VEZZOLI Valentina

Qualifica Cultrice della materia
Telefono 041 234 8849
E-mail valentina.vezzoli@unive.it
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Struttura Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici
Sito web struttura: https://www.unive.it/dsu
 CURRENT POSITION

Research Fellow (assegno di ricerca) 2015-2016
Dipartimento di Studi sull'Asia e sull'Africa Mediterranea

Titolo del progetto: "L'Oriente nelle dimore veneziane: le importazioni di ceramica dal Sultanato Mamelucco"

Academic Degrees

PhD degree in Oriental Studies at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy).

Title of the thesis: Società rurale ed elite militare nella Siria medievale: l’evidenza ceramica dai siti di Apamea e Shayzar (Rural society and military elite in Medieval Syria: ceramic evidence from the sites of Apamea and Shayzar). Director: Prof. Cristina Tonghini. 20th March 2009.

Laurea (MA) in Oriental Languages and Civilisations (Arabic) at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy).

Title of the final work: L’insediamento di epoca islamica nell’area di Tell Leilan (Jazira settentrionale): studio del materiale ceramico (The occupation of the Islamic period in Tell Leilan region: study of the ceramic material). Director: Prof. Cristina Tonghini. 25th June 2004.

Member of Research Groups

Research Associate CNRS UMR 5138 “Archéométrie et Archéologie”, Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée, Lyon.

Member of the Association Internationale pour l’Étude des Céramiques Médiévales et Modernes en Méditerranée (AIECM3), Aix-en-Provence (France).

External scientific collaborator for the Islamic Section at the Royal Museums of Art and History of Brussels (Belgium).

Member of the project ANR POMEDOR, Population, poteries et alimentation en Méditerranée orientale médiévale. Coordinator: Yona Waksman (Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée, Lyon).

Member of the international group Levantine Ceramics for the study of ceramic productions of the Levant. Coordinator: Andrea Berlin (Boston University).

Member of the international group for the study of Islamic ceramics, Islamic Ceramics Virtual Lab. Coordinator: Bethany Walker (Universitat Bonn). 

Scientific collaborator of the IAP VII project: Greater Mesopotamia. Reconstruction of its Environment and History. Coordinator: Eric Gubel (Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels).

Research Interests

Material culture of the Islamic world: typological, functional and socio-economic study of ceramic assemblages from archaeological contexts;

Objects in their sphere of life: reconsidering museum artefacts in their original context;

Cultural and economic connection between Europe and the Islamic Near East: precious objects, goods and ideas moving across the Mediterranean Sea.

Islamic art and archaeology; Socio-economic history of Medieval Near East; Objects and Society; Crusaders and the Islamic world.  

Professional Experiences

Post-doc Fellowhip

- 2010-2014: chargé de recherche F.R.S.-FNRS (post-doc researcher) at Centre de Recherches en Archéologie et Patrimoine, Université libre de Bruxelles. Title of the research project: Contribution to the Socio-Economic History of Central and Northern Syria during the Islamic period (7th - 16th centuries): Ceramics Production and Trade. 

Study of ceramic collections

- September 2015: KURDISTAN (Iraq). Study of the ceramic material from survey investigations. The Lands of Ninive Archaeological Project, Università deli Studi di Udine (Prof. Daniele Morandi Bonacossi). 

- October-November 2014: TYRE (Lebanon). Study of the ceramic assemblage of the Medieval period from Tyre. Royal Museums of Art and History of Brussels (Prof. Eric Gubel) and American University of Beirut (Dr. Leila Badre).

- 2011 - 2015: Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire (Brussels). Study and valorisation of the ceramic collection of the Islamic period from the site of Fustat, Egypt. From 2012, “Networking through Fustat shards” project: cooperation project between the Royal Museums of Brussels and Egyptian institutions (Museum of Islamic Art and Museum of Islamic Ceramics). Curator: Mieke Van Raemdonck.

- 2011 - ongoing: BAALBEK (Lebanon). Archaeological mission of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut of Berlin. In charge of the study of the ceramic material from the area of Bustan Nassif (Baalbek). Director of the project: Dr. Margarete van Ess.

- 2011 - ongoing: ZIYARET TEPE (Turkey). International Archaeology mission (University of Akron; Cambridge University; University of Mainz; Marmara University). In charge of the study of the ceramic material of the Islamic period. Director of the project: Prof. Timothy Matney (University of Akron).

- 2006 - 2010: APAMEA (Syria). Archaeological mission of the Université libre de Bruxelles – Centre de Recherches en Archéologie et Patrimoine. In charge of the study of the ceramic material of the Islamic period. Director of the project: Prof. Didier Viviers.

- 2004 - 2010: SHAYZAR (Syria). Archaeological mission of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. In charge of the study of the ceramic material. Director of the project: Prof. Cristina Tonghini.

