- Italian art, illustration, and photography between nineteenth and twentieth centuries
- Colonial and fascist cultural heritage in Italy
- Postcolonial and decolonial theories
- Exhibition history
- Cultural heritage after natural disasters
- Arte e colonialismo in Italia. Oggetti, immagini, migrazioni (1882–1906), Venice 2021 (Collana del Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz).
- “Art contemporain et préservation critique des monuments du fascisme en Italie. Un 'iconoclash' à Bolzano”, in Le fascisme italien au prisme des arts contemporains. Réinterprétations, remontages, déconstructions, ed. Laura Iamurri, Luca Acquarelli and Francesco Zucconi, Rennes 2021.
- “La Sapienza, il Fascismo, una mostra. Snodi critici nella ricezione dell’arte del Ventennio negli anni Ottanta”, Studi di Memofonte, XXIV (2020), pp. 208–244.
- “Staging Colonialism in the ‘other’ Italy. Art and Ethnography at Palermo’s National Exhibition (1891/92)”, Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, LIX, 1 (2017), Visualizing Otherness in Modern Italy (XIX-XX Century), pp. 87–108.
- “Syncronies of violence. Italian Colonialism and Marinetti’s Depiction of Africa in Mafarka le Futuriste”, in Vision in motion. Streams of Sensation and Configurations of Time, ed. Michael F. Zimmermann, Berlin 2016, pp. 165–182.
Carmen Belmonte is the scientific coordinator of the research unit Decolonizing Italian Visual and Material Culture within the project SPAZIDENTITÀ. Spazialità materiale e immateriale della costruzione nazionale italiana dalla Repubblica Cisalpina alla fine del Fascismo, co-funded by the École Française de Rome (2022–2026). She is also a postdoctoral research associate at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut and teaches at the University of Florence as an adjunct lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art.
Her research focuses on the visual culture and legacy of Italian colonialism and fascism, as well as on cultural heritage in contemporary Italy.
She studied at the University of Calabria (B.A. 2004, M.A. 2007) and at the University of Pisa ("Diploma di Specializzazione" in Art History, 2011). At the LARTTE LAB of the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa she was a research fellow within the project Osservatorio delle politiche per il patrimonio culturale (2009–2011). During her PhD in Art History (University of Udine, 2017) she was a member of the Swiss Doctoral Program in Civiltà Italiana at the University of Lugano (2013–2016) and a visiting scholar at the European University Institute, Fiesole (2015–2016).
She was awarded postdoctoral fellowships from the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte (2017–2018), the American Academy in Rome (2018–2019), the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut (2019–2021), and the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at the Columbia University, New York (2020).
In 2019 she organized the conference "A Difficult Heritage: The Afterlife of Fascist-Era Architecture, Monuments, and Works of Art in Italy" (11–12 March 2019, Bibliotheca Hertziana, American Academy in Rome) and is currently editing a multi-authored volume on the same topic.