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Nicoletta Celli

Associate Professor

Department of History and Cultures

Academic discipline: L-OR/20 East Asian Archaeology, Art History and Philosophy

Curriculum vitae


Current position

She is associate professor in the Archaeology, Art History and Philosophy of East Asia. At present, she works in the Department of History and Cultures at the University of Bologna.

Research field

Her studies concentrate on Buddhist art in China, especially the problems associated with its origins, its relations with Indian and Central Asian artistic traditions and the development of a distinct iconography.


After graduating in Oriental Languages and Literature at Ca' Foscari University of Venice in 1993, she went on to obtain a Ph.D in the History of Indian and East Asian Art from Genoa University, in 1997. She has spent periods of research in China (Research Fellow at the Department of Archaeology of Beijing University, 2001) and Japan (Research Fellow at the International College for Advanced Buddhist Studies, Tokyo, 2002) and has travelled widely throughout East Asia, South-East and South Asia. She was awarded a research grant (1999-2002) in the “Project for the Development of Archaeological Research into Chinese Culture” programme at the Department of East Asian Studies, Venice University.

Academic career

From 2007 to 2014: Assistant professor of Chinese and Japanese Art History, University of Bologna.    

From 2014: Associate professor in Archaeology, Art History and Philosophy of East Asia, University of Bologna.

Teaching activity

She has held regular courses in Chinese and Japanese Art History, Indian Art History, Buddhist Art History and Religions and Philosophy of East Asia, at both BA and MA level, at the University of Bologna since 2007.

Research activity

She is a regular speaker at national and international conferences and follows the activities of the EAAA of which she is a founder member and member of the Editorial Board of EAAA Monograph Series.


EAAA (European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology)
AISC (Associazione italiana di studi cinesi)                                                                                                                 EASC (European Association of Chinese Studies)

Academic duties

October 2015 – October 2021: Director of Master Degree Course in History and Oriental Studies               

Coordinator at University of Bologna of the Erasmus Plus - Key Action 1 Bilateral Agreement with Lunds Universitet