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Dr Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco

Dr Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco

Affiliated Member, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre

Eastern ARC Fellow in the Digital Humanities, School of Philosophy and Art History (SPAH), University of Essex


Biography:

Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco is an Eastern ARC Fellow in the Digital Humanities in the School of Philosophy and Art History (SPAH) at the University of Essex. She received a BA, MA and then a Post-graduate Specialisation in Late Antiquity and Medieval Archaeology from Sapienza University of Rome. She then went on to receive a PhD from the University of California, Merced, in 2014.

Paola's research combines material culture, heritage, and cognitive science to explore how new technologies impact heritage making processes and the interpretation processes of the past. Paola's recent Marie Sklodowska Curie project, titled DIGIFACT: Digital artefacts: How People Perceive Tangible Cultural Heritage through Different Media, has clarified the role of new technologies in the perception and understanding of cultural heritage; specifically how 3D virtual and material replicas can re-define museum practices. Paola is now developing two new projects to further her line of research aimed at analysing how new technologies impact heritage making and interpretation processes of the past. The first project investigates the role new technologies might play in the rebuilding process societies face after suffering natural disasters or environmental trauma. The second project combines 3D technologies and historical enquiry methods to foster the critical engagement of young children with their heritage in conflict afflicted countries.