Dr Konstantinos Arvanitis - Personal details
Kostas was appointed Lecturer at the Centre for Museology in October 2006, after completing a PhD at the Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester. Prior to joining the Centre, Kostas worked as Research Associate in Digital Heritage at the Department of Museum Studies in Leicester, where he contributed to the development of a new Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Digital Heritage by Distance Learning. While doing his PhD, Kostas conducted a NESTA-funded evaluation of a hand-held computer for the National Space Centre. He has also done consultancy work for the multimedia companies mwr (now simulacra) and Logismos, for which he edited an E-learning Knowledge Base and translated a collection management system into Greek respectively. Kostas is currently working on a state-funded project in Greece ('Pythagoras') that aims to propose a model of collaborations between museum professionals.
Kostas's PhD thesis draws on Hooper-Greenhill's notion of the post-museum and Henri Lefebvre's and Michel de Certeau's theories of everyday life to investigate the relation between museums, everyday life and mobile media. In particular, the thesis explores the potential of using mobile phones to capture everyday meanings of three archaeological monuments in Thessaloniki (Greece). An application of this research at the University of Texas. Kostas holds, also, a MA degree in Museum Studies (University of Leicester) and a first degree in History and Archaeology (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece).