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dedicated offices in Zurich, Florence and Rome for conferences or on-site research


About us

The name RECEPTIO, an acronym for Research Centre for European Philological Tradition, comes from the Latin word rĕceptĭo (classical pronunciation: reˈkep.ti.o, ecclesiastical /reˈt͡ʃep.t͡si.o/, [rɛˈt͡ʃɛpt̪͡s̪iɔ), i.e. a philological term indicating the reception and assimilation of a cultural element, the fortune of an artistic or literary work among a specific public.


Our Centre is a philological hub, funded from 2019-2021 by the International RECEPTIO Foundation (IDI CHE-373.708.763). In the first two years of activity, the centre has been affiliated with Franklin University Switzerland. 

The Research Centre for European Philological Tradition is recognised by the European Commission and registered as Legal Entity (PIC 893550712), from a legal point of view it is registered in the UK (London), Company Number 13581537, and has its operational headquarters in Switzerland (Lugano and Zurich), and Italy (Florence and Rome).

The Research Centre for European Philological Tradition belongs to the Honors Center of International Universities (H2Cu), promoting a variety of international programs in collaboration with US Universities (such as MIT-Massachusetts Institute of Technology, NYU-New York University, PACE University, NY, Columbia University, NY, Florida International University, University of Miami, Georgia Institute of Technology, Fordham University, Jesuit University of New York). 

From an operational and scientific point of view, the Research Centre is part of the International Philological Society, and since 2016 it has had its own publishing house, RECEPTIO Academic Press Ltd, based in London.


RECEPTIO strengths the research skills of scholars working in Europe in the field of historical, codicological and philological studies. In a small country like Switzerland, a country with a philological tradition of the highest value, but where many professorships of philology have been suppressed in recent years, no single institution has the critical mass needed to coordinate large-scale joint international research programs.

The Research Centre for European Philological Tradition is currently involved in a number of national and international projects, at academic level, which are described on the Projects page.


RECEPTIO provides a base from which to strengthen the philological studies by bringing together professors and students all across Switzerland, Europe, USA and Israel. RECEPTIO initiates and supports a range of academic activities across universities that would not get support from any single university, by recognizing the importance of partnerships with regional and international networks.


For the academic year 2021-2022 we plan to offer Swiss philologists a series of support tools and programs, to set up research grants for doctoral students and young researchers, to subsidize international conferences in Lugano organized by young philologists, to publish volumes, especially doctoral theses, dealing with philological topics at our publishing house (RECEPTIO Academic Press Ltd).

On the basis of these premises, the Centre proposes to conceive and promote initiatives for the development of scientific research in the fields of its own interest and for the dissemination of humanistic culture, also through socio-cultural exchanges in Switzerland and abroad; to participate in philological, historical, artistic, codicological, linguistic, applied and targeted research projects at international, national, regional and local level, as well as to carry out scientific research support, consultancy and training activities for public and/or private bodies. 
In accordance with its memorandum of association, and in line with its name, the Centre specifically proposes to carry out and implement on its own, with its own financial resources and/or with the support of public and/or private bodies, specific research projects on the historical, artistic, codicological and linguistic philological tradition, carrying out any initiative related to this purpose. By way of example, it proposes to study the application of philological methods to various fields of knowledge and everyday life (such as the analysis of news disseminated via the web). 
In order to pursue the above-mentioned aims, the Centre will be able to: organise research teams, made up of professors active at various universities in Switzerland and abroad, including emeriti, who collaborate with each other, forming senior teams, or with young researchers, forming mixed teams; hold conferences, interact with other cultural institutions and/or study groups; publish - in traditional or digital form - monographs, volumes, databases, journals, blogs, bulletins, conference proceedings, audio and video materials; organise meetings and events.
In particular it proposes
a) the publication of the journal "Theory and Criticism of Literature and Arts";
b) the publication of series and any other work (essays, studies, conference proceedings), in which the research activities in the field of philological and linguistic studies, planned by the Scientific Council, are also organised;
c) recognition and inventory of more and less known literary texts, as well as documents of literary or linguistic interest, both ancient and modern;
d) recovery, restoration and interpretation of texts and documents;
e) Editions of texts;
f) reconstruction and documentation of events and historical moments, both national and international, also related to ancient and modern languages, regardless of the available literary evidence;
Other areas of activity may be defined by the scientific committee.


Our centre conducts researches on among other areas the following:

- Arab tradition in Europe

- Art and architecture of antiquity

- Artistic literature and history of art criticism

- Byzantine and medieval art

- Christian Tradition

- Classical and comparative Indo-European philology

- Classical and medieval philosophy

- Cultural heritage and intellectual history of the middle, ancient and modern ages

- Cultural landscape and monuments of the Mediterranean area

- English literature (from the Middle Ages to the present day)

- French literature (from the Middle Ages to the present day)

- History of art and architecture from Baroque to Neoclassicism

- History of artistic techniques and restoration

- History of costume and fashion

- History of crafts and minor arts

- History of photography, design and computer art

- Italian literature (from the Middle Ages to the contemporary era)

- Jewish Tradition

- Medieval and Renaissance art and literature in Europe (comparative)

- Modern linguistic and cultural heritage

- Romance Philology

- Sociology of art and communication

- Spanish literature (from the Middle Ages to the contemporary era)

RECEPTIO has its headquarters in Lugano. The scientific committee of the Centre is composed by:

Prof. Paolo Borsa, Université de Fribourg

Prof. Romeo Bufalo,  Università della Calabria

Prof. Paolo Canettieri, Sapienza, Università di Roma 

Prof. Marià Carbonell i Buades, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Prof. Carlo Chiurco, Università di Verona

