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Department of the History of Art and Archaeology

Dr Iside Carbone

MA (SOAS), MPhil (SOAS), PhD (UCL)


Iside Carbone
Department of the History of Art and Archaeology

Research Associate

Dr Iside Carbone
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Dr Iside Carbone graduated in Chinese Language and Literature from Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, with a dissertation on Chinese Shang- and Zhou-Dynasty bronzes. She then carried out advanced studies in Chinese art and archaeology at Nankai University, Tianjin, and she specialised in Chinese export art at SOAS, London.
She holds a PhD in anthropology from University College London. Her thesis focused on mechanisms of reception and perception of Chinese art in Italy, analysing museum displays. She works for the Royal Anthropological Institute and cooperates with the British Museum in various activities. She is also Asian art specialist for a private auction house.


  • Associate, UCL Centre for Museums, Heritage and Matarial Culture Studies.
  • Member, Museum Ethnographers Group.


With a solid background in Chinese language and culture and a specialism in Chinese art and archaeology, Dr Iside Carbone carried out research on Chinese export art, studying in depth the collection of Chinese export watercolours at the British Museum. As she became increasingly interested in exploring the connections between art, museum displays and mechanisms of representation of cultural Other, she conducted anthropological research on Chinese art displays in Italian museums. Her next project stems from the findings of her doctoral research, as she is going to examine the cultural implications of the history, policies and agendas of museums of Asian arts in European countries, with particular focus on collections of Chinese artefacts.


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