Miriana Carbonara holds a PhD in Art History from the University of East Anglia (UK). Her principal research interests include the visual and material culture of early modern Italy, from architecture and painting to cartography and travel narratives with special interests in the circulation of artistic forms and ideas into and out of the Italian context. Her area of research also includes the relationship between aesthetics and visual/textual forms across a range of early modern media, with an emphasis on cartography. Her dissertation entitled Between Cartography and Representation: Borders and maps of early modern Bologna and Modena explores notions of borders, fluidity, representation and experience of space in relation to early modern cartography. She received her BA and MA degrees in Art History at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ with a dissertation on rural architecture and its relation to the Mediterranean world exploring the consequences of contemporary mass tourism in a particular type of rural architecture in Southern Italy. Her research interests also focus on the study and analysis of the problems relating to the preservation and documentation of cultural heritage.