Postdoctoral Fellow, February - March 2020
Home Insitution: University of Münster
project title: A Gramscian Perspective on Colonial Baroque: Retable and Pulpit Art from Portuguese India in the 17th -18th centuries
Francesco Gusella is an art historian with a special focus on visual and applied arts from Portuguese and Islamicate South Asia during the early modern age. Currently working at the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” of the University of Münster within a postdoc program, Francesco has previously studied at the University of Naples “L’Orientale” and at the Italian Institute of Oriental Studies of “La Sapienza” University in Rome, where he obtained his PhD in 2019. He has also conducted extensive fieldworks in Portugal and India through visiting periods at the Jadavpur University of Kolkata and the University of Lisbon. His research interests encompass the realm of exoticism considered as a field of intellectual and political interactions, as well as methodological issues connected to hybridity and artistic ambiguity.
Recent publication: Gusella, Francesco. “A Gramscian perspective on colonial baroque: Goa 1650s-1720s”. Eikón Imago 10 (2021): 331-347. https://revistas.ucm.es/index.php/EIKO/article/view/74156/4564456556749