PhD position – University of Oslo

A four-year position as a PhD Candidate is available in the Department of Education (IPED) in the research project Cultural Heritage Mediascapes. Innovation in Knowledge and Mediation Practices.

The available PhD position will be connected to the theme User perspectives and cultural citizenship. Research in this theme will study how diverse participatory models facilitate new knowledge practices when collections, archives and databases are opened to the public. Contrasting cases are planned for the doctoral study, in the domains of biodiversity-citizen science and narrative archives-collective memory, respectively. The PhD candidate will work with a team of senior researchers, programmers, and experts from science and cultural heritage organizations to develop and analyze innovative designs for user participation in cultural heritage databases and archives. The objective is to better understand the implications of user participation in expert knowledge systems for policy and practice in the cultural sector.

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About Palmyre2

My research focuses on studies of meaning making in museums and other semi-formal learning contexts, and on the role of new media and technologies in different aspects of knowledge production. I am particularly interested in how knowledge and collaboration are produced in such settings, and the ways in which these intersect with formal learning activities in schools. Currently, I lead the CONTACT project, which explores the design and use of emergent technologies in different museum and cultural heritage practices.