University of Leicester
Stefania Zardini Lacedelli is a AHRC PhD researcher at the University of Leicester, School of Museum Studies. Her research - funded by the AHRC Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership and supervised by Professor Ross Parry - explores the emerging role of sound culture in the digital transformation of museums. In particular, she investigates how the curation of sound in a platform context can foster the adoption of a new museum conceptualization: the ‘Platform-Museum’. As part of her research placement at the Science Museum Group, in 2020 she designed the #SonicFriday online campaign to find new ways to make people interact with museum collections in response to the Covid-19 emergency. The project collected more than 300 personal memories around sound technologies which became part of new digital narratives of the Science and Media Museum. In 2018 she undertook a research fieldwork at the British Library to investigate the role of digital platforms in the curation of sound in the UK-wide Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project (UOSH). In 2018 and 2019 she has been teaching assistant in the Master of Museum Studies (MA) and Art Museum&Gallery Studies (AMAGS) at the University of Leicester. Her teaching areas includes: sonic culture in museums, sound design, digital curation, online engagement. Alongside her academic career, she supported the digital transformation of more than 50 cultural organizations and 150 museum professionals. In 2019 she received the M4C Cultural Engagement Award for impact of her research in the museum sector.rnrnShe worked with key partners in the Italian research sector, including Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, the Digital Heritage School in Rome and Dolomites UNESCO Foundation. In 2016 she founded DOLOM.IT, a participatory digital-born museum that involved more than 1000 participants in the creation of digital exhibitions, sound map, sound walks inspired by the Dolomites heritage. In 2018 she coordinated the ‘Museums and New Digital Cultures’, a project funded by the Veneto Region to update the digital skills of 120 museum professionals from 34 cultural organization. She is currently coordinator of a two-years research project funded by the Dolomites UNESCO Foundation, working with a network of 30 museums and 50 museum professionals to explore how the use of digital platforms can stimulate new participatory approaches in the curation of heritage and include new digital narratives in the museums’ collections.rnrnShe holds a Degree in Economics and Management of Arts and Culture. In 2014 she was Visiting Scholar at the Department of Media Arts and Sciences at Duke University (NC) thanks to a scholarship funded by the Globalization Program of the Venice International University.