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Lauren Davis

Koc University
PhD Student and Researcher
Istanbul, Turkey
Lauren Davis is a Ph.D. student at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey and currently interns at the Smithsonian Institute’s Freer|Sackler Galleries in Washington, D.C. Her background is in archaeology, and she has participated in archaeological excavations in America, Turkey, and Israel. In addition to the Smithsonian, she has worked with several museums and heritage centers, including the University of Pennsylvania Museum, the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, and the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam. Among her research interests are museums, cultural heritage, memory, and digitization. Starting with research done at the summer 2012 “Urban Cultural Heritage and Creative Practices” workshop in Istanbul, she began exploring Istanbul’s intangible heritage and history through smellscapes. Her dissertation research focuses on bringing the sensory experience, and smell in particular, into our understanding of place and heritage, and how the sensory landscapes and heritage can be integrated with the digital world. As part of her dissertation work, she will also be turning her smellscape research into an exhibition.