I have a BA in Classics from the University of Bologna: my undergrad dissertation investigated the material remains of Early Christianity in Central Asia and cultural and religious exchanges on the Silk Route are still one of my greatest interests. In Bologna, I obtained also an MA in Archaeology, during which I shifted my interest on cultural exchanges on the German limes, and across the Alps, again in Late Antiquity. The 4th century AD is my favourite, and having the chance to do an Erasmus-Placement in the amazing Museum am Dom in Trier surely contributed to this interest. Trier actually also ignited my interest for museums, and so I moved to the University of Manchester for a PhD in Museology. My PhD thesis investigated how museums mediate archaeology and interact with public perceptions of the past. Drawing on the case study of the Manchester Museum and on archival research, interviews, unobtrusive and participant observations, and social media analysis, I researched how this institution has communicated the past throughout its history and how curators and visitors construct knowledge about the past in the current Ancient Worlds Galleries and on the museum social media.
During my PhD I worked there as a research, engagement, and teaching assistant. Since 2012, I have been involved in different digital engagement projects at the Institute for Cultural Practices; I have co-curated an exhibition on Italian literary journals and networks after WWII in 2014; and I have been a graduate teaching assistant in classics, ancient history, and archaeology.
My first postdoctoral appointment was at the Institute of Cultural Capital (a joint partnership between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University), where I was a Research Fellow working on the ‘Liverpool 2018’ research project, which aims to evaluate the longitudinal impact of the European Capital of Culture award for Liverpool, and on the ‘Shakespeare Lives’ evaluation project, commissioned by the British Council to assess the impact of the worldwide programme marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
I am currently a research fellow at the Victoria & Albert Museum working on the ‘Universal Histories and Universal Museums’ research project (led by the V&A, the University of Nanterre Paris Ouest, and the Musèe du Quai Branly. The project researches the mediation of history in museums and the construction of knowledge about the future in museums. I am conducting archival research on the history of collections and displays in case studies between Paris and London.