MONDINI Sara

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Struttura Dipartimento di Studi sull'Asia e sull'Africa Mediterranea
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Sede: Ca' Cappello

PhD Oriental Studies,

Indian and Islamic Art and Architecture

sarad.mondini@gmail.com

sara.mondini@unive.it 

Studio 3A, Ca' Cappello


CURRENT POSITIONS


Adjunct Professor 

Department of Asian and North African Studies

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy).


Adjunct Professor

New York Fashion Institute of Technology at Milan Politecnico (Italy)


Current Researches

The spread and evolution of Islamic funerary architecture in India. 

Migration, social fabric and architectural patronage in medieval Islamic India. 

Islamic and Indian Art, auto-representation/celebration, power and global networks.

The role of artistic productions in political propaganda and identity construction.

Pilgrimage routes, pilgrimage sites and shared sacred sites, their conservation and perception.

Trades and exchanges across the Indian Ocean.



 Formation and Academic Titles

- 2016/2017, academic year - FIT - Fashion Institute of Technology, New York at Milan Politecnico, Adjunct Professor: East Asian Art and Civilization (BA), Art and Civilization of the Islamic World (BA).

- From 2016/2017, academic year - Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Adjunct Professor: Art History of India and Central Asian (BA), Visual History and Image Culture in South Asia (MA) .

- 2016, May - Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, designated expert (“Cultore della Materia”) by the Department of Asian and North African Studies (SDS-scientific disciplinary sector L-OR/11–Archaeology and History of Islamic Art).

- 2014, December / 2016, November - Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Founded Researcher on the project: “Architecture and Shared Sacred Spaces: Lingayat and Muslim Places of Worship within the Indian Deccan”.

- From the academic year 2013/2014 - Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Program Coordinator of the module “Visions and Images of the Yogin”, Master in Yoga Studies.

- From the academic year 2010/2011 to the academic year 2012/2013 - University of Granada, Spain, Adjunct Professor: Islamic Art and Architecture, complementary course (post-graduate school).

- 2010, October - Listed by the National Museum of Oriental Art “G. Tucci” of Rome as an external expert on Islamic Art.

- From the academic year 2009/2010 to the academic year 2013/2014 - Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Adjunct Professor: Art History of India and Central Asian (BA), South Asian Visual Culture (MA).

- 2009, July / 2010, June - Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Founded Researcher on the project: “Classification and Analysis of the Indo-Islamic Monumental Heritage Dated to the pre-Mughal Period: Regional Styles and the Role of Sufi Architecture”.

- 2005/2009 - Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, PhD student, Doctoral School of Oriental Studies, dissertation title: “Architecture and Context: the Case of the Bahmani Gulbarga”.

- 2007, November / 2008 January - SOAS, School of Oriental and African Studies, London (UK), visiting student, supervisors: Prof. G. King (Islamic Art) and Prof. C. Branfoot (Indian art).

- 2007, May - Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, designated expert (“Cultore della Materia”) by the Department of Asian and North African Studies (SDS-scientific disciplinary sector L-ART/01–Medieval Art History - Byzantine Art History, and History of Byzantine and Islamic Architecture).

- 2006, July / August - Certificate of Arabic (intermediate), Yemen Language Centre of Sana’a, Yemen.

- 2005, November / 2006, January - Certificate of Arabic (intermediate), Yemen Language Centre of Sana’a, Yemen.

- 2002, December / 2003, January - Certificate of Arabic (elementary) in Luxor, Egypt.

- 2001/2002, academic year - Université Catholique of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, Socrates-Erasmus student.

- 1999/2004 - Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, laurea degree in Oriental Languages and Civilizations (arts and archaeology major) graduated magna cum laude with a thesis on the funerary architecture in the Indian region of Deccan.


International Symposia and Conferences

Forthcoming:

- 2017, December, 1-2; “The Many Faces of the Sultan. Reassessing some Aspects of the Adil Shahi Social and Political Affirmation through Portraiture”. International conference “Head and Body. Evidence of Power in the Ruler Portrait Between the 14th and 18th Centuries”, Central Institute for Art History (Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte) in Munich.

- 2017, October, 19-20; “Commodified Revolutions? Contemporary Arab Art from the Biennale to the Global Market”. Conference “Venice Biennale and the Arab World”, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice

Participated in:

2017, July, 7-8; “If Nawabs looked West. 19th Century Suggestions from the ‘Western Islamic World’ in India”. 13th Colloquium of the Ernst Herzfeld-Society, Department of Art History, Universität Wien, Österreich. 

