MemberElizabeth Rodini

…rt museum? How do these institutions, their collections, and practices continue to extend colonial outlooks for western and nonwestern art, perhaps silently, and what tools are being used to disrupt these both in the United States and abroad?

This panel explores what decolonization means for art museum practices and the ways decolonizing approaches can move the museum field toward greater inclusion, broader scholarly perspectives, and opportunities to redress structural inequities. Topics to address might include: detangling collection objects from colonial collecting practices; decentering…

I am a historian, student of material culture,  teacher, curator, and writer. At Johns Hopkins I have been an academic entrepreneur, founding and developing an innovative undergraduate program in the history, theory, and practice of museums. My research focuses on cultural exchange and its material expression–in collections, trade, and modern heritage practices.

MemberLaura M. Holzman

Dr. Laura M. Holzman is an Associate Professor of Art History and Museum Studies at Indiana University, IUPUI, where she is also appointed Public Scholar of Curatorial Practices and Visual Art. As an engaged art historian, her work is dedicated to activating art history, its methods, and its related institutions as tools for strengthening communities, expanding democratic discourse, and creating a more reflective society. Her first book, Contested Image: Defining Philadelphia for the Twenty-First Century (Temple University Press, 2019), analyzes public discourse, historical art, and the struggle to shape Philadelphia’s reputation during an important moment of change in the city. Her writing has also appeared in venues such as Public Art Dialogue and Public: A Journal of Imagining America. At IUPUI, Laura teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on topics such as public art, curatorial practice, museum history and theory, and urban visual culture. She regularly develops exhibitions and public programs in collaboration with community partners.

MemberSophie Couchman

Sophie is a curator and public historian. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at La Trobe University and an Honorary Research Associate at Museums Victoria. She is interested in the place of migrants in Australia’s history and has researched and published in the field of Chinese-Australian history for many years. She has just completed work at Museums Victoria as exhibition curator on ‘British Migrants: Instant Australians?’, a travelling exhibition exploring British migration to Australia after World War II and its significance today. Sophie has a particular interest in the creation and circulation of visual representations and how they shape our understandings of Australia’s past. She developed the Chinese Australian Historical Images in Australia website ( as part of the completion of her doctorate. She is currently working on a joint project between La Trobe University and Museums Victoria, ‘The Camera at Work’, which explores how changes in photographic technologies and practices transformed the visual documentation of factory life in Melbourne, 1870s through to the present day. While Curator at the Chinese Museum in Melbourne Sophie led a number of notable projects including ‘Language, A Key to Survival: Cantonese-English Phrasebooks in Australia’, which won a Museums & Galleries National Award for ‘Interpretation, Learning and Audience Engagement’ in 2014. She also led the development of ‘Chungking Legation: Australia’s diplomatic mission in wartime China’ exhibition and book in 2015 and in 2014 the tour to six locations in China of ‘Bridge of Memories: Exploring identity, diversity, community — An Australian touring exhibition in China’.

MemberVirginia Spivey

I am an independent art historian and educator based near Washington DC.  With 20 years experience teaching in academic and museum settings, I consider myself a generalist with interests primarily in 20th and 21st century visual culture. My scholarship has focused largely on the intersections of dance, gender, and artistic practices in sculpture and craft media. Since 2009, this work has shifted to also address issues of digital pedagogies, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and the changing landscape of higher education.  

MemberLindsay Dupertuis

Lindsay Dupertuis is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in Italian Renaissance art and digital art history. Her research focuses on the intersection of the decorative arts and literary culture during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. More broadly, she is concerned with issues of gender, class, ability, and vernacular culture. Her dissertation project, in progress, utilizes a large dataset of istoriato maiolica to consider production practices and artist education in the duchy of Urbino and beyond. During the 2018-19 academic year, Lindsay will serve as a Graduate Curatorial Intern in the Dept. of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum. In the past, she has held internships at the National Gallery of Art and the Walters Art Museum.

MemberLindsay Kelley

Working in the kitchen, Lindsay Kelley’s art practice and scholarship explore how the experience of eating changes when technologies are being eaten. Her first book is Bioart Kitchen: Art, Feminism and Technoscience (London: IB Tauris, 2016). Bioart Kitchen emerges from her work at the University of California Santa Cruz (Ph.D in the History of Consciousness and MFA in Digital Art and New Media). Her published work can be found in journals including parallax, Transgender Studies Quarterly, Angelaki, and Environmental Humanities. Kelley is a Lecturer at UNSW Art & Design as well as a Co-Investigator with the KIAS funded Research­-Creation and Social Justice CoLABoratory: Arts and the Anthropocene (University of Alberta, Canada).

MemberEmma Dwyer

I develop research projects and studentships with collaborative partners in Higher Education and the wider archaeology sector for MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology), the only archaeology unit that is a UKRI Independent Research Organisation. I was previously Business Development Executive (Heritage) at the University of Leicester, developing collaborative research, consultancy, CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and contract research projects between organisations in the heritage sector and academic staff in the Schools of Archaeology & Ancient History, History, Arts, and Museum Studies. These knowledge exchange activities ensure that teaching and research into heritage and the historic environment continues to inform, and be informed by, professional practice. I undertook my PhD at Leicester’s Centre for Historical Archaeology, in the School of Archaeology & Ancient History, where I contributed to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Historical Archaeology. Before coming to Leicester I was Senior Archaeologist in the Built Heritage department at MOLA and previously worked for archaeology units across Britain. I am a full Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA), Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) and Hon. Secretary of the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology.

MemberCynthia Heider

…In 2018, I earned my M.A. in History at Temple University. My thesis research centered on the influence prominent actors of the settlement house movement had upon the development of engaged, community-centered museum practice and public history. I earned my B.A. in History from Goucher College….

I’m currently employed as the Digital Projects Specialist at the American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia, where I work to increase the digital accessibility and preservation of the Society’s collections and to promote their use. I’m interested in urban history, the Progressive Era, and digital initiatives in history and the humanities among other things, including craft beer, cats, skee ball, hiking, and British crime television.

MemberAlexander Andrew Bell

Library & information professional with an interest in art librarianship and arts-based research. Experience with arts-based research methods also supports a love for engaging with artistic practice, social media, and learning technologies. I continue my professional development and subject specialism by blogging, sharing research, and keeping up to date with exhibitions, events, and innovations in arts education, galleries, museums, and libraries.

MemberJohn Pedro Schwartz

John Pedro Schwartz is Associate Professor of English at the American University of Malta. His latest book is Poetry – Minimal Anthology (Tinta-da-China 2020), a rhymed and metered translation of the Portuguese (and French) poetry of Fernando Pessoa. He sits on the Editorial Board of the journal Pessoa Plural. He has published scholarly articles on Pessoa, James Joyce, Henry James and Jorge Luis Borges, as well as on the interstices of composition, media and museum studies. He has co-edited two books, Archives, Museums and Collecting Practices in the Modern Arab World (Routledge 2016) and TransLatin Joyce: Global Transmissions in Ibero-American Literature (Palgrave 2014). He has also taught at the American University of Beirut. While there, he seized the opportunity to return to his journalistic roots. Freelancing for Foreign Policy, he filed two comprehensive reports on the Syrian civil war. In a further journalistic venture, he published a three-part investigative series in Warscapes in April 2015, on the vigilante uprising against the Knights Templar drug cartel in Michoacán, Mexico. With his father, he is currently translating two further works by Pessoa, Prose – Minimal Anthology and Message.