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Lucrezia Gigante

Cultural and Museum Studies, University of Leicester

Thesis title:

The spatial politics of art organisations’ public programmes: can they act as bridges to cultural citizenship?

My research looks at the spatial dimension of arts organisations and the role they play within the urban context of Birmingham. By using public programmes as points of entry for cultural citizenship and routes to cultural participation beyond the site of the gallery, I am aiming to map patterns of cultural engagement across the city to deepen our understanding of the urban networks engendered by arts institutions. The project’s interdisciplinary framework is underpinned by theories within Museum Studies and Cultural Studies and methodologies borrowed from Human Geography. 

As the project builds on ongoing and lively debates around the role of museums as hubs of cultural democracy where arts organisations are considered at the forefront of radical societal change (Janes 2015; Sandell 2012; Simon 2010; 2016) – at least potentially, the interest of this research lies in questioning the strategies and the mechanisms of those institutional practices that are devised to facilitate dialogue and engage communities.

Research Area

  • Cultural and Museum Studies

Public Engagement & Impact

  • Doctoral College Poster Competition, 24 February 2020, University of Leicester
  • 'Cultural citizenship and Participatory Mapping', 1-4 June 2020 PGR Research Week, School of Museum Studies , Leicester


ICOM UK - International Council of Museums member (2017 - present)

Academic and Professional Roles

  • Editor-in-chief Museological Review  (2020-2021), Issue 25
  • Organising Committee for Museum Studies PGR Research Week (1-4 June 2020)
  • Teaching Support at the School of Museum Studies (MA modules marking)

Academic Qualifications

  • Master of Arts in Art Museum and Gallery Studies, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester - Distinction
  • Master of Arts in Classical Philology, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano - 110/110 summa cum laude
  • Bachelor of Arts in Classics, Università degli Studi di Bari - 110/110 summa cum laude