Francesca ​Dell'Acqua Boyvadaoğlu

Assistant Professor (Habilitated as Associate Professor in 2014)

DISPAC, Università di Salerno (on sabbatical leave 2017–2018)

Francesca Dell’Acqua has a long-standing intellectual engagement with the cultural history of the medieval West and the Mediterranean region. She is interested in how objects and the visual functioned as carrier of ideas and knowledge, and how visual, material, and intellectual aspects intersected and shaped cultures. She is Assistant Professor in History of Medieval Art at the University of Salerno and holds the Habilitation to Associate Professorship (ASN 2012). She has been fellow at prestigious research institutes including the American Academy in Rome, the Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies, the Bibliotheca Hertziana/Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte. Between 2015–17 she has been Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow (n° 657240, ‘ICONOPHILIA’) at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies of the University of Birmingham. She is affiliated to the ‘Moving Byzantium Project’ since 2017. She has very recently submitted a monograph, Iconophilia: Religion, Politics, and Sacred Images in Italy c.680–880 for the series Birmingham Byzantine and Ottoman Studies edited by L. Brubaker, J. Haldon and R. Murphey, and a book she co-edited with E.S. Mainoldi, Pseudo-Dionysius and the Origins of Christian Visual Culture for the series New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture edited by F. Curta, L. Neville, S. Tougher. She is now interested in exploring the idea of Mary as emblem of wisdom and authority in the medieval period and how this eventually impacted on the idea of female authority and leadership in past and present societies.


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