Colonial map of Maracaibo
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Laura Osorio Sunnucks is Head of the Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research at the British Museum. Previously she was Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow for Latin America at the Museum of Anthropology (MOA), University of British Columbia, where she created a field collection and curated the exhibition “Arts of Resistance; Politics and the Past in Latin America.” She has also worked on the Indigenous and Minority Fellowship Programme at UNESCO Paris and in Anglophone education at the Louvre Museum. She holds a PhD in Mesoamerican heritage from Leiden University. This ongoing work with Maya specialists in Yucatan applies local philosophies concerning archaeological sites, historic materials and places to the interpretation of pre-Colombian and viceregal art from the area.
María Mercedes Martínez Milantchi is Project Coordinator for the Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research at the British Museum. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and an Erasmus Mundus masters in ARCHaeological MATerial Sciences (University of Evora, Sapienza University & Aristotle University) with a focus on pre-Columbian Caribbean archaeology. Previously, she has experience working and researching at the Smithsonian’s Office of International Relations & Museum Conservation Institute, the Yale Art Gallery, and the Peabody Museum of Natural History. Her current research focuses on the archaeology and materialities of European/Indigenous encounter as part of the Corazón del Caribe project based on Mona Island, Puerto Rico.
Magdalena Araus Sieber is Digital Curator for the Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research at the British Museum. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Universidad Católica de Chile, an Education degree from Universidad Gabriel Mistral and a Digital Humanities Masters, with focus on museums and technologies, from University College London. Her professional background combines editorial management in digital journalism and exhibitions renovation at the National Museums Department in Chile. She is interested in technologies and digital platforms that enhance learning experiences and engage non-specialised audiences in museums.