Emerging Scholar Awards

A small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. The Award provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics—meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and lasting connections. Awardees are invited to attend the conference to present their work and play a critical organizational role in the conference by leading discussions, chairing parallel sessions, and providing assistance in session rooms.

Applications are open to those pursuing research degrees, post- and graduate students, as well as early-career faculty.

To apply, follow the link below. You may also view further instructions by selecting our "Step-By-Step Guide."

Final Deadline: 8 May 2021

2021 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. Emerging Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, and presenting their own research papers. The 2021 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients are as follows:

Xi Wang

Xi Wang

Queen’s University, Belfast, UK

Xi Wang is working at Queen’s University Belfast as a Marie-Curie Early Stage Researcher, Xi Wang is also doing a PhD in translation studies at School of Arts, English and languages. Her research interest is in audiovisual translation, media accessibility and audio description for museums. She currently works with world leading tourist attraction - Titanic Belfast and Royal National Institution of Blind people to investigate novel access options that employ new technologies to enhance museum accessibility and visitor experience for blind and partially sighted visitors. Her research focus includes smart replica design and AI-based museum chatbot design.

Elena Terranova

Elena Terranova

King's College London, UK

Elena Terranova is a PhD researcher and graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London. Her doctoral research investigates European dance-museums collaborative practices and their impacts on all stakeholders involved and has received funding from both the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and the UK Economic and Social Research Council.

Elena graduated with distinction from University College London (Qatar) with an MA in Museum and Gallery Practice. Previously, she obtained an MA in Art History from University of Perugia (Italy), having spent a semester at Cambridge University as an Erasmus student.

Daria Gradusova

Daria Gradusova

Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Daria is currently a PhD candidate at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne doing research within the GLAM sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) focusing on curatorial and design practices. Having completed tenures at some of the most popular museums in the world, including the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and more recently at the Museum of Russian Art in New Jersey as an overseas correspondent, Daria is well-versed in enhancing the experience of museums on a global scale.

Marrianne Ubalde

Marrianne Ubalde

Hokkaido University, Japan

Marrianne Ubalde is a PhD candidate majoring in Museum Studies under the Graduate School of Letters, Department of History and Area Studies at Hokkaido University, Japan. She is originally from the Philippines, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and her masters of Arts in Asian Studies major in Japan Studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Her research interests include identity, ethnic and minority groups, and (ethnological) museums. A summary of her master’s thesis, “Diverging Narratives: Lives and Identities of Japanese-Filipino Children in the Philippines” is published with the Asian Studies Journal. She has done museum internships at NIbutani Ainu Culture Museum, Hokkaido, Japan and assisted in exhibition set-ups at Hokkaido University Museum. Her dissertation deals with mapping the space of Ainu people’s participation in Ainu-related museums and exhibitions in Japan.

Levent Tökün

Levent Tökün


Levent is an Archaeologist and Art Historian focused on cultural heritage politics, and museums. He obtained his BA degree in Archaeology and History of Art from Koç University, Turkey, where he also spent a semester abroad at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, as an exchange student, and later completed his dual MA degree in World Heritage Studies at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany & in Cultural Heritage at Deakin University, Australia. For the MA thesis, he researched the issue of return of illicitly trafficked cultural property both to and from Turkey regarding policy consistency and goodwill. Currently, Levent is one of the first European Heritage Youth Ambassadors selected by Europa Nostra, the European Heritage Tribune, and the European Students’ Association for Cultural Heritage (ESACH).

Elina Vikmane

Elina Vikmane


Elina Vikmane is a PhD student, Research Assistance at LKA Research Centre, Director of the master’s degree programme “Cultural Heritage Governance and Communication” at Latvian Academy of Culture and the board member at the Latvian Contemporary Art Museum Foundation. Its aim is to develop the very first contemporary art museum in Latvia. The focus of her PhD thesis is on the opportunities and constraints of Latvian museums to find, accept, and expand their social role in contemporary society in the 21st century. Selected by the Minister of Culture, she has become a member of the Culture Heritage expert Commission at the State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia. In 2020, she was elected to the board of the Latvian Museum Association. Her work on the museum re-opening campaign in Latvia was recently internationally acknowledged as the best practice example of “Post Pandemic Approaches” by NEMO*.

​Angeliki Tsiotinou

​Angeliki Tsiotinou

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Angeliki Tsiotinou is a PhD student in Museum Studies at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. She conducted her doctoral research in the United States as a Fulbright Scholar and is currently completing her dissertation in Greece funded by the State Scholarship Foundation. Her thesis explores the poetics and the politics of exhibiting immigrant, ethnic and racial pasts, using the case study of Greek America. Angeliki also holds professional experience in providing museum planning consultancy services in clients in Greece and Europe. Having lived, studied, and worked in 3 countries and 5 cities around the world, she aspires that her transcultural perspective will contribute to enhancing public humanities’ relevance in response to an era of hybridization and social change.

Rui Sun

Rui Sun

Queen's University Belfast, Ireland

Rui Sun is a Ph.D. candidate in translation studies at the School of Arts, English and

Languages, Queen's University Belfast. Her research interests include translation

studies, narratives in museums, and contested histories. Her thesis explores the

translation and representation of difficult histories in museums. She is working with

the National Museums Northern Ireland to produce the Chinese translation for the

Troubles and Beyond Gallery in the Ulster Museum. Expanding the concept of

inclusivity to linguistic inclusivity through translation is a conversation only just

beginning to take place in this international community. Her research is well placed to

contribute to issues of representation and the ways in which museums are responding

to the changing expectations of visitors and civil society.

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