ashmolean

Giovanna Vitelli

Dr Giovanna Vitelli is the Director of the University Engagement Programme, an Ashmolean Museum initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Giovanna received her PhD in Archaeology from the University of Reading, and her BA in Anthropology from Harvard University. She was a postgraduate Tavella-Stewart Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, and a Fellow of the CELAT Institute of Université Laval in Québec. She has also contracted as an archaeologist to organisations such as UNESCO, to private heritage foundations in the UK, and to the Québec Ministry of Culture in Canada.

Giovanna’s research interests include collecting, colonialism, tourism, and expansion, and their effects on culture and knowledge systems. Arising out of this work, she has published thematically across cultures, looking at cultural interaction, hybridity, coexistence and knowledge exchange, in particular between Indigenous and Colonial people. Her research interests focus primarily on the Early Modern period, its archaeology, ethnohistory, and the ethnographic objects found in antiquarian collections. Her most recent publications focus on 19th century tourism, 17th-century colonial New England archaeology, and early New World exploration and settlement.

Giovanna is Chair of the Collections and Curation Committee of the Society for Historical Archaeology (2014-2016), an international professional body, and was co-Founder and co-Chair of the North American Consortium on Collections Management (2012-2014). In these roles, her focus has been on the stewardship of archaeological collections, and on the development of programmes designed to increase the use of collections in teaching and learning.

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