Information about 2018 interns
Micaela Mikhy Neveu
Ms. Micaela M. Neveu is a doctoral student in art history and museology, under the direction of Daniel Lévine at the “CeRAP”, Center for Research on Pre-Columbian America, Sorbonne Uni. in Paris (SUP). After extensive training in the performing arts (dance, music and theater), she commenced her studies at SUP where she got B.A. degree in art history and archaeology, and majored her M.A. degree in museography and in particular the architecture and scenography of museum spaces in the west, the major exhibitions, the changes and the evolution over the last 30 years through the influence of stage designers and directors from the world of theater, opera and museum institutions such as Patrice Chéreau, Robert Carsen or Robert Wilson. This study shows an influential aesthetic in the world of museums in relation to the new political orientations of the institutions.
In a continuity approach, Micaela Neveu continues her Ph.D. research project on the theme of theatricality and the staging of collections in museum-exhibitions centered on the non-western arts, with the main focus being on the museology of the arts of the Pre-Columbian civilizations in the American continentals, their staging and the underlying political discourses in the exposition sceno-graphies.
A true “soft-power”, museography represents a real political challenge that is the subject of strategies such as marketing or cognitive science, all in the service of political discourses expressed via the narratives of the exhibitions. She organized a major workshop in April 2018 at National Institute of Art History in Paris, on the theme of theatricality and power in art and archaeology, bringing together Ph.D. students and young researchers, French and other Europeans alike and was supported by the “CeRAP”, the “André Chastel Center” and the “Doctoral School 124” of Sorbonne University, as well as by professors Daniel Lévine, François Cuynet and Arnaud Maillet, but also the director of the “Musée de l’Homme”, André Delpuech, who was the guest of honor.
Following the success of this workshop, she set up the scientific blog entitled “Contextualités. Réflexions et Regards Hybrides”, under the supervision of the “CeRAP”, with the aim of publishing the communications related to this event but also to participate in the promotion and dissemination of scientific research of Ph.D. students and researchers in the fields of art, archaeology, culture and contemporary museology. In collaboration with other Ph.D. students, Micaela is preparing an international symposium for 2019 focusing on the contextualization of archaeological material in museums. At the same time, she is translating texts for ICOFOM, the International Committee of Museums of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), where she is currently a member, and she’s preparing an upcoming paper on the theme of the sacred and museology for the 41st ICOFOM symposium, that is to be held in October 2018 in Tehran.
Deeplakshmi B. Saikia
Deeplakshmi Saikia is M.Phil. in Art History at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her research concentrates on the illustrated manuscripts of medieval Assam, specifically three manuscripts from the three major schools of miniatures from that period. Besides the stylistic and symbolic aspects of her research topic, she is also interested in the practice of making these illustrated manuscripts. She recently completed a workshop on the production of these illustrated manuscripts in the indigenous style which has been monumental in her understanding of the making as well as conservation of these artworks. Her other interests include writing poetry, dancing, baking, painting, and reading books. In the past, she has interned at ThatsPood Media Pvt Ltd which is an online channel, as a content writer. She has also volunteered at a Bangalore-based NGO called U&I as a teacher. In the future, She hopes to be working for Indian history and its heritage. She is specifically interested in the field of teaching. By way of this internship at HeritageForAll Initiative, she hopes to discuss and learn about the heritage of her own country as well as the countries of her fellow interns.
Mr. Hashid Sarfraz belongs to a small city named Rahim Yar Khan in Pakistan where he grew up and gained his early education. Throughout his education, his father was the one person who saw his motivation towards the creative arts and had been supportive of each activity that followed after. Even after him, he is trying to make him proud.
In 2017, he has attained B.Sc in Architecture. His professor, Conservation Architect Sajjad Kausar has been the source of his inspiration towards Cultural Heritage. Having driven by the interest in the field of heritage and conservation, he has been progressively working in projects that involve different communities, their heritage, and culture; analyzing, recording and documenting them.
Studying the socio-cultural impacts of urban peripheries as opposed to their role and effects on the existing historical fabric of the city, thereby creating and translating narratives that help to investigate through the problems of modernization and its attitude towards the past legacies. He has tried to utilize every opportunity that came across for my personal and professional growth.
Right at the beginning of my professional career, he worked, with Architect Marvi Mazhar on a project of heritage mapping in Karachi, Pakistan, keeping intact the ethics of heritage management and making heritage not just a tool to promote the cultural assets but also to invest in the upkeep of endangered sites.
Apart from the academics, he has always been an explorer and a traveler, always up for meeting new people and connecting to them. His passion for architecture and heritage together has driven him across the world to numerous sites. He relishes to peregrinate and venture along different places, kenned or unknown; looking into the myths and legends of those particular places, their historical consequentiality and their overall roll in the context and learning the fundamental history of such places.