Dr Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco‘s goal for the Eastern ARC will be to collaborate in the development of activities that will foster interdisciplinary collaborations and Digital Humanities projects between Essex, UEA and Kent.
When asked about her hopes for this new role, Paola explained: “This fellowship will be an amazing opportunity for me to deepen my understanding of how new technologies can enhance access and engagement inside museums, as well as initiating a new line of research on the role of new technologies for recovery of cultural heritage in the aftermath of natural disasters.”
Based in the School of Philosophy and Art History (SPAH) at Essex since January 2018, Paola received a BA, MA and then a Post-graduate Specialisation in Late Antiquity and Medieval Archaeology from Sapienza University of Rome. She then went on to receive a PhD from the University of California, Merced, in 2014.
Paola’s research combines material culture, heritage, and cognitive science to explore how new technologies impact heritage making processes and the interpretation processes of the past. Paola’s recent Marie Sklodowska Curie project, titled DIGIFACT: Digital artefacts: How People Perceive Tangible Cultural Heritage through Different Media, has clarified the role of new technologies in the perception and understanding of cultural heritage; specifically how 3D virtual and material replicas can re-define museum practices.
Paola is now developing two new projects to further her line of research aimed at analysing how new technologies impact heritage making and interpretation processes of the past. The first project investigates the role new technologies might play in the rebuilding process societies face after suffering natural disasters or environmental trauma. The second project combines 3D technologies and historical enquiry methods to foster the critical engagement of young children with their heritage in conflict afflicted countries.
Welcome to the team Paola, we wish you all the best with your work in the Digital Humanities!