Elena Ostanel

Iuav of Venice

Fellows, Visiting Fellow

Elena Ostanel


Undergraduate degree on International Relation and Human Rights, Padova University (2005) and graduate degree on Local and International Cooperation and Development, Bologna University (2008). PHD candidate in Regional Planning and Public Policy at IUAV, Universita’ di Venezia.

Junior Researcher at the SSIIM UNESCO Chair at IUAV since 2008. Aside from her academic work she is working as Project Manager in the area of international cooperation and development.

Research interests

If citizenship is an historical process that exists at any time and place, constituted by strategies of being political, the aim of this study is to delve profoundly into the construction of this historical process questioning the same notion of ‘citizenship’ in three case studies: Padova, Johannesburg and New Orleans.

Nowadays the city scatters urban life along a series of sites and circulation and cities are not consensual and harmonious. As Saskia Sassen says ‘the post-modern city conveys a new space of centrality and marginality, but at the same time it is the space for new claims’.

To this extent, the research wants to lead to a revision of the common forms of representing the relationship between society and territory as well as of the form of representing urbanity.

Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism is funded by an European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant (Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviour ERC-AG-SH2).

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