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SPICE UPDATE: Culture to everyone


January always starts off with good intentions, but we are here to give you a little push so that these good intentions continue throughout the year. That’s why, in this newsletter, we want to bring you a small sample of this purpose of bringing culture to everyone.

In recent years new forms of citizen participation in cultural heritage have emerged, producing a wealth of material relevant to curatorial practices, spanning from visitors’ experiential feedback to exhibitions and cultural artefacts, to digitally mediated forms of interaction. However, there are open questions on how digital innovation can influence and support new ways of engaging with cultural heritage.

Here are some examples, within our SPICE project 😊:


Children at the museum

Last November, two groups of 5th grade students from CEIP Bachiller Alonso López in Alcobendas, a city near Madrid, participated in an activity organized by SPICE researchers at the @museocienciasmadrid. The overall engagement consisted of three individual activities:

A few days before the visit to the museum, at the school they explained to the children the concept of biodiversity, its relationship to evolution and the factors that are currently causing biodiversity loss. At the museum, the schoolchildren took part in a treasure hunt game where the search and problem-solving phases were interspersed with explanations from the museum educator about biodiversity, evolution and biodiversity loss. After the treasure hunt, the educator talked about two species, one a conservation success story and the other a failure. Finally, back at school, the teachers gave the children a third activity: they had to choose the lynx or the Thylacine, write their story and draw it.

This case study demonstrates the successful application of technology and play as a means of engaging young people’s interest in natural science and biodiversity.

Find out more about this case study

Winter Party at the Turin Institute for the Deaf

Under the topic of the participation of the deaf in cultural life, from article 30 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Did you know about it?

  1. States Parties recognize the right of persons with disabilities to take part on an equal basis with others in cultural life, and shall take all appropriate measures to ensure that persons with disabilities:
    a) Enjoy access to cultural materials in accessible formats.
    b) Enjoy access to television programs, films, theatre and other cultural activities, in accessible formats.
    c) Enjoy access to places for cultural performances or services, such as theatres, museums, cinemas, libraries and tourism services, and, as far as possible, enjoy access to monuments and sites of national cultural importance.

Find out more


If your 2023 bucket list includes expanding your training or exchanging knowledge under this precept of culture for all, here are two calls for participation:

Extended Intelligence for Cultural Engagement conference (ExICE)

ExICE will appeal to academics and museum practitioners working in disciplines involving the application of novel ICT to cultural heritage.

Submissions can include both theoretical and practical approaches and case studies, focusing on innovative research and applications of state-of-the-art technologies.

Deadline for submissions: 31 January
Conference date: 15 March

Full details here

Performing Cultural Heritage in the Digital Present

The 27th Annual Conference for Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts (DRHA 2023) will bring together artists, scholars, educators, curators, digital researchers, and entrepreneurs interested in the ways digital technologies intersect with the arts and humanities. The 2023 conference celebrates the interplay between notions of intangible and tangible heritage, investigating how digital strategies can be used to widen participation, facilitate inclusivity, and promote a wider range of ways of appreciating and understanding the intersections between our tangible and intangible heritage.

Deadline for submissions: 31 January Full details here

This is just a snapshot of the many activities we are carrying out within the SPICE Project.

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