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Inclusive visions: embodied practice and meaning making in the museum experience of blind and partially sighted visitors

Cecilia, Raffaella R.; (2021) Inclusive visions: embodied practice and meaning making in the museum experience of blind and partially sighted visitors. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London).

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This thesis explores the embodied experience, situated interactions and identities of blind and partially sighted (BPS) visitors unfolding in the museum space. It investigates how BPS visitors make meaning and form identities by physically encountering objects, resources, and the environment together with their companions and other visitors. It presents different aspects of the visit experience of BPS participants at three London-based museums, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Wallace Collection and the Museum of London. The embodied experience of BPS visitors is analysed through the lenses of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis methodology. Using qualitative audio, fieldnotes, and video-based research methods, it answers the following research question ‘How do BPS visitors’ social embodied practice contributes to meaning-making and identity formation in museums?’. Based on the theoretical framework bringing together embodiment and situated learning, this research looks at meaning-making and identity formation as a result of the social and embodied practice of museum visitors. This thesis looks at how meaning-making and identity unfold in perceptual experiences through bodily states, and shared situated action. Based on the research findings, the discussion provides a holistic context for understanding how the different characteristics of the embodied practice of BPS visitors unfold during the visit and how they enable meaning-making and identity formation.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Inclusive visions: embodied practice and meaning making in the museum experience of blind and partially sighted visitors
Event: UCL (University College London)
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2021. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10140706
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