Law Schools programs in Venice. Taught International Trade Law at the Institute of Advanced Studies on Americas (Institut des Amériques) in the University of Paris III. Published extensively in Italian, French and Spanish. Publications in English include: International business law and international commercial arbitration : the Italian approach, in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Law Journal, Lloyd's of London Press, London, n.1, 1997 and, with Fabien Gélinas, The Unidroit Principles for International Commercial Contracts in ICC Arbitration, « The ICC International Court of Arbitration Bulletin », ICC Publ., v.10, n.2, Paris 1999.

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Seiji Marukawa, Waseda University (Fall 2008 Semester)
was born in Hiroshima. After 4 year undergraduate study in the French Department of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, he got his BA in 1989. He then went to France – where he spent 10 years – , obtained a MA in modern literature from l'Université de Provence in 1990. His master's thesis was on the French surrealist poet Paul Eluard. The same year he moved to Paris to keep on studying French modern and contemporary poetry and its relation with the fine arts, obtaining the DEA and a doctorat at Paris VIII (Modern Literature). Besides his studies he practiced engraving in the former Atelier 17 and continued personal research. He participated in several Salons in Paris. Was full-time lecturer of Japanese and temporary researcher at INALCO (Institut national des langues et des civilisations occidentales), where he worked on French modern poetry. Back to Japan in 2000, became Associate professor at Waseda School of Education in 2004, where he is now teaching French and Modern Art. His major interest is the status of poetical language and its relation with other modes of thinking such as philosophy or plastic art. Author of: La saisie de la matière dans la poésie d'André du Bouchet, Jacques Dupin et Philippe Jaccottet, Presses universitaires du Septentrion, Lille, 1999 ; « Figurer le vide (Dupin, Giacometti, Chillida) », Matière d'origine, Faire-Part, no 20-21, 2007, p. 148-162; « Penser et traduire : figurer et trans-figurer », in Michel Deguy, L'allégresse pensive, Paris, Belin, 2007, p. 465-477; « Philippe Jaccottet : le souffle et le chant de l'absence », Études françaises, Vol. 43-3, Université de Montréal, 2007, p. 91-108; « Paul Celan and the Poets of "L'Éphémère". Question of Translation », Celan-Studien, Nr. 9, 2007, Tokyo, p. 1-30 (in Japanese). He also co-wrote with F. Roussel the textbook of French Language Tome un, Tokyo 2004.

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Reiji Matsumoto, Waseda University (Spring 2009 Semester)
BA and MA in Political Science (University of Tokyo). His first professional appointment was Research Assistant at the Institute of Social Sciences (1972-1978) and during the term of that appointment, he got a scholarship from the French Government and studied at the University of Paris IV (Sorbonne) from 1974 to 1976. After a short appointment at the University of Tsukuba, he moved to Waseda University and has been teaching there political science and the history of political thought. From 1984 to 1986, he went to Yale University as a Fullbright researcher to do research on the Tocqeville papers at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. He passed the year 1999-2000 in Paris as an exchange professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Centre Raymons Aron). His major academic interst has always been in the study of Alexis de Tocqueville, but he has also written several articles on other issues: the French image of America, and the comparative study of intellectuals, the French, the American and the Japanese. He has been working on the translation of Democracy in America. The first two volumes, corresponding to the 1835 Democracy was published in 2005 and the next two volumes, the translation of the 1840 Democracy will appear in 2007. In 2005, he organized a major international conference celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Tocqueville. He is now working on the edition of the book based on the conference papers. In March 2007, he gave a lecture as an exchange professor at the Institut des Etudes de Sciences Politiques of Paris on "Tocqueville et le Japon."

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Yasumi Matsumoto, Waseda University (Spring 2013 Semester)
Bachelor and Master in Economics (Waseda); D.Phil in Mathematical Economics (Oxford). Professor of Theoretical Economic Policy at the School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda. Previously taught at Osaka International University and Teikoku Women's College. Was Visiting Professor at Charles University in Prague; Portland State University; University of Cergy-Pontoise. Worked as Officer for the Monetary and Finance Section of the United Nation’s Conference of Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He is Managing director of the Japan Economic Policy Association and Chairman of the Waseda Teachers' Union. His academic fields are: Collective Choice Theory, Evolutionary Biology, Information Technology, Computer Network Systems, E-Commerce and E-Money, General Theory of Economics.

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Seymour Harold Mauskopf, Duke University (Spring 2010, Spring 2013 Semesters)
A.B. (Cornell), Ph.D. in History of Science (Princeton), Postdoctoral year in History of Medicine (UCL, London). Professor Emeritus of History at Duke, where he is Director of Graduate Study, History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine Program and where he has been Director of the Program in Science, Technology and Human Values. Received the Dexter Award for outstanding achievement in the History of Chemistry and earned the Duke Alumni Association’s 2006 Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award. Already taught at VIU in Spring 2010. Specialized in Intellectual History. Research interests include: History of Chemistry in 1700s and 1800s; History of Chemical Technology, focusing on munitions and explosives; History of Parapsychology and Marginal Science; Reception of Unconventional Science and Chemical Sciences in the Modern World. Current research: Alfred Nobel and his English colleagues and the development of explosives and munitions in the late 1800s.

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Menachem Mautner, Tel Aviv University (Spring 2008 Semester)
LL.B. and LL.M. (Tel Aviv University, Faculty of Law), LL.MM. and J.S.D. (Yale Law School). Daniel Rubinstein Professor of Comparative Civil Law and Jurisprudence at Tel Aviv University, where he was Dean of the Faculty of Law and where he teaches courses on contract law, jurisprudence, law and culture, and multiculturalism. Visiting Professor at Michigan, NYU and Cardiff Law Schools; visiting scholar at Harvard Law School. Was awarded the Tel Aviv University Rector's Prize for Distinction in Teaching and the "Zeltner Prize for Excellence in the Law". He is author of breakthrough books such as The Decline of Formalism and the Rise of Values in Israeli Law (1993) and On Legal Education (2002). Edited four legal books, including Multiculturalism in a Democratic and Jewish State and Distributive Justice in Israel. Published over 60 articles and chapters in books in Israel, the United States and Britain (including at the law reviews of Yale and Michigan universities) in the areas of contract law, law and culture and multiculturalism. His book Law and Culture (400 pages) is due in November 2007 (Bar Ilan University Press). His book Law and Culture in Israel at the Threshold of the Twenty-First Century (400 pages) is due in February 2008 (Tel Aviv University Press). Member of the Committee on the Preparation of Israel's New Civil Code (headed by Professor Ahron Barak, President of the Israeli Supreme Court). Headed the Experts' Committee on Revision of Israel's Securities Law, Ministry of Justice. Was Chairperson of the Public Commission on the Rights of Performing Artists, Ministry of Justice

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Peter C. Mayer-Tasch, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Fall 2005, Fall 2008 Semesters)
Doctorate in Law (Mainz), Diploma I in Comparative Law (Strasbourg), Diploma of the Bologna Center of the School for Advanced International Studies (Johns Hopkins), Diploma II in Comparative Law (Coimbra). Emeritus Professor in Political Science and Theory of Law at LMU and Rektor of the Munich School of Political Science (Hochschule für Politik, München). Already taught at VIU in Fall 2005. Among his monographs are Porträtgalerie der Politischen Denker, 2003; Die Zeichen der Natur, Insel, Frankfurt 2001; Über Prophetie und Politik. München 2000; Jean Bodin: Eine Einführung, Düsseldorf-Bonn 2000. Editor, among other things, of Politische Ökologie. Eine Einführung, Düsseldorf 1998 and Porträtgalerie der Politischen Denker, Berrn-Göttingen 2003. Publications in other languages include: Guerilla Warfare and International Law in "Law and State" Vol. 8 (1973) p.7–24; Ecologia y humanismo in "Humboldt 80" (1983), p.13–23; (with B.M.Malunat) Le mouvement écologique allemand, in "Futuribles" (June 1985) H. 89, p.94–98; International Environmental Policy as a Challenge to the National State in "AMBIO" Volume XV (1986) H.4, p.240–243; (with F.Kohout), "Dal diritto fondamentale dell'uomo al diritto fondamentale della natura" in P.Fois, La Garanzia dei Principi Fondamentali nell'Europa del Diritto, Sassari 1993; "Europe and the Atlantic Community in the Context of an Ecological World Order" in O.Höll (ed.), Environmental Cooperation in Europe. The political dimension, Boulder-Oxford 1994; "Dall´hortus conclusus medievale al moderno "parco paesaggistico"" in R.Colantonio, M.Lucchetti, A.Venturelli (ed.), Ambiente e invecchiamento, Milano 1999.

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Natalia Mazur, European University at Saint Petersburg (Fall 2015 Semester)
Degree in Philological Studies (Moscow Lomonosov State University) and Doctorate at the Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow. Coca-Cola Chair in Visual Studies, Department of History of Art, at EUSP. Professor at the Russian State University for the Humanities. Senior Research Associate at the Institute of World Culture of Moscow Lomonosov State Univeristy. Member of the Academic Council of VIU. Teaching career includes lectureships at the University of Naples (Orientale) and at the Centro per gli studi storici italo-germanici in Trent, Italy. Research interests: visual studies; topoi of Russian culture of the 18th-20th centuries; literary connections between Russia and Europe in the context of the history of ideas.
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Claudia Meneghetti, Venice International University (Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015 Semesters)
Laurea in Language Sciences (Ca' Foscari). Professor of Italian as a Foreign Language at the Venice Institute. Teaches at VIU beginners and intermediate Italian courses since several semesters. Taught Italian at the Boston University Venice Program in 2011.

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Ulrich Metschl, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Fall 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2014 Semesters)
M.A., Dr.Phil. and Dr.Phil.Habil. in Philosophy (Muenchen). Interim Deputy for the Chair of Philosophy at LMU in 2008-2009. Visiting Professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Department of Economics at the University of Innsbruck. Taught at the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, at the Technical University of Munich, at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet di Erlangen and the Universities of Minnesota and Bayreuth. Most recent publications in English include: Truth as perfect belief. On the Peircean conception of truth; in: Greiman, Dirk/Siegwart, Geo (eds.): Truth and Speech Acts; New York/London 2007; Agents in Discord. On Preference Aggregation under Uncertainty; in: Kanzian, C./Runggaldier, E. (Eds.): Cultures. Conflict - Analysis - Dialogue. Proceedings of the 29th International Ludwig Wittgenstein Symposium Kichberg am Wechsel, Austria 2006, Frankfurt a.M. 2007. Other recent articles include: Globalisierung, Gerechtigkeit und öffentliche Güter; in: Eberharter, A./Exenberger, A. (Hg.): Globalisierung und Gerechtigkeit. Eine transdisziplinäre Annäherung; Innsbruck 2007. Forthcoming: Cooperation and Global Public Goods: Aspects of Fairness in International Relations; in: Marie-Luisa Frick/ Andreas Oberprantacher (eds.): Justice and Power in International Relations; Farnham, Ashgate.

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Stefano Micelli, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia (Spring 2014, Spring 2015 Semesters)
Associate professor in Business Economics and Management and Chair of the Degree Program in International Management at Ca' Foscari University. Director of the TeDIS Center and former Dean of VIU. Coordinator of many national and international projects in the fields of ICT, local economic development and competitiveness of firms and regions. Research has been focusing on the impacts of information technologies on business competitiveness, internationalization of industrial districts and design; and more broadly on Production systems, Business administration and Internationalization strategies and upgrading processes of SMEs in global value chains.

