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Francine Giese, PD Dr.

Curriculum vitae

Francine Giese, born 1974 in Bern, is an internationally recognized scholar of Art History, specialized in the arts of glass, architecture and interior design in the Islamic World and the West, monument preservation and Orientalism. In the framework of her research projects, she has developed an extensive scientific activity and built up a far-reaching professional network across Europe and the USA. 

Francine Giese is director of the Vitrocentre and Vitromusée Romont. From 2014-2019 she held a SNSF professorship at the Department of Art History at the University of Zurich, where she directed the research project Mudejarismo and Moorish Revival in Europe. Her PhD thesis, dealing with the Islamic ribbed vault, was published in 2007 (Gebr. Mann), and her habilitation (second book) on building and restoration practices in the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba issued in 2016 (Peter Lang). Her research focuses on the arts of glass, transcultural exchanges and artistic transfers between the Islamic World and the West (Middle Ages/19thcentury), architecture and interior design, materiality, architectural Orientalism, and monument preservation. Her distinguished memberships and scientific activities include: Chairwomen of the scientific committee of Thun CastleDeputy Chairwoman of the Ernst Herzfeld Society for the Study of Islamic Art and Archaeology, Member of the scientific committee of the Swiss Asian Society (SAG), Member of the scientific committee of the Swiss Society for the Middle East and Islamic Cultures (SGMOIK), Member of the scientific committee of Manazir: Swiss Platform for the Study of Visual Arts, Architecture and Heritage in the MENA Region, Member of the scientific committee of the University Research Priority Program Asia and Europe (2014-2017), Member of AcademiaNet. European Expert Database of Outstanding Women in Academia, Editor-in-Chief of the bfo-Journal (peer reviewed, open access)Editor-in-Chief of the online publication platform www.bauforschungonline.chand the annual open access bfo-Journal, Member of the editorial board of the book series Studies in Islamic Art and Archaeology (SIAA) | Studien zur islamischen Kunst und Archäologie (SIKA) (Reichert, Wiesbaden/Germany), Member of the editorial board of the book series Crossroads of European Cultures and Migrations (Peter Lang). Francine Giese has organized more than fifteen international conferences, edited important art historical publications and curated exhibitions in Switzerland and Germany.

Research

Upcomming Projects (under evaluation)

Leuchtkraft des Orients. Materialität, Provenienz und Rezeption islamischer Glasmalerei im Westen(PI, Vitrocentre Romont, 2020-2024)

Current Projects

Islamic Legacy: Narratives East, West, South, North of the Mediterranean (1350-1750), (ISLE) CA18129(Member of Managing Committee, University of Zurich, 2019-2024)

Previous Projects

Mudejarismo and Moorish Revival in Europe. Transcultural exchanges between Muslims, Christians and Jews in the Architecture of the Middle Ages and Modern Times(PI, University of Zurich, 2014-2019)

Der Orient in der Schweiz. Neo-islamische Architektur und Interieurs im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert(PI, University of Zurich, 2015-2018)

Digitalización e Investigación de documentos y Archivos Científicos-Técnicos sobre Arqueología. La recuperación del Legado Documental de Félix Hernández Giménez (1899-1975), Referencia: HAR2015-66753-R. Entidad financiadora Ministerio español de Economía y Competitividad. Programa Nacional de I+D+I orientada a los retos de la Sociedad (Member of scientific committee, Universidad de Córdoba, 2016-2019)

Bauen und Erhalten in al-Andalus(Habilitation project, University of Bern, 2006-2013, incl. 2 maternity leaves)

Publications

The publications listed below reflect the research interests of Francine Giese, focussing on transcultural exchange and artistic transfer in the Middle Ages and the 19th century, building techniques and materiality, national identity debate, 19th-century collectorship, as well as heritage preservation. The publication of her dissertation and habilitation (second book) by internationally recognized editorials has been supported by funding of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Gerda Henkel Foundation (Germany), according to highly competitive selection criteria, confirming the quality of the monographs. 

Monographs

Francine Giese, Bauen und Erhalten in al-Andalus. Bau- und Restaurierungspraxis in der Moschee-Kathedrale von Córdoba, Bern: Peter Lang, 2016.

Francine Giese, Das islamische Rippengewölbe. Ursprung, Form, Verbreitung, Berlin: Gebr. Mann, 2007.

