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Name: Stefania Zardini Lacedelli

PhD:  Museum Studies

Thesis Title:   The museum as a platform for sound culture


Thesis Description:

The purpose of my research is to explore the museum as a platform for sound culture. I investigate the role that sound culture could have in the transformation of museum conceptualization in the post-digital age, a moment when digitality is becoming increasingly assimilated as an integral part of some organizational structures and development. In particular, I assume that sound culture and the contemporary sonic practices can be a catalyst for the adoption of a new platform model that is acting on museums as both metaphor, organizational structure and business model. This investigation addresses two main different challenges that contemporary museums are facing: (1) the embrace of sound culture, a broad concept that include sonic elements in the collection and in the design of cultural experiences, and that has always been underrepresented in a predominantly visual and material system; (2) the evolution of museum conceptualization, that started to change with the digital revolution and the emergence of the participatory turn and, in a post-digital context, is ready to mature into a new paradigm around the model of ‘platform’. Both issues require the museum to change not only at practical level – introducing new spaces, practices, processes of cultural production – but also at ontological level – introducing a rethinking of what museums are, why they exist and how they conceive heritage. The traditional museum conceptualization - a physical institution devoted to the collection and display of objects of material culture – struggles both to accomodate sound culture and to embrace the post-digital age. The aim of the research is to demonstrate how platform can be not only the new paradigm of the 21st century museum, but also the form by which it can evolve in a place for sound – and not only visual - culture. 



Supervisors and Institution(s):

First supervisor:  Dr Ross Parry, University of Leicester

Second supervisor:  Dr Giasemi Vavoula, University of Leicester

Third supervisor:  Dr Sheila Watson, University of Leicester





In 2019 I received the M3C Cultural Engagement Award that recognised the impact of my research on the Italian museum sector. 

Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:

year: 2019

  • I presented the Platform-Museum in the Workshop ‘The museum of the Future’ in Genoa, within the project CreART – Network of Cities for Artistic Creation.

  • I presented digital participatory practices as one of the invited speakers at the event dedicated to digital transformation of museums, organized within the European Project M.U.S.A. at Link Campus University 
  • Digital platforms ‘without a cause’: why the impact on a museums’ organization should not be taken for granted: I presented a research paper at the International Conference on Arts and Management (June 2019, Venice). The paper, written with other two authors, investigates the impact of the introduction of new digital platforms on the museum’s organizational culture through the case study of the Civic Museums in Treviso.
  • Research Coordinator for the Dolomites UNESCO Foundation: I coordinate a one-year research project (2019-2020) aimed to explore the opportunity for the creation of a network of the Dolomites Museums and to develop a common digital strategy.
  • Speaker in a ICOM event at MUSE - Science Museum of Trento: I was on of the invited speakers at the conference 'Digital Communication: challenges and best practices' organized by ICOM Italy at the Science Museum in Trento on 4th March 2019.
  • Consultant for the Altovicentino Museum NetworkI have been the consultant of the Altovicentino Museum Network for the development of a digital participatory platform that involved all the museums of the network as well as other communities in the creation of digital heritage, thematic collections and online exhibitions using the Omeka CMS ( and Pinterest (

year: 2018

  • Tutor at the Digital Arts and Humanities Summer School (DAHSS): I was one of the tutor in the 'Digital Exhibition' session of the M3C DAHSS summer school at the University of Nottingham (June 2018), together with Dr Johanna Robinson and Dr Erin Snider.
  • Teaching Session on Digital Museums: I led a two-days teaching session for a group of Veneto companies on  the Digital Company Museum (July 2018). The session was part of a project led by the Ca’ Foscari Foundation, aimed to leverage the potential offered by new technologies in order to create a new generation of corporate museums.

  • Researcher Collaborator at the University of Venice: I was selected for a 6-months research project (January-June 2018) coordinated by the Department of Management of the University of Venice, aimed to develop a digital and network strategy for the Civic Museums in Treviso. Within this project, I founded the 'Ambassadors' community: a group of students, researchers, young volunteers of the museums that, through the use of digital platforms, open new virtual doors to interact with museums' collection.
  • Teaching Coordinator of the Course “Museums and new digital cultures”: I designed and coordinated the course and the elearning platform. The course - organized by the Accredited Training Institution Apindustria Servizi - was composed by 250 training hours directed at 120 museum professionals coming from 34 different cultural institutions of the Veneto Region. The aim of the course was to guide cultural institutions in the adoption of new digital practices and in the development of digital skills and digital thinking throughout all levels of the organization: from top management and curatorial teams to communication and educational departments. Throughout the course, I guided museum professionals in creating five new multimedia tours on the izi.TRAVEL app, a theatrical radioguide in collaboration with the Theatre Production Center La Piccionaia, virtual exhibitions and online collections.

year: 2017

year: 2016

  • Steering the school towards active citizenship and a new definition of intangible and immaterial heritage in the digital era. I co-organized the public consultation in terms of safeguarding and enhancement of intangible heritage belonging to the European cultures, promoted by the DiCultHer network, by managing the involvement of European students and educational professionals (Questionnaire). The DiCultHer network is composed by over sixty Italian cultural organizations, including 26 Universities, cultural Institutions, Research bodies and enterprises.

  • A music-sharing model for platform museums. Speaker in the seminar for museum professionals, Civic Museums, Venice, July 2016. I gave a talk on how can a museum enhance the involvement of virtual public through digital participatory activity.

  • MQUADRO: a platform model for museums. Lesson on digital sharing practices to the Master students in the course of Creative Development at the Ca' Foscari University, Venice (July 2016)

  • DOLOM.IT: the new virtual co-created museum, Spring 2016. Co-founder of the virtual museum dedicated to the Dolomites landscape ( co-created by students along with other cultural institutions of the Belluno district.

  • MQUADRO: a platform model for cultural heritage. Speaker in the panel Digital Cultural Heritage as Public Humanities Collaboration at 104th CAA Annual Conference, Washington (February 2016)

  • A music-sharing model of crowdsourcing in museums. Speaker in Open Knowledge and Open Arts Workshop at the University of Catania (February 27th, 2016)

year: 2015

  • I was selected to develop a digital research project at the digital visualization workshop Visualizing Venice, Venice International University (June 2015)
  • I gave lessons on Digital Heritage and digital storytelling to students of High School of Art in Belluno and Cortina, Italy (Spring 2015)

year: 2014


Other Research Interests:

  • Digital culture
  • Digital born and virtual Museums
  • Heritage communities and co-creation processes in the cultural field






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