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Paola Modesti, Venice International University (Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009 Semesters)
Laurea in Architecture (IUAV), Postgraduate Specialization Degree in History of Art (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan), PhD in History of Architecture (IUAV). Teaches at VIU since 2000. Has been Research Fellow in History of Architecture at IUAV (2000-2004; 2006-2008). Was Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke (2003), Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow and Millon Architectural Guest Scholar at CASVA, National Gallery of Art, Washington (2005-2006), and Houghton Library Visiting Fellow, Harvard (2008). Main fields of interest Renaissance architecture and the architecture of Venice. Recent publications include: Il convento della Carità e Andrea Palladio. Storie, progetti, immagini, Sommacampagna: Cierre 2005; "Recinzioni con colonne nelle chiese veneziane. Tradizioni, revival, sopravvivenze," in Lo spazio e il culto. Relazioni tra l'edificio ecclesiale e suo uso liturgico dal XV al XVII secolo, ed. J. Stabenow, Venezia: Marsilio 2006, 181-208; "'El tempio di sovra:' note sulla storia e sul significato del coronamento mistilineo nell'architettura veneziana", Zbornik za umetnostno Zgodovino", XLII, 2006, 47-76; "Qualche tassello nella storia di Ca' Trevisan a Murano", in Andrea Palladio 1508 - 2008. Il Simposio del Cinquecentenario, Venezia: Marsilio 2008. Forthcoming publications: "The Imaginative Creation of a Builder Patron Saint: The Venetian "Rediscovery" of Magnus", in Faith and Fantasy in the Early Modern World, Toronto: Toronto University Press; "I disegni architettonici di Antonio Visentini (1688-1782): un corpus autografo inedito e una produzione con un'etichetta da riconsiderare", in "Porre un limite all'infinito errore". Studi in onore di Christof Thoenes, symposium proceedings, IUAV; "«Palladio must have had a strange predilection for porticoes...»: rilievi e critica delle facciate delle chiese palladiane fra Sei e Ottocento", in Architettura delle facciate: le chiese di Palladioa Venezia, eds. Malvina Borgherini, Andrea Guerra and Paola Modesti, IUAV-Marsilio. She has been co-curator of the exhibition Architettura delle facciate: le chiese di Palladio a Venezia, IUAV (Dec 2008-Jan 2009).

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Andrew Monnickendam Findley, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spring 2008, Fall 2009 Semesters)
First Degree in English Literature (Essex) and in English Philology (UAB); Doctorado in English Philology (UAB). Professor of English at the Department of English Philology, UAB, which he directed between 1991 and 2001, and where he was director of Postgraduate Studies. Was Secretary of the Sociedad Española de Estudios Renacentistas Ingleses (1994-2001). Already taught at VIU in Spring 2008. His major research interest has been in Scottish Literature, particularly the Romantic Era, and, more recently, the figure of Christian Isobel Johnstone (1781-1857), an enigmatic liberal thinker and pioneer of female journalist. He is editor of her national tale Clan-Albin (1815) for the Association of Scottish Literary Studies (the first edition in over 150 years). Among his other publications are: A Hypertextual Approach to Scott's "Waverley", Barcelona 1998 and Working with Romanticism, Barcelona 1998. With Curbet, Hand and Martín, he was coordinator of the Introduction to English Literature, Barcelona 1999. With Aranzazu Usandizaga, he edited Dressing up for War: Transformation of Gender and Genre in the Discourses and Literature of War, Amsterdam and New York 2001 and Back to Peace: Recrimination and Reconciliation in the Postwar Period, Notre Dame 2007. Most recent publications include Strange, Stranger and Estrangement: English Visitors to Scotland in Early Nineteenth-Century Fiction, : Études Écossaises 11, , pp. 239-248, 2009. Forthcoming (with Cristina Pividori) "The Soldier as Good Samaritan: Bonding with the Enemy in John Pearman's The Radical Soldier's Tale" in Journal of War and Culture Studies.

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Josep Montserrat-Torrents, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Fall 2003 Semester)
Doctor in Theology (Gregoriana, Rome) and in Philosophy (Barcelona). Full Professor (catedràtic) of Philosophy at UAB. Taught at VIU in the Undergraduate Program of Fall 2000. Author of various books, including: Filó d'Alexandria. La creació del Món i altres escrits, Laia, Barcelona, 1983; Las transformaciones del platonismo, Publicacions de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 1987; El desafio cristiano. Las razones del perseguidor, Anaya y Mario Muchnik, Madrid, 1992; Platón: de la perpejidad al sistema, Anthropos, Barcelona, 1995; Textos gnósticos. Biblioteca de Nag Hammadi, (with A. Piñero and F. García Bazán), 3 vols., Trotta, Madrid, 1997-99. Publications in English include: "Methodius of Olympus, Symposium III 4-8: an interpretation", in Studia Patristica XIII, ed. Elisabeth Livingstone, Akademie Verlag, Berlin, 1975, pp. 239-243; "Some epistemological notes on greek cosmologies", in Foundations of Big Bang Cosmology, ed. W. Meyerstein, World Scientific, Singapore, 1989, pp. 5-8; "Plato's Philosophy of Science and Trinitarian Theology", in Studia Patristica XX, Peeters, Lovaina, 1989, pp. 102-118; "The Social and Cultural Setting of the Coptic Gnostic Library", in Studia Patristica XXXI, Peeters, Leuven, 1997, pp. 464-481.

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Francesc Muñoz, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spring 2005, Fall 2012, Fall 2013 Semesters)
Degree in Geography and MA in Urban Geography (UAB). Professor of Urban Geography and Director of the Urban Planning Observatory at UAB. He is also Director of the Cerdà Postmetropolis International Congress and teaches for European programs like ‘Metropolis: The Experience of Cities in Art and Architecture’ (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona) and ‘Management of The European Metropolitan Regions’ (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam). Already taught at VIU in Spring 2005 and Fall 2012. His professional experience includes both research and consulting work in different fields as urban demography, strategic planning and specific assessment in urban and cultural projects working for institutions like the International Olympic Committee. He has published articles in reviews on Urban Studies and Architecture and has participated in several collective books in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Slovenia and USA.

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Ignazio Musu, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2015 Semesters)
Full Professor of Economics and Environmental Economics at Ca' Foscari University. Visiting Scholar at Cambridge and Yale. Visiting Professor at Deakin University, Melbourne and Johns HopkinsUniversity, Bologna Center. Former Dean of VIU. President of the VIU TEN Center in charge of the Sino-Italian Advanced Training Program on environmental management and sustainable development and of the Course for Sustainability targeting South-Eastern European countries. Member of different commissions, among which the supervision board of the Bank of Italy and Giorgio Cini Foundation, Venice. His main research fields are Environmental and Resource Economics, Growth Theory, International Trade. Main Research fields: Environmental and Resource Economics, Growth Theory; International Trade.

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Kiyoshi Nakamura, Waseda University (Spring 2012, Spring 2014 Semesters)
Bachelor and MA in Commerce, Doctor of Science in Global Information and Telecommunication Studies (Waseda). Professor at the International School of Liberal Studies and at the Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies, Waseda. Was Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Institute for International Development. Specialization on Media Industrial Organization and om the Japanese Economy. Major publications in English include works on the digitalization of the Japanese Media and on Economic Reforms in Japan facing Globalization.

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Eyal Naveh, Tel Aviv University (Fall 2007 Semester)
B.A. and M.A. in History (TAU), PhD in History (Berkeley). Professor in the Department of History of TAU, where he was the head of the General B.A. and Interdisciplinary Studies program. He is also professor of History and member of the Academic Council at the Kibbutzim College of Education. Was visiting and associate professor at Toronto, UC Berkeley, and Cornell. Currently Senior Fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute, where he heads the Political Education project. Since 2000, he is coordinating an Israeli team in the "Two Narratives project", writing a Palestinian-Israeli history textbook; and he was the scientific advisor for the writing of a history textbook designed for Arab students, citizens of Israel. Published in several languages books, articles, textbooks and instructors' manuals, including: The United States – An Ongoing Democracy [Hebrew], Tel Aviv, Open University Press, 2007; "The Dynamics of Identity Construction in Israel through Education in History", in Victor Rotberg and Debbie Wise eds., Israeli and Palestinian Narratives of Conflict: History's Double Helix, Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2006; "John Brown Legacy of Martyrdom", in Paul Finkelman and Peggy Russo, eds., Terrible Swift Sword: The Legacy of John Brown, Athens Ohio, Ohio University Press, 2005; Reinhold Niebuhr and Non-Utopian Liberalism, Brighton, Sussex Academic Press, 2002; with Esther Yogev, Histories: Towards a Dialogue with the Israeli Past [Hebrew], Bebal Publishers, Tel Aviv, 2002; The American Century [Hebrew], Tel Aviv: ministry of defense press, 1999; and Crown of Thorns - Political Martyrdom in America, New York, New York University Press, 1990.

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David Newbold, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Spring 2009 Semester)
is a graduate of the University of Oxford (Modern Languages), and has postgraduate qualifications from the Universities of Wales (Education) and Reading (Linguistics). He has a wide experience of English language teaching, in the UK, France, and Italy. His main teaching posts have been held at the Ecole Normale Superieure (France), and the Universities of Verona and Venice. He is at present Researcher in English Language at the Department of European and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Venice Ca' Foscari. His interests range from English language testing and assessment and teacher education to varieties of English and English as a World Language. He has written a number of English language courses for students in Italy, Germany, Poland and China. His research publications include articles on language testing, and early years language acquisition. As a long-standing correspondent for The Times Educational Supplement he has a special interest in the language of the media.

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Kevin Newmark, Boston College (Fall 2007 Semester)
B.A. (Holy Cross College), M.A. (Middlebury College in Paris, France), Ph.D. (Yale). Professor of French at the Department of Romance Languages and Literature, Boston College. Also taught at Yale. Areas of Specialization: post-romantic poetry and prose, literary criticism and theory, philosophical approaches to literature, and literary approaches to philosophy. Author of Beyond Symbolism: Textual History and the Future of Reading, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1991. Most recent publications include: "Deconstruction", in Columbia History of Twentieth-Century French Thought, ed. Lawrence Kritzman, New York: Columbia University Press, 2006; "On Parole: Blanchot, Saussure, Paulhan," Yale French Studies (Special Issue: on Jean Paulhan), December, 2004; "Danser le jazz: de La Nausée à L'Invitée", Simone de Beauvoir Studies, Volume 20, 2003-04. Forthcoming: "Tongue-tied: What Albert Camus' Fiction Couldn't Teach us about Ethics and Politics," Albert Camus in the Twenty-first Century, edited by Mark Orme, Christine Margerrison, and Lissa Lincoln. Amsterdam: Rodopi Press.

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Richard Nielsen, Boston College (Spring 2012, Fall 2015 Semesters)
BS in Economics and Finance, MA in Business and Applied Economics (Pennsylvania), PhD in Management (Syracuse). Professor at the Organization Studies Department of the Carroll School of Management at BC. Works in the field of Organizational Ethics, Politics and Political Economy. Served as President of the Society of Business Ethics. Has consulted and done executive training in Asia, Europe, Latin and North America. His extensive bibliography includes works on Finance Capitalism and Ethics, and on Corruption in Financial Services and Corporations.

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David Northrup, Boston College (Spring 2009 Semester)
BS and MA (Fordham), M.A. in African Area Studies and PhD in History (University of California, Los Angeles). Professor in History and (since 2006) African and African Diaspora Studies, Boston College. In 1964-66 was Vice-Principal and History Master, Central Annang Secondary School, Nigeria. Books published include Crosscurrents in the Black Atlantic, 1770-1965: A Brief History with Documents, Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2007; Africa's Discovery of Europe, 1450-1850. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002; 2d ed. 2008; Indentured Labor in the Age of Imperialism, 1834-1922, Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995; Beyond the Bend in the River: A Labor History of Eastern Zaïre, 1870-1940, Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1988; Trade Without Rulers: Pre-Colonial Economic Development in South-Eastern Nigeria. Oxford Studies in African Affairs. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978. He is co-author of The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1997 (4th ed. 2007) and compiler and editor of The Atlantic Slave Trade. Problems in World History. Lexington, Mass.: D.C. Heath, 1994.