Edited Books and Journals

Francine Giese, Mercedes Volait, Ariane Varela Braga (eds.), À l’Orientale. Collecting, Displaying and Appropriating Islamic Art and Architecture in the West(Arts and Archeology of the Islamic World, 14), Leiden: Brill, 2019 (in press).

Francine Giese, Alberto León Muñoz (eds.), Artistic Dialogue during the Middle Ages. Islamic Art – Mudéjar Art, Córdoba: Casa Árabe, 2019 (in press).

Francine Giese (ed.), Mudjarismo and Moorish Revival in Europe. The Photobook, Zürich: Digitale Lehre und Forschung, Faculty of Arts UZH, 2019 < https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-172115 >.

Francine Giese, Leïla el-Wakil, Ariane Varela Braga (eds.), Der Orient in der Schweiz.Neo-islamische Architektur und Interieurs des 19. und 20. Jahrhundert(Welten des Islams, 10), Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, 2019.

Francine Giese (ed.), Preserving a Shared Heritage. Challenges, Potential and Limits(bfo-Journal 4.2018), 2018, < http://bauforschungonline.ch/bfo-journal-42018.html >.

Francine Giese, Markus Thome, Anna Pawlak (eds.), Tomb, Memory, Space. Concepts of Representation in Premodern Christian and Islamic Art, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2018.

Francine Giese, Ariane Varela Braga (eds.), The Power of Symbols. The Alhambra in a Global Context, proceedings of the international conference held in Zurich, 15-17 September 2016, Bern: Peter Lang, 2018.

Francine Giese, Ariane Varela Braga et al. (eds.), A Fashionable Style – Carl von Diebitsch und das Maurische Revival, exhibition catalogue (Architekturmuseum TU Berlin), Bern: Peter Lang, 2017.

Francine Giese, Ariane Varela Braga (eds.), Die Aneignung des Orients. L’appropriation de l’Orient(SGMOIK Bulletin 44), Bern: SGMOIK, 2017.

Francine Giese, Ariane Varela Braga (eds.), The Myth of the Orient. Architecture and Ornament in the Age of Orientalism, proceedings of the international conference held at Oberhofen Castle, 12 June 2015, Bern: Peter Lang, 2016.

Francine Giese (ed.), Copy-Paste. The Reuse of Material and Visual Culture in Architecture(bfo-Journal 1.2015), 2015, < http://bauforschungonline.ch/it/bfo-journal-12015.html >.

Francine Giese et al., Mythos Orient. Ein Berner Architekt in Kairo, exhibition catalogue (Oberhofen Castle), Oberhofen: Stiftung Oberhofen, 2015.

Articles with peer review

Francine Giese,„International Fashion and Personal Taste. Neo-Islamic Style Rooms and Orientalizing Scenographies in Private Museums“, in: Francine Giese, Mercedes Volait, Ariane Varela Braga (eds.), À l’orientale. Collecting, Displaying and Appropriating Islamic Art and Architecture in the West(Arts and Archeology of the Islamic World, 14), Leiden: Brill, 2019 (in press).

Francine Giese,„Moschee oder Kathedrale? Wenn zwei Religionen denselben Bau beanspruchen“, Beiträge zur Islamischen Kunst und Archäologie6, 2019 (in press).

Francine Giese and Elena Paulino Montero, “Mudéjar Art and Architecture”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Third Edition, Leiden: Brill, 2019 (in press).

Francine Giese,“Orientalisierende Fumoirs in der Schweiz. Islamische Architekturzitate zwischen Nachahmung, Abguss und Assemblage”, in: Francine Giese, Leïla el-Wakil, Ariane Varela Braga (eds.), Der Orient in der Schweiz.Neo-islamische Architektur und Interieurs des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts(Welten des Islams, 10), Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, 2019, 59-84. 

Francine Giese and Ariane Varela Braga, “Translocating Metropolitan Display Strategies in 19th-century Europe. Frederick Stibbert, Henri Moser and their Orientalist Style Rooms”, in: International Journal of Islamic Architecture, 8.1, 115–40, doi: 10.1386/ijia.8.1.115_1.

Francine Giese,“From al-Andalus to Germany – Artistic Transfer in Nineteenth century Europe”, in: Angelika Malinar, Simone Müller (eds.), Asia and Europe Interconnected: Agents, Concepts and Things, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2018, 131-153. 

