2017 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients

John Jay Boda

John Jay Boda

Florida State University, Florida, United States

Jay's a multi-disciplinary edu-curator at Florida State University. He's specialized in education, interpretation, and communication, along with evaluation, visitor-centered exhibitions, and transmedia storytelling. Jay's a strong research professional working towards a PhD in the Museum Education and Visitor-Centered Exhibitions (MEX) program. His dissertation centers on reflective judgment and critical thinking. The International Council of Museums committee for University Museum and Collections recently awarded Jay a student grant to conduct research for them. He also holds an MFA in screenwriting and is a retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant. Follow him on Twitter @MUSEum_THINKing.

Danielle Carter

Danielle Carter

Freelance Museum Educator and Researcher at Tangible Education

Danielle Carter completed two Master’s research projects: one in narrative and museum education and the other in the use of play in the museum space. She has presented at the Inclusive Museum Conference (2016 & 2017), the MACCH conference (2017), and the Hands On! Conference (2017). Furthermore, her research has been published in Acta Academiae Artium Veilnensis (fall 2017) and in the proceedings of the 2017 Narrative and Metaphor in Education conference (forthcoming). Her research continues to focus on the visitor’s learning experience in the museum; this proposed research will allow her to continue her work with narrative to understand how visitors construct knowledge in the museum. Follow her on twitter at @educatetangible or read her blog at medium.com/@educatetangible

Kahina Le Louvier

Kahina Le Louvier

Northumbria University, England, United Kingdom

Kahina earned a BA in Art History from Paris VII before boarding on an Erasmus Mundus masters in Cultural Identity Studies that brought her to St Andrews, Buenos Aires and Lisbon. She has now settled in Northumbria University (Newcastle, UK) as a PhD student in Information Science. Her research explores how social inclusion of refugees and asylum seekers can be further promoted by combining investigations of their information practices and cultural heritage enactments. She is involved in various local community organisations working with refugees. She also presides the University society for postgraduate researchers and recently became trustee of the Student Union.

Vu Tuan Nguyen

Vu Tuan Nguyen

The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Vu Tuan Nguyen is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney in museum studies. His forthcoming thesis Queering Australian Museums: Management, Collections, Exhibitions and Connections seeks to develop a theoretically and practically informed approach to museum work that integrates queer histories, identities, and communities at its core .

www.vutuannguyen.com

Mira Thurner

Mira Thurner

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Mira completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Newcastle, Australia majoring in sculpture, some years ago. After an honours year where she was encouraged to use her love of text and narrative, she was given the opportunity to work for a year as a demonstrator lecturer in the Fibre Art Department, sadly now defunct.

Further work and studies in education administration, programming and arts management allowed possibilities to follow interests in the web of pedagogy, literature and storytelling, philosophy, music, film, technology and psychology. Mira loves choosing her own ‘artventure’, play and the potential for creativity and innovation to change people’s minds and lives.

Reena Dewan

Reena Dewan

ARTS ACRE - Museum of Bengal Modern Art, Kolkata, India

Reena Dewan is President of ICOM India, Vice President at Emami Art, India and former Director ArtsAcre Museum, India. Ms. Dewan is also an accomplished visual artist who has recently been collaborating with musicians internationally to produce innovative and creative art works. She co-convened the International Conference on Gender Mainstreaming and Cultural Rights in 2016. In November this year, she will play a pivotal role in the 2017 ICOM Annual Conference of the International Committee on Management (INTERCOM) that will be hosted at Emami Art. She has been awarded fellowship of 'ArtThinkSouthAsia' 2017-2018 batch, for an international training program in U.K., to build potential leaders in Art and Museums. She was selected and sent on full grant for ICOM-ITC April 2017 workshop in Beijing, China.

In Their Words

I recieved interesting inputs on my presentation from the audience. It was also an excellent opportunity to interact with scholars and museum practitioners from around the world."

Kanika Singh, 2015 Awardee

Being a Graduate Scholar was a great opportunity to learn some dynamics on how to organize and chair an International Conference from the successful moments to the stressful ones and more."

Fabiana Heinrich, 2016 Awardee