Franziska Mucha

Areas of Research

Work Package 1 “Connectivities built by institutions”
PhD Project 2


 Crowds, communities and co-creativity: Users’ motivations for crowdsourcing cultural heritage digital (working title)


Crowdsourcing of cultural heritage digital collections through gamification will inquire on the use and the potential of diverse types of crowdsourcing for encouraging participation and co-creation of diverse users in cultural heritage. It seeks to understand what type of engagement with cultural collections crowdsourcing and gamification can support. The project will be testing and evaluating the effectiveness in encouraging user participation and how the user generated materials can help open up the collections to new audiences and uses.

The PhD-project focuses on user-centred approaches to crowd- and community-sourcing digital cultural heritage in museums. Exploring connectivities built by institutions the main case study will invite communities to participative interventions using the Hunterian collections of the University of Glasgow within the Glasgow cultural context and cooperation with Glasgow Museums at Kelvin Hall.




Academic Qualifications

Since Oct 2018
PhD Candidate at the School of Humanities – Information Studies, University of Glasgow, UK

Diploma degree in Cultural Studies and Aesthetical Communication, University of Hildesheim Foundation, Germany (German equivalent to combined Bachelor+Master Study)

Major: Literature and Media, Minor: Fine Arts and Politics

Scholarship holder Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation

Jun 2010-Jun 2011
Erasmus Student at NTNU Trondheim, Norway

Work Experience

Mar 2016-Sep 2018 
Curator for Digital Museum Practice, Historical Museum Frankfurt, Germany

Oct 2015-Feb 2016
Freelance Curator, Editor of urban district portraits

Oct 2013-Sep 2015
Trainee (Volontariat), Historical Museum Frankfurt, Germany

Project Manager, Prix Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria

Research Interests

  • Crowdsourcing and community-sourcing: co-creative generation of content and knowledge in memory work
  • Participatory museum practices: patterns of engagements and levels of participation – collaborative, cooperative and co-creative framework
  • Building connectivities in museums: outreach and community-building, relationship management and changing roles from curators to moderators
  • Digital museum practices: open culture, born-digital objects, user-centred-design, digital strategy


Mucha, F./ Oswald, K.(2021, in publication). Partizipationsorientierte Wissensgenerierung und Citizen Science im Museum. In: Henning Mohr/Diana Modarressi-Tehrani (eds.). Museen der Zukunft. Trends und Herausforderungen eines innovationsorientierten Kulturmanagements. Bielefeld, Transkript-Verlag.

Mucha, F./ Boersma, S./ Chahine, A./ Zwart, I. (2020, in publication).The Archive of Forgotten Memories: A Participatory Process of Reflexivity. In: What’s Missing? Collecting and Exhibiting Europe. Berlin, TBD.

Mucha, F./ Kist, C./  (2020, in publication). Digitally enabled participation in exhibitions: empowering social platforms. In: Exponat – Raum – Interaktion. Perspektiven für das Kuratieren digitaler Ausstellungen. Göttingen, Vandenhoek & Ruprecht.

Mucha, F./ Clark, H.-L./ Gambell, S./ MacLean, R./ Rankin, M./ Rowan, R. (2019). Global History Hackathon Playbook Version 1.1: Practical Guidance for Hosting a Hackathon for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Glasgow, University of Glasgow.

Mucha, F. City Lab Digital – a Participative Platform for Collecting.

Mucha, F. Stadtlabor Digital – Eine Partizipative Sammlungsplattform. In: Bienert, Andreas et al. (Hrsg.) Konferenzband EVA Berlin 2016. Elektronische Medien & Kunst, Kultur und Historie: 23. Berliner Veranstaltung der internationalen EVA-Serie Electronic Media and Visual Arts, Heidelberg:, 2017 (2016) (EVA Berlin, Band 23).

Interviews, Blogs & Podcasts

Mucha, F. (2020). Museums and the practice of digital co-creation. In: [Audio-Podcast].

Recent Conferences and Workshop Presentations

Mucha, F./ Theocharidou, M./ Widmaier, L./ Tzouganatou, A.: “Participatory memory practices: Human-centred approaches t digital heritage collections” at the digital 5th Biennial Conference “ACHS 2020 FUTURES” of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS), 26-30. Aug. 2020.

Mucha, F./ Zwart, I./ Boersma, S.: POEM One Stop Shop “Digital Archives of Forgotten Memories (OSS)” at the 20th anniversary conference “What’s Missing? Collecting and Exhibiting Europa, Museum of European Cultures (SPK), Berlin, 25. June 2019.

Mucha, F.: Research outline at “Postdigital Day”, University of Glasgow, UK, 26. April 2019.

Mucha, F.: Opening Conference POEM (Horizon 2020), Hamburg, 13-14. Dec. 2018.

Mucha, F.: “User-zentriert und born-digital – der digitale Kulturwandel im Museum” at the symposium “Das digitale Objekt”, Deutsches Museum, München, 5. Dec. 2018.

Mucha, F.: “Use the Museum. Participatory Memory Practices” at the workshop “Daring Participation!” of the H2020 REACH project, 20. Nov. 2018.

Mucha, F.: „What is Digital Museum Practice? How Museums Can Connect with Digital Culture”, paper delivered at Museum-And-Internet conference. (Original title: “Was ist digitale Museumspraxis? Wie Museen an die Kultur der Digitalität anknüpfen können“ Präsentation bei der MAI-Tagung, Potsdam, Germany (14.5.2018).)

Mucha, F.: „Digital Media: between interaction, engagement and participation. Module I: museum educational conditions, contexts and concepts”, lecture and workshop at Bundesakademie Wolfenbüttel. (Original title: „Digitale Medien: Zwischen Interaktion, Teilhabe und Partizipation. Modul I: Museumspädagogische Bedingungen, Kontexte und Konzepte”, Vortrag und Workshop in der Bundesakademie Wolfenbüttel, Wolfenbüttel, Germany (8.-10.3.2018).)

Mucha, F.: „Digital Museum Practice: User First!”, paper delivered at autumn meeting of Deutscher Museumsbund Public Relations working group. (Original title: „Digitale Museumspraxis: User First!“ Präsentation auf der Herbsttagung des DMB Arbeitskreis Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Frankfurt, Germany (23.11.2017).)


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 764859.