As a classical philologist and a scholar of the Classical Tradition, Monica Centanni devotes her main scientific research interests to ancient theatre (structures of Greek tragedy; evolution of early drama; political functions of Greek tragedy; revival of classical drama in the twentieth century), the culture of late antiquity (the Hellenistic novel), the transition from Paganism to Christianity, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, and the dynamics of the Classical Tradition and its afterlife in Western Art and Literature.
Associate Professor at the University Iuav of Venice, she teaches Iconology and Classical Tradition, and Greek and Latin Sources for the History of Art and Architecture. Since 2009, she has also been Visiting Professor at the University of Catania, where she holds an annual position, teaching a class in Ancient Dramaturgy.
Since 2006 she is the Director of ‘classicA – Iuav’ (the Centre for Research and Studies on Architecture and the Classical Tradition), she oversees its research budget and has been responsible for several research grants for post-PhD scholars. Italian and foreign scholars of the Classical Tradition, Archaeology, Ancient History, Architecture, collaborate together in the activities of the “Centro studi classicA”. She coordinates the work of PhD students and young post-PhD scholars researching the Classical Tradition and the History of Architecture. She also co-ordinates training programmes and work experience for postgraduates.
Furthermore, she is: a member of the Board of the International Association of Renaissance Studies “Artes Renascentes”, connected with SILBA (Société Internationale Leon Battista Alberti); a member of the Scientific Board of the Journal “Arabeschi. Rivista internazionale di studi su letteratura e visualità”; a member and Italian representative of Arc-Net, the “European Network of Research and Documentation of Performances of Ancient Greek Drama”.