PARTICIPANT / Niyati Dave

  • Name Niyati Dave
  • Country India
 

EDUCATION
Indian Institute of Human Settlements Bangalore, India
Urban Fellow, Urban Fellows Programme Aug. 2016-Apr.2017
• Gained cutting-edge knowledge and perspectives in core urban sectors
• Conducted fieldwork on lake governance and urban nature in Bangalore
• Conducted fieldwork on the sacral geographies of Malleswaram and documented it on a website
Smith College Northampton, MA
Major: Art History Concentration: Museum Studies GPA: 3.78/4.00 May 2015
Academic Awards
• Phyllis Williams Lehmann Travel Grant to conduct Art Historical research in Japan, Smith College 2015
• The Gertrude Posner Spencer Prize for excellence in writing non-fiction prose, Smith College 2013-2014
• The Nancy Boyd Gardner Prize for an outstanding paper in American Studies, Smith College 2013-2014
• International Experience Grant, Smith College 2013-2014
• Praxis Internship Grant, Smith College 2012-2013
WORK EXPERIENCE
Centre for Policy Research New Delhi, India
Communications Officer, Tacit Knowledge Urban Research Network Aug. 2018-ongoing
• Engaging with researchers to communicate their research on informal economies, markets, housing through various
mediums
• Working with researchers to build systems for a project-wide archive of primary and secondary research
• Creating Podcast/multimedia products to effectively translate TURN’s diverse field research
• Commissioning, editing and liaising with designers to publish Quarterly Research Bulletins
Economic and Political Weekly Mumbai, India
Editorial Digital Assistant Aug.2017-Aug. 2018
• Reviewing, editing and commissioning pieces
• Writing a tri-monthly feature “The Thread” that provides context to news
• Creating and implementing EPW’s social media strategy
• Coordinating with Graphic Designers, Web Developers and Authors to keep the website running
Indian Institute of Human Settlements Bangalore, India
Intern, Word Lab Mar.2017-Aug.2017
• Substantive and copy-editing for IIHS publications
• Instituting processes to commission and compile an Urban Studies Reader
• Creating a comprehensive database of articles, journals, books relating to Urban Studies
Smith College Art Department Northampton, MA
Chair, Art Department Student Liaisons Sep. 2014- May 2015
• Organized lectures, panels and informative sessions to connect majors to faculty and resources
• Proposed curricular changes to faculty based on student feedback
• Interviewed candidates for postdoctoral positions in Architectural and Photographic History
• Compiled a report expressing student feedback regarding postdoctoral candidates
Smith College Museum of Art Northampton, MA
Student Picks Curator – “Camera Exotica: Clichés, Counter-Narratives and Cultural Clashes” Feb.- Apr. 2015
• Curated a pop-up exhibit about postcolonial art drawn from the Smith College Museum of Art’s prints, photographs
and drawings collection
• Handled publicity for exhibit, drawing in a record 300+ visitors
Smith College Museum of Art Northampton, MA
Student Museum Educator Sep.2012- May 2015
• Wrote thematic tour scripts based on curatorial research to be used by Museum Guides
• Received extensive training in visual literacy strategies and museum pedagogy
• Conducted tours for K-12, college level and adult groups
The American School of Classical Studies Athens, Greece
Volunteer at the Athenian Agora Excavations Jun.- Jul. 2014
• Participated in archaeological fieldwork under the supervision of field archaeologists and technical experts
• Carried out basic conservation, cleaned excavated objects and updated excavation records
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH) Washington, D.C
Research and Education Intern- Will to Adorn: African American Dress and the Aesthetics of Identity Sep.-Dec.2013
• Created a conceptual framework for a traveling interactive exhibit based on CFCH’s Will to Adorn project
• Wrote curatorial notes, wall text and concept notes about sartorial history
• Worked with African American youth to write “style autobiographies” to include in oral history database
• Presented a preliminary exhibition plan to representatives from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition
Service and Smithsonian Affiliations
Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia, PA
Curatorial Intern -Indian and Himalayan Department Jun.-Aug. 2013
• Compiled a report outlining digital and interactive strategies best practice at other institutions with similar collections
• Catalogued data for 300+ artworks into The Museum System (TMS) by researching registrar files
• Gathered and evaluated footage relating to South Asia to use in an introductory interactive kiosk in galleries

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