Maria Cristina Carile is a Byzantinist with specialization in art history and archaeology. From November 2018 she holds the position of Associate Professor of History of Byzantine Art (L-ART/01 History of Medieval Art) at the Department of Cultural Heritage of the University of Bologna. Her methodology is characterized by the joined study of material and visual sources and texts. At the moment her research is dedicated to artistic culture and the circulation of visual communication codes in Late Antique and Byzantine Mediterranean, and particularly in the Adriatic and Aegean Sea. She has presented her research at national and international conferences, scientific lectures and seminars (UK, France, Serbia, Turkey, Russia, USA).
In 2002 she received her degree in Early Christian and Early Medieval Art and Architecture at the Faculty of Conservation of the Cultural Heritage of the University of Bologna. In 2007 she defended her doctoral thesis, The Vision of the Palace of the Byzantine Emperors as a Heavenly Jerusalem, written at the University of Bologna and in co-supervision with the University of Birmingham (supervisor: Prof. Leslie Brubaker).
Since 2003 Carile has conducted her research working in international research centers specialized in late antique and Byzantine culture. Between 2005 and 2008 she was Honorary Research Fellowat the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham (UK), where she worked with the Director Leslie Brubaker. In 2006-2007 she was the recipient of aJunior Fellowshipat the RCAC_Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University, Istanbul (TR). In 2009 she received an Onassis Fellowshipfrom the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, Athens. Between 2008 and 2015 she was enrolled as Research Fellow in the Department of Cultural Heritage of the University of Bologna, where she worked with Luigi Canetti and Alessandro Volpe. There, between 2015 and 2018 she held the position of Senior Assistant Professor (fixed-term) in L-ART/01 History of Medieval Art.
On July 2017 she received the "abilitazione scientifica nazionale" to the position of Associate Professor in L-ART/01 History of Medieval Art.
Since 2013 she has taught History and Critique of Byzantine Art within the first cycle degree/bachelor in Cultural Heritage (L1), the master's programs of History and Conservation of the Works of Art (LM89), History, Preservation and Enhancement of Artistic and Archaeological Heritage and Landscape (LM89&LM2), and the single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage of the University of Bologna (seat of Ravenna). She organizes seminars and workshops related to her courses and is a member of the lab of History of Imagery with her colleagues Luigi Canetti, Sebastiana Nobili, Tiziana Maffei and Alessandro Volpe.
She first focused her research on single architectural elements in Late Antiquity and Byzantium; imperial architecture and architectural representation; then to objects or iconographies as communication means in their context. Lately she has studied the imperial image, working on the concept of iconicity and on ceremonial dress within Byzantine visual culture. Believing in the validity of the direct (so to say “material”) approach for a correct comprehension of the art-historical and historical context, since 2000 she has taken part in several archaeological projects in Turkey (Istanbul and Central Anatolia), Greece (Thessaloniki), Albania (Mesopotam, Saranda) and Italy (Ravenna, Classe, Rome), with Koç University (Istanbul, TR), Princeton University (USA), UNESCO, the University Ca' Foscari of Venice, the Politecnico of Milan and the University of Bologna (Italy) working in excavations, surveys, archaeological parks and restoration projects. At Ravenna and Thessaloniki, she has conducted personal projects under the auspices of the local administrations and institutions working at the conservation of the cultural heritage. Her research in situ involves architectural sculpture, stones, mosaics, and marble revetment.
From May 2017 she has collaborated with Porphyra. International Academic Journal of Byzantine Studies as a blind referee. She has also worked as a referee for RIHA Journal(International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art) of the Bibliotheca Hertziana and the academic journal Bizantinistica.
She carries out her institutional activity working primarily at the Departement of Cultural Heritage, where she is a member of the Research Board, the so-called “Third Mission” Board, and the Cultural Activities Board.
Scientific and editorial boards
From 2012 she is a member of the scientific board of the series Byzantina Lupiensiapublished by CISAM.Centro Italiano di Studi sull'Alto Medioevo.
In 2012 she received the ICMA- Samuel H. Kress Research andTravel Award from the International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA, New York).
In 2017 she benefitted from the “Fondo di Finanziamento alle Attività di Base della Ricerca” (FFABR2017).
From 2017 she was designated by the Province of Ravenna as a member of the board of the Flaminia Foundation.