Seasonal School

Issues on China: Innovation, Society and Culture



October 22nd 2020

Learning objectives

The Seasonal School is a five-day dynamic and intensive program, that offers an introduction to economic, social, political and legal aspects of modern China through the lens of leading research activities promoted by Sant’ Anna Institutes.

Participants will have the opportunity to develop the necessary background to comprehend some of the major China's issues, while emphasizing the traditional and modern roots of contemporary China.

The seasonal school aims at promoting the knowledge of the role of People’s Republic of China, within the new global order and its role in the reconfiguration of international relations from different perspectives.

More specifically, the 40 hours-long school will be characterized by a strong interdisciplinary approach and will be focused on the encounter with people, countries, way of thinking and systems connected with China. In other words, in order to guarantee the pluralism of disciplinary and intellectual perspectives, the seasonal school will explore aspects related to the phenomenon of tourism, geopolitical and international relation issues, technology transfer and legal systems.

The Seasonal School is dedicated to the memory of the former Consul General of Italy in Chongqing, Filippo Nicosia.

Teaching methodologies

In this interactive and cross-disciplinary learning environment, students will have the chance to attend frontal lessons, Q&A sessions and workshops.

Who should attend this Seasonal School?

Highly motivated students (Undergraduate, Postgraduate) from any university degree programme (e.g. law, political science, life sciences, medicine and engineering) are welcome to take part in this online seasonal school.


Prof. Alberto Di Minin

Key teaching staff

Prof. Nicola Bellini, Prof. Giuseppe Martinico, Prof. Pietro Tonutti, Prof. -Nicola Vitiello, Prof. Marco Bonaglia, Prof. Antonio Crupi, Prof. Alessandro Zadro, Prof. Federico Antonelli (University of Roma TRE), Prof. Antonio Apicella (University of Naples), Prof. Filippo Fasulo (CeSIF), Prof. Plinio Innocenzi (University of Sassari). Prof. Liu Wei (Chongqing University), Prof. Pu Yongjian (Chongqing University)

Institutional speakers

Luca Sabbatucci (Minister Plenipotentiary - Director-General for Global Affair), Cristina Ravaglia (Former Director - General for Italians Abroad and Migration Policies Director - Ambassador), Federico Failla (Ambassador of Italy to South Korea), Stefano Beltrame (Minister Plenipotentiary - Director of the Training Unit at the Directorate General for Resources and Innovation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Davide Giglio (Minister Plenipotentiary - Representative of Italian Economic, Commercial, and Cultural Promotion Office in Taipei), Pietro Sferra Carini (Councilor - Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Italy in New Delhi), Alessandra Pastorelli (Embassy Councilor - First Councilor Permanent, Delegation of Italy to the International Organizations), Giuditta Giorgio (Councilor of Legation - Councilor at the Cabinet of the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation), Guido Bilancini (Councilor of Legation - Consul General of Italy in Chongqing), Davide Castellani (Secretary of Legation - Vice Consul of Italy in Chongqing), Lorenzo Gonzo (Scientific Attaché, Consulate General of Italy in Chongqing)

Guest lecturers

Anna Facchinetti (Euraxess China), Guido Giacconi (Vice President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in China), Francesco Grillo (Vision Think Tank), Fabrizio Landi (Panakes Partners), Paola Pacchiana (EUROPASS), Simone Pieranni (Il Manifesto), Giulio Saitta (China Construction Bank Europe), Wu Xueyuan (Chongqing University), Zhang Yafeng (University of Chinese Academy of Sciences), Zhu Ming (Pisa Research Center, Huawei)

Language teachers

Prof. Mei Guoli, Prof. Li Yanyan

Teaching assistant

Fabiana De Carlo (Confucius Institute in Pisa)


November 9th-13th 2020




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