- 2010: QINNASRIN (Syria). Archaeological mission of the Ministère des Affaires Étrangers (France). Collaboration to the study of the ceramic material of the early Islamic period. Director of the project: Dr. Marie-Odile Rousset (Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée, Lyon).

- 2004 - 2003: VENICE (Italy). Laboratory of Archaeology and Epigraphy, Department of Near East, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. In charge of the study of the ceramic material from the survey of Tell Leilan (Syria). Director of the project: Prof. Elena Rova.

Archaeological excavations

September 2014 and October 2015: URFA (Turkey). Member of the archaeological survey team at the citadel of Urfa, Reconstructing the frontier: Mamluk military architecture in the Northern border of the sultanate. The citadel of Urfa, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Director of the project: Prof. Cristina Tonghini.

- 2005 - 2010: SHAYZAR (Syria). Archaeological mission of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Supervisor of the archaeological excavations. Director of the project: Prof. Cristina Tonghini.

- 2010: QINNASRIN (Syria). Archaeological mission of the Ministère des Affaires Étrangers (France). Collaborator for archaeological excavations. Director of the project: Dr. Marie-Odile Rousset (Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée, Lyon).

- 2006: VICENZA (Italy). Archaeological investigations at the church of Santa Corona (Vicenza), Dedalo S.a.s. Society. In charge of archaeological excavations. Director of the project: Dr. Nadia Montevecchi.

 Museology

2011 – 2015: Study of the ceramic collection from Fustat (Egypt) of the Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire de Bruxelles. Curator: Mieke Van Raemdonck. From 2012, “Networking through Fustat shards” project (financed by Belgian Science Policy Office).

2008: Project of the Italian Cooperation “Renovation and Rehabilitation of the National Museum of Damascus ”, National Museum of Damascus (Syria). Director: Prof. Paolo Matthiae (Sapienza University, Rome). Participation to the project as Junior Expert for the Islamic Section (Senior expert: Prof. Cristina Tonghini, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)

- 2007: Documentary exhibitionIl Fascino dell’Oriente in Campania: la storia di un legame secolare raccontato dalla ceramica” (The Fascination of the Orient in Campania: the history of a centuries long bond told by ceramics), Damascus, Aleppo and Amman. In charge of the redaction of texts and of the realization of posters and catalogue. Organization of the project: Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Prof. Cristina Tonghini); Italian Institute of Culture in Damascus; Soprintendenza dei Beni Archeologici, Architettonici e Artistici della regione Campania


Teaching Experiences and Seminars

Lecture: La céramique islamique: valeur artistique et innovation technologique, Course Art et Archéologique : Amérique – Afrique – Asie – Art musulman (Prof. J.-Ch. Ducène), Université libre de Bruxelles, 22 October 2014.

Guided tour of the Islamic collection at the Royal Museums of Art and History of Brussels for university students from Université Catholique de Louvain La Neuve and Universiteit Gent, 3 April and 15 May 2014.

Lecture: Introduction à la céramique islamique, Course Art et Archéologique : Amérique – Afrique – Asie – Art musulman (Prof. J.-Ch. Ducène), Université libre de Bruxelles, 4 December 2013.

 Seminar: Introduction to the ceramic collection of Fustat, Royal Museums of Art and History, Islamic Section, Brussels, for the students of the Universiteit Gent, 9 and 12 November 2013.

 Lecture: Production et commerce de céramique pendant les premiers siècles de l’Islam, Course Archéologie du paysage urbain (Prof. A. Vokaer), Université libre de Bruxelles, 7 May 2013.

Seminar: Introduction to the ceramic collection of Fustat, Royal Museums of Art and History, Islamic Section, Brussels, for the students of Universiteit Gent, 28 March 2013.

Lecture: Évidence matérielle et sources écrites : Le Caire/Fustat, Course Critique historique des textes arabes (Prof. J.-Ch. Ducène), Université libre de Bruxelles, 5 December 2012.

Lecture: Écriture arabe sur céramique : exemples de la collection islamique des Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire de Bruxelles, Seminars « Pottery in ancient societies: from the potter to the consumer » (Prof. A. Tsingarida), CReA-Patrimoine, Université libre de Bruxelles, 29 November 2012.

 Lecture: Le Proche-Orient Ayyoubide : un aperçu archéologique (la Syrie), Course Histoire du monde arabe médiévale (Prof. J.-Ch. Ducène), Université libre de Bruxelles, 16 April 2012.

Guided tour of the ceramic collection from Fustat at the Royal Museums of Art and History of Brussels for the participants of the “29th Cipeg annual meeting in Brussels, Collections at risk: new challenges in a new environment”, 28 September 2012.