Francine Giese, “Befundsicherung oder neuzeitlicher Ersatz? Die wechselvolle Geschichte der Cordobeser Mosaiken im 19. Jh. und frühen 20. Jh.”, Beiträge zur Islamischen Kunst und Archäologie, vol. 5, 2017, 185-196. 

Francine Giese et al., “Resplendence of al-Andalus. Exchange and Transfer Processes in Mudéjar and neo-Moorish Architecture”, Asiatische Studien, vol. 70.4, 2016, 1307-1353.

Francine Giese,“From Style Room to Period Room. Henri Moser’s fumoir in Charlottenfels Castle”, in: S. Costa, D. Poulot, M. Volait (eds.), Period rooms. Allestimenti storici tra arte, gusto e collezionismo, Atti del Convegno Internazionale, Bologna, 18-19 aprile 2016, Bologna: Bononia University Press, 2016, 153-160.

Francine Giese, “Félix Hernández Giménez und die Erhaltung der Grossen Moschee von Córdoba”, in: Madrider Mitteilungen, 2015, vol. 56, 494-507.

Francine Giese, “Sein und Schein in der spanisch-islamischen Architektur. Die Arkaturen der Capilla de Villaviciosa und des Patio de los Leones”, in: Miradas, vol. 1, October 2014, < https://journals.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/index.php/miradas/article/view/16725 >.

Francine Giese, “Die Moschee von Córdoba zwischen Ost und West”, in: Madrider Mitteilungen, 2009, vol. 50, 524-537.

Francine Giese,“La Mezquita Mayor de Córdoba y Samarra”, Anales de Arqueología Cordobesa, 2008, vol. 19, 277-292.

Francine Giese, “Die Gewölbe der Grossen Moschee von Córdoba und der islamische Osten”, in: Madrider Mitteilungen, 2007, vol. 48, 306-322.

Articles in Journals / Proceedings / E-Journals

Francine Giese,“Editorial”, in: Preserving a Shared Heritage. Challenges, Potential and Limits(bfo-Journal 4.2018), 2018, < http://bauforschungonline.ch/bfo-journal-42018.html >.

Francine Giese,“« Islamic Stars in the West ». Échanges culturels et transferts artistiques entre le Monde de l’Islam et l’Occident », in: Silvia Naef, Pauline Nerfin, Nadia Radwan (eds.), D’une rive à l’autre : patrimoines croisés. Mélanges an l’honneur de Leïla el-Wakil, Genève: Slatkine, 2018, 209-221.

Francine Giese,“An inclination for the Moorish Style. Architects and Networks in 19th century Germany”, in: Francine Giese, Ariane Varela Braga (eds.), The Power of Symbols. The Alhambra in a Global Perspective, Bern: Peter Lang, 2018, 225-244.

Francine Giese, “The Capilla Real in Córdoba. Transcultural Exchange in Medieval Iberia”, in: Francine Giese, Markus Thome, Anna Pawlak (eds.), Tomb, Memory, Space. Concepts of Representation in Premodern Christian and Islamic Art, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2018, 143-157.

Francine Giese,“The Medieval Synagogues of Spain as Testimony of a Transcultural Aesthetic”, in: Islam it’s Also our History. Fields of Influence on European Art, exhibition catalogue (Vanderborght building, Brussels), Tübingen: Institute for Cultural Exchange, 2017, 10-17.

Francine Giese,Précis “Islamic Art History and Archaeology in Crisis? Challenges and New Perspectives”, Madrid, January 12-15, 2017”, in: International Journal of Islamic Architecture, 2017, pp. 201-203.

Francine Giese, “Maurische Architekturzitate zwischen Kopie und Kreation”, in: Francine Giese and Ariane Varela Braga (eds.), A Fashionable Style. Carl von Diebitsch und das Maurische Revival, Bern: Peter Lang, 2017, pp. 45-55.

Francine Giese, “Die architektonische Transformation des Löwenhofes”, in: Francine Giese and Ariane Varela Braga (eds.), A Fashionable Style. Carl von Diebitsch und das Maurische Revival, Bern: Peter Lang, 2017, 59-70. 