- 2016, December, 15; “Restaurare e conservare in India. Il caso di Bidar (Karnataka) e il ruolo di istituzioni e associazioni”. Conferenza “Dall'Adriatico all'india: casi studio di conservazione e valorizzazione del patrimonio culturale”, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice

- 2016, July, 4-8; “The architectural heritage as projection of competitions and negotiation: Muslim-Lingayat shared sacred sites in Northern Karnataka”, 23rd conference of the EASAA - European Association for South Asian Archaeology and Art, Cardiff University, Cardiff

- 2016, July, 1-2 “Religious identity or political strategy? The decorative program of Ahmad Shah Bahmani mausoleum”, 12th Colloquium of the Ernst Herzfeld-Society, Department of Building Archaeology and Built Heritage Conservation, Technische Universitaet, Berlin. 

- 2016, February, 18-20; “A widespread ‘taste for the macabre’, apotropaic or political marks? Urbanism, landscapes and funerary architecture in the Indian Sultanates”, Medieval Tombs and their Spatial Contexts. Strategies of Commemoration in Christianity and Islam", University of Tübingen, Germany.

2013, May 4-5; “I volti e l’anima dell’imperatore Moghul: declinazioni di un’allegoria del potere”. Seminario Popolare sul Pensiero dell'Estremo Oriente - Sottili Corrispondenze, Termini Imerese, Palermo, Italy.

- 2012, July 25-28; “Performing the Puja and the Ziyara at the Grave of a Sultan. The Ahmad Shah Bahmani Mausoleum between Old-Political and New-Religious Perceptions”. 2nd ECMSAS - European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, Lisbon, Portugal. Panel: Architectural Heritage and Modern Rituals.

- 2012, July 2-6; “Political Power, Role of Sufism and Fabric of Society through the Eyes of the Architectural Patronage in Deccan”. 21st conference of the EASAA - European Association for South Asian Archaeology and Art, École du Louvre, Paris.

- 2011, September 21-24; “Pilgrimage Routes, Diplomacy and Global Networks in Mughal-Ottoman Relations: Self-Representation and Recognition of Power”. 14th International Congress of Turkish Art (ICta), Paris.

- 2011, February 2-6; “The Bahmani Architectural Heritage between Political and Religious Representations”. FOCUS Asia 2011, world congress of Asian Studies, Kolkata, India.

- 2010, October 21-24; “Pilgrimage Routes, Diplomacy and Global Networks in Mughal-Ottoman Relations”. Byzantine and Ottoman Civilizations in World History, Symposium sponsored by the Istanbul Sehir University and the World History Association, Istanbul, Turkey (paper accepted, but was not able to participate).

- 2010, July 19-24; “The Zawiya and Its Role: between Politics and Religion in the Western Mediterranean”. WOCMES 3, Third World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies, Barcelona, Spain.

- 2010, July 12-15; “Political Pilgrimages through the Islamic India of Sultanates”. International Medieval Congress, organized by the Institute of Medieval Studies, University of Leeds, UK. 

- 2010, July 4-10; “Patronizing Architecture in Delhi under the Lodis (1451-1526)”. 20th conference of the EASAA European Association for south Asian Archaeology and Art, University of Vienna, Austria.

- 2009, July 28-31; “Sultans and Saints Building the City”. Encuentros Internacionales de Medioevo: Construir la Ciudad en la Edad Media, Nájera, Spain. 

- 2008, November 14-17; “The ‘Adil Shahi Architectural Patronage as Expression of an Artistic Syncretism”. 20th Conference of International Association of Historians of Asia at the JNU, New Delhi.

- 2007, September 2-8; “Turkic Influences through the Indian Subcontinent”. 13th International Congress of Turkish Art (ICTA) at the Hungarian National Museum, Budapest. 

- 2007, April 25-27; “Turkish Influences through the Indian Subcontinent: from the Case of the Deccan to the Classic Mughal Architecture”. International Symposium of Turkish Art and Archaeology at Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey.

Workshops:

- 2009, September 18-26; “The Bell Tower of Pisa”. Summer school “Pisa and the Mediterranean”, organized in Pisa and Sardinia by the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz and the Max-Planck Institut. d ‘taste for the macabre’, apotropaic or political marks? Urbanism, landscapes and funerary architecture in the Indian Sultanates”, Medieval Tombs and their Spatial Contexts. Strategies of Commemoration in Christianity and Islam", University of Tübingen, Germany.