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William McAlston O'Barr, Duke University (Spring 2008 Semester)
B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology (Emory), M.A. and PhD in Anthropology (Northwestern). Professor at the Departments of Cultural Anthropology, Sociology and English of Duke University and, as Adjunct, at the University of North Carolina Law School. Won two awards for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching at Duke. Member of the Board of the Advertising Educational Foundation. Already taught at VIU in Fall 2002. Major research includes fieldworks in Tanzania and projects on Language and Law, Ethnography of Economic Behaviour and Anthropology of Advertisement. Most recent books: Rules versus Relationships: The Ethnography of Legal Discourse, 1990; Fortune and Folly: The Wealth and Power of Institutional Investing, 1992; Culture and the Ad: Exploring Otherness in the World of Advertising, 1994; Just Words: Law, Language, and Power, 1998; A History of Theory in Legal Anthropology, 2002. He is editor of "The Chicago Series in Law and Society" (previously known as "Language and Legal Discourse Series") and of the "Advertising & Society Review", where he published contributions such as What is Advertising?" and A Brief History of Advertising in America (both in issue 6:3, 2005).

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Kevin Ohi, Boston College (Spring 2011 Semester)
BA in English and Comparative Literature (Williams College), MA and PhD in English Language and Literature (Cornell University). Professor in the Department of English, BC. Was Lecturer at Cornell University. Among his main fields of interest: Henry James; Queer Theory, Literary Tradition and Criticism. Author of Innocence and Rapture: The Erotic Child in Pater, Wilde, James and Nabokov (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005). Forthcoming book: Henry James and the Queerness of Style (University of Minnesota Press, April 2011).

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Elena Ostanel, Università Iuav di Venezia (Fall 2015 Semester)
Laurea triennale in International Relations and Human Rights (Padova); Laurea specialistica in International Cooperation and Development (Bologna); Dottorato in Regional Planning and Public Policy (Iuav). Researcher at Iuav for the UNESCO Chair in Social and Spatial Inclusion of International Migrants (SSIIM). Was Visiting Researcher at the Open University (UK), the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)  and the Center for the Sociology of Innovation, Mines ParisTech (France). Was policy consultant for the Department of International Cooperation and Development of the City of Padua. Areas of research covered include: cities and social cohesion; the urban inclusion of Mozambican migrants in Johannesburg; conflicts over public space in Padua and Venice; access to housing for migrants in Padua.
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Berndt Ostendorf, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Fall 2006, Spring 2008 Semesters)
studied History, English and Philosophy at the universities of Freiburg, Glasgow and Pennsylvania. He has taught at the universities of Freiburg, Frankfurt and Munich in Germany, at the Université d'Orléans in France and at Elmira College, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University and the University of New Orleans in the US. Already taught in the VIU Semester Program of Spring 2001 and Fall 2006, courses on "The Americanization of Europe: a dream or a nightmare?", "Transatlantic Avantguards", "Americanism, Americanization, Anti-Americanism" and "Conspiracy Nation: Conspiracy Theories from the Illuminati to the X-Files". From 1981 until his retirement in 2005 he held the Chair in American Cultural History at the Amerika Institut, LMU Munich, a "reeducation" chair that was funded by American Foundations in 1949. Recent publications are on migration policy, Anti-Americanism, New Orleans and American Music. He is on the governing board of the "Rat für Migration", a migration policy institute in Berlin.

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Vladimir Otrachshenko, Venice International University-FEEM (Spring 2014 Semester)
BA in Economics (Suleyman Demirel University, Almaty, Kazakhstan); MA in Economics (Charles University in Prague); PhD in Economics (Nova School of Business & Economics, Lisbon). Researcher, at the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change at the ENI Enrico Mattei Foundation (FEEM) in Venice. Research interests: Environmental Valuation, Environmental and Resource Economics, Happiness Economics (Quality of Life), Applied Microeconomics, Microeconometric Analysis.##/LIST##

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Gemma París Romia, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Fall 2008 Semester)
Degree and Diploma Advanced (GODDESS) in Fine Arts (Barcelona). Doctoral thesis in progress on "The surface in relation to the photographic image" (Barcelona). Teaches "Systems of representation (perspective as a drawing)" at the Departament de Didàctica de l'Expressió Musical, Plàstica i Corporal, in the Faculty of Education of UAB, where she is also member of a research group on Art Education. Painter. Exhibited her work in solo and collective shows in Barcelona, Paris, Madrid, Terragona, Santander, St.Cugat del Vallès, Lleida, Cantabria and Torroella de Montgrí.

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Marguerite-Marie Parvulesco, Waseda University (Fall 2009 Semester)
MA in Chinese Studies, MA in Japanese Studies, PhD course in Comparative Literature (Tokyo), PhD in Japanese Literature (INLCO, Paris). Professor at the School of Commerce, Waseda University. Taught at the Department of French Studies at the University of Saitama. She is author of Ecriture, lecture et poésie, Publications orientalistes de France, 1991. Articles published include: La peinture de lettrés : un exemple de ré-écriture de la poésie chinoise. L'album de peintures Dix fois pratique et dix fois propice de Ike no Taiga et Yosa Buson, "Ebisu-Etudes Japonaises", Numéro 25, numéro spécial "Écritures poétiques japonaises", 2000; Pour une introduction à la peinture de lettre, "文化論集 = The Cultural review", Sep-2002, vol. 21; Calligraphie et Inscription du poeme dans la peinture, "文化論集 = The Cultural review", Mar-2003, vol.22; Sceaux, signatures et noms de lettres. Le rapport de l'auteur a son oeuvre dans la peinture japonaise de lettre, "文化論集 = The Cultural review", Sep-2003, vol.23; Lire la poesie dans la peinture, "文化論集 = The Cultural review", Sep-2004, vol.25.

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Alessandra Pattanaro, Università degli Studi di Padova Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Fall 2015 Semesters)
Associate Professor in History of Modern Art (i.e. Art from the 1400s to the 1800s) at the Department of Cultural Heritage of the University of Padua, where she is also teaching Iconography and Iconology. Her fields of research: Venetian Pantings in the Cinquecento in connection to the Tridentine Iconography (Francesco and Leandro Bassano, Veronese and his followers); Ferrarese Paintings at the time of Ercole I, Alfonso I, Ercole II and Alfonso II (Boccaccio Boccaccino, Mazzolino, Garofalo, Dosso Dossi and his brother Battista, Pirro Ligorio, the Master of the twelve Apostoles, the graphic and pictorial work by Girolamo da Carpi).

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Elisabetta Pavan, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Fall 2014, Fall 2015 Semesters)
Laurea in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures (English, Spanish) and Dottorato in Linguistics, with a thesis on Intercultural Communication (Ca' Foscari). Lecturer in Intercultural Communication, Theory of Mass Communication, English Language at Ca' Foscari. Teaches English Language also at the University of Padova, and Intercultural Communication and Mass Media at University of Primorskem, Koper, Slovenia. Was Visiting Professor at the University of São Paulo, USP, Brazil. She is in the Scientific Committee of two European projects, JEZIK LINGUA and EDUKA - educating for diversity. 

Main fields of interest: Intercultural Communication both in the educational and managerial contexts; Methodology of Cultural Aspects; the use of media and authentic materials in teaching Foreign Languages; Foreign Language (FL) methodologies; Mass Communication.
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Paolo Pellizzari, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Fall 2007 Semester)
Degree in Mathematics (Padova), PhD in Mathematics for Economic Decisions (Trieste). Professor of Mathematical methods for economics and finance at Ca' Foscari. Also teaches for the Ph.D. in Economics and Organization of the School of Advanced Studies in Venice, based in San Servolo and taught Quantitative Methods for Economics for the VIU Master in Economics and Finance. Research interest is mainly focused on computational economics and finance. Most recent publication s include: "Static Hedging of Multivariate Derivatives by Simulation", European Journal of Operational Research, 166, 2, 507–519, 2005; with M. LiCalzi, "The allocative effectiveness of market protocols under intelligent trading", in C. Bruun (Ed.), Advances in Artificial Economics, Lect. Notes in Economics and Math. Sciences, Springer, 2006; with C. Agostinelli, "Hierarchical clustering by means of model grouping", in M. Spiliopoulou, R. Kruse, C. Borgelt, A. Nurnberger, W. Gaul (Eds.), From Data and Information Analysis to Knowledge, Studies in Classification, Data Analysis, and Knowledge Organization, Springer, 2006. Forthcoming: with M. LiCalzi, "Simple market protocols for efficient risk sharing", Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control; with A. Dal Forno, "A comparison of different trading protocols in an agent-based market", forthcoming on Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination, 2.

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J.K.M. Pierconti, IUAV Venezia (Spring 2006 Semester)
Degree in History of Architecture and dottorato in History of Architecture and of Town Planning (IUAV). Was Visiting Student at Waseda. First Degree thesis on the history of the Ospedale degli Incurabili of Venice (1522-1567) and doctoral dissertion on Venetian Twentieth Century architect Carlo Scarpa and Japan. Forthcoming articles are on the history of the Incurabili, on the relationship between Charities and Venetian Patriciate at the beginning of the 1500's, on a Sixteenth Century Venice music collection and (with D.Calabi) on the history of the Venetian prostitutes' distric (1360 to 1600's).

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Dina Porat, Tel Aviv University (Fall 2008 Semester)
head of the Chaim Rozenberg School for Jewish Studies and of the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism and Racism at TAU, where she is the Alfred P. Slaner Chair for the Study of Racism and anti-Semitism. She is also member of the Yad-Vashem Scientific Advisory Board and of the Board of the International Center for Holocaust Studies. Served as head of the Department of Jewish History in 2000-2003. Was awarded TAU's Faculty of Humanities best teacher for 2004. Was a Fellow-Member of the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University and of the Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, Columbia University; Visiting Professor at Harvard (Fall 1999) and Visiting Scholar at NYU (winter 2004). Author of The Blue and the Yellow Stars of David, The Zionist Leadership in Palestine and The Holocaust, 1939-1945, Harvard University Press, 1990 (the Hebrew version of the book won the Yad Ben-Zvi Award and the Kubowitzki Award). Editor of the original (Tel Aviv, 1988) Hebrew version of Avraham Tory's Surviving the Holocaust. The Kovno Ghetto Diary (Harvard University Press, 1990) and since 1994, with Roni Stauber, of the TAU annual "Anti-Semitism Worldwide". Author of Beyond the Corporeal. The Life and Times of Abba Kovner, Am Oved and Yad-Vashem, 2000, in Hebrew, which received the Zandman Award and the Buchman Award. Other publications include The Jewish Press in Eretz Israel and the Holocaust, 1939-1945 (with Mordechai Naor, 2002, essays) and Between the Star of David and the Yellow Star-The Jewish Community in Palestine and the Holocaust 1939-1945 (with Yehiam Weitz, 2002, Documents).

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Lluís Quintana Trias, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spring 2007, Spring 2012 Semesters)
Doctor in Catalan Philology (UAB). Professor of Catalan Language and Literature at the Department of Catalan Philology, UAB, where he is Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Educational Sciences. Main research fields: social and aesthetic issues in Catalan literature at the turn of the 19th to 20th century; the rising to the social scale in the European literature of the 19th century, with special focus on the role of industrial towns such as Barcelona; the political transition to democracy and its reflection on literature.

