Univ.-Ass. Dr. Mag. Davide Bianchi, PhD

E-Mail: davide.bianchi@univie.ac.at

Eintrag im Personalverzeichnis: u:find

Forschungsinformationssystem der Universität Wien: u:cris

Curriculum Vitae et Studiorum

Nationality: Italian, born 1986 in Giussano (MI), Italy

Research Interests
Archaeology of Late Antiquity and Early Christianity of the Near East;
Artistic and Cultural interactions between Rome and Jerusalem during the Byzantine period;
Monasticism in the Holy Land;
Greek Epigraphy in the Religious Contexts  

Education

2014–2017   Ph.D. in Literature, Arts and Environmental Heritage (Early Christian Archaeology) at the University of Milan, under the supervision prof. G. Bejor (University of Milan); prof. Fr. Eugenio Alliata (Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, Jerusalem). Excellent.

Ph.D. Thesis: A devotional Paradigm in the Byzantine and Early Islamic Period: Reassessing the Monastic Complex of the Memorial of Moses on Mount Nebo (in Italian)

2008–2011   M.A. in Archaeology at the University of Milan. 110/110 Summa Cum Laude.

2005–2008   B.A. in Cultural Heritage Studies (Archaeology) at University of Milan 110/110 Summa Cum Laude.

Academic and Visiting Appointments

Since October 2017   Universitätsassistent (Post-Doctoral Fellow) at the Institut für Klassische Archäologie, Universität Wien

2017 (declined)   Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Art History, Faculty of Humanities – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, advisor prof. Rina Talgam

2015 (winter semester)   Visiting Ph.D. Candidate Fellow at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies (TORS) University of Copenhagen, Denmark, advisor prof. Alan George Walmsley

2014 (August)   Visiting Ph.D. Candidate at ACOR (American Center of Oriental Research), Amman - Jordan

2012–2013   Visiting Junior Research Fellow at the Pontificia Universitas Antonianum (Studium Biblicum Franciscanum) Jerusalem

Professional Activities

(July–September 2017)   Archaeologist. Responsibilities for care and management of the byzantine collections of the Terra Sancta Museum and for organizing a permanent exhibition on the Monasticism in Palestine and Jordan.

(since March 2013)   Archaeologist Field Assistant. Archaeological Excavation in the Byzantine Church of the Memorial of Moses on Mount Nebo (Jordan), under the direction of prof. Eugenio Alliata, Chair of Christian Archaeology – Studium Biblicum Franciscanum

(February 1st, 2013–September 2013)   Consultant Archaeologist. "Terra Sancta Museum" project (http://www.terrasanctamuseum.org/)

(since 2012)   Archaeologist. Responsibilities for cataloguing of the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Early Islamic Collections in the Archaeological Museum of the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, Jerusalem – Israel

(February 1st, 2012–January 31, 2013)   International Civil Service organized by the University of Bari for preservation of Cultural Heritage in the Holy Land

Collaboration in International Projects

2016–2017   Research Member. Responsibilities for cataloguing and supervision of students. Project: Tutela, studio e valorizzazione di un patrimonio museale – Terra Sancta Museum, promoted by the University of Molise and co-funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Since 2014   Research Member. Project: Ricerca, restauro e musealizzazione del Memoriale di Mosè sul Nebo e restauro dei mosaici della montagna promoted by the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum and co-funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Fieldwork Experience

May 2008   Etruscan archaeological site of Forcello di Bagnolo S. Vito Mantova, Italy, under the direction of professor Raffaele De Marinis, Chair of Prehistory, University of Milan

(2007–2010)   Roman-Byzantine city of Nora, Italy, under the direction of Professor Giorgio Bejor, Chair of Classical Archaeology, University of Milan

(Since 2012)   Byzantine Monastery of the Memorial of Moses on Mount Nebo, Jordan under the direction of prof. Eugenio Alliata, Chair of Christian Archaeology - Studium Biblicum Franciscanum

Awards, Fellowships and grants

2017 (declined)   Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ "Government of Israel Scholarship"