- 2009, March 25-31; “The Mihrab of the Jami’ Masjid of Bijapur between Interpretation and History”. Summer School on “Global Arts: Exchange and Innovation of Visual and Material Across the World, 1300-1800”, Venice (Italy), organized by the University of Warwick, the Institute of Advanced Study, together with the Global History and Culture Centre (GHCC) and the Centre for the History of Innovation and Creativity (CHIC).

- 2008, November 27-29; “The Commemoration of Death and its Representations: Royal Funerary Complexes in the India of Sultanates”. Society for Arabian Studies Biennial Conference - Death, Burial and the Transition to the Afterlife in Arabia and Adjacent Regions, British Museum, London, UK; workshop 1: Death and Burial in the Islamic World: from Spain to Bangladesh.

Attended:

- 2014, June 9-11; Simon Digby Memorial Conference, SOAS, London, UK.

- 2009, November 2-4; The Third Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art, “Diverse Are Their Hues: Colour in Islamic Art and Culture”, Córdoba, Spain.

- 2008, July 4-6; Symposium Art, Patronage and Society in the Muslim Deccan from the Fourteenth Century to the Present Day, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, UK.

- 2006, June 11-16; WOCMES 2, Second World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies, organized in Amman, Jordan. 


Teaching Experiences, Seminars and Lectures

academic year 2016-2017

Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Patrons and Portraits in Modern and Contemporary India, MA (2 hours lecture, April 10) 

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Patrons and Portraits in Ancient India, MA (2 hours lecture, April 3)

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Patrons and Portraits in South India, MA (2 hours lecture, March 27)

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Art History of India and Central Asian, BA (30 hours, general course).

- Fashion Institute of Technology of New York at Milan Politecnico – Art and Civilization of the Islamic World, BA (45 hours,  general course).

- Fashion Institute of Technology of New York at Milan Politecnico – East Asian Art and Civilization, BA (45 hours,  general course).

academic year 2015-2016

Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – The  Essence of a Yogin Subjected to the Context: Svami Vivekananda, Master in Yoga Studies, (2 hours lecture, July 17)

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – From the Hut to the Monastery among Ascetic, Gurus and Sovereigns, Master in Yoga Studies, (3,5 hours lecture, July 17)

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Discussion on the Presentations of Prof. Gudrun Buhneman and Prof. Jeremiah Losty (Visual History of Physical Yoga and Visual Representation of Ascetics/Yogis), Master in Yoga Studies, (2,5 hours lecture, July 16)

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Introduction to the Module III -“Visions and Images of the Yogin”, Master in Yoga Studies, (2 hours lecture, July 15).

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Rethinking Portraiture in Europe and in the Indian Subcontinent, MA (2 hours lecture, May 11)

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – The Islamic City in the Indian Subcontinent: Delhi and the Urban Development of the Sultanates Capitals from the XIV to the XV centuries, MA (2 hours lecture, May 4)

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Patrons and Portraits in Ancient India, MA (2 hours lecture, April 20)

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Patrons and Portraits in South India, MA (2 hours lecture, March 16)

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Mughal and Rajput Miniatures, BA (2 hours lecture, December 7)

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Iconography of the Indian Gods: Forms, Attributes and Representations, BA (2 hours lecture, October 19)

academic year 2014-2015

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Conclusion and Closing of the Module III -“Visions and Images of the Yogin”, Master in Yoga Studies, (1 hours lecture, July 12).

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – The  Essence of a Yogin Subjected to the Context: Svami Vivekananda, Master in Yoga Studies, (2 hours lecture, July 12).

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – From the Hut to the Monastery among Ascetic, Gurus and Sovereigns, Master in Yoga Studies, (4,5 hours lecture, July 11).

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – The Visual Sources for a Study of the South Asian Ascetic: from Proprioception to Propaganda, Master in Yoga Studies, (2,5 hours lecture, July 10).

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Introduction to the III Module - “Visions and Images of the Yogin”, Master in Yoga Studies, (2 hours lecture, July 10).

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Portraits’ Purposes and Diffusion in India from the Company Paintings to the Photography, MA (2 hours lecture, May 12)

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Mughal and Rajput Miniatures, BA (2 hours lecture, May 4)

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Patrons and Portraits in South India, MA (2 hours lecture, March 31)

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Iconography of the Indian Gods: Forms, Attributes and Representations, BA (2 hours lecture, March 30)

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Portraits from the Rajput Courts, MA (2 hours lecture, March 3)

academic year 2013-2014

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Historical Iconography of the Asanas, Master in Yoga Studies (2 hours lecture, May 24). 

