Art, Science and History in a Globalized World: the Case of Italy-China


  • Salvatore Lorusso Dipartimento di Beni Culturali, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, Ravenna
  • Mauro Mantovani Università Pontificia Salesiana di Roma
  • Gangfeng Zhang University of Zhejiang, Hangzhou
  • Vincenzo Barone Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa



interdisciplinarity, globalization, Italy-China, employment market


Art and science, over the centuries, though starting from different positions, have very often led to the same conclusions. History, on the other hand, establishes identities that derive from our past and allows for exchanges and unity between people of different nationalities, in both a commercial and scientific context, in a world without borders, in spite of obvious contradictions related to this globalized world. The case of Italy-China bears witness to this in a significant way.

A case in point is represented by the scientific collaboration between the Alma Mater University of Bologna and Zhejiang University, as well as that between the Salesian Pontifical University of Rome and Fudan University in Shanghai, Zhejiang University and the Foreign Studies University of Beijing.

In the first case, the ongoing research project “Historical anamnesis, preservation and valorization of the statues of the Longxing Buddhist Temple of Qingzhou (China)” is being carried out between the Department of Cultural Heritage Diagnostic Laboratory for Cultural Heritage of the University of Bologna and the Cultural Heritage Institute of Zhejiang University. In the second case, collaboration between the Salesian Pontifical University and the Chinese Universities, covers activities relating to the study of philosophy, pedagogy and Latin language and literature.

The paper highlights the importance of drawing value of a cultural, conservative, social, identitary nature within the context of the holistic value of cultural heritage and respecting ethical aspects at a personal and interpersonal level, in particular, by offering young people the opportunity to enter the employment market and of which they are currently experiencing all the problematic fluctuations.



How to Cite

Lorusso, S., Mantovani, M., Zhang, G., & Barone, V. (2015). Art, Science and History in a Globalized World: the Case of Italy-China. Conservation Science in Cultural Heritage, 15(1), 329–349.