Josep Montesinos is the new Dean of the Faculty of Geography and History of the Universitat de València

Josep Montesinos.
Josep Montesinos.

Josep Montesinos, professor of art history, is the new dean of the Faculty of Geography and History of the Universitat de València. The Board of the Faculty approved last Monday his appointment with 34 votes in favour and 8 blank votes. He replaces Ester Alba following her two terms of office.

His board is formed by Juan Francisco Pardo (Secretary of the Faculty), Marisa Vázquez (Vice-Dean of Quality, Educative Innovation and International relationships), Marta García Carrión (Vice-Dean of Studies and Academic Organisation), Emilio Iranzo García (Culture and Student Participation) and José María Cruselles (Economics and Infrastructures).

Josep Montesinos i Martínez is a tenured professor in Art History at the Universitat de València since 1988. He graduated and got a doctorate in Geography and History at the University. This way, he has the title of professor and has worked as such in different Valencian towns from 1987 to 1997. He is a member of the Real Academia de la Historia.

He is the current coordinator of the Preventive Preservation of Artistic Patrimony plan, within the Master’s degree in Cultural Heritage: identification, analysis and UV management. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the magazine “Saitabi i Ars Longa”. He has been the director of the International Centre of the University in Gandia and the magazine “Ars Longa Quaderns d’Art”. He has also been director of the Department of Art History and the doctoral programme of Art, scenery and visual culture; which received a quality award. He has been a member of different commissions of the University: Statutes, Teaching staff... He has also been a member of the University Senate. He wrote “Llibre Blanc de la Història de l’Art” and participated in several educational innovative projects.

He specializes in Ancient Art (Greece, Rome, Egypt, and Middle East) and Cultural Heritage. Regarding his investigation, the doctoral thesis addressed “Terra sigillata in the Valencian Country”. He conducted part of his research in the field of old ceramics. He expanded it to typological, commercial, economic, iconographic and linguistic issues through the study of graffiti in ceramics. He also dealt with Cultural Heritage issues: research, dissemination, teaching, defence... He has written alongside with other people books addressing several Valencian towns: Llíria, Bunyol, L’Eliana, Carlet, Nàquera, Torrent… In addition, he has a vision of patrimony in his social perspective: use, attachment, sustainability. He has a vision of heritage teaching too.

Some of his publications are:  Terra Sigillata. Antigüedades Romanas I, Real Academia de la Historia, Madrid, 2004; Textos d’Història Valenciana. Institución Alfons el Magnànim, València, 2000. Comercialización de Terra Sigillata en Ilici. Serie Arqueológica núm.16, Real Academia de Cultura Valenciana, 1998; El entorno local como recurso educativo. Colección Educación y Municipio, Diputació de València, 1993; Terra Sigillata en Sagvntvm y tierras valencianas. Caja de Ahorros de Sagunto, 1991, etc. He has worked in books such as: Monumentos desaparecidos de la Comunidad Valenciana, Historia de la Ciudad de Valencia: Historia, Geografía y Arte. He has published numerous articles and chapters of books:  “Sobre una escena de hombre-ciervo en la Terra Sigillata Hispánica”, “Sigillatas hispánicas con graffitti”, “Aportaciones iconográficas sobre la Terra Sigillata Hispánica. Dos escenas y su posible significado”, “Ciudad, Patrimonio y Ciudadanía”…

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