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David M. Rasmussen, Boston College (Spring 2006 Semester)
BA (Minnesota), BD, MA and PhD (Chicago). Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Boston College. Editor-in-Chief of Philosophy and Social Criticism, Associate Editor of Human Studies and member of the Editorial Board of Filosofia e Questioni Pubbliche. President of the Graduate Program in Political Philosophy and Human Rights at LUISS, Rome. His publications include: Reading Habermas. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1990 (also translated into French and Italian); Universalism vs. Communitarianism in Ethics. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1990 (also translated in Japanese); Handbook of Critical Theory. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1996. With Richard Kearney he is author of Continental Aesthetics: An Anthology, Romanticism to Postmodernism. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 2001. With James Swindal he edited Jürgen Habermas, London: Sage Publications, 2002 (four volumes) and Critical Theory: Historical Perspectives, London: Sage Publications, December 2003 (four volumes). Publications on Marx include: "The Symbolism of Marx: From Alienation to Fetishism," Cultural Hereneutics, 1975, 3: 41-55; "The Marxist Critique of Phenomenology," Dialectics and Humanism, 1975, II, 4: 59-70; "Marx's Attitude Toward Religion," Listening, 1978, 13:1, 27-37; "Marx: On Labor, Praxis and Instrumental Reason," Studies In Soviet Thought, 1979, 18:1. Forthcoming: "What is Neoconservatism?" for Filosofia e Questioni Pubbliche (English edition).

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Pauline C. Reich, Waseda University (Spring 2007 Semester)
Professor, Waseda University School of Law. Courses taught include: Legal and Business Ethics, Women and the Law, Internet for Legal Research, Cyberlaw and E-commerce, Legal English. General editor of "Cybercrime and Security" (Oceana Publications, New York), a 3-volume series on law and security issues worldwide. The series includes contributions from 25 countries worldwide, and is an ongoing looseleaf service. Other Cyberlaw-related publications include: chapters in World Online Business Law, Oceana Publications, August 2004; regular contributions to World eBusiness Law Report (online subscription publication); "The Incremental Development of Internet-based Legal Research for Japanese Law Students," Horitsu Jihou (Japanese law journal – in Japanese), March 2002. Also, she is co-author with Dr. Irene McLaughlin et al., of "Virtual Sexuality in the Workplace," in Sex and the Internet: a Guide for Clinicians, edited by Dr. Al Cooper, Brunner/Mazel/Routledge, June 2002. With attorney Akira Kawamura, she is editor of Law and Business in Japan – New Edition, Commercial Law Centre, Inc., Tokyo, February 2002. Author of chapters: "Dispute Resolution in Japan and with Japanese Parties" and "Annex: Japan on the Internet: Legal, Business and Government News Sources Online".

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Eva Renzulli, Venice International University (Fall 2003, Fall 2004, Fall 2005, Fall 2008 Semesters)
Laurea in Architecture and dottorato in History of Architecture (Iuav). Was Maître de conférence (Lecturer) in the MA programme at the Institut de Sciences Politiques de Paris, teaching fellow at Harvard and teaching assistant at Iuav and the University of Ferrara. Taught at VIU in the Fall semesters of 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. Contributed to the exhibition Palladio nel Nord Europa. Libri, viaggiatori e architetti organised by the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio of Vicenza (CISA). Author of: "Loreto, Leo X and the fortifications on the Adriatic coast against the Infidel", in Italy and the European Powers: the Impact of War, 1503-1530, edited by Christine Shaw, Leiden: Brill 2006, pp. 57- 65; La crociera e la facciata di Santa Maria di Loreto: problemi di ridefinizione in "Annali di Architettura", XV, 2003; "Modelli e reinterpretazioni: Borromini e l'altare cosmatesco di S. Maria Maddalena a S. Giovanni in Oleo", in Atti del Convegno "Borromini e l'universo barocco", (Roma, 13-15 Gennaio 2000), Milano: Electa 2000, pp. 162-65 and Borromini restauratore: S. Giovanni in Oleo e S. Salvatore a Ponte Rotto, in "Annali", X, 1998, pp.203-220. Also variously contributed to the catalogue of the exhibition for the 4th centenary of the birth of Borromini edited by Richard Bösel and Christoph L. Frommel, Borromini e l'universo barocco, (Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institut, Istituto Austriaco di Studi Storici) Milano: Electa 1999. Forthcoming: "Santa Maria di Loreto dans les descriptions du XVème au XVIIIème siècles. De L'écriture sacrée à la figuration profane", in Images de la cathédrale dans la littérature et dans l'art : entre imaginaire et réalité, edited by Françoise Michaud-Fréjaville, Tours and "An Early Modern Town of Pilgrimage: burgo cappellae nostrae Sanctae Mariae de Loreto", in The Tales of the City: Outsiders' Descriptions of Cities in the Early Modern Period, edited by F.J. Nevola and F. Bardati, Ashgate: Oxford. Current projects are on Italian 16th-17th Century sketchbooks in French collections; the production and circulation of Architectural Prints in Europe in the 16th Century; "foreigners" in 15th and 16th Century Venetian painting.

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Frances Restuccia, Boston College (Fall 2008, Spring 2014 Semesters)
B.A. and M.A. in English (Occidental College), Ph.D. in English (U.C. Berkeley). Professor at Boston College. Taught at Radcliffe Consortium and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Teaching areas include: Contemporary Literary/Cultural Theory; Modern and Contemporary; Women Writers and Feminist Theory; Modern European Novel; Modern British Novel; Theory of Modernism; James Joyce; Milan Kundera; Mourning and Melancholia; Psychoanalysis and the Modernist Novel; Film and Psychoanalysis; Lacan and Foucault; The Contemporary International Novel; Film and Film Theory; Resisting the Society of the Spectacle: Kristeva and Agamben. Books published: James Joyce and the Law of the Father, Yale UP, 1989; Melancholics in Love: Representing Women's Depression and Domestic Abuse, Rowman and Littlefield, Feb. 2000; Amorous Acts: Lacanian Ethics in Modernism, Film, and Queer Theory, Stanford UP, 2006. Latest articles include: The Use of Perversion: "Secretary" or "The Piano Teacher"? in "Lacanian Ink" (internet pub.), spring 2004; "Black and Blue: Kieslowski's Melancholia," in Revolt, Affect, Collectivity: The Unstable Boundaries of Kristeva's Polis, ed. Tina Chanter and Ewa Ziarek, SUNY Press, 2005, pp. 193-207; Sebald's "Punctum": Awakening to Holocaust Trauma in "Austerlitz" in "European Journal of English Studies", vol. 9, no. 3, Dec. 2005, pp. 301-22 (http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals) Routledge, Special issue, titled Intimate Transfers, edited by Maria Margaroni; A Radical Ethical Imperative: Sublimation Love, "Journal of Lacanian Studies", vol. 4, no. 1, summer 2006, pp. 159-77 (review-article on Joan Copjec's Imagine There's No Woman); "Kristeva's Intimate Revolt and the Thought Specular: Encountering the (Mulholland) Drive" in Psychoanalysis, Aesthetics, and Politics in the Work of Kristeva, ed. Kelly Oliver, SUNY Press, 2008.

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Curtis J. Richardson, Duke University (Spring 2013 Semester)
B.S. in Biology (State University of New York), Ph.D. in Ecology (University of Tennessee). Professor of Resource Ecology, and Director of the Duke University Wetland Center in the Nicholas School of the Environment. Among other things he is Scientific Advisor, USAID restoration of Iraq's Mesopotamian marshes. Areas of expertise: wetland ecology, biogeochemistry, coastal zone management, ecology, environmental chemistry, soil science, water quality, restoration of wetland functions and structure on the landscape. Also interested in effects of climate change on wetland processes, and in invasive species.

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Gerhard Ries, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Fall 2003 Semester)
Graduated at the LMU Faculty of Law where he is now Professor of Law. Expert in Legal History of the Ancient World, in Private Law, Bulgarian Economic Law and Comparative Law. Before teaching at LMU he taught at the universities of Heidelberg and Freiburg (1979), Regensburg (1979-81), Hannover (1981/82), Munich (1982-94) and Erlangen (1994-97). Was visiting Professor at the University of Kyoto/Japan (1983-85), at the Meiji University of Tokyo (1998) and at the Seikei University/Tokyo (2000). Had lecturing commitments in various other Japanese universities and was Senior Teaching Fellow at the Centre for the Advanced Study of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford (1999). Has been Resident Legal Advisor to the Council of Ministers of Bulgaria, managing the Legal consultance Program as part of the Technical Assistance loan of the Word Bank, appointed by Harvard University (Sofia, 1992-1994); Legal Consultant to the Ministry of Justice of Bulgaria, drafting a land registration law and amendments to the substantive law on immovable property, including mortgage law (1994-98), sponsored by the Ministry of Finance of the Federal Republic of Germany. Published articles on German-Japanese comparative law, on the law of privatization in Bulgaria. Edited a collection of Bulgarian laws concerning the economic sector.

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Antonio Rigopoulos, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Spring 2005 Semester)
Laurea in History (Ca' Foscari), MA and PhD in Religious Studies (California, Santa Barbara). Professor in Indology at the Department of Euro-Asian Studies of Ca' Foscari University. Publications include: The Life and Teachings of Sai Baba of Shirdi (New York: State University of New York Press, 1993; indian edition that same year); Dattatreya: The Immortal Guru, Yogin, and Avatara. A Study of the Transformative and Inclusive Character of a Multi-Faceted Hindu Deity (New York: State University of New York Press, 1998; published in India in 2000). Edited (with Romano Mastromattei), Shamanic Cosmos: From India to the North Pole Star (New Delhi: Venetian Academy of Indian Studies and D. K. Printworld (P)Ltd. - Venetian Academy of Indian Studies Series No. 1, 1999) and Dattalahari: L'onda di Datta by Daladanamuni (Venezia: Libreria Editrice Cafoscarina, 1999).

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James L. Rolleston, Duke University (Fall 2005 Semester)
BA in French and German (Cambridge), MA in German (Minnesota), PhD in German (Yale). Professor of German Literature at Duke. Member of the editorial board of the "German Quaterly". Taught at Yale University. Was president of the Kafka Society of America and of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association. He is author of, among other things: Rilke in Transition: An Exploration of His Earliest Poetry, Yale University Press 1970; Kafka's Narrative Theater, Pennsylvania State University Press 1974; Narratives of Ecstasy: Romantic Temporality in Modern German Poetry, Wayne State University Press 1987. Edited Twentieth Century Interpretations of The Trial, Prentice-Hall 1976; Contemporary German Poetry, special issue of "Studies in Twentieth Century Literature", Vol. 21, no. 1 (Winter 1997); A Companion to the Works of Franz Kafka, Camden House 2002. Translated: Walter Benjamin: An Intellectual Biography, by Bernd Witte. Wayne State University Press 1991; The New Trial, by Peter Weiss. Duke University Press 2001.

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Gillian "Gaye" Rowley, Waseda University (Fall 2006 Semester)
BA in Asian Studies (Australian National University); MA (Japan Women's University); PhD (Cambridge). Associate Professor at the School of Law of Waseda University, where she is also Adjunct Professor in the School of International Liberal Studies. Was lecturer at the Japanese Studies Centre of the University of Wales, Cardiff, and Secretary of the European Association for Japanese Studies. Published: Yosano Akiko and The Tale of Genji, Michigan Monograph Series in Japanese Studies No. 28, Michigan 2000. Translated: with introduction, notes, and bibliography, Masuda Sayo's Autobiography of a Geisha, Columbia University Press, New York 2003 (paperback edition by Vintage, London 2004 and 2006). She is also author of: A Single White Chrysanthemum for General Macarthur: Meeting Masuda Sayo, "Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan", fourth series, vol. 19 (2005); Prostitutes against the Prostitution Prevention Act of 1956, "U.S.-Japan Women's Journal", no. 23 (2002); "Memoirs of a Real Geisha: Masuda Sayo's Geisha: Half a Lifetime of Pain and Struggle", in Across Time and Genre: Reading and Writing Japanese Women's Texts, edited by Janice Brown and Sonja Arnzten, University of Alberta, Edmonton 2002.

