Sociology
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Sociology

Oluwatoyin Sogbesan

PhD student

Department of Culture and Creative Industries

E: oluwatoyin.sogbesan.1@city.ac.uk or sogbesantoyin@yahoo.co.uk

Thesis title: Digitisation of culture: A case study of artefacts from the Kingdom of Ile Ife, Nigeria

Supervisors:
Dr Jenny Kidd and Dr Juliet Steyn

Overview and research interests

The introduction of digital technology altered the traditional practice of exhibiting collections within museums, creating a need for museums to seek new methods of engaging and educating their audience. As a result, digitisation has the potential to become a new instrument for access and preservation of cultures, to replace museum practices of exhibiting material objects and to open the objects to a wider range of audiences.

In this sense, Oluwatoyin's research focuses on investigating how digitisation might improve accessibility to cultural objects (artefacts from the Kingdom of Ile Ife are used for a case study). The research further explores issues of authenticity as related to digitised artefacts and their effect on audience experience. Finally, digitisation might present an opportunity to re-use museum collections while providing audiences the opportunity of coming into contact with the artefacts.

Research Interests:

Audience participation, Culture, Cultural Institutions, Digitisation, New Museology, New Media, Museum Studies, Meanings and interpretations.

Higher educational background:

Oluwatoyin has a Masters in Architecture from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria and an MA in Arts and Heritage Management from London Metropolitan University.

Conferences

  • Sogbesan O., (2013), The Kingdom of Ile Ife: Digitally Unveiling the Mask, 6th International Conference on the inclusive museum: Museum and active citizenship. National Art Gallery of Denmark
  • Sogbesan O., (2013), Identity formation beyond the English Language  Paper presented  at the 2nd Annual Igbo language and performance conference, London
  • Adesida O., and Sogbesan O., (2013), Blind to Culture or Blinded by Culture: Effect of Culture on Child Maltreatment, 1st Global Conference Reframing Punishment Interdisciplinary.Net, Mansfield College, Oxford, UK
  • Sogbesan O., (2012), Media and the construction of cultures and identities Paper presented 5th Global Conference Interculturalism, Meaning and Identity Prague Czech Republic
  • Sogbesan O (2011), Digitisation of Culture, Research Symposium, City University London, poster presentation
  • Sogbesan O (2011), Digitisation of Culture, Research Workshop, Electronic Visualisation and the Arts, 6-8 July, London, UK
  • Grincheva N, and Sogbesan O., (2011) '"Universal" access in 3000 years? Digital content of the Hermitage Museum', Electronic Visualisation and the Arts, 6-8 July, London, UK.

Teaching

Oluwatoyin is currently teaching Business Management-related modules focusing on the effect of culture on management.

Links

Photographic methods of digitising cultural artefacts are being exploited as a research tool on the following websites: