Joanna Ciemińska

Quoting name: Joanna Ciemińska
Professional Category/Position: PhD Candidate; Researcher at PALAMUSTO
Research project title: Practices of collecting and displaying Asian porcelain and lacquer in European early modern palaces, 1500–1800
Supervisor: Nuno Senos, IHA-NOVA FCSH/IN2PAST; Advisor: António Nunes Pereira, Parques de Sintra-Monte da Lua
Thematic areas: Early Modern Architecture, Consumption, Collecting, Court Studies
Position(s) within IHA: RG Member [Pre-Modern Visual and Material Cultures]
CIÊNCIA ID: B117-1B4C-8463
ORCiD: 0000-0003-3859-7976



Joanna Ciemińska holds a B.A. and M.A. from both History of Art and French Philology (University of Warsaw) and is currently a PhD candidate in History of Art at UNL. Her doctoral track is part of the European Training Network PALAMUSTO, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. It aims to study the socio-architectural history of early modern palaces and court residences, focusing on the phenomena of cultural exchange in a European comparative perspective, as well as to establish the best practices for managing the present-day palaces-museums. Within the project, Joanna’s interests are centred on collecting, consumption and spaces of display; she is currently writing a dissertation on the practices of collecting and displaying Asian porcelain and lacquer in early modern courtly spaces across Europe. In 2021 she was a visiting researcher at Utrecht University and Complutense University in Madrid and in 2022 she completed a professional secondment at Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua. As of recently, Joanna’s research has also focused on the practices of gift-giving of non-European goods in 16th and early 17th centuries; she is currently quantitatively analysing the gift-giving patterns of the members of the House of Habsburg through the use of digital tools, such as ArcGIS and Gephi. In her work in the field of literary studies she translated and prepared a critical edition of French 17th– and 18th-century texts (from abbé de Choisy, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, marquis de Sade and Senancour), as part of a project on the figures of difference in French literature, conducted by the Institute of French Philology of the University of Warsaw (to be published in 2023). Her other research interests include heritage interpretation and curating heritage institutions, contemporary methodologies in the humanities, early modern iconography and printing, 18th-century book illustration and sensory studies in historical research.

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