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Raffaella R. Cecilia

Inclusive visions: the role of inclusive technology in the making of meaning for blind and partially sighted museum visitors

Raffaella Cecilia

 

 

Email: raffaella.cecilia.14@ucl.ac.uk

Section: Heritage Studies

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Inclusive visions: the role of inclusive technology in the making of meaning for blind and partially sighted museum visitors

My research project examines why blind and partially sighted people (BPSP) visit museums and how they make meaning of their visit through cognitive and embodied experience of technology. I look at what motivates BPSP to go to museums, how they navigate the space, and how technology enables meaning-making. My research fosters an innovative learning approach that combines trailblazing museum expertise with the development of cutting edge technology. My work is in service of the idea that cultural heritage should be open and accessible to everyone in society.

 

My PhD research is carried out in collaboration with UCL Interaction Centre and Global Disability Innovation Hub.

Further information can be found on my website

 

Education

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

    Cecilia, R. 2018. Aspetti e problematiche giuridiche dell'autenticazione delle opere d'arte. Il caso dei Pretini in lettura di Nino Caffé. In Garzia, G. and Vandini, M. (eds.) Verità e menzogna nel falso - Truth and lies in fakes and forgeries. Bologna (Italy): Bononia University Press.

    Cecilia, R. 2016. La Sicilia incanta e conquista il British Museum. Incontri: La Sicilia e l'Altrove, 17(4), 4-7.

    Conference papers

    Cecilia, R. 2017. Technology as empowerment tools for visually impaired visitors: an embodied museum experience. Conference proceedings from Museums Computer Group: MCG's Museums+Tech 2017

    Cecilia, R. 2018. Assistive technology for visually impaired museum visitors: the future vision. Conference proceedings from University of Bath: Sensing culture symposium: Founding a Community of Practice Through Inclusive Capital.

    Organiser of 'UCL Interdisciplinary conference on disability - breaking barriers towards a just and equal world 2018' http://www.ucl.ac.uk/grand-challenges/justice-and-equality/priorities/disability Opening speech 'Disability and society: an interdisciplinary issue'

    Cecilia, R. 2019. Inclusive visions: assistive technology and meaning-making in museums. Conference proceedings from International conference ‘The Museum for All People: Art, Accessibility, and Social Inclusion, MUSACCES Consortium, Madrid.

     

    Cecilia, R. 2018. Assistive technology for visually impaired museum visitors: the future vision. Conference proceedings from University of Bath: Sensing culture symposium: Founding a Community of Practice Through Inclusive Capital.

     

    Cecilia, R. 2018. Opening speech ‘Disability and society: an interdisciplinary issue’. Conference proceedings from ‘UCL Interdisciplinary conference on disability – breaking barriers towards a just and equal world 2018’