Renegotiating memory and identity in the postwar Mezzogiorno: destruction, restoration, and reinvention of medieval architecture in Southern Italy
Francesco Gangemi is the scientific assistant at the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte of Rome. A longtime collaborator of the Sapienza University of Rome, where he received his Ph.D. in the field of History of Medieval Art, he has also collaborated with museums and Soprintendenze, and with the State Archive of Rome, where he received the “Diploma in Archivistica, Paleografia e Diplomatica.” Between 2014 and 2016 he was awarded a Post-Doc Fellowship by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, and in 2015 he was visiting scholar at Duke University (NC).
After publishing a book and some essays about Romanesque architecture and sculpture in central Italy, he worked on the Adriatic area during the Norman-Staufer age. He was co-editor of the books Il potere dell’arte nel Medioevo (2015), and Federico II e la riedizione dell’Iconavetere a Foggia (2014), and organized the international conferences “Il Piceno prima di Fiastra” (2010), “L’apogeo di Ravello nel Mediterraneo” (2015), and "Imperialis Ecclesia” (2016). He is currently researching the relationship between the Emperor Frederick II Hohenstaufen and sacred architecture, and working on a second book on the changes of the built environment in Adriatic Italy during the Staufer age. At the Italian Academy, he will focus on the reinvention of medieval architecture in the postwar reconstruction of Southern Italy.