CPD Welcomes Visiting Scholar Natalia Grincheva

July 22, 2012 - CPD is pleased to host Visiting Scholar Natalia Grincheva for Summer and Fall 2012. While at the Center, she will be researching museums' use of social media in their international outreach and diplomatic activities, with the aim of evaluating the impact of cultural diplomacy programs implemented online within a museum context.

Grincheva is currently conducting research that integrates cultural diplomacy, social media, and museum studies while pursuing a doctorate from Concordia University in Montreal. Born in Russia, Grincheva has organized numerous international art events (Photography Exhibition in Besancon, France in 2002, art workshops in Slough, England 2004), promoted cultural projects (Preservation and Enhancement of Cultural Heritage project in Russia in 2006), and established collaborative relations among artists and organizations in the USA, Europe, and Russia.

In recent years, Grincheva actively engaged in cultural diplomatic work with international foundations in the USA and the UK that promote the State Hermitage Museum in their local communities (The Hermitage Museum Foundation in New York / 2009, UK Friends of the Hermitage in London / 2010). In summer 2011, Natalia served on the UNESCO Secretariat Committee in Paris to help manage grant applications to the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD). Currently, she works for the Coalition of Cultural Diversity in Montreal as a Research Associate and helps to conduct research on the international funding sources for global cultural development. Grincheva’s doctoral research encompasses new museology, cultural diplomacy, and social media.

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