Yvette has a BA in natural science from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) and two masters’, one in molecular biology from CCSU and one in forensic science from the University of Florida. She is completing her doctoral (PhD) degree in public health epidemiology at Walden University. She works as a bacteriologist. She cares about higher education for low income youth, as well as the justice, arts and sciences. She does volunteer work with local, state and federal agencies: CCSU, New Britain Police, FBI, and the New Britain Museum of American Art.
Anna Toledano is a PhD candidate at Stanford University studying the history of science. Her dissertation, “Collecting Empire: The Science and Politics of Natural History Museums in New Spain, 1770-1820,” focuses on natural history collecting in eighteenth-century Spain and Spanish America. She is also a museum professional and developed content for exhibitions and collections at the New York Botanical Garden from 2012 to 2015. Her academic work has been supported by the Huntington Library and Gardens as well as the Europe Center and the Center for Latin American Studies at Stanford University.
Carly Ciufo is a doctoral candidate of the LR Wilson Institute for Canadian History in the department of history at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Prior to returning to graduate school in 2016, she held multiple research, exhibit, and collections roles at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Her current research is on human rights museums and the people who build them. She chairs the graduate student committee of the Canadian Historical Association and was recently elected student representative on the organization’s Council.
Dr. Laura-Edythe Coleman is an American museum researcher who bridges the fields of museum studies and library science to further our understanding of cultural institutions in society. She earned her Ph.D. in information science from Florida State University. Dr. Coleman holds a post as an online lecturer for the museum studies graduate program at Johns Hopkins University. Her areas of research and teaching include museum studies, cultural heritage informatics, social justice and inclusion, research methods, collections management, and digital curation. As a forward-thinking museum researcher, she performs quantitative and qualitative studies, and frequently forms research partnerships outside the museum and library fields. She is the author of Understanding and Implementing Inclusion in Museums.
Daniela is a postdoctoral researcher in HCI, games and cultural heritage at the University of Bath. She has worked as a web, graphic and interaction designer with museums in the USA, Italy and UK. She has a master’s degree in technology enhanced communication for cultural heritage from the University of Lugano, Switzerland and a second master’s degree in media arts and computer science from New Mexico Highlands University, USA. During her doctorate at the Centre for Digital Entertainment at the University of Bath in UK, she explored the concepts of authenticity and entertainment in contemporary museums through game creation and game play. She is currently investigating the use of games to stimulate social reflection and dialogue in difficult heritage sites.
Hannah Hurwitz is a community engagement specialist, with experience in design (interior and graphic) and nonprofit administration. Ms. Hurwitz has worked at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) for the past seven years. During that time, she directed the Office of Community Engagement, where she built and maintained university-community partnerships and initiated and oversaw arts-based programs and events. In her current role, with the Institute for Municipal & Regional Policy, Ms. Hurwitz oversees grant-funded programs that involve collaboration between higher education and the broader community for the mutual benefit of participants. In 2016, she received an MA in graphic design from CCSU.
Melanie Brown is a PhD candidate at Bournemouth University. Melanie‘s research involves a consideration of copyright law and the film industry within the European Digital Single Market. She is currently researching moral copyright law within the cultural heritage sector. Melanie graduated from Aberystwyth University with a degree in criminal law. She also holds a master’s degree in human rights law from Sunderland University. For her master’s dissertation, Melanie explored compulsory licensing of essential pharmaceuticals in public health emergencies. Melanie has also worked as a corporate paralegal in a commercial law firm, assisting fee earners with various commercial and intellectual property matters.
Mairead Quinn is a final year PhD student at the University of Ulster in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her research focuses on an analysis of intercultural museum practice across Europe, Britain and Northern Ireland. She holds a master of arts degree from the University of Ulster in museum studies, and a bachelor of arts (Hons) degree in sociology and history from the Open University. Previous to undertaking PhD research Mairead worked in the ethnic minority community arts sector in Belfast, focusing primarily on project development, project management and delivery, and volunteer management for festivals.
Sarah Graves received her bachelors in anthropology with a minor in art history in 2009 and a masters in classical civilizations in 2012, along with certifications in museum studies and program evaluation. She is a doctoral candidate at Florida State University in the museum education and visitor- centered exhibitions program; her research focuses on volunteer experience, specifically volunteer motivation and retention in a museum setting. She is currently the digital asset manager in the curatorial department at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in Montgomery, Alabama, where she manages digital collections and exhibition design.
Shikoh Shiraiwa is originally from Japan and currently working at the University of Central Oklahoma in the United States as a library archives specialist. He manages the majority of the university’s art collections and serves as a curator, collection researcher, and grants writer. Shiraiwa has been developing and supervising student internship programs and other educational programs. His personal research interests are the future direction of the museum, focusing on the museums and cultural politics to seek and practice multi-perspective method to promote equality of all cultures and societies. His new research project is a comparative study on re-examining the concept of art, anthropology, and natural history within museums, as well as to promote multi-ethnic, multiracial, and multicultural characteristics of Japanese and Finnish societies through museum exhibitions.
