Short CV/Education and training

  • 1999
    Master (Lizentiat) in Art History at the University of Bern

  • 2004
    PhD in Art History at the University of Bern

  • 2006 – 2013
    Lecturer at the Universities of Bern and Zurich

  • 2006 – 2009
    Research stay in Madrid and Los Angeles

  • 2014
    SNSF-Professorship for Islamic Art History at the Institute of Art History, University of Zurich

  • 2015
    PostDoc qualification (Habilitation) in Art History at the University of Bern

Selected publications

  • Francine Giese, Bauen und Erhalten in al-Andalus. Bau- und Restaurierungspraxis in der Grossen Moschee von Córdoba, Bern: Peter Lang, 2016 (in press).

  • Francine Giese, Ariane Varela Braga (eds.), The Myth of the Orient. Architecture and Ornament in the Age of Orientalism, Akten der Tagung im Schloss Oberhofen, 12. Juni 2015, Bern: Peter Lang, 2016 (in press).

  • Francine Giese et al., Mythos Orient. Ein Berner Architekt in Kairo, exhibition catalogue (Oberhofen Castle), Oberhofen: Stiftung Oberhofen, 2015.

  • Francine Giese, Das islamische Rippengewölbe. Ursprung, Form, Verbreitung, Berlin: Gebr. Mann Verlag, 2007.

  • "Trabajos desapercibidos. Félix Hernández y la conservación de la Mezquita de Córdoba", in: Anales de Arqueología Cordobesa, 2008, forthcoming.

  • "Félix Hernández Giménez und die Erhaltung der Grossen Moschee von Córdoba", in: Madrider Mitteilungen, 2015, in press.

  • "Sein und Schein in der spanisch-islamischen Architektur. Die Arkaturen der Capilla de Villaviciosa und des Patio de los Leones", in: Miradas, vol. 1, October 2014.

  • "Die Moschee von Córdoba zwischen Ost und West", in: Madrider Mitteilungen, 2009, vol. 50, pp. 524-537.

  • "La Mezquita Mayor de Córdoba y Samarra", in: Anales de Arqueología Cordobesa, 2008, vol. 19, pp. 277-292.

  • "Die Gewölbe der Grossen Moschee von Córdoba und der islamische Osten", in: Madrider Mitteilungen, 2007, vol. 48, pp. 306-322.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • The Orient in Switzerland. Neo-Islamic Architecture and Interiors of the 19th and 20th centuries (University of Zurich), 2015 – 2018

  • SNSF-project "Mudejarismo and Moorish Revival in Europe. Transcultural exchanges between Muslims, Christians and Jews in the architecture of the Middle Age and Modern Times" (University of Zurich), 2014 – 2018

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Editor-in-Chief of the bfo-Journal (peer reviewed, open access)

  • Member of the editorial board of the new series Crossroads of European Cultures and Migrations (Peter Lang)

  • Editor-in-Chief of the online publication platform

  • Member of the scientific committee of the University Research Priority Program (URPP) Asia and Europe

  • Member of the scientific committee of the Schweizerische Asiengesellschaft

  • Member of the scientific committee of the Schweizerische Gesellschaft

  • Mittlerer Osten und Islamische Kulturen

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Curatorship


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