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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?

The research will examine public programmes as points of entry for cultural citizenship beyond the site of the gallery, thus deepening the understanding of the urban networks and forms of cultural participation activated by art organisations.
The project’s interdisciplinary framework is underpinned by theories and methodologies within museum studies, cultural studies and human geography. It sits within the wider discourse around the politics of cultural participation, responding to the need for a multidisciplinary approach to tackle the multidimensional question of the impact of cultural organisations. The interdisciplinary project seeks to capture the patterns of cultural engagement across the city, through participatory mapping and creative visual methods.

Research Area

  • Cultural and Museum Studies

Public Engagement & Impact

  • 'Participatory practices: from engagement to co-curation', UNESCO - Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia, Beyond Museums, Training Course (16/09/2021)
  • 'Piercing the museum: Situated practices from Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid – In conversation with Jesús Carrillo', Museological Review Issue 25, pp. 146-151 (2021)
  • 'Cultural citizenship and participatory mapping', University of Warwick (11/12/2020)
  • Content Curation of Day 129 Museums Unlocked 'Museums and Learning' Twitter initiative by Professor Dan Hicks (10/12/2020)
  • 'The spatial politics of arts organisations', Research Week, University of Leicester (01/06/2020)
  • Poster Presentation, Doctoral College Week, University of Leicester (02/2020) (awarded ELTU prize)
  • 'Effective Communication Strategies', 1st International Conference, UNESCO Global Network of Water Museums, Valencia (13/06/2019)


ICOM, Museums Association.

Academic and Professional Roles

  • Co-Editor-in-chief Museological Review Issue 25 '(Re)Visiting Museums' (2020–21) 
  • Research Seminars Co-organiser, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester (01-06/21) 
  • PGR Student Representative School of Museum Studies (2020-21)
  • Conference Committee Member 'PGR Research Week', School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester (01-04/06/20; 07-10/06/21)
  • MA Module Marking Support, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester (2020; 2021)
  • MA Student Representative, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester (2017–18)

Academic Qualifications

2017 – 2018: MA Art Museum and Gallery Studies  University of Leicester - Distinction
2013 – 2016: MA Classical Philology, Università Cattolica di Milano - 110 cum laude
2009 – 2013: BA Classics, Università degli Studi di Bari - 110 cum laude

Work Experience

Relevant Training

Teaching training; Research Philosophy; Creative Writing; Academic Literacy; Creative and Participatory Methods; Participatory Video;  InDesign; Social Media for cultural institutions. 

IT Skills

Educational software (Blackboard, Microsoft Teams); Collaboration tools (Trello, Evernote, Miro, Zoom); Presentation software (PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi); Communication tools (Mailchimp, Wordpress); Graphic Design (Adobe InDesign, Premiere, Illustrator).