Seminar: Introduction to the ceramic collection of Fustat, Royal Museums of Art and History, Islamic Section, Brussels, for the students of Universiteit Gent, 29 March 2012.

Lecture: Introduction to Islamic Archaeology, Archaeology Department, University of Aleppo (Syria), Prof. A. Mohdad, September 2010.

Seminar: Les productions céramiques de la Syrie du Nord entre XIe et XIVe siècles : nouvelles données d’Apamée et Shayzar, Cycle of seminars “Céramique et objets du quotidien dans le monde musulman médiéval”, Laboratoire Islam médiéval, Paris, 15 January 2010.

Lectures: Islamic Archaeology and Art History 2 (Prof. C. Tonghini), Ca' Foscari University, Venice: Zanguid and Ayyubid Architecture; Samanid and Buyid Ware; Seljuqid Ware; The Ceramic Production in the Iranian Region between 9th and 14th centuries. 2009-2008. 

Communications

Congresses and roundtables

The Sphero-conical vessel. A passionate debate over fire grenades in the Muslim World, French Institute of Archaeology, Cairo (Egypt), 17 December 2014. Title of the contribution: “Sphero-conical vessels from Baalbek: a variegated and questioning collection”.

Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerrané, séminaires de céramologie, Lyon (France), 21 March 2013. Title of the seminar: “Les céramique de Fustat: dialogue entre sources archéologiques, patrimoine muséal et laboratoire”.

10th International Congress on Medieval Pottery in the Mediterranean, XAIECM2, Silves – Mertola (Portugal), 20-27 October 2012. Title of the contribution: “Baalbek during the Islamic Period: the Ceramic assemblage from the area of Bustan Nassif”.

 Mamluk Cairo, a crossroad for embassies, 6-8 September 2012, Université de Liège (Belgium). Title of the contribution: “Precious objects for eminent guests: the Use of Chinese Porcelain during Diplomatic Banquets in Mamluk Cairo. Historical Sources and Material Evidence”.

Colloquium on the History of Egypt and Syria in the Fatimid, Ayyubid and Mamluk Eras (10th – 15th centuries), 9-11 May 2012, Universiteit Gent. Title of the contribution: “Fustat of the Mamluks: Reconstructing Mamluk Society through the Study of Artefacts. The ceramic collection from the Royal Museums of Art and History of Brussels”.

Congress Guerre et Paix dans le Proche-Orient médiéval (11e – 16e siècles), 15-18 December 2011, Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale, Cairo. Attended

First Amsterdam Meeting on Byzantine and Ottoman Archaeology, 21-23 October 2011, University of Amsterdam. Poster: “Baalbek during the Islamic period (12th – 14th cent.): a representative assemblage from Bustan Nassif”.

Baalbek internationales Kolloquium, 1-3 September 2011, Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus and Deutsche Archäologische Institut Berlin, Cottbus (Germany). Title of the contribution: “Baalbek during the Islamic period. The ceramic evidence from the area of Bustan Nassif”.

Roundtable: Céramiques islamiques en Syrie de l’époque omeyyade à l’époque ottomane : bilan et perspectives, 6 et 7 May 2010,  Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme, Aix-en-Provence (France). Title of the contribution: “Preliminary considerations on ceramic productions of the Islamic period from the Middle Orontes region: a representative assemblage from Apamea”.

9th International Congress on Medieval Pottery in the Mediterranean, AIECM2, 23-28 November 2009, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy). Title of the contribution: “Le produzioni ceramiche della Siria settentrionale tra XI e XIV secolo: nuovi dati da Shayzar e Apamea”.

6th International Congress on Archaeology of Ancient Near East. Islamic Section, 5-10 May 2008, Sapienza Title of the contribution: “Pottery Production from Northern Syria between 11th and 14th centuries: Preliminary Data from Apamea (Hama)”.

 5th International Congress of Archaeology of Ancient Near East, 5-6 April 2006, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid (Spain). Poster: “Islamic Period Settlement in the Tell Leilan Region (Northern Jazira): the Material Evidence from the 1995 Survey”.

 Organization of conferences

26 March 2015, Symposium “Networking through Fustat shards”. International symposium organized by the Royal Museums of Art and History of Brussels (scientific promoter: Valentina Vezzoli and Mieke Van Raemdonck).

 Grants and Awards

  F.R.S.-FNRS (Fond National de la Recherche Scientifique) grant for “Short foreign research project”: 11-24 September 2014, Urfa (Turkey).

Belgian Science Policy Office, Funding for International Networking Projects: 2012-2015, “Networking through Fustat shards”, Royal Museums of Art and History of Brussels (Coordinator: Mieke Van Raemdonck).

F.R.S.-FNRS (Fond National de la Recherche Scientifique) grant for “Short foreign research project”: 3 September – 15 October 2011, Shayzar (Syria).