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Representation of Ascetic in the Islamic India, Master in Yoga Studies, (4 hours lecture, April 13).

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Art History of India and Central Asia, BA (30 hours, general course); South Asian Visual Culture, MA (30 hours, course title: The Practice of Portraiture in the Indian Subcontinent).

academic year 2012-2013

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Art History of India and Central Asia, BA (30 hours, general course); Art History of India and Central Asian II, MA (30 hours, course title: The Role of the Subcontinent’s ‘External Relations’ in the Formation of its Artistic Productions).

- University of Granada, Granada, Spain – Art and Power in the Islamic World: Contextualizing the al-Andalus’ Production in the Wider Islamic Context, continuing education course for tourist guide (MA, 30 hours). The course was organized and supported by the Cátedra AL-BABTAIN and the Vicerrectorado de Relaciones Internacionales under the direction and coordination of Prof. Maria Angeles Navarro Garcia.

academic year 2011-2012 

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Art History of India and Central Asia, MA (30 hours, course title: The Indian and Central Asian Painting: Schools, Patronage, and Influences).

- University of Granada, Granada, Spain – Art and Power in the Islamic World (BA, 38 hours). The course was organized and supported by the Cátedra AL-BABTAIN and the Vicerrectorado de Relaciones Internacionales under the direction and coordination of Prof. Maria Angeles Navarro Garcia.

academic year 2010-2011

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Art History of India and Central Asia, MA (30 hours, course title: The Sacred Journey: the Art and Architecture of Pilgrimage) 

- University of Granada, Granada, Spain – A Voyage across the Islamic World: the Art and Architecture of Holy Places and Pilgrimage Sites (BA, 30 hours). The course was organized and supported by the Cátedra AL-BABTAIN and the Vicerrectorado de Relaciones Internacionales under the direction and coordination of Prof. Maria Angeles Navarro Garcia.

academic year 2009-2010

Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Art History of India and Central Asia, BA (30 hours, general course); Art History of India and Central Asia, MA (15 hours, course title: Urbanism in India. Politics, Religion and Social Organization: Monument Location and Self-Representation in Hindu and Muslim Capitals).

academic year 2008-2009

Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – The Funerary Architecture of the Indian Subcontinent: The Delhi Sultanate and the Mughal Empire, MA, (2 hours lecture, May 20).

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Symbols of Power between Innovation and Tradition in the Early Muslim Architecture of Spain and North Africa, BA, (2 hours lecture, April 21).

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Architecture as Representation of Power in the Mughal India, BA, (2 hours lecture title, April 7).

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Arab Epigraphy as Source in Different Monumental Contexts. The Funerary Epigraphy of India (Islamic India). Quranic Epigraphy. Dedicatory Inscriptions, PhD seminar, Doctoral School in Languages, Civilizations and Societies - LICUSO (2 hours lecture, March 5). 

academic year 2007-2008

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Introduction to the Islamic Funerary Architecture, MA, (2 hours lecture, April).

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Islamic Funerary Architecture in India, MA, (2 hours lecture, April). 

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Introduction to the Muslim Dynasties and to the Stylistic Peculiarities of the Architecture in the Mediterranean Regions and Near East, BA, (10 hours seminar, March/April). 

academic year 2007-2008

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Islamic Funerary Architecture in India, MA, (2 hours lecture, May). 

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice – Islamic Funerary Architecture: an Overview, MA, (2 hours lecture, May)


Lectures and Invited Talks

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, 2017, June 30 - discussant and organizer with Prof. Federico Squarcini (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice) and Marco Guagni (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice) of the seminar “L'impero delle forme, tra yoga, formalismi e formalità”; lecture: “Perdere braccia e gambe. Qual è lo yoga testimoniato dalla storia visuale?”.

- Università degli Studi, Milan, 2017, April 21 – “The ‘Islamic’ Art, Roots, Contexts, Developments”, lecture for undergraduate, organizer Prof. Letizia Osti (Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan)

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, 2017, February 17 – “Read Works of Art, Re-read Sources, Re-write the History. Hindu-Muslim encounters in the Subcontinent”, Storiografie, PhD seminar, organizer Prof. Federico Squarcini (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice).

