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Prof Dr. Alberto Castelli, Humanities, Best Researcher Award

Professor at Hainan University, China

Prof. Dr. Alberto Castelli is a distinguished Professor of Humanities at Hainan University, China, where he has been teaching since 2017. He specializes in courses on Modernism, Postmodernism, Comparative Literature, British-American Classics, Western-Eastern Civilization, Comparative History of Ideas, Classics of Drama, and British American Poetry. Dr. Castelli holds a Post-PhD in Comparative Literature and a Master in Chinese Philosophy from Xiamen University, alongside a Master in Latin American Cultural Studies from Birkbeck University of London. His academic journey also includes a Ph.D. in Methodology of Social Science, and degrees in Sociology and Anthropology from La Sapienza University, Rome. He is a recipient of multiple prestigious scholarships and awards, including the Chinese Government Scholarship and the 61st Funding of the Chinese Post-Doctoral Committee. Prof. Dr. Castelli is fluent in Italian, English, Spanish, Chinese, and Portuguese, with a beginner’s proficiency in French.



Prof. Dr. Alberto Castelli holds an impressive and diverse educational background. He completed his Post-PhD in Comparative Literature at Xiamen University, China, from 2015 to 2017. In 2015, he obtained a TEFL certification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). Between 2014 and 2016, he pursued a Master in Chinese Philosophy at Xiamen University, where he was awarded the Chinese Government Scholarship. His thesis, titled “When Sartre reads Lu Xun. An Existentialist reading of Scar Literature,” reflects his interdisciplinary interests. From 2012 to 2014, he studied Chinese Language and Culture at Dalian University of Foreign Languages, also under the Chinese Government Scholarship. Earlier in his academic journey, Prof. Dr. Castelli earned a Master in Latin American Cultural Studies at Birkbeck University of London in 2011, with a thesis on “Arlt and Dostoyevsky: The Limits of Reason.” He completed his Ph.D. in Methodology of Social Science at La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy, in 2007, with a thesis entitled “The escape from the Nineteenth century: From Philosophy to Sociology.” Additionally, he holds a Bachelor Degree in Sociology and a Master in Anthropology from La Sapienza University, where he graduated with a perfect score of 110/110 and presented a thesis on “The Death Penalty, a dispute in progress.” His foundational education includes a High School Diploma in Classical Studies, obtained in Orvieto, Italy, from 1993 to 1998.

Professional Experience:

Prof. Dr. Alberto Castelli has a rich and varied professional background, marked by extensive experience in academia and beyond. Since 2022, he has been a Professor at Hainan University, China, where he previously served as an Associate Professor from 2019 to 2022 and as a Lecturer from 2017 to 2019. Before joining Hainan University, he was a Researcher at Xiamen University from 2015 to 2017. Dr. Castelli has also taught English at several institutions in Xiamen and Dalian, China, between 2012 and 2017, including Yiling Kindergarten and Hello Kids training school. His early career includes roles as a language teacher at various schools in China and as a supervisor at Equity-point Hostel in London, UK, from 2010 to 2011. Between 2008 and 2010, he worked with NGOs in Colombia, Mexico, and Argentina, and as an English teacher in India. He has held positions such as Market Research Telephone Interviewer and Shift Leader in London, UK, and Vice Welfare Director at UCD in Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Castelli also worked as a bartender in London and as a researcher at La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy, from 2001 to 2006. His professional journey began with roles as a Manager-Employee at Teleassistenza-Orvieto and as a journalist for “Corriere dell’Umbria” in Italy.

Research Interest:

Prof. Dr. Alberto Castelli’s research interests span a wide range of topics within the humanities and social sciences. He is particularly focused on Comparative Literature, exploring the intersections between Western and Eastern literary traditions. His work delves into Modernism and Postmodernism, examining their impact on global literature and culture. Dr. Castelli is also interested in the Comparative History of Ideas, investigating how philosophical and sociological theories have evolved across different cultures and historical periods. His research includes an analysis of British-American Classics and their influence on contemporary thought, as well as an in-depth study of Drama and Poetry. Additionally, Dr. Castelli has a keen interest in Chinese Philosophy, especially in the context of its interaction with Western existentialist literature. His interdisciplinary approach allows him to contribute to a deeper understanding of cultural diversity and intellectual exchange.


Prof. Dr. Alberto Castelli is a distinguished Professor of Humanities at Hainan University, China, with a rich academic background and numerous accolades. He has been recognized for his exceptional talents and contributions with a Talent Certificate (人才 rén cái) in 2019. Additionally, Prof. Castelli received a Financial Grant (Hainan University kyqd (sk) 1923) in the same year, supporting his research and academic endeavors at Hainan University. In 2017, he secured the 61st Funding of the Chinese Post-Doctoral Committee, a testament to his significant contributions to post-doctoral research. Furthermore, Prof. Castelli has been honored as a Chinese Government Scholarship Winner for two consecutive periods, from 2012 to 2014 and from 2014 to 2016, highlighting his academic excellence and dedication to Chinese culture, language, and philosophy during his studies in China.


The Chinese ring of time

A Limbo Between Beckett and Kafka: The Tartar Steppe

The Beauty of Unfulfillment

Buzzati and Nabokov: It is not about desire

  • Authors: Alberto Castelli
  • Journal: Forum Italicum: A Journal of Italian Studies
  • Year: 2022-11
  • DOI: 10.1177/00145858221117817

The taste of contemporaneity: is the west kitsch?

What is left of tragedy?

  • Authors: Alberto Castelli
  • Journal: Orbis Litterarum
  • Year: 2022-02
  • DOI: 10.1111/oli.12335

Alessandro Baricco: The Diction of Imagism

  • Authors: Alberto Castelli
  • Journal: Orbis Litterarum
  • Year: 2021-10
  • DOI: 10.1111/oli.12316

Perspectives on Asia: is China kitsch?



Alberto Castelli | Humanities | Best Researcher Award

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