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Receiving an award means hard but stimulating work

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It is an honour to receive an award as a PhD candidate and be one of the four UK-based emerging scholar recipients in the 11th International Conference on the Inclusive Museum. I have already had an accepted conference proposal to present a paper in a themed session at the conference. The purpose of the Award […]

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Risk and Utopia in the Youth Work of Museums

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I am excited about attending the 11th International Conference on the Inclusive Museum which takes place at the University of Granada in Spain between 6–8 September 2018. The International Conference on the Inclusive Museum is a place where museum practitioners, researchers, thinkers and teachers can engage in discussion on the historic character and future shape of […]

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Writing while arguing for my interdisciplinary thesis

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I do not often blog. In the last years of coming to terms of calling myself a doctoral researcher, it has been admittedly hard to sit down each day and write something in this blog. As a Greek native speaker and writer, writing in English has never been a problem for me. On the contrary, […]

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Youth and community work as emancipatory museum practice with marginalised young people

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The Annual Conference of UK’s Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work has a very interesting and provocative title this year: “Expressions of Freedom: Revisiting the role of Young and Community Work as Emancipatory Practice”. This conference will take place at the University of Hull on 5-7 July 2017. In the year that Hull is celebrating its […]

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Discourses of ‘risk’ and (in)visible subjectivities in emancipatory interconnections of marginalised young people with museums

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This is my first conference paper during the time doing my PhD research. It was first presented on 21 April 2016 at the “The Museum in the Global Contemporary: Debating the Museum of Now” conference that marked the 50th Anniversary of the School of Museum Studies in Leicester. The only autonomous department in the UK dedicated to the […]

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Museums for Health and Wellbeing

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In recent years there has been a considerable increase in museum programmes to improve health and wellbeing. The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing produced a report that describes the wealth of activity around health, wellbeing and social care that museums and galleries are already offering across the UK. The report provides a context […]

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Nexus thinking: Geographies of youth in space and time

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In 31 August 2016, I will be part of a panel in the International Conference ‘Nexus Thinking’ at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS). The Annual International Conference is the largest annual geography conference in Europe, with over 1,500 delegates from 60 countries taking part in more than 375 academic sessions. The programme for this year’s […]

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A vehicle of radical thoughts on museum learning

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The Goldsmiths Graduate Festival is taking place on university campus in South London from May 9th to 15th. The festival is our annual event at Goldsmiths University of London and a platform for PhD students to share their research and inspire other students. The title this year is  ‘Vehicles of Thoughts’. Personally, it will become […]

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Kids and childhoods

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In honour of Universal Children’s Day today, 20th November, I want to share an article written by Mabel Encinas that provides a socio-cultural view of childhood. I have chosen this article among others because of the special reference to the vital role of cultural participation in developing the resilience of children. As adults, we need […]

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Do stories of the elderly deserve more places in our schools and museums?

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In 2012, I used to work for the organisation Catch22 in Barking and Dagenham. A UK based voluntary organisation, Catch22 runs services in more than 150 towns and cities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to help vulnerable young people turn chaotic lives around; from steering clear of crime and leaving custody to developing skills […]

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