Luisa Elena Mengoni

Head and shoulders photo of Luisa Mengoni
Head of Asian and African Collections

Areas of responsibility

The Head of Asian and African Collections is responsible for developing, curating and managing our collections from Asia and Africa, including items in manuscript, printed and digital form, in more than 300 languages, and associated digitisation and research projects. She is also responsible of the Visual Arts section, which includes prints, drawings, photographs and works of art from the India Office as well as our public art collection. Her team is made up of six curatorial sections: African Collections, Middle East and Central Asian Collections, South Asian Collections, Visual Arts, South East Asian Collections and East Asian Collections. The International Dunhuang Project (IDP) is also part of the AAC Department.

Areas of expertise

My main research interests include: the history of collecting and collectors, with a focus on Chinese collections held in European institutions; Chinese export art and China trade with Europe and Asia in the 17th-19th century; cultural heritage and cultural property. I have a keen interest in digital humanities and the application of innovative tools for the study and understanding of collections.