Francine Giese and Josephin Heller, “Nasridische Handwerkskunst und preußische Innovation. Revitalisierung und Transfer islamischer Stuckverfahren im 19. Jahrhundert”, in: Francine Giese and Ariane Varela Braga (eds.), A Fashionable Style. Carl von Diebitsch und das Maurische Revival, Bern: Peter Lang, 2017, 127-138.

Francine Giese and Ariane Varela Braga, “Architecture, Ornament and Colour. The Fascination for the Islamic Heritage of al-Andalus in 19th-Century Europe”, in: Francine Giese and Ariane Varela Braga (eds.), A Fashionable Style. Carl von Diebitsch und das Maurische Revival, Bern: Peter Lang, 2017, 29-43.

Francine Giese, “The Oberhofen Selamlik. A Cairene mandara made in Switzerland”,The Myth of the Orient. Architecture and Ornament in the Age of Orientalism, proceedings of the international conference held at Oberhofen Castle, 12 June 2015, Bern: Peter Lang, 2016, 181-200.

Francine Giese,“Wilhelm Meyer und der Traum von al-Andalus”, in: Mitteilungen der Carl Justi-Vereinigung, vol. 27./28., 2015/2016, 124-130.

Francine Giese, “Mudejarismo und maurisches Revival in Europa”,Mitteilungen der Carl Justi-Vereinigung, vol. 27./28., 2015/2016, 117-123.

Francine Giese, “Von der Studie zum Interieur. Die Entstehung des Selamliks im Schloss Oberhofen”,Mythos Orient. Ein Berner Architekt in Kairo, exhibition catalogue (Oberhofen Castle), Oberhofen: Stiftung Schloss Oberhofen, 2015.

Francine Giese, “Theodor Zeerleder und Henri Moser – zwei Schweizer Orientreisende und ihre Fumoirs”,Mythos Orient. Ein Berner Architekt in Kairo, exhibition catalogue (Oberhofen Castle), Oberhofen: Stiftung Schloss Oberhofen, 2015.

Francine Giese (ed.), “Editorial”, in: Copy-Paste. The Reuse of Material and Visual Culture in Architecture(bfo-Journal 1.2015), 2015, < http://bauforschungonline.ch/it/bfo-journal-12015.html >.

Francine Giese, “Restorating al-Andalus. The Alhambra and the Spanish Heritage Debate”, www.bauforschungonline.ch, April 2014, < http://bauforschungonline.ch/aufsatz/restorating-al-andalus-alhambra-and-span.html >.

Francine Giese, “The Alhambra in Granada and the Memory of its Islamic Past”, in: Crossing cultures: conflict, migration and convergence: the proceedings of the 32nd International Congress of the History of Art (Comité Internationale d'Histoire de l'Art, CIHA), The University of Melbourne, 13-18 January 2008, Jaynie Anderson (ed.), Carlton (Vic.): The Miegunyah Press, 2009, 529-531. 

Francine Giese, “Die Grosse Moschee von Cordoba zwischen Christianisierung und Re-Islamisierung”,Online-Publikation auf www.bauforschungonline.ch, August 2007, http://bauforschungonline.ch/aufsatz/die-grosse-moschee-von-cordoba-zwischen-.html.

Francine Giese, “Die Kanonisierung des westislamischen Sakralbaus”, www.bauforschungonline.ch, September 2006,    http://bauforschungonline.ch/aufsatz/die-kanonisierung-des-westislamischen-sa.html.

Francine Giese, “Sinan zwischen Vision und Auftragswerk”, www.bauforschungonline.ch, June 2006, http://bauforschungonline.ch/aufsatz/sinan-zwischen-vision-und-auftragswerk.html.

Francine Giese, “Quand une mosquée devient cathédrale. Cordoue et son passé islamique”, in: Conservation in changing societies. Heritage and development. Proceedings of the international conference on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Raymond Lemaire International Center for Conservation (1976-2006), Leuven, May 22-25, 2006, Leuven: Raymond Lemaire International Center for Conservation, 161-170.

Francine Giese, “Vom engen Kloster zum stolzen Palast”, in: 100 Jahre Hauptgebäude Bern, Oktober 2003, 26-29.

Francine Giese, “100 Jahre Hauptgebäude. Der Universitätsneubau auf der Grossen Schanze”, in: Mitteilungsblatt 2003 des Berner Heimatschutzes, 28-29.

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