Simona Bodo (BA in Art History from Università degli Studi Milan, MA in Museums and Galleries Administration from City University London) is an independent researcher and consultant with a particular interest in the social agency of museums and their role in the development of diverse and inclusive heritage communities.
On these issues she acts as an advisor to public and private institutions (e.g. Uffizi Galleries, Brera Picture Gallery, Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities – former DG for the Valorisation of Cultural Heritage, Cultural Heritage Institute of the Emilia-Romagna Region, Fondazione ISMU – Initiatives and Studies on Multiethnicity, Fondazione Cariplo, Fondazione Scuola Beni Attività Culturali, Eccom – Ideas for Culture), and has taken part as a team expert in a number of European projects devoted to the issue of immigrants’ cultural participation.
She is co-creator and editor of “Patrimonio e Intercultura” (English version also available), an on-line resource promoted by Fondazione ISMU and specifically devoted to the intercultural potential of heritage education projects.
She is Advisory Board member of SiA – Solidarity in Action Network, an international online community collaboratively reflecting on solidarity practice in museums.
Her publications/essays include: S. Bodo, A. C. Cimoli (eds.), Il museo necessario. Mappe per tempi complessi (Nomos Edizioni, 2023); S. Bodo, S. Mascheroni, M. G. Panigada (eds.), Lascio in eredità me stesso alla terra (Masso delle Fate, 2021); S. Bodo, S. Mascheroni, M. G. Panigada (eds.), Un patrimonio di storie. La narrazione nei musei, una risorsa per la cittadinanza culturale (Mimesis Edizioni, 2016); S. Bodo, “Museums as intercultural spaces”, in R. Sandell and E. Nightingale (eds.), Museums, Equality and Social Justice (Routledge, 2012); S. Bodo, K. Gibbs and M. Sani (eds.), Museums as Places for Intercultural Dialogue: selected practices from Europe (published by MAP for ID partners, 2009); S. Bodo et al., A Brera anch’io. Il museo come terreno di dialogo interculturale (Electa 2007); S. Bodo and M. R. Cifarelli, Quando la cultura fa la differenza. Patrimonio, arti e media nella società multiculturale (Meltemi 2006).