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, 2016, December 19 - organizer and discussant, “The Asian travels of Sir Thomas Herbert of York 1627-1629”, Bruce Wannel (Independent Scholar).

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, 2016, December 15 - organizer with Mattia Guidetti (Universität Wien, Österreich) of the volume’s presentation «A mari usque ad mare». Cultura visuale e materiale dall’Adriatico all’India, Scritti in memoria di Gianclaudio Macchiarella, and the conference “Dall'Adriatico all'India: casi studio di conservazione e valorizzazione del patrimonio culturale” with Antonella Versaci (Università degli Studi di Enna «Kore»), Maurizio Triggiani (Università degli Studi di Bari «Aldo Moro»), Maria Cristina Carile (Università di Bologna).

- Ca’ Foscari University and Centre for the Study and the Documentation of Armenian Culture, Venice, 2016, November 17-20 - discussant and organizer with Prof. Federico Squarcini (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice) and Marco Guagni (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice) of the seminar “A New History of the Hathayoga, Testimonies from the Vanguard of the International Researches. History, Manuscripts and Practices”, Prof. James Mallinson (SOAS), Prof. Mark Singleton (SOAS), Prof. Jason Birch (SOAS).

- Ca’ Foscari University and Centre for the Study and the Documentation of Armenian Culture, Venice, 2016, November 14 - discussant and organizer with Prof. Pratishtha Singh (Delhi University) and Prof. Thomas Dahnhardt (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice) of the conference “Crossing Borders, Migrations and Exile: Literary Representations”, Sukrita Paul Kumar.

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, 2015, November 25 – “(The Research of a) Sublime, Picturesque and Archetypical Orient. Mutual Desire of Possession, Construction of Identity and Political Propaganda”, Orientalismi, PhD seminar, organizer Prof. Federico Squarcini (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice). 

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, 2015, April 28 – organizer and discussant, “Temple Patrons and Portrait Sculpture in Early Modern South India”, Prof. Crispin Branfoot (SOAS), Future India Colloquia Series.

- EUI, European University Institute, Florence (Italy), 2014, November, 7 - “The Forgotten Discourses of Deccani Sacred Spaces: Approaching Visual Identities Set in Stone”, Department of History and Civilization, research seminar “Visual and Material Culture: New Trends and Methodologies”, organizer Prof. Luca Molà (EUI).

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice 2014, March 15 – organizer and discussant, “The Imperial Image: Mughal Portraiture in the Time of the Taj Mahal”, Prof. Ebba Koch (University of Vienna), Future India Colloquia Series.

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, 2013, May 21 - discussant with Prof. Ida Zilio-Grandi and Massimo Khairallah at the conference “The contemporary history of the UAE art scene,” Reem Fadda, Curator for the National Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates, the 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, and Mohammed Kazem, artist.

- EPS (Escuela Politecnica Superior), Universidad de Alicante (Spain), 2013, May 10 - “Espacios de Celebración en el Mundo Islamico”, lecture for undergraduates.

- Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, 2013, March 13 - “Signs of Absolute, signs of power: significance of the architectural policy in the Indian Sultanates”. Linguaggi dell’Assoluto series, discussant Prof. Stefano Pellò (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice).

- Art, Space and Mobility, International Workshop – Florence (Italy), 2011, September 7-10; “Construction of Identity and Construction of Authority in Islamic India”; organized by the KHI, Kunsthistorische Institut, Florence (Italy) and sponsored by the Getty Foundation, Los Angeles.

- SOAS, School of Oriental and African Studies, London (UK) 2009, March 12 - “The Muslim Deccan and the Indian Ocean Network” – lecture for MA students, within the course on Art and Archaeology of the Indian Ocean Littoral, Prof. Geoffrey King (SOAS).


Individual Missions

- 2016, March/April,  INDIA - Study of the pilgrimage on the occasion of the Ahmad Shah Bahmani ‘urs. Survey carried out in the geographical region of the Deccan: research on local Islamic and Hindu architecture (Bahmani and Lingayats), focused on the districts of Hyderabad, Bidar, Basavankalyan, and Gulbarga.

- 2015, October/November,  INDIA - Survey carried out in the geographical region of the Deccan: research on local Islamic and Hindu architecture (Lingayats and Hoysala), focused on the districts of Hyderabad Bidar, Basavankalyan, Gulbarga, Bijapur, Gadag, Shimoga, Hassan, Mysore, Bangalore.

