Dr. Tula Giannini - I am a tenured full Professor in the School of Information, Pratt Institute where from 2004-2017 I served as Dean of the School. I hold a PhD in musicology from Bryn Mawr, an MLS from Rutgers University and MM from the Manhattan School of Music.
My research, 2017 to present features publications and courses on critical concerns and issues of our postdigital world, and looks into the future of the information and cultural heritage fields, such as digital culture and its impact on human behavior and identity, activism, computational culture and artificial intelligence, as they converge with social justice movements embodying key values of the field. For example my paper on Art and Design Activism in Museums in a Postdigital World, and the book chapter in Museums and Digital Culture, Contested Space: Activism and Protest. The programs, courses and grants I developed at Pratt serve as pillars of Pratt's School of Information, for example its Archives Certificate and fellowship programs with NYC's leading cultural institutions, reflecting the social and cultural values embedded in my contributions to the filed. (see below). In 2017 I was elected co-chair of the Council of Deans and Director of ALA accredited Schools with the goal of transforming the museum, library and archives field for the 21st century, which is now rapidly advancing in light of the Covid pandemic as it intersects with today's heightened cultual and social consciousness communicated across our global digital ecosystem. I serve on the program committee for the EVA London Conference, and also chair the EVA Symposium, a futurist forum on digital arts and culture.
My teaching and research focus on digital culture and the heritage sector across museums, libraries and archives, curating art and design, the social impacts of computing and AI on human identity and activism in the arts, and importantly creating new narratives through digital reserach. My book, Museums and Digital Culture: New Perspectives and Research, co-edited with Prof. Jonathan Bowen, is published by Springer Nature, spring 2019 in their Cultural Computing Series and has been highly reviewed, by Prof. Koslow who describes the book as “a tremendous resource for students, scholars, staff, and artists who work in museums and related cultural heritage organizations ...” My current research is cross-disciplinary between art, information and computer science, and looks at computational culture through the work of Leonardo da Vinci and Alan Turing, published in two papers virtually presented in 2020, at EVA Florence, followed by a paper at EVA London.