Dr Kostas Arvanitis

Senior Lecturer

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Kostas is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Museology, Institute for Cultural Practices, University of Manchester. He has a MA and PhD in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester and a first degree in History and Archaeology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

His research interests cross the fields of museology, archaeology, cultural heritage, and digital media. His expertise lies in the area of Digital Heritage that includes the theory and practice of digital technology in museums, galleries and heritage sites. He’s particularly interested in the museology of technology, that is the critical analysis of the use of digital, social and mobile media in museums for purposes of curation, interpretation, evaluation and audience engagement.

Kostas is currently working with the Manchester Art Gallery and Archives+ in archiving and researching the material recovered from the spontaneous memorials after the Manchester Arena bombing on 22nd May 2017. This work explores explore conceptual, practical and ethical challenges in archiving spontaneous memorials, including the preparedness of cultural authorities to respond to the timeframe and public expectations of these memorials; issues of public participation; and the expansion of the spontaneous memorialisation on digital and social media. Kostas is also working on the formation of an international community of practice and support network on rapid response, emergency documentation and long-term archiving and use of spontaneous memorials. 

Kostas has, also, been investigating the parameters and potential of the emergence of a "data culture" and "data-driven decision making" in cultural organisations (Culture Metrics Project, funded by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts: Big Data strand).

He’s also interested in the intersection of heritage activism and digital/social media and, in particular, the role and impact of social media in: the co-production and crowd-sourcing of interpretations of the past; how these interact with notions of authority in cultural professionalism; and the formation and maintenance of (online) communities and networks of interest in cultural heritage. His other research interests include: how museums have collected, interpreted and exhibited everyday life; professionalism in museums and galleries; and the interpretation and communication of archaeological collections and built heritage.

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  • 2006 - Doctor of Philosophy, Everyday media for everyday meanings: interpreting archaeological monuments in the streets of a Greek city, University of Leicester
  • 2000 - Master of Arts University of Leicester
  • 1996 - Bachelor of Arts Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

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