Ioannis Athanasiou is a PhD candidate in (museum) educational studies at Goldsmiths University of London. Funded by the Centers of Identities and Social Justice and Arts and Learning, his research focuses on museum programs and interventions with young people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. A qualified social worker since 1999, Ioannis has expertise in art-based methodologies with vulnerable young people, including those who are disabled, at-risk or offend. He also has a graduate degree in culture and arts management (Panteion University of Athens, Greece) and an MA in education: culture, language and identity (distinction). He is currently safeguarding adviser for the United Reformed Church in the UK, as well as a special school governor and fellow at the Royal Society of Arts, advocating for safe and inclusive education in the cultural and heritage sectors.
Silvana Zamora is an electronic engineer and has a doctorate in visual environment and efficient illumination, and is a graduate of the department of luminotecnia, light and vision of the State University of Tucumán, Argentina. Currently, she is the holder of a postdoctoral scholarship of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Investigations (CONICET) and is soon to defend her thesis of master in museology at the same university.
Her research is centered on the quantification and characterization of environmental conditions of the spaces destined to the exhibition of museum objects, by means of the design of methodologies and specific instruments.
Sebastiaan has completed his bachelor in business administration at Hotelschool the Hague, Amsterdam Branch, in March 2013, after which he worked in several hotels and restaurants, including a management internship at Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz. He went on to complete an MSc international hotel and tourism management and started his PhD at the Oxford School of hospitality management in September 2016. His PhD looks at the integration and learning of volunteers in a service sector context, working with the League of Friends.
Olga Zabalueva is a PhD student at the department for studies of social change and culture (Tema Q), Linköping University, Sweden. A holder of two MA degrees, in museology and in applied cultural analysis, Olga combines almost 10 years of practical museum work at depositories and collections departments both in Russian and Swedish cultural institutions with the strong connection to the academic research. Olga’s research focuses on cultural heritage and the (re)construction of national identities; democracy, norm-criticism and active social position of contemporary museum as an institution; representations of the recent past and communicative memory practices in museum contexts.
Jessica Stepp is an administration intern at the Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, a Master’s candidate in heritage and museum sciences at Texas Tech University, and a CH Foundation Fellow. Her interests include museum administration, community engagement, emerging technologies, and disaster preparedness. Her thesis topic explores increasing access to collections objects through the use of 3D technologies. As an intern, she assists with the Museum’s re-accreditation preparations, drafts policies and procedures, and conducts institutional and collections research. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in education from Rhodes College and a master of arts in history from the University of Central Arkansas.
Yaxi Liu is a Beijing based scholar with three years curating and designing experience. As an exhibition coordinator and designer, she has worked at Tsinghua University Art Museum after graduating from University of Arts London, 2015. Yaxi Liu’s research focus is museum narration of the digital era when virtual worlds are integrated into architectural and exhibition environments. The ongoing changes inspire her to explore alternative approaches of curating and designing. Her paper, Museum Narration: a Memory-driven Storyscape is published at Conference on Digital Culture 2017: "Digital Art, Design and Advertising", Hong Kong Open University.
Francesca Pandolfi recently completed her MA from Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus- Senftenberg (Germany) in world heritage studies. She wrote a thesis on “Enjoying Art with Cognitive Impairment. A Case Study from Prato (Italy)”. She received a BA from the University of Turin in archaeology and history of art of cultural heritage. Francesca was a visiting student at the University of Tsukuba, in Japan, and the University Lumière Lyon 2, in France. Among others, she is a volunteer for the Ecomuseums and Community Museums Forum and for FAI (Italian National Trust). She presented her research on activities in museums for people with cognitive impairments at the Tenth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum in Manchester (UK) and at the World Usability Day in Milan (Italy).
Dr. Stephanie B. Anderson is a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Pennsylvania (PennDesign), and a lecturer at the University of British Columbia. She holds a Ph.D. & M.Ed. in curriculum and pedagogy (The University of British Columbia) and a B. Ed. and B.A (honors) in history and french (Queen's University). Her research and teaching interests include museum studies, public history, critical heritage studies, decolonization, national identities, history education, and historical consciousness. Dr. Anderson has recently published in Tier 1 national and international journals, the Canadian Journal of Education (CJE) and Museum Management and Curatorship. Her article in the Canadian Journal of Education was chosen as the journal's top 2017 English-language article.
Beatrice Harris is a doctoral candidate in the department of cultural heritage and museum studies at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. She also works as a researcher in the cultural heritage sector. Beatrice completed a BA(honors) in history at the University of Notre Dame Australia. Her PhD. research seeks to investigate the ethical and moral principles relevant to museum policy and practice, particularly in the representation of difficult histories. Her thesis looks at the interpretation of Australian colonial history and explores how theories from moral philosophy can inform decolonisng processes in the museum within this context.
Daria believes in enlivening spaces and museum collections through design techniques which trigger imagination in one way or another. She researches the concept of immersion in museums which draws from design, environmental psychology, UX, architecture, and museology. Her professional interests are exhibition design, management of design processes, UX for museums, libraries and archives.
Having gained research experience over the past 7 years in the US, the UK, and Australia, Daria is currently based in Italy and is finishing her dissertation on the topic of immersive design.
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."
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."