Fellows @ Curationist Program

The new [email protected] program connects Curationist to open knowledge, online learning, and interactive, intercultural education. We are building a community of learners, seekers, and thinkers, working together to explore and expand Creative Commons content–and its global contexts.

Fellows @ Curationist

The new [email protected] program connects MHz Curationist to the dynamic intersection of free knowledge movements and online learning. Collaborative curation of open access cultural heritage content has great potential to advance and expand educational opportunities. Especially now, as learners navigate the world online, we prepare ourselves for new challenges in the 21st century.

What does it mean to open or free knowledge? Many movements around the world are currently asking and tackling this question. Curationist joins these movements by focusing our attention on art and cultural heritage.

How can the treasury of quality digital content, verified and cared for by galleries, libraries, archives, and museums, be freed by open access policies without reproducing cultural appropriation and erasures? The internet, academia, and archives can carry limited beliefs based on colonial, Euro-American biases. How could cultural heritage, free knowledge movements, strengthen and heal both systems, together? To move in this direction, we ground the [email protected] program in collaborative inquiry, intercultural dialogue, and critical thinking.

Our new [email protected] program gathers bright minds to advance dialogic digital collaborative curation that is creative and critical. We seek emerging scholars, graduate students, community-based researchers, faculty, and librarians to join our community.

Fellows embarks upon a season, semester, or year-long collaboration with us, where they advance their existing educational projects; the projects should be grounded in community, scholarly, or artistic works contextualized within the possibilities of Curationist’s platform. Drawing upon their original research, Fellows’ work across and beyond academic disciplines, to situate and connect free knowledge and cultural heritage for public good. As public scholars, they help us hone and actualize collaborative curation towards an Internet that reflects the plurality of cultures that constitute our definition of global.

Graduate Fellows @ Curationist

Content: We deliberately launched our Fellows program with graduate students first–the unsung heroes and intellectual sparks of academia. We invite Masters or Doctoral students to join us in our nascent platform. If your research interests involve geography, digital humanities, GLAM, open knowledge, community archiving, post/decolonial studies, metadata, taxonomy, user interface and experience, data sovereignty, cultural memory, intellectual property, epistemology, or related fields or subjects, join us. Graduate Fellows align their existing graduate school studies with a mutually agreed upon collaborative project that contributes to the Curationist platform. In doing so, Graduate Fellows apply their research interests in a real-time context to gain experiential learning and professional skills, to situate their own original research within a burgeoning international intellectual community.

We are pleased to introduce our founding Graduate Fellows:

1) Jing Cui – Before she joined the Museum Studies program of the University of Toronto in 2018, Jing Cui had been a museum publisher for 15 years. She co-founded London Editions (HK) Limited and published more than 30 publications in eight languages, with 15 major museums in China. She is passionate about how art and culture are presented to the public, and is ready to explore the potential of intercultural dialogue through exhibitions of various forms.

2) Andrés de los Ríos – Andrés is a University of Toronto graduate student dedicated to improving digital tools and cultural spaces through human-centered innovation. He is also interested in exploring the multidisciplinary impact of AI through different social and professional perspectives, all in hopes of promoting fairness and transparency by design across new technologies.

3) Francisca Rudolph – Francisca Rudolph is an arts administrator and independent curator currently pursuing dual Masters degrees in Art History and Arts Administration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Her work explores the digital dissemination of art historical information in order to disrupt the colonial narratives that are part of museology and the internet.

Community Research-Fellows @ Curationist

This spring, we also launch our Community Research Fellows program. Here, we deliberately expand beyond academia to work with public scholars conducting research at non-profits, civil society organizations, and community knowledge centers–as well as universities. Community Research Fellows expand the knowledges and ways of knowing, on the Curationist platform and community. With these Fellows, we’ll be asking and answering a number of pressing questions in the open knowledge world: how can Curationist facilitate research and methodologies that complement, and expand, Creative Commons and public domain content? How can we widen and diversify standard academic archives, libraries, datasets, and canons? How can Curationist serve as a platform for expansive, dialogic community archiving?

1) Dr. M.D.Muthukumaraswamy, Founder and Director, National Folklore Support Centre – Chennai, India

Faculty-Fellows @ Curationist

By academic year 2020-2021, we’ll be launching Curationist’s Faculty Fellows program. Of course, a new urgency has arisen: with COVID-19, classrooms around the world have moved online, opening up myriad challenges and opportunities. Even as open education resources proliferate, demand abounds. While travel restrictions, shutdowns, and border enforcement limit intercultural exchange, the task of widening and diversifying digital public domain and Creative Commons content offers essential research and new pedagogical opportunities.

Within the drastic shift, we offer Curationist as a useful curricular tool for interactive, intercultural, open pedagogy, in higher education. We invite university teachers to incorporate Curationist into their lessons, courses, and curriculum, from geography to museum studies. Faculty Fellows will reflect on what has worked and what could work better, and how to deepen the pedagogical potential of the Curationist platform and community.

Faculty Fellows will be contributing to our Theories of Digital Content Curation: Knowledge (re)Production & Redistribution document. In 2015, Wikipedia Education Foundation published Theories: Wikipedia & the Production of Knowledge, wherein instructors shared how they have used Wikipedia to, “probe deeper into politics of access and representation, questions of authorship, and the study of ideology.” We are following this lead to begin documenting how teachers and researchers use Curationist and its approach to content curation, and how this expands and diversifies open knowledge and pedagogy.

Librarian Fellows @ Curationist

In 2021, we’ll launch Curationist’s Librarian Fellows program. Academia is at an open access tipping point–and engaged librarians are leading the way. We invite university librarian staff and administrators to help shape how the Curationist platform could advance higher education transitions, toward open access and open source academic publishing, licensing, circulation, searches, and procurement. How could an interactive platform for co-curation of Creative Commons content advance the new terrains of open, online, collective analysis, classification, and distribution?

Garrett Graddy-Lovelace, PhD – Educational & Academic Advisor, MHz Foundation


A cultural geographer, Garrett Graddy-Lovelace is an Associate Professor at American University School of International Service in Washington DC, where she researches and teaches agricultural and environmental policy. Her forthcoming book The Power of Seeds & the Politics of Agricultural Biodiversity (MIT Press), explores the cultural memory of seed saving, intellectual property, bio-politics, and the colonial origins of conservation.

She has a PhD in Geography from University of Kentucky, a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and a BA in Theatre Studies from Yale University. She co-founded and co-leads the Ethnographies of Empire Research Cluster and the Agroecology Research-Action Collective for community-partnered scholarship. As advisor for the new [email protected] program, she is excited to be applying and expanding these lines of inquiry in the digital cultural curation realm.

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