In May 2022, the Scientific Board will see three of its members stepping down, Chad Gaffield (Professor of History and University Research Chair in Digital Scholarship at the University of Ottawa), Patrik Svensson (Professor of Humanities and Information Technology, Umeå University and current chair of the Scientific Board) and Roxanne Wyns (Innovation Manager at LIBIS). Earlier in November 2021, the Scientific Board also saw Arianna Betti (Professor (Chair) of Philosophy of Language at the University of Amsterdam) concluding her term in the Board. We would like to express our gratitude for their service as members of the DARIAH Scientific Board and wish them all the best for the future.
On this occasion, DARIAH welcomes three newly elected members joining the Scientific Board from January 2022 onwards, Payal Arora, Professor and Chair in Technology, Values and Global Media Cultures at the Erasmus School of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Milena Dobreva, Senior Researcher at the GATE Institute and Marko Demantowsky, chair for Public History at the Faculty Center for Transdisciplinary Historical and Cultural Studies at University of Vienna.
Payal Arora is a digital anthropologist and an author, speaker and professor. She holds the Chair in Technology, Values, and Global Media Cultures at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is the co-founder of FemLab.Co, a feminist future of work initiative. Her expertise lies in user experience of & inclusive design for low-income communities worldwide and comes with two decades of fieldwork experience in such contexts. She is the author of a number of award-winning books including the ‘Leisure Commons’ and more recently the “The Next Billion Users” with Harvard Press. She has engaged with /consulted for diverse organisations such as Adobe, Spotify, Google, UNESCO, KPMG, GE, UNHCR, and HP on global tech innovation. She has given more than 250+ talks in 115 cities in 67 countries and a TEDx talk on the future of the internet.
She sits on several boards such as Columbia University’s Earth Institute and World Women Global Council in New York. She has held Fellow positions at GE, ZEMKI, ITSRio, MICA, and NYU and is a section editor for Global Perspectives, a University of California Press journal. She has a MA in International Policy from Harvard University and a PhD in Language, Literacy and Technology from Columbia University.
Milena Dobreva is a Senior Researcher at the GATE Institute. In 2004, she was the founding head of the first Digitisation Centre in Bulgaria. In 2008⎯2011, she worked at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow where she had principal investigator’s roles in research and development projects funded by the EC, JISC, the European Digital Library Foundation, and the Scottish Funding Council. In 2012⎯2017, Milena was a resident Associate Professor in the Media and Knowledge Science Faculty of the University of Malta. In 2017, she joined the University College London, where she led in the introduction of four pathways within the MA programme in Library and Information Studies delivered in UCL Qatar.
She is a member of the editorial board of the IFLA Library Journal and currently serves as a Europeana Network Association Board member. Milena is also on the Steering committees of all three major international series of conferences in digital libraries, ICDL, TPDL and ICADL.
Marko Demantowsky holds the chair for Public History at the Faculty Center for Transdisciplinary Historical and Cultural Studies at University of Vienna. Previously he was full professor for modern history and history education at the School of Education FHNW (Department Head for Social Sciences Education) and a member of the Institute for Educational Sciences at the University of Basel. He has also worked as assistant professor at the University of Bochum and interim professor at Jena University and Siegen University.
His main research interests focus on the digital transformation particularly in Public History, the (digital) cultural anthropology of public history, and the theory and history of historical education. He has created, developed and now co-manages some multilingual infrastructures in the field of digital history, in particular PUBLIC HISTORY WEEKLY.
We are pleased to welcome them all in DARIAH and the Scientific Board and we look forward to fruitful collaborations!