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Ira Valeria Sarma, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Spring 2006 Semester)
MA in Indology (Köln) and PhD in Modern Hindi Literature (SOAS). Hindi Lecturer at the Department of Indological and Iranian Studies, LMU. Taught at SOAS (University of London), was Research fellow for the RWLE Möller Foundation and researcher/advisor for a radio feature on the South Asian Diaspora in the UK for the Westdeutscher Rundfunk. Her research interests include genre criticism and narrative theory, modern Hindi literature, literary communities and canon formation, Hindi popular cinema, representation of religious space in Iranian and Hindi cinema and nationalism in Hindi films.

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Barbara Maria Savy, Università degli Studi di Padova (Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Fall 2015 Semesters)
Dottorato in History and criticism of Arts and Music at the University of Padua. Taught History of Art at the Universities of Naples and Padua. Worked for the Regional Board of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Environmental Conservation in Naples. Specialist in Renaissance painting in Venice and Northern Italy (esp. Ferrara, Brescia and Bergamo); Dosso Dossi, Moretto, Romanino and Moroni in particular. She has reserached cases of patronage, notably by Alfonso I d'Este and by religious confraternities.##/LIST##
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Ludovica Scarpa, Università Iuav di Venezia (Spring 2015 Semester)
(Laurea) Bachelor in History of Architecture (IUAV); Dr.Phil. in Social History and MA in Mediation and Mediative Communication (Free University, Berlin). Lecturer at IUAV in soft skills, negotiation, self-management, problem-solving, crucial communication and cultural anthropology. Member of the Board of trustees of the Federal German Education Foundation, and Conflict mediator and Communication facilitator at the Berliner Gesellschaft für Mediation.
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Richard Schofield, Università Iuav di Venezia (Spring 2015)
(Laurea) B.A. in Greek and Latin Literature, History and Philosophy (Oxford); MA and PhD in Art History (Courtauld Institute, London). Professor of  Architectural History at IUAV. Previously taught Art History at Nottingham University, where he was Head of the Department of Art History and Curator and Director of the University Art Gallery. Among other things, published on Bramante and Milan and Lombardy in the Renaissance; on the debates on the façade of the Duomo in Milan in 1582-1682; on Giovanni Antonio Amadeo; on Pellegrino Tibaldi; on the Four Books on Architecture by Andrea Palladio; on the Scuola Grande di San Marco in Venice. Translated Vitruvius in English (Penguin).

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Maddalena Scimemi, Venice International University (Fall 2007 Semester)
Laurea and PhD in History of Architecture and Urbanism (Iuav). Studied at the Technical University in Delft (The Netherlands) and at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montréal. Teaches History of Contemporary Architecture and History of Architecture at the Faculty of Industrial Design at Iuav and in San Marino. Also teaches at the University of Bologna and the Politehnika of Nova Gorica, Slovenia. Her publications include: "The Other History of English Modernism", Daidalos , n. 74, 2000; "Peruvians Make Lima: Third Generation for the Third World", in Architektur Aktuell, n. 245, settembre 2000; The Ethics of the Perception in the "Machine Ages", in Medium Architektur. Zur Krise der Vermittlung, G. Zimmermann, N. Korrek Eds., vol. I, Weimar 2003; "Un'opera aperta degli Smithson a Bad Karlshafen", in Casabella, LXVIII, ottobre 2004, n. 726; "Villa Madama" and "Cappella Paolina in Vaticano", in Andrea Palladio e la cultura della villa. Da Petrarca a Carlo Scarpa, edited by G. Beltramini, H. Burns, Venezia 2005; "Oltre il museo: Alexander Dorner e l'architettura inglese del secondo dopoguerra", in Studi su Carlo Scarpa 2000-2003, edited by Kurt W. Forster e Paola Marini, Venezia 2005; "Le residenze di Alessandro Farnese sul Lago di Bolsena", in Atti del convegno Maisons des champs dans l'Europe de la Renaissance, edited by M. Chatenet, C. Mignon, Paris, 2006; "Gianni Berengo Gardin. Reportage su Carlo Scarpa / Fotografie 1966-1972" (exhibition and catalogue), Quaderni del Museo Palladio 8, 2006; Profilo biografico di Adolf Loos; Ambienti di una metropoli: i negozi e i locali pubblici, in Adolf Loos 1870-1933 / Architettura Utilità e Decoro, edited by R. Bösel, V. Zanchettin, Milano 2006; "Peter e Alison Smithson / Hunstanton Secondary Modern School 1949-1954. English Thoughts", Casabella 750-751, dicembre 2006 - gennaio 2007.

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Hanna Scolnicov, Tel Aviv University (Fall 2005 Semester)
B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy, M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature (The Hebrew University ). Associate Professor in Theatre Studies and former Head of the School of Graduate Studies of the Faculty of Arts at Tel-Aviv University, and life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge. She is the author of Experiments in Stage Satire (Peter Lang, 1987), on Ben Jonson's Comical Satires, and of a study of the theatrical space from a feminist perspective, Woman's Theatrical Space (Cambridge University Press, 1994). She has edited, with Peter Holland, The Play Out of Context (CUP, 1989) and Reading Plays (CUP, 1991). In Hebrew, she has published a study of, and co-translated Adam de la Halle's Le Jeu de la feuillée (Jerusalem, Carmel, 1999). She has published over fifty essays on Elizabethan theatre, intertextuality, Shakespeare, Stoppard, Pinter and others, and is currently preparing a book on Harold Pinter. She has taught as Visiting Professor at universities in North Carolina, Rome and Beijing. She has organized several international conferences on theatre and was a fellow at Salzburg Seminar in the session on "Shakespeare Around the Globe", in the year 2000.

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Joseph Shatzmiller, Duke University (Fall 2009 Semester)
B.A. and M.A.in History (Hebrew University Jerusalem), Ph.D. (Université de Provence I), Habilitation in Medieval History (Aix/Paris). Smart Family Distinguished Professor of Judaica at Duke. Taught at the Universities of Toronto, Haifa and Nice. Books published in English include: Jews, Medicine and Medieval Society Berkeley, 1994; Shylock Reconsidered: Jews, Moneylending and Medieval Society, Berkeley, 1989. Edited (with S. Simonsohn), Vols. 4 and 12 of Michael. On the History of the Jews in the Diaspora, Tel-Aviv 1976 and 1991. Articles published include : "Church Articles: Pawns in the Hands of Jewish Moneylenders" in M.Toch (ed), Wirtschaftsgeschichte der mittelalterlichen Juden, Munich, 2008, Pp.93-102 and "Community and Super-Community in Provence in the Middle Ages" in Ch.Cluse et al. (ed.), Juedische Gemeinden und ihrer christlicher Kontext in kulturraumlich vergleichener Betrachtung. Hannover, 2006, Pp.441-448.

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Laurie Shepard, Boston College (Spring 2007 Semester)
is an Associate Professor of Italian at Boston College. Her specialty is Medieval and Renaissance Italian literature, with a particular focus on lyric poetry, rhetoric, and historical linguistics. An English major at Wesleyan University, she pursued graduate studies in Medieval Romance Literature at Boston College and La Sapienza in Rome. She has edited troubadour lyrics in Bruckner, M., Shepard, L., and White, S., Songs of the Women Troubadours. [New York & London Garland Publishing, 1995; paperback 2000], and published a book on Medieval Latin political rhetoric, entitled, Courting Power: Persuasion and Politics in the Early Thirteenth Century. [New York & London. Garland Publishing, 1999]. She is currently working on a book about the family as it is protrayed in Renaissance comedy. In February 2000, she began a public reading of the Divine Comedy at Boston College, which is now at the midpoint of the Comedy. Laurie Shepard lives with her husband, two sons, and a shaggy dog in Newton, Massachusetts. She enjoys the Italian language, cooking and eating with family and friends, discussing politics, reading, music, gardening, and hiking.

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Hans-Martin Shönherr-Mann, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Spring 2007 Semester)
Ph.D. in Philosophy, Political Science and History (Erlangen). Since 1996 is Privatdozent of Political Philosophy and Theory at LMU. Was Guest Professor at the Universities of Innsbruck, Passau and Turin. He is author of essays and discourses for several German radio stations.

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Sonia Silvestri, Duke University (Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015 Semesters)
(Laurea) B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences (Ca' Foscari) and PhD in Environmental System Modelling (Padova). Research scientist at the Nicholas School of the Environment (Duke) where she teaches “Remote sensing of Coastal Environments” and “Introduction to Satellite Remote Sensing”. For ten years (2001-2011) she coordinated the remote sensing of the Venetian lagoon for the Venice Water Authority. Research interests: remote sensing applied to vegetation mapping, soil studies, hydrology, tidal morphology and coastal water quality; remote sensing and GIS applied to the identification of illegal landfills and contaminated sites; hyperspectral imagery analysis; large-scale multi-criteria analysis (GIS); salt marsh evolution modelling; relationship between wetlands morphology and vegetation.

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Paul Snowden, Waseda University (Fall 2011 Semester)
BA and MA in Modern and Medieval Languages (University of Cambridge). Since 1983 he is Professor at Waseda University, where, until 2010, he was Dean of the School of International Liberal Studies, in which he teaches a variety of courses including a seminar in Linguistic and Cultural Understanding. Previously taught at Tsukuba University. Has a long experience of teaching English in Japan. Publications include: Cultural Images, Kaitakusha 1986; Cultural Awareness, Kirihara 1988; Let's Count in English, Macmillan LanguageHouse 1989; Professor Snowden's English Conversation, Sogo Horei 1993; Writing English at University, Nan'undo 2002; English Numbers for you, Nokko Enterprises 2002 (translated into Chinese and Korean) and a number of Dictionaries and English Language Textbooks and articles on English Studies in Japan. He is also author of: Postscript: Passion and Professionalism, in Education Across Borders. Politics, Policy and Legislative Action, Fegan, James and Field, Malcolm H. (Eds.), Springer 2009; Norbert Elias: an unwitting member of a generation of globalizers, in Norbert Elias and globalization: sport, culture and society, Akira Ohira (ed.), DTP 2009.

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Ken Kawan Soetanto, Waseda University (Spring 2005 Semester)
B.E.& M.S. in Electronic Engineering (Tokyo University of A & T), Dr. Eng. in A lied Electronic Engineering (Tokyo Institute of Technology), Dr. Med in Medical Science (Tohoku), Dr. Phrm.Sci (Science University of Tokyo), and Dr. Edu. (Waseda). Professor at the School of International Liberal Studies and Associate Dean of International Affairs, at Waseda where he is also director of the Clinical Education and Science Research Institute. Founder of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and of the Center for Advanced Research of Biomedical Engineering. Also taught at the School Medicine of the Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, at the Toin University of Yokohama and at the University of Northern California. Received various awards, authored or co-authored publications and proceedings mainly in Bio-acoustics, Medical imaging and instrumentation, Tissue characterization, Pharmaceutical engineering, Drug Delivery System, Nanotechnology; Education and Psychology, Education technology, Motivation mechanisms and Field study on Higher education. Among his publications: My reborn by Soetanto's Effect, the infinite human potential educational system. (H. Watarai) Boundary Vol.15-1, 1999; Human Resource Development and Education: Japan and the World. Challenges and Prospects for Economic and Industrial Policy in the 21st Century: Building a Competitive, Participatory Society, The Industrial Structure Council, METI Secretary Office, 2000; Field study on the higher education in the turbulent phases, Part 7: Spiral effects and kansei education gained from class by the interactive communication method. Toin Research Bulletin Vol.8, 2001.

