• Ph.D. in East Asian History and Civilization, University of Rome “LaSapienza” (2009)
• M.A. Asian Studies, Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University, Sweden (2006)
• B.A. hons. (Laurea V.O.) in Oriental Languages and Civilization (Chinese language, history track), Ca' Foscari University of Venice (2003).
Academic career and teaching activities
2016- Researcher, China Studies, University of Trento, Department of Hmanities
2013-2016 Fixed-term researcher (Ricercatore T.D.a), China Studies, University of Bologna
2012-2013 Post-doc fellow, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (Taiwan)
2012 Ca' Foscari University, Research Fellowship (June 2012) [she renounced]
2011-2013: Adjunct lecturer (professore a contratto) at Università degli Studi RomaTre
◦ undergraduate: “History of East and South-East Asia” (L-OR/23)
2011-2013: Adjunct lecturer at the University For Foreigners of Siena
◦ postgraduate: “History and Institutions of Contemporary China” (SPS/14)
2011 (Fall semester 9-12): Visiting Professor at Peking University, History Department
◦ undergraduate: “China in Transformation”, course on Modern Chinese History held within the framework of the Beijing Program for American University
2010-2011: Adjunct lecturer at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Dep. of East Asian Studies
◦ undergraduate: “History of China”
2010-2011: University of Macerata, “Cultore della materia” (L-OR/21)
2007: University of Rome La Sapienza, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Tutorial activities
History of modern and contemporary China; youth organisations and the Chinese Communist party's management of youth; China-Italy relations; China-Africa engagement; China's soft power and people's diplomacy; China's development volunteering.
•“Society, nationalism and soft power in China: towards new paradigms”, University of Bologna (2013-2016 ).
• “Relations between Italy and the Two Chinas during the Cold War: The case of youth movements and organizations (1954-1970)” project funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (Taipei, Taiwan) (2012-2013).
•Member of the Research Project on "Italy, Europe, China. Economic, political, and cultural relations in the Cold War years (1954-1971)" funded by Ca' Foscari University (2011-2014; Director Prof. Guido Samarani)
Academic and research activity abroad:
◦ Shanghai University, College of Liberal Arts, Shanghai (May 2018)
◦ East China Normal University, Center for Cold War International History Studies, Shanghai (April-May 2015)
◦ Washington, DC. Library of Congress (April 2014)
◦ Taipei, Taiwan ROC. Academia Sinica, Department of Modern History (March-May 2013)
• Beijing PRC, Beijing National Library and Beijing Municipal Archives (July 2012 and May 2013)
◦ Peking University, School of International Studies, Beijing (April-September 2011)
◦ Harvard University, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies (Cambridge, MA) (July-September 2007) .
◦ China Youth University for Political Sciences, Beijing (September 2006- February 2007)
◦ Beijing Foreign Studies University, Research Center of Overseas Sinology, Beijing (April-June 2006)
• Fudan University, Nordic Centre, Shanghai ( September 2005)
• University of Heidelberg, Institute of Chinese Studies (May 2005)
Memberships in societies and scientific committees
AISC – Italian Associan of Chinese Studies since 2005 (Member of the Executive Board since 2019)
EACS – European Association for Chinese Studies, since 2005
SISSCO – Società Italiana per lo Studio della Storia Contemporanea, since 2007
AAS – Association for Asian Studies, since 2013
SISI - Italian Society for International History, since 2014.
Awards and honours
• Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (Taiwan), Postdoc Fellowship (2012-13)
• Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR), Sciences and Arts Fellowship China (SAF/CHINA) (2011)
• University of Rome La Sapienza PhD Fellowship (2005-08).
• European Association of Chinese Studies - Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation or International Scholarly Exchange, Library Travel Grant (May 2005)
Conferences and lectures
Talks and presentations in English (selection 2014-2019)
5/12/2019 "Youth in modern Chinese politics: discursive practices and political organizing in the early twentieth century (1919-1922)", Internationl Workshop, 1919-1949: The Birth of Modern China, Zhejiang University, Centre for Chiang Kai-shek and Modern Chinese History and Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Department of Asian and North African Studies, Venice.
9/10/2019 "The Role of Trade Unions in Sino-Italian contacts in the early Cold War: Some Preliminary Findings", International Workshop Western Europe and China in the Cold War: The Rapprochement between Italy, the Federal Republic of Germany and the PRC in a Global Context, Università ca' Foscari Venezia, Dipartimento di Studi sull'Asia e sull'Africa Mediterranea, Venice.
3-4/10/2019 "The role of youth and youth groups in China’s people diplomacy and global outreach: a historical perspective", Trento-Shanghai University Joint International Workshop on "Chinese youth under socialism from Mao to Xi: experiences, images and literary representations", Central University Library, Trento University, Trento.
18-22/10/2018 - "Youth and the search for modern China: discoursive practices and political organizing in the early twentieth century" , Shanghai University-Ghent University Joint Workshop on '欧战与中国的新文化 The Relationship between the First World War and China's New Culture Movement', Shanghai University, Shanghai.
