Emily C Oswald

Doctoral Research Fellow
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Postal address P.O.Box 1092 Blindern 0317 Oslo

Academic Interests

  • Participation and digital cultural heritage in museums and archives
  • Epistemic objects, communities, and cultures
  • Public participation in research

My doctoral research explores the epistemic practices and tensions that emerge when staff from museums and archives interact with external participants 

Read more about the institutional case studies in the project, including a municipal museum, a folklore archive, and a natural history museum: Doing Participation in Museums and Archives: The Design and Enactment of Collaboration between Publics and Institutions


  • 2016-Present: PhD fellow, Department of Education, University of Oslo
  • 2013-2014: Digital Archives Assistant, Archives & Research Center, The Trustees of Reservations
  • 2012-2014: Staff Assistant, Office of Public Interest Advising, Harvard Law School
  • 2011-2012: Graduate Assistant, Public History Program, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • 2008-2010: Grant Writer, Facing History and Ourselves
  • 2007-2008: Program Assistant, Project World Wide Style, Università degli Studi di Torino

Higher Education

  • 2016-present: PhD fellow, Department of Education, University of Oslo
  • 2013: Master of Arts: History, Public History and Museum Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • 2006: Bachelor of Arts: English Literature, Loyola University Maryland
Tags: Education, Museums and communication


  • Oswald, Emily (2020). Remembering in Public: A Case Study of Museum-User Communication on Facebook, In Per Hetland; Palmyre Pierroux & Line Esborg (ed.),  A History of Participation in Museums and Archives. Traversing Citizen Science and Citizen Humanities.  Routledge.  ISBN 9780367186715.  8.  s 147 - 167
  • Oswald, Emily (2006). Imagining Race: Illustrating the Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Book History.  ISSN 1098-7371.  9, s 213- 233

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  • Oswald, Emily Christine (2020). Reciprocity in Citizen Science? Getting to Know Other Ways of Knowing.
  • Oswald, Emily Christine & Pierroux, Palmyre (2020). Democratization in Cultural Heritage Research.
  • 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?. Show summary
  • 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. Show summary
  • 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.
  • Endresen, Dag Terje Filip; Oswald, Emily; Svindseth, Christian; Bjørn Petter, Løfall & Hetland, Per (2017). Citizen Science dugnadsportal for Telemark Botanisk Forening. Show summary
  • Esborg, Line & Oswald, Emily (2017). New Voices in the Archive. Collaborating with Youth to Collect New Folklore Material.
  • Oswald, Emily Christine (2017). Understanding Volunteers’ Interests in Virtual Citizen Science: Following a Collaboration between a Natural History Museum and a Local Botanical Organization.
  • Oswald, Emily; Svindseth, Christian; Løfall, Bjørn Petter; Endresen, Dag Terje Filip & 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 Mar. 3, 2016 12:00 PM - Last modified Oct. 19, 2020 12:39 PM