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Jean-Luc Solère, Boston College (Fall 2011 Semester)
Licence and Maîtrise in Philosophy (Paris-Sorbonne), PhD in Philosophy (Poitiers). Professor in the Department of Philosophy, at BC. Previously taught at the Universities of Lille, Brussels and Louvain. Main field of research (and of teaching): Medieval and Modern Philosophy. Especially interested in Modern Scholastic and its influence on 17th C. thought (mostly Cartesianism, Pierre Bayle). Favorite subjects: Metaphysics (the problem of time, the concept of representation), Natural Philosophy (intensification of forms), Theories of Soul, and Ethics. With Pierre Magnard, Olivier Boulnois and Bruno Pinchard he edited La demeure de l'être. Autour d'un anonyme. Etude et traduction du Liber de Causis, Vrin, Paris 1990; with Zénon Kaluza, La servante et la consolatrice. La philosophie dans ses rapports avec la théologie au Moyen Age, Vrin, Paris 2002. Publications in English include:The Question of Intensive Magnitudes according to some Jesuits in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, "The Monist", vol. 84 n° 4 (“Physics before Newton”), 2001, pp.582-616; Why did Plato write ?, in J.A. Draper (ed.), Orality, Literacy and Colonialism in Antiquity, Atlanta, Society of Biblical Litterature (Semeia Studies, 47), 2004, pp. 83-91; Was the eye in the tomb? On the Metaphysical and historical interest of some strange quodlibetal questions, in Schabel, Christopher (ed.), Theological Quodlibeta in the Middle Ages. The Fourteenth Century, Leiden-Boston: Brill 2007; Pierre Bayle, in L. Foisneau (ed.), Dictionary of the 17th C. French Philosophers, London, Thoemmes Press / New York, Continuum, 2008. Forthcoming book: La Représentation. Etude d'une catégorie de l'imaginaire philosophique.

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Zahava Solomon, Tel Aviv University (Spring 2009 Semester)
B.A and M.A from the University of Haifa, Israel; Ph.D. in Psychiatric Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh, U.S.A. Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Social Work at Tel-Aviv University, where she is also Head of the Adler Research Center for Child Welfare and Protection. Research focuses on traumatic stress and especially on the psychological sequel of combat stress reactions, war captivity and the Holocaust. She published six books on psychic trauma related issues. She has also published over 250 articles and more than 50 chapters. She was a member of the Editorial board of the "Journal of Traumatic Stress" and she is currently with the editorial board of "The Journal of Personal and Interpersonal Loss". Former member of the DSM-4 Advisory sub committee for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) . She earned numerous Israeli and international awards and research grants including the Laufer Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in the field of PTSD by the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies.

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Orin Starn, Duke University (Spring 2012, Fall 2015 Semesters)

BA in Anthropology (Chicago), MA and PhD in Anthropology (Stanford). Professor and Chair, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University. Was Co-convenor, Franklin Humanities Institute Working Group on Sports, 2010-2011 and Faculty Director, Duke Human Rights Center, 2004-2010. Main areas of research and teaching: Latin America; Native North America; United States. Main fields: Cultural theory; nationalism and globalization; social movements; history of anthropology, memory and human rights; indigenous culture and politics; sports and society. Among most recent book: The Passion of Tiger Woods: An Anthropologist Reports on Golf, Race, and Celebrity Scandal, Duke University Press, Durham 2012.

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Michael Summers, Venice International University (Spring 2010 Semester)
Professor in Orchestral Conducting at the 'Benedetto Marcello' Conservatory in Venice. Born in Stockholm, Sweden, of English and German parents. Completed his organ diploma in Cape Town South Africa, where he was engaged in professional music, playing percussion and piano and directing and training the chorus for opera and choral performances. Studied conducting in Madrid and completed an M-Mus at the University of London. He is a Fellow of the Trinity College of Music in London and has performer's diplomas from The Royal Schools of Music in London and the University of South Africa. After graduating from the University of London he was awarded an Italian Government Scholarship by the Italian Institute of Culture in London and studied at the Conservatory of Music in Milan. Worked as assistant conductor at the Monte Carlo Opera House and has collaborated with the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, the Covent Garden Opera House in London, and the Chatelet Theatre in Paris. Has conducted at festivals all over the world such as those in Ann Arbor (MI), Charleston (SC), Edinburgh, Berlin, Paris, and the Biennale in Venice, Italy. Gian Carlo Menotti, composer and founder of the Spoleto Festival, invited him to be the assistant music director at his festivals in Italy and the USA. Summers conducted opera in Europe, the USA and South Africa. His first CD, issued by Brilliant, conducting the complete guitar concertos of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, was awarded a 5-star rating by the two principal music magazines in Italy, "Amadeus" and "Musica".

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Montserrat Jiménez Sureda, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spring 2004 Semester)
MA in History and Ph.D. in Early Modern History. She is professor of Early Modern History and she is the vicedirector of researches in her Department. Especialized in the History of the Church during the Age of Enlightenment, she has published a book entitled L'església catalana sota la monarquia dels Borbons. La catedral de Girona en el segle XVIII (Publicacions de l'Abadia de Montserrat, Barcelona, 1999) and the biography of the Catalan enlightened philosopher Francesc Xavier Dorca i Parra in a collective book entitled Girona a l'Època de la Il×lustració (C.E.H.S., Girona, 2001). Among other essays, she has also treated the disarming of Catalans after the War of the Spanish Succession in an article entitled "La política armamentística de los Borbones en Cataluña tras la Guerra de Sucesión" (Investigaciones Históricas, 21, 2001, pp. 103-131) and the role of Spanish women during the Eighteenth Century in another article entitled "La situació femenina en l'Antic Règim" (Revista de Catalunya, 174, june 2002, pp. 25-50). At the present time, she is engaged in a project about the overlapping between powerful families and institutions in a space of power as was the cathedral of Girona.

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Elena Svalduz, University of Padua (Spring 2013, Fall 2013 Semester)
Laurea in Architecture and Dottorato in History of Architecture (Iuav). Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural Heritage, University of Padua. Also teaches for the Joint Master of Economics and Techniques for the Conservation of the Architectural and Environmental Heritage between Iuav and the Nova Gorica Politechnic. Previously taught History of Architecture and Urban History at Iuav. Taught at VIU in Fall 2000, Fall 2001, Spring 2002 and Spring 2013. Fields of Research: History of Architecture, Architectural and Urban History of the Early Modern Times; Late Medieval-Early Modern public buildings and spaces in Europe; Andrea Palladio; Minor Renaissance Courts.

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Eileen C. Sweeney, Boston College (Fall 2014 Semester)
B.A. in Philosophy (Dallas), M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy (Texas, Austin). Professor of Philosophy at BC. Areas of specialization: Medieval Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy and Literature, Theories of the Passions. Areas of competence: Modern Philosophy, Literary Theory, Ethical Theory. Books published include: Logic, Theology and Poetry in Boethius, Abelard, and Alan of Lille: Words in the Absence of Things. Palgrave/Macmillan, 2006; Anselm of Canterbury and the Desire for the Word, The Catholic University of America Press, 2012.

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Victoria Szabo, Duke University (Fall 2013 Semester)
B.A. in English (Williams College); M.A. in English (Indiana); M.A. and Ph.D. in English (Rochester). Assistant Research Professor, Visual Studies and New Media, Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies, at Duke, where she is Program Director for Information Science + Information Studies. Also teaches in the Visualizing Venice VIU Summer School. Previously taught at Stanford University, where she was Academic Technology Manager, Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. Fields of teaching at Duke include: “Computational Media”; “Digital Durham”; “Digital Places and Spaces”; “Perspectives on Information Science and Information Studies”; “Gender and Digital Culture”.

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Hester Sanne Taekema, Tilburg University (Spring 2009 Semester)
Degree in Philosophy and Law (Amesterdam University), PhD in Law, with a thesis on the Concepts of Ideals in Legal Theory (Tilburg). Senior Lecturer at the Department of Jurisprudence of the Erasmus Law School, Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Taught Law at Tilburg. Apart from research, that focuses on the ideals in Law, she works on the development of a pragmatic legal theory and on research on the importance of Literature for Law. In her research, her focus is on Law in relation to other disciplines, such as Ethics, Philosophy and Literature. She has published in both international and national journals and in collections. Most recent publication in English: Does the concept of Law needs officials, "Problema: Anuario de Filosofia y Teoria del Derecho", 2008, pp. 157-183.

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Mordechai Tamarkin, Tel Aviv University (Spring 2006 Semester)
BA in History and Political Science and MA in History (Hebrew University, Jerusalem), PhD in African History (School of Oriental and African History, University of London). Professor at the Department of Middle Eastern and African History of TAU, where he is the Head of the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research. Publications include: The Making of Zimbabwe: Decolonization in Regional and International Politics, London, 1990; Cecil Rhodes and the Cape Afrikaners: the Imperial Colossus and the Colonial Parish Pump, London, 1996; Kenya: a Colonial History (Hebrew), Open University, Tel-Aviv, 1980; and, with G. Zabar-Friedman, Kenya: From White Settlement to Independent State (Hebrew), Open University, Tel-Aviv, 1997. Also author of: 'Nationalism, nation-buiding and society in Africa: fateful connections', Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism, 1994, pp.83-92; 'Nationalism or tribalism: the evolution of ethnic consciousness among the Cape Afrikaaners in the late 19th century' Nations and Nationalism, 1995, pp.221-242 and 'Culture and Politics in Africa: Legitimizing ethnicity, rehabilitating the post-colonial state', Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 2 (3), 1996, pp.360-380.

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Franca Tamisari, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Spring 2009 Semester)
BA and PhD in Social Anthropology (LSE). Professor in Cultural Anthropology, at Ca' Foscari; Adjunct Senior Lecturer at The School of Social Science of The University of Queensland. Was Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) in association with The Australian National University of Canberra, Australia and Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Sidney, Australia. Recent fieldwork includes a research on Italian Migrants in North Queensland, on indigenous songs, paintings and dance from Northeast Arnhem Land in Australia, and on The representation of Australian Indigenous art in Italy. Recent publications in English include: "Showzoff and Positivity. It's Funny How Irony works, eh?", in Richard Bell Positivity, R. Leonard ed. , Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane 2007, pp. 21-25; "Personal Acquaintance: Essential Individuality and the Possibilities of Encounters", in Moving Anthropology Critical Indigenous Studies. T. Lea, E. Kowal and G. Cowlishaw eds., Darwin: Darwin University Press 2006, pp.18-36; (with J. Wallace), "Towards an Experiential Archaeology. From Site to Place Through the Body", in The Social Archaeology of Indigenous Societies: Essays on Aboriginal History, D. Bruno, I. McNiven and B. Barker eds., Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press 2006, pp. 204-223; "Against Domestication. The Art of Encounter", in The Politics of Art, The Art of Politics. The Place of Indigenous Contemporary Art, Fiona Foley ed., Gold Coast: Keeaira Press 2006, pp. 65-72; "Responsibility of Performance. The Interweaving of Politics and Aesthetics" in Intercultural Contexts, in Visual Anthropology Review, Special Issue, Françoise Dussart ed., University of California Press 2005, pp. 47-62.

