Raffaella Cecilia

Assistive technology for blind and partially sighted people in museums

Assistive technology for blind and partially sighted people in museums

My research project examines the impact of assistive technology on the embodied experience of blind and partially sighted people (BPSP) in museums. The main overarching question discussed is ‘how do BPS visitors make meaning of the embodied experiences of technology in museums?’. The key elements of the research are embodiment, identity, habitus, learning, impairment, and technical capital. 

The research will be conducted in collaborations with the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of London and the Wallace Collection.

The target of the research is to acknowledge the diversity and pluralism of possible meanings, to explore the different ways in which BPSP construct their experience in museums, and to critically assess how assistive technology can facilitate the museum experience. The research is divided in three micro-areas: visitor experience, visual impairment, and technology. Embodiment, identity, and technical capital – and the socio-cultural factors deriving from them - will be the key angles of the analysis. 

Supervisors

 Educational background

  • MA, Museum Studies, UCL, 2016
  • MA, Principles of Conservation, UCL, 2015
  • BA, Theology and Archaeology, University of Chester, 2014

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