Tuesday 15 January 2019, 5.30PM to 18:45
Speaker(s): Chiara Bonacchi
Chiara Bonacchi will reflect on the transformations that digital heritage research is undergoing in a world of 'big data'. Drawing on a large-scale study examining uses of the past in the context of political activism on social media in the UK, she will discuss ontologies, epistemologies and ethics of digital heritage research at the time of the interconnected and social Web. In doing so, she advocates for empirically-informed engagement with theory, in the light of the fact that technicity (technology considered in its efficacy or operating functioning) is - in the context of the data deluge - part of both the methodology and subject of her investigations. The research she will present has been undertaken as part of the AHRC-funded project Ancient Identities in Modern Britain.
Dr Chiara Bonacchi is Lecturer in Heritage at the University of Stirling, UK. She is Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded project Ancient Identities in Modern Britain, coordinating the digital heritage team, co-founder of the award-winning MicroPasts project for crowdsourcing in archaeology, history and heritage, and Principal Investigator of the Digital Heritage 'Big Data' Hacking and Visualisation initiative. Her research focuses on digital heritage - both digital cultural engagement and data science applied to heritage research - and on the analysis of public perceptions, experiences and values of the past in contemporary society. Prior to joining the University of Stirling, she undertook and/or coordinated postdoctoral research at Newcastle University, Central Saint Martins University of the Arts London, and the UCL Institute of Archaeology. Over the past ten years, Chiara has also worked to spearhead the set-up of public archaeology as an area of teaching and research in Italy, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Florence. She has advised and completed commissioned reports for arts and culture organisations and funding bodies in the UK and Europe.