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Immersive Technologies in Cultural Heritage Research and Practice

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Immersives in cultural heritage research and practice - Cultural & Museum Studies SGSAH Discipline+ Catalyst one-day online training event

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This free event is offered by the SGSAH Cultural and Museum studies Discipline+ Catalyst. It is aimed at PhD students in arts and humanities disciplines registered at Scottish universities and who are in the early stages of their research (normally first or early second year).

The use of immersive technologies (such as Virtual Reality–VR, Augmented Reality–AR, Extended or Cross Reality–XR) in the cultural sector has expanded in the last few years, impacting the way various users are engaging with collections, exhibitions and related themes, stories, and ideas. Immersives are affecting how visitors are experiencing cultural heritage in public venues as well as in other settings like home and work. New research is examining not only the technological issues and challenges that these technologies raise, but also those related to the arts, humanities, and social sciences, such as creativity, accessibility, materiality, learning, and social interaction.

This one-day event will offer the opportunity to hear about and discuss the potentials offered by a range of immersive technologies in cultural heritage. The event will include an introduction to the range of immersives that can be used in cultural heritage and their areas of application, with a discussion of the potential and challenges of these new technological affordances for the cultural heritage sector. Invited experts and practitioners will deliver presentations on their experiences of immersives and will take part in a round-table discussion. PhD students will deliver short presentations on their own research as part of a PhD showcase.

Call for Participation to PhD showcase: PhD students working on immersives in cultural heritage based in Scotland who are interested in presenting in the showcase should send to maria.economou@glasgow.ac.uk by the 22nd March 2021:

  • a) a short 50-word biography and
  • b) an outline (up to 200 words) of the use of immersive technologies in their research, where they can include relevant web links, images and other supportive material.
  • c) a title for your presentation

The event is organised for the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities Cultural and Museum Studies Discipline+ Catalyst by Prof. Maria Economou (University of Glasgow) with Prof. Ian Ruthven (University of Strathclyde) and Dr Thea Stevens (Glasgow School of Art). It is supported by the Immersive Experiences Arts Lab of the University of Glasgow (https://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/artslab/labsandthemes/ourlabs/immersiveexperiences/)

Should you find that you are no longer able to attend, we ask that you de-register as soon as possible, as there is a waiting list.

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