- 2011, February, INDIA - Survey carried out on the main sites of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and south Karnataka (with particular attention to the Pallava, Chola and Hoysala architecture).

- 2010, February/March, INDIA - Survey carried out across the Indian states of Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka (and the ancient region of Malwa), with particular attention to Islamic (produced by the Sultanates) and Hindu (Chalukya and Hoysala) architecture.

- 2008, October/November, INDIA - Survey carried out across the Indian states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, with a focus on Mumbai, Aurangabad/Daulatabad, Ellora, Ajanta, Ahmadnagar, Bidar, Gulbarga, Bijapur, and Hyderabad.

- 2006, October/November, INDIA - Survey carried out across the Indian states of Delhi, Rajasthan and Gujarat: researches on local Islamic and Hindu architecture.

- 2006, July/august, YEMEN - Researches carried out on the Islamic architecture in Yemen, especially focused on the Hadramawt area and the Tihama region, with a special attention to the two famous centers of Ta’izz and Zabid. 

- 2006, June, JORDAN - Visit of the main archaeological sites of Jordan; research on local Islamic civil architecture and survey of Islamic sacred sites, tombs attributed to the Prophet and his Companion, and places of pilgrimage.  

- 2005 November/2006 January, YEMEN - Research carried out on the Islamic architecture in Yemen, especially focused on the area of Sana’a, the Southern region of the capital (Ibb, Jiblah), South Yemen (Aden area), and the Hadramawt area.

- 2004, April,  INDIA - Survey carried out in the geographical region of the Deccan: research on local Islamic and Hindu architecture in order to list the monuments of the first Islamic capitals of Gulbarga, Bidar, Bijapur and Golkonda (Hyderabad), and of the Hindu centre of Hampi (ancient Vijayanagara).


Professional Experiences/Other Appointments

- January 2017/present day - Collaborated with the Encyclopedia Treccani for the realization of the Treccani Encyclopedia of Contemporary Art as advisor for the thematic area ‘Indian and Islamic art’.

- 2011/2014 - Collaborated with the Madras Christian College (Autonomous), the Ethiraj College for women (Autonomous), and the State University of Madras, Chennai, India.

- 2009, June/2011, February - Assistant editor of the oriental studies on-line review “Phoenix in domo Foscari” of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. 

- 2009, April, 18-May, 9 - Helped curate the exhibition “Albania e Adriatico Meridionale. Studi per la conservazione del patrimonio culturale, 2006-2008”, (“Albania and the Southern Adriatic. Studies for the Conservation of the Cultural Heritage, 2006-2008”), Castello Normanno Svevo, Bari, Italy, organized by the Interdepartmental Centre for Balkan and International Studies (Ca’ Foscari University) and supported by the Cultural Section – UNESCO Regional Office of Venice (BRESCE), in collaboration with the Institute for Monuments and Culture - IMK (Albanian Ministry of Culture) and the Regional Department for the Mediterranean of Puglia (Italy). 

- 2008/2009, academic year - Tutor for the MEDOR (Languages and Cultures of Mediterranean and Middle East) and AMO (Southern and Western Asia) degree programs at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. 

- 2008, July, 26-August, 3 - Participated in the Third UNESCO Open Forum on Mesopotam-Rusan and Delvine: Study, Restoration and Revitalization of Byzantine and Ottoman Monuments in Southern Albania; survey and archaeological mission in Saranda and Delvine (South Albania).

- 2007/2008, academic year - Tutor for the LICEM (Languages and Cultures of Eurasia and Mediterranean) and CILEM (Cultures, Institutions and Languages of Eurasia and Mediterranean) degree programs at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

- 2007, September, 13-21 - Participated in the Second UNESCO Open Forum and Workshop on Mesopotam-Rusan and Delvine: Study, Restoration and Revitalization of Byzantine and Ottoman Monuments in Southern Albania; survey and archaeological mission in Saranda and Delvine (South Albania).

- 2006 January/2014 January  - Collaborate with the YLC, Yemen Language Centre, now YCMES – Yemen College for Middle Eastern Studies, in Sana’a (Yemen).

- 2000/2001, academic year - Collaborate with the Centre for the Study and the Documentation of Armenian Culture, Venice: restoration, digitalization and filing of photographic material for the Italian and English version of the Eurasian Architecture Database EAADA (Eurasian Art and Architecture Database).