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Online Session 3: Webinar

Zooming in​: Digital GLAM and Urban Soft Power


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Webinar: Urban Data Infrastructures and Digital Place-making

Date: 30 May 2022 (Monday)
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM UTC+1 | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM SGT | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM UTC+11

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Professor Tim Winter
Professor of Anthropology and Sociology
The University of Western Australia 

Keynote Speaker

The Digital Silk Road and Geocultural Diplomacy

China’s ‘revival’ of the Silk Roads for the 21st Century through its Belt and Road Initiative has brought about new modes of geocultural diplomacy spanning continents and oceans. This presentation explores such themes in relation to the forms of digital domain cooperation and cultural production that are now fast emerging, highlighting how Chinese universities, technology companies and cultural sector organisations collaborate in the making of new transcultural, transnational imaginaries of the past.


Interactive Practitioner Panel: Digital GLAM in City Branding and Diplomacy

The panel will explore the concept of digital soft power from the perspective of digital place-making, urban diplomacy and city branding. Interrogating  phenomena such as digital tourism, digital cultural heritage and its virtual cultural consumption, it will investigate the role of digital representations, narratives and images constructed by GLAM institutions  in the development and circulation of urban identities in the global media spaces.

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Jonathan Biz Medina

Senior XR Producer / Partner at ZOAN Oy

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Lorenzo Kihlgren Grandi

Director, City Diplomacy Lab

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Matthew Davies

Director of the Layers of London Project

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Morgan Currie

Principal Investigator of The Culture & Communities Mapping Project

Interactive Data Panel: GLAM Data in Smart City Ecologies

The panel will explore connections and synergies between urban GLAM actors’ programming and emerging smart city issues and dilemmas in a fast-paced urban environment marked with the processes of increasing digitalization and datafication. It will discuss how data generated by and around museums in the smart city context can contribute to, challenge or contest smart city governance. 

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David Batchelor

Planner & Urban Designer | Heritage Consultant

Michael Rigby

Data Science Support Team Lead,
Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network

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Steve Watson 

Technical Lead
(New Museum) Museum of London

Interactive Discussion Forum

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Etta Grotrian

Digital Strategy Manager at Overseas Museum
(Übersee-Museum in Bremen)

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Janet Owen

Founder and Executive Director of The Earth Museum

Katy Canales

Online Exhibition Producer, Young V&A Museum

Megan Lawrence

Head of Digital at the Australian Museum

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