Emily Oswald

Senior Adviser - Studieseksjonen
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Phone +47 22840732
Mobile phone 48635895
Room 230
Visiting address Helga Engs hus Sem Sælands vei 7
Postal address Postboks 1161 Blindern 0318 Oslo
Parental leave through January 2023

Academic interests

My dissertation research, “Pa-KOW! Doing Participatory Knowledge Work in Museums and Archives” focused on processes of participation in museums and archives and the publics with which these institutions interact. The project investigated participatory knowledge work using conceptual and methodological tools from the learning sciences with a focus on research-practice partnerships, interaction analysis, and the diverse roles of digital technologies in museum and archival work.

As a researcher at UiO’s Centre for Experiential Legal Learning, I explored how the concept of experiential learning has been understood by educational researcher and legal educators with the aim of connecting research-informed pedagogy with instructors’ more immediate contexts and concerns.


Before moving to Norway in 2014, I worked as a grant writer for the educational non-profit, Facing History and Ourselves, an archives assistant at the cultural heritage organization, The Trustees of Reservations, and in higher education administration at Harvard Law School. I studied English-language literature as an undergraduate at Loyola University in Maryland, and history and public history as a masters student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Tags: IDEA, innovation, digitization


  • Oswald, Emily Christine; Esborg, Line & Pierroux, Palmyre (2022). Memes, youth and memory institutions. Information, Communication & Society. ISSN 1369-118X. doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2022.2131363.
  • Oswald, Emily Christine (2020). Getting to Know Other Ways of Knowing: Boundary Experiences in Citizen Science. Citizen science: Theory and Practice. ISSN 2057-4991. 5(1), p. 1–15. doi: 10.5334/cstp.310. Full text in Research Archive
  • Oswald, Emily (2020). Remembering in Public: A Case Study of Museum-User Communication on Facebook. In Hetland, Per; Pierroux, Palmyre & Esborg, Line (Ed.), A History of Participation in Museums and Archives. Traversing Citizen Science and Citizen Humanities. Routledge. ISSN 9780367186715. p. 147–167.
  • Oswald, Emily (2006). Imagining Race: Illustrating the Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Book History. ISSN 1098-7371. 9, p. 213–233.

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  • Oswald, Emily Christine & Pierroux, Palmyre (2020). Democratization in Cultural Heritage Research.
  • Oswald, Emily Christine (2020). Reciprocity in Citizen Science? Getting to Know Other Ways of Knowing.
  • Oswald, Emily Christine & Pierroux, Palmyre (2020). Memes and Critical Thinking: From cultural heritage research to classroom learning.
  • Oswald, Emily Christine (2019). Cat Memes and the Kardashians: Can Internet Culture Support Authentic Disciplinary Learning? .
  • Oswald, Emily Christine (2019). When “Camilla” remembers on Facebook, do we need consent to study her comment? Ethical considerations for research about heritage on social media.
  • Oswald, Emily & Pierroux, Palmyre (2019). Constructing Reciprocity and Negotiating Collaboration in Citizen Science Projects.
  • Oswald, Emily Christine (2018). ‘See where this is?’ A local history museum’s Facebook concept and the use of historical photographs for reminiscing on social media.
  • Oswald, Emily Christine (2017). Understanding Volunteers’ Interests in Virtual Citizen Science: Following a Collaboration between a Natural History Museum and a Local Botanical Organization.
  • Esborg, Line & Oswald, Emily (2017). New Voices in the Archive. Collaborating with Youth to Collect New Folklore Material.
  • Oswald, Emily; Svindseth, Christian; Løfall, Bjørn Petter; Endresen, Dag Terje Filip & Hetland, Per (2017). Citizen science dugnadsportal for Telemark Botanisk Forening.
  • Endresen, Dag Terje Filip; Oswald, Emily; Svindseth, Christian; Bjørn Petter, Løfall & Hetland, Per (2017). Citizen Science dugnadsportal for Telemark Botanisk Forening.
  • Oswald, Emily Christine (2016). Informal Learning and Cultural Heritage: How (Young) People Access and Make Sense of Museum and Archival Collections .

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Published Aug. 3, 2021 1:01 PM - Last modified Apr. 27, 2022 3:24 PM


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