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Chiara joined Northumbria University in 2020 as the Stride Lecturer in Technical art history and was previously Postdoctoral Researcher in Tibetan and Himalayan art at SOAS. Prior to this she held research positions as Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Bologna until 2017


Chiara’s first degree was in Indian Philosophy at the University of Bologna with a thesis on funeral customs in Ladakh (India). She holds her PhD in Tibetology from the University of Turin, with a thesis on Buddhist art in Ladakh.

Research interests

Chiara’s research focuses on Tibetan and Himalayan art. She has undertaken extensive field research in the Indian sub-continent and Central Asia, notably in Ladakh (India), Mustang (Nepal) and Tibet. She is an expert in the history of art and culture, as well as related traditional techniques, methods and materials developed over the centuries in the Himalayan region. She is also interested in the production of contemporary traditional and non-traditional Himalayan art, with an approach focused on its historical, anthropological and political aspects. Currently she is working on the identification and description of the artistic styles developed in Mustang - from the 15th century onwards - and related artistic workshops.

She is presently writing a book on the history of Tibetan and Himalayan Buddhist art (Einaudi, 2021).

From 2017-2020 Chiara was the Postdoctoral Researcher for the AHRC Research Project “Tibetan Buddhist Monastery Collections and Museums in Nepal and Ladakh” working with Christian Luczanits and Louise Tythacott at SOAS.

At Northumbria, she is a member of the International Research Centre for the History and Culture of Nanzhao and Dali Kingdoms:


and of the Visual and Material Culture research group: 


Education/Academic qualification

Art, PhD, University of Turin

23 Apr 200623 Apr 2010

Award Date: 23 Apr 2010


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