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Dorit Tanay, Tel Aviv University (Fall 2010 Semester)
B. Mus. (Music Academy, Jerusalem), B.A. and M.A. (Dept. of Musicology, TAU), Ph.D. (Dept. of Musicology & Medieval Studies, U.C. Berkeley). Professor of Musicology at the Faculty of Arts of TAU, where she teaches History of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Music. In 2009-2011 she was awarded the Yad Hanadiv Grant for Innovation in Teaching. Author of Noting Music Marking Culture: The Intellectual Context of Rhythmic Notation ca. 1250-1400. Musicological Studies and Documents, 46. Holzgerlingen, Hänssler Verlag, American Institute of Musicology, 1999. Articles published include: "The Transition from the Ars Antiqua to the Ars Nova: A Revolution or Evolution," Musica Disciplina, 46 (1992): 79-104; "Jehan de Meur's Rhythmic Theory and the Mathematics of the Fourteenth Century," Tractrix, 5 (1993): 17-43; "The Image of Music and the Body of Knowledge in the Late Middle Ages: Rhythmic Procedures as Cultural Representation," Science in Context, 9 (1996): 121-136; "Monteverdi, Foucault and the Transition from Renaissance to Baroque," Orbis musicae 13 (2003), 73-80; and, with Raz Chen Moris, "Music, Mathematics and the Rejection of Pansemioticism in the Renaissance,'' in Musique et Mathematique à la Renaissance, ed. Philippe Vendrix. Épitome musical: Center for Renaissance Studies at Tours, Minerve, Paris, 2008.

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Peter C. Mayer-Tasch
Doctorate in Law (Mainz), Diploma I in Comparative Law (Strasbourg), Diploma of the Bologna Center of the School for Advanced International Studies (Johns Hopkins), Diploma II in Comparative Law (Coimbra). Rektor of the Munich School of Political Science. Among his latest monographs are Über Prophetie und Politik. München 2000 and Jean Bodin: Eine Einführung, Düsseldorf-Bonn 2000. Editor, among other things, of Politische Ökologie. Eine Einführung, Düsseldorf 1998 and Porträtgalerie der Politischen Denker, Berrn-Göttingen 2003. Forthcoming: (with B.Mayerhofer) Die Himmelsleiter. Stufen zum Paradies, Frankfurt and Mitte und Maß als Leitbild des Humanismus in Geschichte und Gegenwart, München-Paderborn. Publications in other languages include: Guerilla Warfare and International Law in “Law and State“ Vol. 8 (1973) p.7–24; Ecologia y humanismo in “Humboldt 80“ (1983), p.13–23; (with B.M.Malunat) Le mouvement écologique allemand, in “Futuribles“ (June 1985) H. 89, p.94–98; International Environmental Policy as a Challenge to the National State in “AMBIO“ Volume XV (1986) H.4, p.240–243; (with F.Kohout), “Dal diritto fondamentale dell’uomo al diritto fondamentale della natura“ in P.Fois, La Garanzia dei Principi Fondamentali nell’Europa del Diritto, Sassari 1993; “Europe and the Atlantic Community in the Context of an Ecological World Order“ in O.Höll (ed.), Environmental Cooperation in Europe. The political dimension, Boulder-Oxford 1994; “Dall´hortus conclusus medievale al moderno "parco paesaggistico"“ in R.Colantonio, M.Lucchetti, A.Venturelli (ed.), Ambiente e invecchiamento, Milano 1999.

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Edward Tower, Duke University (Spring 2004 Semester)
BA in Physics (Harvard College), MA and PhD in Economics (Harvard University. Professor of Economics at Duke. Interested in a variety of fields (financial policy, development economics, macro and microeconomics) and particularly International Economics (trade and finance). Was Consultant to the World Bank (1982-1997). Editor of Economics Reading Lists, Course Outlines, Exams, Puzzles and Problems Chapel Hill, Eno River Press, September 1995, 6765 pages, 25-volume set of teaching materials (now in its fourth edition). His latest articles include: "Protectionism, Labor Mobility, and Immiserizing Growth in the Developing Countries", (with J. Gilbert). Economic Letters, March 2002, 135-140 and "Is Talk Cheap? Buying Congressional Testimony with Campaign Contributions", (with R. Gibbs and O. Gokcekus) Journal of Policy Reform, Volume 5, Issue 3, 2002, 127-132. Forthcoming: "The Public Choice Approach to Protectionism", (with W. H. Kaempfer and T. D. Willett) in the Encyclopedia of Public Choice, Charles K. Rowley (ed.) Routledge, 19 pp. And "Rational Pessimism: Predicting Equity Returns by Tobin's q and Price/Earnings Ratio" (with M. Harney), in The Journal of Investing, 20 pp.; "School Choice: Money, Race and Congressional Voting on Vouchers" (with O. Gokcekus and J. J. Philips) Public Choice, 20 pp

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Laura Trafí Prats, Univesitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spring 2006 Semester)
Graduation in Fine Arts and PhD in Art, Culture and Education (Barcelona). Assistant professor in Education to Visual Arts (UAB). Recent publications include: 'Art Interpretation as Subject Constitution. A research on the Role of Critical Art History in Teacher Education', The Journal of Art and Design Education, vol. 23, nº1, 2004; 'Perturbar la historia del arte desde el lugar de la espectadora. Las aportaciones de Pollock y Bal a los estudios visuales'. Mujer y cultura visual, num. 0; 'La Interpretación del arte moderno como producción narrativa. Una investigación interdisciplinar desde la historia crítica del arte y la educación artística'. Enseñanza de las ciencias sociales. Revista de investigación ICE-UB/ICE UAB, num 3, March 2004; and (with Montse Rifà), 'Mr. Blanc contra els ravals de la col•lecció: gènere i diferència al MACBA', El Pou de lletres, , Summer 2000. Currently working on a critical edition and Spanish translation of a collection of articles by Griselda Pollock, which cover her career to the present times, and a book on critical art histories and posthistorical theories.

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Margherita Turvani, Iuav Venezia (Fall 2010, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015 Semesters)
(Laurea) B.A. in Political Sciences (University of Turin). Professor of Political Economy and Economic Policy at Iuav, Faculty of Regional Planning. She is Iuav representative in the VIU Board of Directors. Previously taught at the University of Turin and was Researcher at the University of Urbino. Formerly Visiting Fellow at the University of Stanford and at Tsinghua University. She contributed to several research areas such as Labor Market Studies, New Institutional Economics, Economics of Innovation and Industrial Organization. Present research interests include: Sustainability and Economics, focusing on Land and Urban Sustainability. 

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Wouter E.A. van Beek, Tilburg University (Spring 2012 Semester)
PhD in Cultural Anthropology (Utrecht University). Professor of Anthropology of Religion at the Department of Religious Studies, Tilburg. Professor and researcher in the South Africa Netherlands research Programme on Alternatives in Development. Conducted ad still conducts field studies among the Kapsiki/Higi in North Cameroon and North-Eastern Nigeria and the Dogon of Mali, observing the dynamics of their religion for the past thirty years, publishing extensively on the topic. Research and publication topics also include: Western fundamentalism and the ups and downs of apocalyptic discourses; comparative apocalyptic movements; local impact of tourism in Africa.

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Alkeline Van Lenning, Tilburg University (Spring 2009 Semester)
Doctorate in Andragology (Free University of Amsterdam). Vice-Dean of Liberal Arts at Tilburg University, where she teaches Sociology at the Department of Social-Cultural Sciences and is Director of the Major in Social Science in the Bachelor Program of Liberal Arts. Among the courses, which she established and taught are: Culture and Mental Illness, Gendered Bodies and Film (at Bachelor level); Leisure, Identity and Consumerism, Gender and Education, Modernities , Identities and Evil (at Master Level). She edited (with Marrie Bekker and Ine Vanwesenbeeck), Feminist Utopias in a Postmodern Era, Tilburg, The Netherlands: Tilburg UP, 1997 and (with Joke J. Hermsen) Sharing the difference: Feminist debates in Holland, Routledge, London and New York, 1991.

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Gijsbertus C.G.J. Van Roermund, Tilburg University (Spring 2010 Semester)
Full Professor of Philosophy at Tilburg, where he has been Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Head of the Department of Philosophy. Was Visiting Professor at the University of the Dutch Antil¬les, at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), at the University of Transkei (South Africa), at Krasnoyarsk State University (Russian Federation), at Tomsk State University and at the Annual Course School of Human Rights Research in Utrecht. Edited and translated in Dutch, among other things, Jean Jacques Rousseau's "The Social Contract". Edited (with Sacha Prechal) The Coherence of EU Law. The Search for Unity in Divergent Concepts, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2008, xlii - 531 pp. Other publications in English include: 'The Coalition of the Willing. Or: Can Sovereignty Be Shared?' in Ethical Perspectives: Journal of the European Ethics Network 12, 2005, nr. 4, 443-464; 'Questioning the Law.? On Heteronomy in Public Autonomy.' In: A. Schaap (ed), Law and Agonistic Politics. Farnham – Burlington, Ashgate, 2009, pp. 119-131; 'Migrants, Humans, and Human Rights: The Right to Move as the Right to Stay.'In: H.K. Lindahl (ed), A Right to Inclusion and Exclusion? Normative Fault Lines of the EU's Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2009, pp. 161-182; (with J.B.M. Vranken), 'Morality Incorporated? Some Peculiarities of Legal Thinking.' In: Rechtsfilosofie en Rechtstheorie: 38 (2009), nr . 2, pp. 136-146. (Special Issue: H. Lindahl – E. Claes (eds.), Philip Pettit and the Incorporation of Responsibility: Legal, Political and Ethical Perspectives).

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James M. Vardaman, Waseda University (Fall 2007, Fall 2014 Semesters)
B.A. (Rhodes College), M.Div. (Princeton Theological Seminary), M.A. in Asian Studies (Hawaii). Professor at the Waseda School of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Published extensively (in Japanese) on the American South, including a History of Black Americans. Author of books in English on Japanese History and Religion. He translated from Japanese to English Ryu Keiichiro, Sakura Momoko, Mori Ogai and Takagi Toshiko.

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Giorgio Vercellin, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Fall 2003, Fall 2005 Semesters)
Laurea (Ca' Foscari). Full Professor in History of the institutions of the Near and Middle East at Ca' Foscari. Was Professor in Afghan and Iranian Language and Literature and Chairman of the School of Oriental Languages and Literatures at the same University. Carried out extensive research in Iran, Afghanistan and USSR. Lectured at Columbia, SUNY and Georgetown University. Already taught at VIU in Spring 2000, Spring 2001 and Fall 2003. He is author of Afghanistan 1973-1978: dalla Repubblica Presidenziale alla Repubblica Democratica, Venezia 1979; Asia occidentale, Istituto Geografico De Agostini, Novara 1983; Iran e Afghanistan, Editori Riuniti, Roma 1986; Istituzioni del mondo musulmano, Einaudi, Torino 1996; Tra veli e turbanti. Uomini e donne nei mondi dell'Islam, Marsilio, Venezia 2000; Venezia e l'origine della stampa in caratteri arabi, Poligrafo, Padova 2001; Islam. Fede, legge e società, Giunti, Firenze 2003. Publications in English include: A guide to the "Documents of the Nest of Spies", in "The Afghanistan Forum (New York), Occasional Papers n. 26", August 1986; Transitions in cultures: Gharbzadegi versus Orientalism - and after?, in "Annali di Ca Foscari" (Venezia), 1986, n.XXV, 3, (s.o. 17), pp. 159-167 (also in Transitional Periods in Iranian history, Actes du symposium de Fribourg-en-Brisgau, 1987, pp. 253--254.); The Perception of History In A Buffer State: The Afghanistan Case, in "The East and the Meaning of History, International Conference, (23-28 november 1992)", Roma 1994, pp. 381-395; Hisba: Religious Duty or Practical Job? Some Considerations on an Islamic Institution Between Morals and Markets, in "Annali di Ca' Foscari", XXXVII, 3 (s.o. 29) , 1998, pp. 67-96.

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Franck Villain, Waseda University (Fall 2013 Semester)
Degree and Ph.D. at the Department of Modern French Literature (Valenciennes). Professor of French Language at Waseda. Main field of study: Post-war French modern poetry, specifically the transitive aspect of the poem and the ethical values attached. Author of books onAndré du Bouchet (André du Bouchet et l'écriture du simple, Lille 2002) and René Char (Sortir, René Char et la rencontre du dehors, Tsukuba 2002). He is author, with Hiroshi Yamada, of a text on how to write in French. Among his publications are articles on la littérature engagée from Dreyfus to Sartre and on the New Lyricism of Pierre Chappuis, Nicolas Pesquès and Jean-Michel Maulpoix. As a Member of the C.S.C. (Civil Society, the State and Culture in Comparative Perspective, Special Research Project of the University of Tsukuba) he is co-directing a research project on the relationship between the community and writing in France since 1945.

