ABOUT THIS SITE
What is an Archiveland? It is a land of wonders, a place full of things, papers, and stories, where you never know what you might find. An Archiveland contains information, and at the same time it shapes it.
This site is a place where Amalia talks about archives, humanities data, and digital humanities.
Amalia Skarlatou Levi is an archivist, museum curator, and independent scholar working to create orderly collections, beautiful exhibits, and meaningful stories.
According to the nature, size, timeline and location of a project, Amalia works individually or cooperates with other experts, delivering the optimum solution for your needs.
Amalia’s life trajectory has taken her from the lulling waters of the Aegean sea to the gates of the Orient on the Bosphorus, and from the glittering skyscrapers of North America to the Caribbean crossroads of the West Indies.
Amalia’s passion is finding and extracting tidbits of seemingly random information (data) in humanities collections and revealing hidden links, obscure connections, and mysterious stories. Her field of expertise is conducting research and implementing projects on minorities and diasporas.
Her aim is to put order into data by creating structures to contain them; to enrich and augment them with links to other data or collections; and to share them with people who might see other stories in them.
Amalia holds a Master’s in Library Sciences (concentration in Archives), a Master’s in History (concentration in Jewish history), and a Master’s in Museum Studies; and a BA in Archaeology and History of Art.
She has also done doctoral work (ABD) at the University of Maryland’s iSchool (School of Information Studies). Amalia had the chance to study alongside people who are doing exceptional and innovative work in their fields (such as Professors Kari Kraus, Doug Oard, Katie Shilton, and others). Being exposed to topics and methods that are very different than her humanities background enabled her to explore and enrich her research with cross-pollination of ideas from disciplines such as information studies, social sciences, computer-human interaction, and computer sciences.
She has processed archival collections, most recently the records of the Barbados Synagogue Restoration Project. Previously she has worked in Jewish museums managing collections and developing exhibits. She was the founding curator of the Jewish Museum in Istanbul, Turkey.
Amalia is the co-editor of the book Identity Palimpsests: Archiving Ethnicity in the U.S. and Canada, and the author of the book Evanescent Happiness: Ottoman Jews Encounter Modernity, The Case of Lea Mitrani and Joseph Niego (1863-1923).
Please see my CV here.
For more details: Portfolio.