(2014–2016)   Three years Grant for Ph.D. program, University of Milan

13–17 July 2015   Doctoral Summer School: Sharing Excellence – The Value of Knowledge Exchange LERU (League of European Research Universities) University of Oxford

5–9 March 2012   III International Conference "Terra Sancta" – la vita quotidiana, la cultura scribale, nuove scoperte archeologiche, Facoltà Teologica di Lugano, Switzerland

19–21 February 2014   IV International Conference "Terra Sancta" – Qumran e la regione del Mar Morto – Research Seminar: The History of the Caves of Qumran, Facoltà Teologica di Lugano, Switzerland

Publications

Chapters in Collective Books

  • Bianchi D., "Due polycandela dal museo archeologico dello Studium Biblicum Franciscanum", in Knowledge and Wisdom. Archaeological and Historical Essays in Honour Of Leah Di Segni, a cura di G.C. Bottini, C. Churpcała, J. Patrich, Milano 2014, pp. 364-370. 

Refereed Journal Articles and Refereed Articles in Proceedings

  • Bianchi D., "L’iconografia dell’annunciazione in un anello bizantino dal museo Archeologico dello Studio Biblicum Franciscanum", in Studia Orientalia Christiana Collectanea (44), Milano 2011, pp. 271-278.
  • Bianchi D., "Guerra e integrazione in un territorio conteso: il caso dei Banū Ġassām lungo il līmes arabicus" in Gilgameš. Giornale Interdisciplinare di Lettere e Linguistica, Geografia, Arte e Archeologia, Musica e Spettacolo, 1, 2016, pp. 130-144.
  • Bianchi D., "Il sogno della scala da Giacobbe a Giovanni Climaco: un percorso tra arte ebraica e cristiana" in Sogno e surreale nella letteratura e nelle arti ebraiche (Consonanze 5), a cura di E. Baricci, Milano 2017, pp. 185-201.
  • Bianchi D., "Restore the Body, Soothe the Soul: The Water Systems of the Jordanian Monasteries" in Rosapat - Studies on the Archaeology of Palestine & Transjordan (12), 2017, pp. 29-41.
  • Bianchi D., "La devozione cristiana a Mosè: pellegrinaggio e monasteri nella regione del Nebo" in Salvaguardare la memoria per immaginare il futuro. Atti della III edizione delle Giornate di archeologia e storia del Vicino e Medio Oriente. Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan (5th – 6th  May 2017), Milano 2018, pp. 9-20.
  • Bianchi D., "In margine ad una placchetta dedicata a san Giorgio" in Tra servizio civile e missioni estere: il contributo dell’Italia ai Beni Culturali della Terra Santa, a cura di F. Ciliberto, Roma 2018, pp. 45-60.
  • Bianchi D., "Le sepulture nei contesti ecclesiastici transgiordani: alcuni casi per un’indagine preliminare", in MiChA (24), 2018, pp. 37-56.

Forthcoming 

  • Bianchi D., "The Decline of the Monastic Shrines to the East of the Jordan: The Cases of Mar Liyas and Mount Nebo" in O. Peleg-Barkat, U. Leibner, R. Talgam, M. Aviam (eds.), Festschrift in Honor of Prof. Joseph Patrich.
  • Bianchi D., "A Great Monastic Estate" in L. Blank, J. Cromwell (eds.), Monastic Economies in Egypt and Palestine, 4th to 11th centuries CE, Cambridge.
  • Bianchi D., "New Archaeological Discoveries in the Basilica of the Memorial of Moses, Mount Nebo" in Studies in the History and Archaeology of Jordan XIII.

