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Amalia Skarlatou Levi

  • Ph.D. Candidate
  • THIS SITE IS NOT BEING UPDATED, PLEASE SEE CV BELOW. Graduate Assistant.
  • University of Maryland at College Park College of Information Studies
  • 31PublicationsNumber of items in Amalia's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 9Followers

About

I am a Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland's iSchool, where I also completed the interdisciplinary History and Library Science (HiLS) program resulting in a Master of Art (MA) in History and a Master's of Library Science (MLS). I also hold a MA in Museum Studies from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey. I am originally from Greece, where I received my BA in Archaeology and History of Art. I have previously worked in Jewish museums in Turkey and the U.S., developing exhibits and managing collections. I am fluent in Greek, Turkish, English, and French, with working knowledge of Italian, German, Ladino, Hebrew, Ancient Greek and Latin. My research is at the intersection of information studies and history. I am interested in how “memory institutions” (museums, archives, and libraries) inform our understanding of our identity and how memory and identity are articulated and reified in archives, particularly online ones. My focus is especially archives and digital collections of ethnic populations. I am particularly interested in the issues arising from dispersed collections of transnational populations, and study ways that we can bring these together in historical scholarship. I explore how we can use Linked Open Data and the Semantic Web towards this end. A recent area of research is the new kinds of web resources (blogs, tweets, facebook posts etc.) that transnational communities create online. How can we include these resources in scholarship and how can we balance them with traditional (i.e., archival) resources? And what happens when these resources are voluminous? How do these “big data” alter the work we do as historians? The community I use as a case study is the Sephardic diaspora. I have an extensive background in the history and culture of the Jewish communities in the Balkans and my MA thesis was titled: "Evanescent Happiness: Ottoman Jews Encounter Modernity. The Case of Lea Mitrani and Joseph Niego (1863-1923).” For the future, my aim is to further my research on archives and diasporic populations. Combining my multidisciplinary background and interdisciplinary work, I aim to inform research and scholarship on transnational populations in iSchools, and promote the use of new methods in historical research.

Recent publications

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  • Humanities ‘Big Data’ Myths, challenges, and lessons

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Professional experience

THIS SITE IS NOT BEING UPDATED, PLEASE SEE CV BELOW. Graduate Assistant.

College of Information Studies, University of Maryland

August 2010 - Present

Graduate Assistant

University of Maryland, History Department

August 2007 - July 2010(3 years)

Religious Editor/Indexer

Alexander Street Press

June 2006 - June 2007(a year)

Curator

B'nai B'rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum and Philip Lax Archive

September 2004 - March 2006(2 years)

Curator

Jewish Museum of Florida

October 2002 - June 2003(8 months)

Curator of exhibit "Jewish Costume in the Ottoman Empire."

Schneidertempel Art Center

October 2001 - December 2001(2 months)

Founding Curator

Jewish Museum of Turkey

February 1998 - December 2001(4 years)

Education

Ph.D. Candidate

College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, College Park

August 2010 - February 2014(4 years)

HILS (Dual degree: MA in History and Master's in Library Sciences)

Department of History; College of Information Studies, University of Maryland

August 2007 - July 2010(3 years)

MA in Museum Studies

Social Studies Department, Yildiz Teknik Universitesi - Yildiz Technical University

October 1994 - November 1997(3 years)

BA in Archaeology and History of Art

School of Philosophy, Department of History and Archaeology, National Kapodistrian University

September 1986 - May 1990(4 years)

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