Dr. Carmen Belmonte

Postdoctoral Researcher

Carmen Belmonte received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Udine with a dissertation on colonial visual culture in nineteenth-century Italy (2017). During her doctoral studies, she was a visiting researcher at the European University Institute in Fiesole, Florence (2016), a Ph.D. candidate in the Swiss Doctoral Program in Civiltà Italiana at the University of Lugano (2013-2016), and she held a fellowship from the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).
She studied at the University of Calabria (B.A. 2004, M.A. 2007) and at the University of Pisa, where she obtained the Diploma di Specializzazione in Art History with a thesis entitled La battaglia di Dogali 1887. Iconografia di una sconfitta (2011). At the LARTTE LAB of the Scuola Normale Superiore she was a research fellow within the project Osservatorio delle politiche per il patrimonio culturale (2009-2011). At the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz she was Wissenshaftliche Assistentin (2012-2015) and together with Gerhard Wolf and Elisabetta Scirocco co-developed the project Storia dell’arte e catastrofi (I): L’Italia sismica. In 2017, she was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut for Art History and in 2019 has been an Italian Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. She organized the conference A Difficult Heritage: The Afterlife of Fascist-Era Architecture, Monuments, and Works of Art in Italy (11-12 March, Bibliotheca Hertziana, American Academy in Rome).

  • Italian art, illustration, and photography between nineteenth and twentieth centuries
  • Visual strategies and transmediality in nineteenth century colonial propaganda
  • Visuality and cultural politics in Fascist Italy
  • Fascist and colonial legacy in Italy
  • History and theory of conservation and restoration
  • Cultural heritage and natural disasters


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