Announcing the International Committee for the Biennale of Western Balkans | Art Pluriverse II – FAIR & CARE Community Archives Course
The Biennale of Western Balkans is honoured to announce the appointed International Committee for the 2nd edition of the Art Pluriverse Community Science Series for Intangible and Natural Heritage in the Balkans, on the theme of Folk Medicine and Phytogeography.
Selection Committee for the track FAIR & CARE Community Archives Course (alphabetical order):
Dr Milena Dobreva, Associate Professor, Library and information studies, UCL Qatar, Lead of the DISTILL project | Digital transformation, user experiences and innovation in big digital cultural collections
Dr Milena Dobreva is working in the domains of digital transformation, user experiences and innovation in big digital cultural collections. After 13 years of academic experience in Scotland, Malta and Qatar she is now reintegrating in her native Bulgaria with a research grant DISTILL which explores disruptive technologies in innovation labs in GLAM institutions. In 2019 she was instrumental in hosting the booksprint which delivered the first book exploring the innovation labs in the cultural and scientific heritage sectors, ‘Open a GLAM Lab’ and was also honoured to receive the Europeana Unsung Hero award. A member of the ENA Management Board from 2021 and of DARIAH Scientific Board from 2022.
Pavlos Georgiadis, Adjunct Lecturer at the American University of Armenia and Research Associate at the Department for Societal Transition & Agriculture at the University of Hohenheim | Biodiversity, ecosystem restoration and sustainable food systems specialist
Pavlos Georgiadis is a biodiversity, ecosystem restoration and sustainable food systems specialist. In the last 15 years, he has worked with indigenous and rural communities in over 20 countries in Europe, Asia and America at the nexus between traditional ecological knowledge, rural innovation and policy change. As a prolific plant collector in temperate and tropical mountain forests of the Indian Himalaya, Northern Thailand and Southwest China, he has registered over 1,100 voucher plant specimens in the world’s most prominent natural history collections. He is a Research Associate at the Department for Societal Transition & Agriculture at the University of Hohenheim, Germany and Adjunct Lecturer at the American University of Armenia.
Dr Manvi Seth, Dean, NMI and Professor & Head in the Department of Museology, National Museum Institute, India and Chair in Intangible Cultural Heritage Working Group, ICOM CIDOC | Museum Education, visitor studies, documentation of intangible cultural heritage
Dr Manvi Seth is Dean, NMI and Professor & Head in the Department of Museology, National Museum Institute. She has been awarded two prestigious grants jointly with the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, from the British Academy and UGC-UKIERI. She has conceptualized and coordinated research projects in the areas of Visitor Studies and Museum Education. She has a major research project ongoing on the documentation of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Ladakh and Uttar Pradesh, India. She has also been organizing Museum Education, Museum Outreach and Outreach to villages programmes. She has coordinated and conducted various international and national in-service training programmes. She is the Chair, Intangible Cultural Heritage Working Group, CIDOC.