After having received a BA in philosophy (2016) and a MA in anthropology (2018) from the University of Perugia, Italy, I expanded my expertise with a double MA degree in world religions and philosophy (2020) at the University of Perugia and Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan (ROC). Both MAs were conferred on me with honours.
The first MA thesis focused on the disputed Western reception of the Classic of Changes (Yijing) through the prism of analytical psychology. It enabled me to forge a reflexive attitude towards the modernization of Chinese cultural traditions and the mutual reimagination of “East” and “West”. The thesis was awarded the 2018 “Anna De Sio” thesis prize in history of religions. A revised version was published in Italian with financial support from the publishing house (Naples: Orientexpress 2021).
In November 2020 I began a joint doctoral research at University of Perugia and Ghent University under the supervision of prof. dr. Ester Bianchi and prof. dr. Bart Dessein. The program is supported by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). I also benefited from a five-month Huayu Enrichment Scholarship from Taiwan. My research interest concerns modern exchanges between Western psychology and Buddhism from the perspective of the agential participation of both lay and monastic actors in early Republican China. I believe that a scholarly approach to the genealogy of transcultural encounters will help us better navigate the world we live in and explore the ways in which we continuously remake it.