 

Conference Organization 

  • Bridging the Christian Past. The Archaeological Legacy of Fr. Michele Piccirillo, ofm (1944–2008), Institut für Klassische Archäologie - Universität Wien, 9th November 2018 (with Basema Hamarneh) 

Conference Participations and Academic talks

  • A Cave to Live and Pray: Topography of Monastic Hermitages in the Valleys of Nebo, 14th International Conference on the History and Archaeology of Jordan: Culture in Crisis: Flows of Peoples, Artifacts and Ideas, University of Florence, Florence (21st – 25th January 2019)
  • Called to a life of solitary prayer: an archaeological approach to the Hermitages of the Nebo Region,  Bridging the Christian Past The Archaeological Legacy of Fr. Michele Piccirillo, ofm (1944–2008) Institut für Klassische Archäologie - Universität Wien  (9th November 2018)
  • Local worship on the limes arabicus: Monks and saints between Palaestina and Arabia, 17th International Congress of Christian Archaeology, Utrecht University and the Radboud University Nijmegen (2nd July 2018 – 6th July 2018)
  • Der Erzmärtyrer. Der St. Stephanuskult in Ost und West, Verein zur Förderung der Christlichen Archäologie Österreichs, Institut für Klassische Archäologie, Universität Wien (12th June 2018)
  • I Principi degli Apostoli e i pontefici: devozioni tardo antiche tra Oriente e Occidente, Österreichische archäologische Forschungen in Italien - Ricerche e studi in Italia, Istituto Storico Austriaco, (14th – 15th May 2018)
  • A devotional Paradigm in the Byzantine and early Islamic Period: Reassessing the Monastic Complex of the Memorial of Moses on Mount Nebo, Jordan, XXIV. Tagung der AGCA - Forschungsgeschichte als Aufbruch, Universität Bonn, (10th – 12th May 2018)
  • Sepoltura e devozione: una nuova scoperta nel Memoriale di Mosè sul Monte Nebo, Ricerche di Archeologia Cristiana, Tardantichità e Altomedioevo, Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana, Rome (5th – 7th Febraury 2018) 
  • The Exploration of the "hidden" burial-shrine in the Memorial of Moses, Institut für Klassische Archäologie, Universität Wien (21st November 2017)
  • Il Memoriale di Mosè sul Monte Nebo: le recenti scoperte archeologiche e la nuova basilica, Salvaguardare la memoria per immaginare il futuro Giornate di archeologia e storia del Vicino e Medio Oriente, Venerada Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan (5th – 6th May 2017)
  • Restore the Body, Soothe the Soul: The Water Systems of the Jordanian Monasteries, International Seminar on Precious Water: Paths of Jordanian civilizations as seen in the Italian archaeological excavations, University of Jordan, Amman (18th October 2016)
  • New Archaeological Discoveries in the Basilica of the Memorial of Moses, Mount Nebo, 13th International Conference on the History and Archaeology of Jordan: Ethics in Archaeology Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Amman, Jordan. (21st – 26th May 2016)
  • A great monastic estate, International Conference: Monastic Economies in Egypt and Palestine, 4th to 11th centuries CE, Ertegun House, Oxford, UK (16th – 17th March 2016) 
  • Guerra e integrazione in un territorio conteso: il caso dei Banū Ġassām lungo il līmes arabicus Conference of the PhD program in Literature, Arts and Environmental Heritage, University of Milan (14th – 15th September 2015)
  • Il sogno della scala da Giacobbe a san Giovanni Climaco: un percorso tra arte ebraica e cristiana, International conference "Il sogno e il surreale nella letteratura e nelle arti ebraiche", University of Milan (10th – 11th November 2014) 
  • Il Santo Soldato: l’iconografia di san Giorgio in un token dalla collezione Kloetzly, International conference: Civil Service and Foreign Missions: The Contribution of Italy to the Cultural Heritage of the Holy Land, University of Molise, Campobasso (27th October 2014)

 

Linguistic Skills

  • Modern: Italian (mother-tongue); English (Excellent command); German (good command, in progress); French (very good command); Modern Hebrew (basic read and spoken)
  • Ancient: Latin (Classical and Mediaeval), Ancient and Byzantine Greek, Classical Arabic

 

IT and Technical Skills

  • Software: Windows and MAC OS, OS X; Office System, AutoCAD, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape, SketchUp, Autodesk, SolidWorks
  • Ability in manual and computer design
  • Architectonical survey and three-dimensional modeling
  • Ceramics specialist with advanced drawing skills
  • Photogrammetry
  • Work with Archaeological Databases (Cataloguing on on-line database according to the Italian form of the ICCD (Central Registration and Documentation Institute)