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Valentina Laviola

Adjunct professor

Department of Cultural Heritage

Curriculum vitae

Education and Titles

In 2009, she gets the B.A. in Languages and Cultures of the Modern World, Sapienza University of Rome. She continues her studies at the University of Naples “L’Orientale” accomplishing the M.A. in Oriental Languages and Civilizations in 2011.

In 2016 she obtains the PhD in Languages and Civilizations of Asia and Mediterranean Africa at “Ca’ Foscari” University of Venice with a thesis devoted to Islamic metalwork from the Eastern Iranian lands.

In November 2020, she obtains the "abilitazione scientifica nazionale" to the position of Associate Professor in L-OR/11 Islamic Art and Archaeology.

Scientific activity

Since October 2021 she is responsible for the ISMEO research project for the census and publication of the archaeological finds and artworks from Iran housed in Rome and its province.

From 2018 to 2021 she was post-Doc Research Fellow at the University of Naples “L’Orientale” with a project of archaeological and art-historical study of the architectural decoration in brick and stucco retrieved from Ghazni by the Italian Archaeological Mission in Afghanistan.

From June 2019 to October 2020 she was coordinator of the Islamic section in the project Buddhist and Islamic Archaeological Data from Ghazni, Afghanistan. A multidisciplinary web-based archive for the managing, study, and preservation of an endangered cultural heritage, Gerda Henkel Stiftung – Università degli studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”. She also compiled 1,800 entries of brick, stucco, brick and stucco finds for the project database.

In 2013, she took part in a mission to the Kabul National Museum for the preparation of the museum’s hall devoted to Ghazni.

From 2012 to 2014, she was part of the project Buddhist and Islamic Archaeological Data from Ghazni, Afghanistan. A multidisciplinary digital archive for the managing and preservation of an endangered cultural heritage. Gerda Henkel Stiftung; University of Naples “L’Orientale”. .

Since 2011, she is a member of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Afghanistan, directed by Anna Filigenzi (University of Naples “L’Orientale”).

Since 2008, she is a member of the Archaeological Project Islamic Ghazni (University of Naples “L’Orientale”), directed by Roberta Giunta.

Teaching activity

Since 2017, she teaches Islamic Art and Archaeology in the second cycle degree in History, Preservation and Enhancement of Artistic and Archaeological Heritage and Landscape, University of Bologna.

Since 2019 she is responsible for the Islamic Epigraphy and Numismatic Workshop, University of Bologna.

In January 2017, as “cultore della materia” in Islamic Art and Archaeology at the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, she gave a lecture about Islamic metalwork from Khurasan (10th-13th c.), manufacturing and decorative techniques, morphologies and models, the main hoards retrieved; analysis and cataloguing of some metalwork housed in the Oriental Museum “Umberto Scerrato” in Naples.

In April 2013, she was co-responsible for the Islamic Epigraphy and Numismatic Workshop, Department of Antiquities, Sapienza University of Rome.

Membership in editorial committees

Since December 2021, she is member of the editorial board of the scientific journal Annali dell'Università L'Orientale (AION-or).

Since 2019, she is member of the scientific committee of the online journal Open Journal of Humanities.

International conferences

September 2022. Colloque Centenaire de la D.A.F.A. Un siècle de coopération archéologique franco-afghane, Strasbourg. Communication: “Disclosing the Ghaznavid Palaces. The Legacy of the Délégation Archéologique Française en Afghanistan”.

June 2022. International Congress VIII Centenary Burgos Cathedral. The World of Cathedrals, Burgos. Communication: “The Early 16th-century Cathedral of Curtea-de-Argeş (Romania): A Case of Decorative Contamination via Byzantine Mediation”.

May 2022. NUME22 ‒ VIII Ciclo di Studi Medievali, Florence. Communication: “Le pseudo-iscrizioni arabe nell’Italia sud-orientale cristiana del XII e XIII secolo: influenze e canali di trasmissione attraverso le sponde del Mediterraneo”.

May 2022. Stucco Decoration in the Architecture of Iran and Neighbouring Lands: New Research – New Horizons, University of Bamberg. Invited communication: “Ghazni Stuccoes. From an Old Excavation to the Synergic Study of the Ghaznavid Palace Architectural Decoration”.

January 2022. Online workshop of IFRI – Institut Français de Recherche en Iran (Tehran), Metalwork Sesssion (invited). Communication: “Islamic Metalwork from Afghanistan: Preserving the Memory of Lost Collections”.

November 2021. Afghanistan crocevia di mondi: seminario di studi storici, archeologici e letterari, Università degli studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”. Communication in the III Archaeological session – L’Afghanistan in epoca medievale: “I reperti da scavo in metallo e vetro”.

June 2021. NUME21, VII Ciclo di Studi Medievali, Florence. Communication (with V. Allegranzi, C. Passaro): “Un palazzo sultaniale del Medioevo islamico: casi-studio ricostruttivi del materiale disperso di Ghazni (Afghanistan)”.

April 2021. 12th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East – ICAANE, Bologna. Communication (with M. Massullo): "Ghazni Sacred Landscape. Ziyārāt, Shrines and Burials from the Ghaznavid Period to the Modern Age”.

September 2018. Co-organizer of the international Round Table Testi e contesti. Ricerche in corso sul mondo iranico orientale (IX-XV sec.) / Textes et contextes. Recherches en cours sur le monde iranien oriental (IXe- XVe siècles) hosted by the University of Naples “L’Orientale” with the support of CNRS Monde Iranien et Indien, Università Italo-Francese/Université Franco-Italienne, ISMEO, IPO; Naples. Communication: “Starting the analysis of stucco finds from Ghazni royal palace (11th-12th c.)”.

July 2018. 14th Colloquium of the Ernst Herzfeld Society for Studies in Islamic Art and Archaeology, The History of Material Cultures and Visual Arts in Islamic Lands: Current State of Research and New Perspectives, Strasbourg. Communication: “Brick and Stucco from Ghazni Royal Palace (late 11th-early 13th c.): a New Research Project”.

July 2018. 24th Conference of the European Association for South Asian Archaeology and Art (EAASA), Naples. Poster: “Brick and Stucco Architectural Decoration from Ghazni: an Archaeological and Art-Historical Study”.

July 2017. 2ème Congrès du Groupement d’Intérêt Scientifique Moyen-Orient et Monde Musulman (GIS), atelier Le voix du pouvoir : souverains, poètes, artisans dans le monde musulman oriental, Xe-XIVe siècles, INALCO, Paris. Communication: “Writing Tools from Medieval Islamic Lands. Excavated Inkwells from Ghazni”.

November 2016. Khurasan Heartland of Islamic Art and Culture, From early Islam to the Mongols and beyond (Linden-Museum, Museum für Islamische Kunst, University of Bamberg), Stuttgart. Communication: “Some Islamic Buckets from Ghazni and Khurasan. A Comparative Perspective”.

August 2014. 10th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Iranian Studies, panel Islamic Ghazni: Epigraphic Memory and Material Culture, Montréal. Communication: “Islamic Metalwork from Ghazni. The Rawza Museum Collection”.

December 2013. International Conference for the Safeguarding of Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage (UNESCO, University of Naples “L’Orientale”), Naples. Poster: “The ziyārāt of Ghazni from the 10th to the 19th century”, on permanent exhibition in the Museo Orientale "Umberto Scerrato" of Naples. 

April 2013.  Symposia Iranica – The First Biennial Iranian Studies Graduate Conference, University of St Andrews (UK). Organization of the panel Islamic Ghazni: New Data and Research Perspectives, communication: “Ziyārāt of Ghazni: A Historical and Religious Heritage”.