Cultural and Museum Studies, University of Leicester
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.
ICOM UK - International Council of Museums member (2017 - present)