Cohort 1

Duration of stay: October 1st, 2020 – March 31st, 2021.

Portrait Ryan Nutting

Dr. Ryan Nutting

Dr Ryan Nutting possesses over fifteen years of experience working in universities and heritage organizations in the United Kingdom and United States. Ryan received his PhD from the School of Museum Studies and Victorian Studies Centre at the University of Leicester and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Museum Studies. Ryan’s work focuses on the history, collecting, display, and interpretation of objects to convey information and construct knowledge on places, cultures, and peoples in museums. In addition to two published articles, Ryan currently has three book chapters and two articles in press with publishers including  Sorbonne Université Presses, the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sport, and the University of Leicester.

During his International Fellowship at the Kulturwissenschaftliche Institut Essen (KWI) Ryan conducted research on the changing interpretation of four netsuke held by the Museum Folkwang from 2010 to the present. Ryan recently submitted an article based on this research for publication to an academic journal. While at the KWI Ryan also conducted an interview on his work and museum decolonization with the Academy in Exile titled “Colonial Collecting and Representation” which is available here.

Portrait Carla R. Almeida

Dr. Carla Rodrigues Almeida

Carla Rodrigues Almeida is a Brazilian interdisciplinary researcher with a Master’s degree in Mathematics, a Ph.D. in Physics, and Post-doctoral training in History of Science. Her research interests are the History of 20th-Century Physics, Quantum Cosmology, and Science Communication. But Carla is always eager to learn and explore other disciplines and themes. During her time at KWI, she investigated the history of the theoretical discovery of black holes. More specifically, the development of the thermodynamic theory for black holes.

As an International Fellow at KWI, Carla published a paper in Portuguese about the hundred-year history of the discovery of black holes. It was a science communication article aimed at an audience of young Brazilian physics undergraduates. She also organized and hosted the conference “Astrocientistas,” in homage to Brazilian female astrophysicists and cosmologists.