Dr. Carmen Belmonte

Associate Scholar

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 entitled Arte e colonialismo in Italia tra Otto e Novecento. Dinamiche politiche e strategie visive nella prima Guerra d'Africa (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 previously studied at the University of Calabria (B.A. 2004, M.A. 2007) and at the University of Pisa, where she obtained a Professional Doctorate in Art History and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (2008-2011). From 2009-2011, she held a fellowship from the LARTTE LAB at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa to work on a project focusing on conservation and restoration politics in contemporary Italy. She also contributed to several digital art history projects organized by the Conferenza Episcopale Italiana (2008-2010) and the Fondazione Memofonte, Florence (2012), and she collaborated with the Museo delle Culture di Milano on the organization of the exhibition Mondi a Milano. Culture ed esposizioni 1874-1940 (2015). At the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz she was Wissenschaftliche Assistentin of Professor Gerhard Wolf (2012-2015) and then Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin for the project Storia dell’arte e catastrofi. In September 2017, she was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte.

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


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