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Rafie R. Cecilia

Inclusive visions: embodied practice and meaning making in the museum experience of blind and partially sighted visitors

Raffaella Cecilia

 

 

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

Section: Heritage Studies

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Inclusive visions: embodied practice and meaning making in the museum experience of blind and partially sighted 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 is carried out in collaboration with the UCL Interaction Centre and the Global Disability Innovation Hub. Further information can be found on my LinkedIn 

Education

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

    Cecilia, R. R. 2021. Covid-19 Pandemic: Threat or Opportunity for Blind and Partially Sighted Museum Visitors? Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies.

    Cecilia, R. R. Forthcoming. 3D Prints & Disabled Visitors: Learning Resources to Access Cultural Heritage. Forum Kritische Archäologie.

    Cecilia, R. R. 2021. Inclusive visions: assistive technology and meaning-making in museums. The Museum for All People: Art, Accessibility, and Social Inclusion. Madrid: MUSACCES Consortium.

    Cecilia, R. R. 2019. “Please Do Not Touch”: Risk Mitigation and the Efficacy of Touching Deterrents. University of Cambridge Repository 5, 1-72.

    Cecilia, R. R. 2018. Aspetti e problematiche giuridiche dell’autenticazione delle opere d’arte. In G. Garzia, and M. Vandini, (eds.) Truth and lies in fakes and forgeries. Bologna: Bononia University Press.

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

    Conference papers

    The Art Museum in the Digital Age, Belvedere Museum, Vienna (2021): Post-pandemic Opportunities for Visually Impaired Museum Visitors

    Museums Computer Group: MCG’s Museums+Tech 2020 (2020): COVID-19 pandemic: threat or opportunity for blind and partially sighted visitors?

    Digitaler Deutscher Archäologie-Kongress (DAK) (2020): Inclusive visions in UK museums for blind and partially sighted visitors.

    Association of Critical Heritage Studies 5th Biennial Conference 2020 (2020): Inclusive visions: the future of digital resources for the inclusion of visually impaired museum visitors.

    IoA Research Heritage Seminar Series, UCL (2019): Inclusive visions: the role of technology in the making of meaning for visually impaired museum visitors.

    TAG@UCL Power Knowledge and the Past, UCL (2019): Session organiser: What counts as knowledge in the museum and heritage sector, and how can this influence the quality of decision-making using diverse sources of knowledge and evidence?

    Do Not Touch: 3D in Museums, University of Cambridge (2019): Meaning-making and 3D prints: how do visually impaired visitors use 3D prints to produce knowledge?

    TedX Goodenough College (2019) Speakers’ manager

    The Museum for All People: Art, Accessibility, and Social Inclusion, Madrid (2019): Inclusive visions: assistive technology and meaning-making in museums.

    UCL Conference on Disability – Breaking Barriers Towards a Just and Equal World (2018): Disability between academic and research practice.

    Museum: A Culture of Digital Copies, University of Copenhagen (2018) Discussion panel

    Sensing Culture symposium: Founding a Community of Practice (2018): Assistive technology for visually impaired museum visitors: the future.

    Museums Computer Group: MCG’s Museums+Tech 2017 (2017):  Technology as empowerment tools for visually impaired visitors: an embodied museum experience.