[list last updated in February 2017]

Zuanni, C., 2017. Italian Museums and Twitter: an analysis of Museum Week 2016, in Archeostorie. Italian Journal of Public Archaeology 1.

This paper analyses the activities of Italian cultural institutions and Twitter users during Museum Week 2016, a global event promoting museums on this platform. The paper draws on recent research in the field of museum and heritage studies to assess the characteristics of social media engagement in the Italian heritage sector and the challenges still to be overcome. By drawing on the case study of Museum Week, an initiative which has been celebrated by the media as a success of Italian museums, the paper will unpack digital engagement practices and evaluation methodologies, questioning the reach and breadth of social media engagement achieved during the week by Italian institutions. The paper concludes by highlighting the current potential and limitations of digital engagement practices in Italy.

Zuanni, C., forthcoming, 2017. Archaeological displays: Ancient objects, current beliefs  in G. Buggeln, C. Paine, and S. B. Plate (eds.), Religion in Museums: Today and Tomorrow. London: Bloomsbury Publishing.

This book chapter presents the main issues concerning the acquisition, conservation, and display of archaeological religious objects in museums. It covers current practices and debates in indigenous archaeology, repatriation, human remains, intangible heritage, alternative archaeologies, and the digital lives of these artefacts.

Arvanitis, Kostas, Abigail Gilmore, Franzi Florack and Chiara Zuanni. 2016. Data culture and organisational practice. in MW2016: Museums and the Web 2016. Published March 20, 2016. Consulted March 29, 2016.

This paper presents the findings of the Culture Metrics research on the use of digital data in cultural organisations.

Zuanni, C. 2013. Review: Archeologia Pubblica in Italia. Primo Congresso Nazionale Florence 29-30 October 2012 in AP: Online Journal in Public Archaeology, Volume 3 – available online at

This paper reviews the First Italian Conference of Public Archaeology, held in October 2012 in Florence. The conference focused around a series of main themes: heritage legislation, archaeology and development, archaeology and education, new technologies in archaeological communication, public archaeology project in Italy, and museum archaeology. Many papers were presented, mostly on Italian case studies, but interesting examples of successful projects came also from the UK and the Near East.

Zuanni, C. 2013. Nazionalismi e archeologia: il caso trentino in AA.VV. SGAB 1. Seminari dei Giovani Archeologi dell’Università di Bologna (Bologna, aprile – maggio 2012), BraDypUS Communicating Cultural Heritage, Bologna – available online at

This paper, in Italian, focuses around the contested archaeologies of Trentino in the late 19th – early 20th century. At the time, this area in Northern Italy was part of the Asburgic Empire but it was seeking to join the newly formed Italian state. Ultimately, this area will become Italian only after WWI.

Local history was at the centre of various debates, with sides claiming either Italian (Etruscan) origins for the first Iron Age civilisations in the area or Transalpine (Gallic) origins, therefore implying the need of this area to belong to the Asburgs or the Savoia. The local museum, in Trento, was deeply involved in these debates, and it is therefore no surprise that it was quickly closed at the beginning of WWI.

This paper examines this complex history focusing on few controversial objects, such as the ‘Tabula Clesiana’, and the history of its provincial museums.

Zuanni, C. 2012. Il cristianesimo in Kazakhstan in EURASIA, 3, pp. 37-42.

This paper is a short synthesis, in Italian, of the chapter listed below, focusing on the history of Christianity in Kazakhstan.

Zuanni, C. 2009. The earliest archaeological evidence of Christianity in Kazakhstan in G. Bonora, N. Pianciola, P. Sartori (eds.), Kazakhstan. Religions and Society in the History of Central Eurasia, Torino, pp. 67-79.

This chapter analyses archaeological evidences of early Christianity in Kazakhstan, focusing on the period between the 5th and the 10th century CE.

A short review of the history of Western Turkestan in the first millenium CE, the arrival of Christian communities in South-Eastern Iran and their expansion in Central Asia from the 5th century onward is briefly traced. The chapter then focuses on the Kazakh region, from which there are perhaps less material evidences, though complemented by few literary sources (e.g. Byzantine and Arab historians). An analysis of the main axes of the Silk Road in the area prompts a discussion on the Churches arrived in this area, mainly Nestorians and Jacobites, supplemented by the dating offered by the material record.


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