Prof. Alfonso D'Agostino,  Università degli Studi di Milano

Prof. Anna Pia Filotico, Université de Paris IV – Sorbonne (Deputy Director)

Prof. Antonio Lanza, Emeritus Università dell'Aquila

Prof. Leena Löfstedt, University of Helsinki & University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Prof. Consuelo Lollobribida (University of Arkansas Rome Program)

Prof. Carme Narvaez, Universitat de Barcelona

Prof. Jean-Jacques Marchand, Emeritus Université de Lausanne

Prof. Giulia Orofino, Università degli Studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale

Prof. Betül Parlak Cengiz, Haliç Üniversitesi, Istanbul

Prof. Raffaele Pinto, Universitat de Barcelona

Prof. Antoni Rossell, ​ Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Prof. Carla Rossi, University of Zurich (Director in charge of the Centre)

Prof. Sergio Rossi, Università di Roma La Sapienza

Prof. Giovanna Santini, Università di Chieti​

Prof. Beatrice Stasi, Università del Salento

The programs and initiatives are of various kinds: from specific research projects in teams, to the philological salon, open to every "culture lover", from workshops and seminars up to short periods of study to pursue research for the thesis of the first level degree to doctoral programs in co-supervision.

For more info, please contact: 

Il nome RECEPTIO, acronimo inglese per Centro di ricerca per la tradizione filologica europea (Research Centre for European Philological Tradition) è giocato sulla parola latina rĕceptĭo, ossia accoglienza. In gergo filologico, il termine indica la ricezione ed assimilazione di un elemento culturale, la fortuna di un'opera artistica o letteraria presso un determinato pubblico.


Proprio  sullo studio delle tradizioni culturali umanistiche europee, sulla loro rielaborazione ed attualizzazione si concentrano i programmi del centro, sviluppati all'insegna dell'accoglienza di tutti coloro, discenti, docenti e pubblico interessati ad essere parte attiva di RECEPTIO.


Siamo il primo centro di ricerca e di alta formazione in Svizzera appartenente al consorzio H2CU (Centro Onorifico delle Università Italiane), composto da 23 Università italiane e da 3 Istituti del Consiglio Nazionale Italiano delle Ricerche del CNR (RECEPTIO è il primo centro di ricerca e formazione accreditato al di fuori dell’Italia), oltre che da 7 università statunitensi. 

Riteniamo che la memoria storica vada coltivata, che occorra riscoprire il valore della parola, del logos, quale tratto distintivo della nostra identità culturale. Per questo abbiamo istituito percorsi di studio di scrittura e retorica, sia per coloro che operano in ambito accademico, editoriale, giornalistico, sia per chi si occupa di comunicazione aziendale, per insegnare la differenza tra vocaboli e parole portatrici di senso e di storia. I corsi vengono offerti in varie lingue e permettono il conseguimento di vari attestati. (Si veda l'offerta formativa).

Inoltre, come partner H2CU, RECEPTIO si configura quale network interuniversitario e interdisciplinare di team scientifici, composti da membri di diverse aree disciplinari delle Università di Zurigo, Barcellona, Istanbul, Gerusalemme, Roma La Sapienza e Verona. I membri del gruppo conducono ricerche e tengono seminari (i cui crediti sono riconosciuti da varie università) nei seguenti ambiti:

- Arte bizantina e medievale

- Arte e l'architettura dell'antichità

- Arte e letteratura medievale e rinascimentale in Europa (comparatistica)

- Filologia classica e comparata indoeuropea

- Filologia romanza

- Filosofia classica e medievale

- Letteratura italiana (dal Medioevo all’epoca contemporanea)

- Letteratura inglese (dal Medioevo all’epoca contemporanea)

- Letteratura francese (dal Medioevo all’epoca contemporanea)

- Letteratura spagnola (dal Medioevo all’epoca contemporanea)

- Paesaggio culturale e i monumenti dell'area mediterranea

- Patrimonio culturale e storia intellettuale dell'età media, antica e moderna.

- Patrimonio linguistico culturale moderno.

- Tradizione cristiana

- Tradizione ebraica

- Tradizione araba in Europa

Il comitato scientifico è composto dai seguenti membri:
- Prof. Alfonso D'Agostino, Università degli Studi di Milano
- Prof. Romeo Bufalo, Università della Calabria
- Prof. Paolo Canettieri, Sapienza, Università di Roma 
- Prof. Jean-Jacques Marchand, Emerito, Università di Losanna
- PhD Amedeo Osti Guerrazzi, Fondazione Museo della Shoah Onlus, Roma.
- Prof. Betül Parlak, Haliç Üniversitesi, Istanbul.
- Prof. Carla Rossi, Università di Zurigo (direttore responsabile del Centro)
- Prof. Asher Salah, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Gerusalemme
- Prof. Giovanna Santini, Università di Chieti


RECEPTIO ha inoltre siglato accordi di partnership con l'Accademia Urbana delle Arti (Roma), con Casa Cultura (Lugano) e con altri promotori culturali non universitari.

Il centro dispone inoltre di una tra le più ricche biblioteche filologiche e letterarie d’Europa, avendo ricevuto in prestito permanente dalla fondatrice e direttrice, Prof. Carla Rossi, il fondo librario dei filologi Giulia Lanciani e Giuseppe Tavani da lei ereditato e in corso di digitalizzazione.

You can contact us in different ways: 

- By phoning us: +41(0)912349715 ¦ Company mobile phone: +41(0)794199944
- By writing to us : (or by filling out the contact form below)
- Via our permanent, free video line Whereby :
- In person: 20-22 WENLOCK ROAD, LONDON, ENGLAND - N1 7G
Operative Headquarters: RECEPTIO, Casa La Rosa, Via Rolino 13, 6963 Lugano

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