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Welcoming new TrAIN researcher and Associates

Textile artwork on wall
Textile artwork on wall
Textile artwork on wall
Written by
Cat Cooper
Published date
30 September 2020

As we approach the start of a new academic year, TrAIN is very pleased to welcome 3 new colleagues working across our projects.

Maribel Hidalgo Urbaneja

Dr Maribel Hidalgo Urbaneja is a postdoctoral Research Fellow for the project Worlding Public Cultures: The Arts and Social Innovation.

Maribel previously worked in digital research and publications at leading international museums and institutes – including Getty Museum in Los Angeles and USA’s National Gallery of Art. She has a Ph.D. in Information Studies from the University of Glasgow where she explored online resources in art museums - in particular online publications, features and exhibitions - from the perspective of narrative theory.

Her research interests include museum studies, digital humanities and art history, digital publishing, and digital narratology. For the Worlding Public Cultures project she will be leading an international team of researchers, collecting data about museums and university courses worldwide for the project database and website. She will also present papers at conferences and develop research publications and outputs, contributing to the wider aims of the project.

You can read some of her research in her thesis ‘Towards a definition of digital narratives in art museums’ (University of Glasgow, 2020).

Athanasios Velios

Dr Athanasios Velios (Thanasis) is Reader in Documentation at UAL’s Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges. He is a keen supporter of open source software and open distribution of knowledge.

Dr Velios has a background in heritage conservation, and completed his PhD on Computer Applications to Conservation and Conservation Documentation at the RCA/V&A Conservation, run in association with Imperial College.

He works with linked data technologies, ontologies and knowledge organisation systems to model records from museums, galleries, libraries and archives using the CIDOC-CRM ontology: an international standard for the interoperability of heritage data. He is one of the CIDOC-CRM editors, he co-chairs the Linked Art Working Group and he leads an international consortium on Linked Conservation Data.

Thanasis contributes his expertise in data organisation for the Worlding Public Cultures project where he works alongside Maribel Hidalgo Urbaneja to develop a knowledge base on the activities observed by the project's international group of experts on decolonial practices in curation and education. He also brings expertise in the Drupal content management system which is the main platform used in this project.

Deirdre Osborne

And finally, Dr Deidre Osborne, Reader in English Literature and Drama at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Dr Osborne is working at TrAIN with Dr David Dibosa to develop a research funding bid for their joint project ‘Exhibiting Embarrassment: Museums and Public Culture’.


Main image: Textile drawing installation by Natalie Truan, BA Illustration and Visual Media, London College of Communication UAL. Photo by Lewis Bush

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    Dr Maribel Hidalgo Urbaneja
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    Dr Athanasios Velios