29-08/1-09/2018 "Re-orienting the Communist Youth League’s approaches and patterns of work: initiatives and debates in a long-term perspective" within the panel "Reappraising the Communist Youth League: Professionalization, Responsiveness and Social Work" (coordinated by Konstantinos Tsimonis). XXII Conference of the European Association of Chinese Studies, Glasgow University, Scotland.
17/05/2018 - "Youth Groups, Transnational Networks and Sino-European Interactions in the Early Cold War", talk at the Shanghai University, College of Liberal Arts, Shanghai.
18-19/11/2016 “China-Italy unofficial relations in the 1950s: the Role of the Communist Youth League International Liaison Department” , Conference on “The Smaller European Powers and China in the Cold War, 1949-1989”, University of Lausanne.
23-26/07/2014 "Italian and Chinese communists in the 1950s: the case of youth contacts and exchanges", XX Conference of the European Association of Chinese Studies, Braga/Coimbra (Portugal).
27-30/03/2014 "Reassessing CCP's Conception of 'Youth Work' in the Early Reform Period (1978-1980)", Association for Asian Studies 2014 Annual Conference, Philadelphia (Pennsylvania).
13-14/02/2014 "The Communist Party of Italy and People's China: Political ties and exchanges (1949-1965)" (with Guido Samarani), International Workshop on "Italy, Europe, China: Economic, Political and Cultural Relations during the Cold War Years (1949-1971)", Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Dipartimento di Studi sull'Asia e sull'Africa Mediterranea.
Selected publications (in English and Chinese) 2014-2019
(2019) " Socialism and Revisionism: The Power of Words in the Ideological Controversy between the Italian Communist Party and the Chinese Communist Party (Late 1950s-Early 1960s)", in Words of Power, the Power of Words: the Twentieth-Century Communist Discourse in an International Perspective, edited by Giulia Bassi, Trieste, EUT, 2019, pp. 75-92 (capitolo di libro) (con Guido Samarani) https://www.openstarts.units.it/handle/10077/29344
(2019), "May Fourth Youth Day from Yan'an to the Early People's Republic: The Politics of Commemoration and the Discursive Construction of Youth", in Twentieth-Century China, vol. 44, no. 2, Special Issue: A Century Later: New Readings of May Fourth, pp. 237-252 (ISSN 1940-5065)
(2019) "China's Communist Youth League, Transnational Networks and Sino-European Interactions in the Early Cold War", in Europe and China in the Cold War: Exchanges Beyond the Bloc Logic and the Sino-Soviet Split , edited by Janick Marina Schaufelbuehl, Marco Wyss and Valeria Zanier, Brill, Leiden, 2019, pp. 108-133 (Book Chapter)
(2018) (eds.), Roads to Reconciliation: People's Republic of China, Western Europe and Italy during the Cold War Period (1949-1971), Venezia: Edizioni Ca' Foscari (with Guido Samarani and Carla Meneguzzi Rostagni) online open access http://edizionicafoscari.unive.it/it/edizioni/libri/978-88-6969-221-5/
(2018), "International political activism in the '50s: the World Federation of Democratic Youth and Bruno Bernini’s encounter with Mao’s China" in Guido Samarani, Carla Meneguzzi Rostagni, Sofia Graziani (eds.), Roads to Reconciliation: People's Republic of China, Western Europe and Italy during the Cold War Period (1949-1971), Venezia: Edizioni Ca' Foscari, pp. 197-219.
(2017), “The case of youth exchanges and interactions between the PRC and Italy in the 1950s”, Modern Asian Studies, 51, 1, pp. 194-226. Link DOI:10.1017/S0026749X16000305
(2016), “Chinese Volunteering in Africa: Drivers, Issues, and Future Prospects”, Annali di Ca’ Foscari, Serie orientale, vol. 52, pp. 297-333 (co-author: Antonella Ceccagno) [online] ISSN 2385-3042 [print] ISSN 1125-3789 Link DOI 10.14277/2385-3042/AnnOr-52-16-11
(2015), “Editors’ Forward”, in 冷战国际史研究 [Cold War International History Studies], n. 19／20, pp. 1-3 (with Guido Samarani).
(2015), "意大利共产党与中华人民共和国：政治联系与交流（1949-1965)" [The Communist Party of Italy and People's China: Political Ties and Exchanges (1949-1965)]", in 冷战国际史研究 [Cold War International History Studies], n. 19／20, pp. 5-29 (co-author: Guido Samarani)
(2014), “Youth and the making of modern China: a study of the Communist Youth League's organization and strategies in times of revolution (1920-1937)”, European Journal of East Asian Studies, vol. 13, n. 1, pp. 117-149 (ISSN 1568-0584) Link DOI 10.1163/15700615-01301008
2019. "The Multiple Layers of China’s Engagement in Africa", in ISPI dossier China Turns 70: Where Does It Go Now? (a cura di Alessia Amighini e Giulia Sciorati), September 27, https://www.ispionline.it/it/pubblicazione/multiple-layers-chinas-engagement-africa-24048
2019. "The May Fourth Centenary: Binding Youth to the Nation and the Party", in ISPI dossier Political Contestation in China: Instances from the Past, Impacts on the Future (edited by Giulia Sciorati), June, https://www.ispionline.it/sites/default/files/pubblicazioni/ispi_commentary_graziani_04.06.2019.pdf