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Barbara Vinken, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Fall 2014 Semester)
M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (Yale), Dr. phil. habil. in Romance Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena). Professor and Chair of Comparative and French Literature at LMU. Previously taught at the Universities of Hanover, Jena, Hamburg and Zurich. Was Visiting Lecturer at NYU, Humboldt-Universitaet of Berlin and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Well known for her publications on: Fashion; Gender politics; Gustave Flaubert. Author of Fashion Zeitgeist. Trends and Cycles in the Fashion System, Oxford/New York: Berg 2005.

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Wilhelm Vossenkuhl, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Spring 2010 Semester)
(born 1945, Dr.phil., Dr.phil.habil.), Full Professor at the University of Munich (Lehrstuhl I) is founder and speaker of the Munich Research Center in Ethics (MKE). He has published on Kant and Wittgenstein, on the philosophy of language and action, on ethics and the theory of rationality. He recently published "Die Moeglichkeit des Guten. Ethik im 21. Jahrhundert" (2006), "Ludwig Wittgenstein" (22004) and "Solipsismus und Sprachkritik. Beiträge zu Wittgenstein" (2009). He is presently involved in a number of interdisciplinary research projects on, e.g., normative changes in the second modernity (DFG, Sonderforschungsbereich 538, "Reflexive Modernisierung"), volition and action (VolkswagenStiftung, Max Planck Institut für Psychologische Forschung), and paternalism (DFG-Projekt in cooperation with the Munich Faculty of Law). He was member of the Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (1997-2003), is member of a number of committees in higher education, and is member of the board of universities in Germany (Universitaetsrat Schleswig-Holstein, Hochschulrat Univ. of Bayreuth). He is Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Democracy (Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada).

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Yulia VYmyatnina, European University at St. Petersburg (Spring 2015 Semester)
Diploma in Economics (St. Petersbug State University), MSc in Business Administration (Stockholm), MA and PhD in Economics (EUSP). Professor and Deputy Head of the Economics Department at EUSP. Formerly Visiting Scholar at UCL and Visiting Researcher at the Bank of Finland and at the Oesteuropa Institut in Regensburg. Teaching experience in the field of Macroeconomics, Industrial Organization, Consumer Behaviour, Economics for Energy Markets; Financial Management, Monetary Policies, Monetary Theories. Publications in English include Creating a Eurasian Union: Economic Integration of the Former Soviet Republics, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014; and in Russian Theory of money: lessons from the crisis, EUSP press, 2013.

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Masazumi Wakatabe, Waseda University (Spring 2006 Semester)
BA and MA in Economics (Waseda), MA in Economics (University of Toronto). Professor of Economics at the School of Political Science and Economics at Waseda. Was Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge and Visiting Scholar at the James Buchanan Center for Political Economy of George Mason University. Among his publications in Japanese are: "Lessons from History: Learning from the Great Depression and the Showa Crisis of the 1930s" in Iwata, Kikuo (eds.) Towards a Regime Switching of Japanese Monetary Policy, Tokyo: Nihon Keizai Shinbun-sya, 2003; "The Great Depression, FRB and the Economists: Linking the History of Macroeconomic Thought with Macroeconomic History" "'The Lost Thirteen Years': Economic Policy Discussion during the Showa Depression Era," and (with Asahi Noguchi) "International Views on the Great Depression," in Iwata, Kikuo (eds.) The Showa Depression, Tokyo: Tokyo Keizai Shimpo-sya, 2004, which was awarded the Nikkei Prize in Excellent Book in Economics.

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Elizabeth Wallace, Boston College (Fall 2013 Semester)
B.A. in English and French (Trinity College, Hartford), M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D. (Columbia). Professor at the English Department of BC. Teaching expertise on eighteenth and nineteenth-Century British Literature, Feminist Theory, Women’s Studies, Critical Theory.She has published on eighteenth-century women writers, eighteenth-century consumer culture, and most recently on the way that the British slave trade has been remembered and represented in the popular imagination. Among her publications: The British Slave Trade and Public Memory. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006; Consuming Subjects: Women, Shopping and Business in the 18th Century. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997; Their Fathers’ Daughters: Hannah More, Maria Edgeworth, and Patriarchal Complicity, Oxford University Press, 1991.She has beenthe editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Feminist Literary Theory.

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James D. Wallace, Boston College (Fall 2009 Semester)
BA (Earlham College), MA (Bread Loaf School of English, Middlesbury College), PhD in English (Columbia). Associate Professor of English at BC, where he was Director of American Studies (1987-89) and where he teaches courses on American Literary History and African American Writing (1860-1960). He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the James Fenimore Cooper Society. Author of Early Cooper and His Audience, Columbia University Press 1986. Forthcoming: Introduction to Mark Twain "Huckleberry Finn", Toby Press.

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Kathi Weeks, Duke University (Fall 2006, Fall 2011 Semesters)
BA in Political Science (Western Washington), MA and PhD in Political Science (Washington). Associate Professor in Women’s Studies at Duke. Previously taught at Fairfield University. Already taught at VIU in Fall 2006. Research and teaching interests in: Women’s Studies; Feminist Theory; Women and Politics; Contemporary Political Theory; Poststructuralist Theory; Marxist Theory; History of Political Theory; Ancient and Modern Political Thought. Author of Constituting Feminist Subjects, Cornell University Press, Ithaca 1998. Edited, with Michael Hardt, The Jameson Reader, Blackwell, Oxford 2000. Other publications include: “`Hours for What we Will’: Work, Family and the Movement for Shorter Hours,” Feminist Studies, volume 35, number 1, 2009, 101-127; “Life Within and Against Work: Affective Labor, Feminist Critique, and Post-Fordist Politics,” Ephemera: Theory & Politics in Organization, volume 7, number 1, February 2007, 233-249; “The Refusal of Work as Demand and Perspective”, in Resistance in Practice: The Philosophy of Antonio Negri, edited by T. S. Murphy and A-K. Mustapha, Pluto Press, London 2005; “Subject for a Feminist Standpoint”, in Marxism Beyond Marxism, edited by S. Makdisi, C. Casarino, R. Karl, Routledge, New York 1996; “Feminist Standpoint Theories and the Return of Labor”, in Marxism in the Postmodern Age: Confronting the New World Order, edited by A. Callari, C. Biewener, and S. Cullenberg, Guilford Publications, New York 1995. Forthcoming book: The Problem With Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries, Durham: Duke University Press.

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Katya Wesolowski, Duke University (Fall 2015 Semester)
BA in English (Reed College), MA in Anthropology and Education, PhD in Anthropology (Columbia). Lecturing Fellow at the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Lecturer on the Culture and Practice of Capoeira for the Duke Dance Program. She was director of the Duke in Ghana Summer Study Abroad Program in 2010 and 2011, where she taught “Expressive Culture of the African Diaspora” and “Ethnographic Fieldwork Methods”.  Her major field of research is Capoeira, Race and Politics in Brazil.
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Willem J. Witteveen, Tilburg University (Spring 2009, Fall 2012 Semesters)
is Professor of Jurisprudence and Rethoric at the Law School of Tilburg University, where he currently is the Dean of the Liberal Arts Bachelor. He is also Tilburg representative in the VIU Academic Council. His research interests include Legal Rethoric and Semiotics, Law and Literature, Legislative Studies and the Rule of Law. He wrote six books and numerous articles in these areas (in Dutch) and edited books on the relevance of the Legal Theory of Lon Fuller and on the social and symbolic effects of legislation (in English). Between 1998 and 2006 he was a Member of the Senate of the Netherlands. His most recent publication in English is Reading Vico for the School of Law, "Chicago-Kent Law Review", Vol. 83/3, 2008.

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Yossi Yzraely, Tel Aviv University (Fall 2006 Semester)
BA (Drama Department, Bristol), PhD in Theatre Arts (Carnegie-Mellon). Professor of Theatre Arts at Tel Aviv University. Was also Professor of Scriptwriting at the Jerusalem School of Film and Television (1994-2000) and artistic director of the Habimah National Theatre (1975-77) and the Khan Theatre at Jerusalem (1984-1987). Directed a wide range of plays in theatres of Europe, US and Israel (from Seneca to Shakespeare, and from Ibsen to Lorca). Produced various adaptations, designs and translations for the stage: including adaptation and design of the Anna Frank's Diaries and the translation of The Six Characters in Search of an Author by Pirandello. He directed and was scriptwriter for movies, such as Heat (short, 2002 productions) and Farenheim (TV Featurette, 2002 productions, screened by Israel TV in 1971). He is also author of poems, such as those collected in City Engeneers (2001), and The Siren Drill of Migrane (2002).

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Giovanni Zanalda, Duke University (Fall 2014 Semester)
B.A in Political Economy (Turin), M.A. in International Economics, M.A. and Ph.D. in History (Johns Hopkins). Professor of Social Sciences, Economics and History at Duke. He is Associate Director of the Duke University Center for International Studies (DUCIS) where he co-chairs with Geri Gereffi the seminar on Globalization, Governance and Development. He has been consultant of the World Bank. Areas of Interest: Economic History, Financial History, History of Development, International Political Economy, Emerging Markets, Public Policy, and History of Globalization (16th century – present). Fields of teaching include: the International Economy from 1850 to the present; History of Financial and Monetary Crises; Globalization and History; Finance, Trade, Institutions and Emerging Markets.

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Guenter Zoeller, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Fall 2011, Spring 2015 Semesters)
Magister Artium and Dr. phil. in Philosophy (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn), studied at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris and Brown University, U.S.A. Professor of Philosophy at LMU, where he was Chair of the Philosophy Department. Previously taught at Grinnell College and the University of Iowa and held visiting professorships at Princeton University, Emory University, Seoul National University, McGill University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Bologna and Padova. Areas of specialization: Kant and German Idealism; 19th Century Philosophy; 20th Century Continental Philosophy. Areas of competence: History of Modern Philosophy; Political Philosophy; Aesthetics; Philosophy of Music; Philosophy of Literature. Book publications in English include: Fichte's Transcendental Philosophy. The Original Duplicity of Intelligence and Will (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998; paperback 2002); Res publica. Plato’s “Republic” in Classical German Philosophy (Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2014); (ed., with Phillip Cummins) Minds, Ideas, and Objects. Essays on the Theory of Representation in Modern Philosophy (Atascadero: Ridgeview Publishing Company, 1993); (ed., with David Klemm) Figuring the Self. Subject, Individual, and Others in Classical German Philosophy (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1997); (ed. and transl.) Immanuel Kant, Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004); (ed. and transl. with Daniel Breazeale) Johann Gottlieb Fichte, The System of Ethics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005); (ed., with Robert B. Louden) Immanuel Kant, Anthropology, History, and Education (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007; paperback 2011).

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Guido Vittorio Zucconi, Università IUAV di Venezia (Fall 1999, Fall 2002, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015 Semesters)
Laurea in Architecture (Politecnico, Milan) and MA at the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning (Princeton). Professor in History of Architecture and Urban Planning at Iuav. Member of the Scientific Board of the TPTI-Erasmus Mundus program, coordinated by the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne Panthéon. President of the Italian Association of Urban History. Was Visiting Professor at Edinburgh University and at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne, Paris). Main field of interest: architecture and the city, conservation and planning in 19th-20th Century Italy. Publications in English include: Venice. An architectural guide, Arsenale, Venice 1993.

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