An interview I did with Professor Geraldine Fitzpatrick for her podcast “Changing Academic Life” is now available to listen to. The podcast series is an incredibly valuable resource for anyone interested in reflecting on their own academic approach and work-life strategies.
My university, Sheffield Hallam University (UK), is currently inviting applications for funded PhD scholarships across a range of subject areas. This is a competitive process and applicants must satisfy a number of eligibility criteria.
Specifically, I will be supervising students in three areas:
- Cultural Heritage technologies
- Tangible interaction and physical/digital materialities
- CSCW and the collaborative economy
Those who are interested in applying to study under my supervision are warmly invited to contact me directly to discuss their ideas and topics towards the application.
Full information on how to apply is detailed on the website. Deadline for applications is February 1st, 2018. Interviews of shortlisted applicants will take place in early March 2018. Successful applicants will enrol in September 2018.
Two new publications have appeared this November: first of all, a paper I have written with Marc McLoughlin on “Supporting Place-Specific Interaction Through a Physical/Digital Assembly”, published in the Human-Computer Interaction journal. It is fully open access, so anyone can read it at this link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07370024.2017.1399061
Secondly, the proceedings of the workshop on “Nomadic Cultures Beyond Work Practices” that I co-organised at ECSCW 2017 with Fabiano Pinatti, Chiara Rossitto, Airi Lampinen and Breda Gray are now published as a special issue of the International Reports on Socio-Informatics (IRSI) series: http://www.iisi.de/international-reports-on-socio-informatics-irsi/#c511
The workshop proceedings also include by short paper with Eleanor Lockley on “Work-Life Strategies on the Move: Reconfiguring Boundaries”: http://www.iisi.de/fileadmin/IISI/upload/IRSI/2017Vol14Iss3/5_ciolfi-lockley_irsi_v14_n3.pdf
The book I have edited with my meSch project colleagues Areti Damala, Eva Hornecker, Monika Lechner and Laura Maye has now been published by Routledge. “Cultural Heritage Communities: Technologies and Challenges” collects ideas from different disciplines, cultures, methods and goals, to inspire scholars and practitioners involved in community heritage projects.
Cultural heritage communities of interest have increasingly expanded from cultural heritage professionals to volunteers, special interest groups and independent citizen-led initiative groups. Digital technology has also increasingly impacted cultural heritage by affording novel experiences of it – it features in a number of activities for all the aforementioned groups, as well as acting as support for visitors to cultural heritage centres. With different degrees of formality and training, these communities are increasingly defining and taking ownership of what is of value to them, thus reconfiguring the care, communication, interpretation and validation of heritage. Digital technology has played a crucial role in this transformative process.
In a fully international context, cultural heritage practitioners, community champions and academics from different fields of study have contributed to the book. Each chapter brings to the fore the multiple relationships between heritage, communities and technologies as a focus of study and reflection in an inclusive way. Contributions touch upon present and future opportunities for technology, as well as participatory design processes with different stakeholders.