Ágota Jakab-Ladó is an art historian and museologist. She finished her BA in 2012 and MA in 2014, she has studied history, art history, and research of the cultural heritage at the Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She has participated in several regional restoration camps organized by the Cultural Heritage without Borders in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Albania. She has won research fellowships in Budapest, Vienna, and Krakow, and is currently a PhD student in history and works in the Szekler Museum of Ciuc in Miercurea Ciuc, Romania.
Carolin Südkamp is a doctoral student in the department of communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research is situated at the intersection of museum studies and organizational communication. She studies how museum professionals conceptualize their work amidst changing work conditions. Further, Carolin examines communicative practices and texts of museums, like exhibitions, websites, mission statements, and photographs. She seeks to understand how museums configure a particular visitor as well as how museums construct an organizational identity.
Pınar Ceyhan is a multidisciplinary designer and design researcher. Her research focuses on designing interactions for behavior change, understanding audiences in digital and physical environments, and the role of experience on cognition and meaning-making. She has experience working as an interactive art director and designer in advertising and for non-profits, and teaching in higher education. Pınar received her PhD in design from North Carolina State University; EdM in instructional technology and media from Teachers College, Columbia University; and MFA in design and technology from Parsons School of Design, The New School.
Simge Erdogan is a PhD student in the cultural studies program at Queen’s University, Canada. Her current academic and intellectual interests encompass cultural diplomacy, critical museology and curatorial studies. She obtained her BA degree in history from Bosphorus University and her MA degree in museum studies from University College London. She earned grants and scholarships from the European Union, Scientific and the Technological Research Council of Turkey and ISTEK Foundation. Between 2015 and 2018, she worked as a full-time curator at Rahmi M. Koc Museum in Istanbul, Turkey where she was involved in a variety of museum refurbishment, extension, and exhibition projects. Her collaborative projects with the UCL Institute of Archaeology, Science Museum London and art50.net are a few examples of the work that she has been carrying out in the areas of museum, arts, and culture since 2011.
Jenean Marie Gilmer is a graduate student in heritage studies and public history at the University of Minnesota and holds an undergraduate degree in cultural studies and comparative literature. She has worked with the Minnesota Historical Society as a historic interpreter and The Sioux Chef, a pre-colonial indigenous food company and non-profit, in disrupting dominant cultural narratives and working towards developing decolonizing practices. Her current work focuses on building collaborative, community engaged and accountable projects like exhibits, archives, tours, and more, that center underrepresented and disappeared narratives in building economic as well as cultural capital in under resourced communities.
Suramya Bansal did his graduate studies in anthropology in India before starting with his archaeological research in South Africa. As a socio-cultural anthropologist, he explored the commodification of intangible and tangible culture through ethnoarchaeological perspectives in northern India. As a rock-art archaeologist, he is working at the intersection of anthropological theories, ethnographic literature, and rock art iconography to understand hand prints in southern Africa. At the same time, he enjoys engaging in applied anthropology and public archaeology to disseminate rock art and palaeoanthropological knowledge. He is pursuing a research masters program at the Rock Art Research Institute and Department of Archaeology based at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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."