During the last decade my research has focused on the theme of globalizing heritage: The political dimensions of archaeology and heritage management; the construction and use of cultural heritage, and the relationship between heritage management and the public. At the moment I am co-leading a number of projects approaching these topics. Authenticity, Staging and Communication works with a critical comparison of eight World Heritage classified Rock Art sites from different parts of the world. World Crisis from Below study how a former Soviet Nuclear Missile base in Cuba is re-interpreted and constructed as a cultural heritage and how it is used by the local museum to strengthen local democracy, empowerment and identity.
I have undertaken research on cultural globalization focusing on themed environments in Japanese cities, preservation strategies in Tokyo’s urban environment, and depopulation issues in the Japanese countryside. My research revolves around the dynamic relationships between transformation and stability, expressed in phenomena such as heritage, consumption, tourism, architecture and cities. Currently, I am investigating the circulation of material culture through the second-hand markets as an alternative form of heritage and in particular how a field of “heritage growing” with distinct norms, discourses, actors and institutions is emerging. This is carried out in the research project Re:heritage - The Circulation and Marketization of Things With History (funded by the Swedish Research Council 2014-17). http://reheritage.blogg.gu.se
Anna Bohlin spent ten years in South Africa where she carried out research on memory, place and heritage in relation to various democratization and reconciliation initiatives, in particular the government’s land restitution programme. She has also been involved in research focusing on participation within the heritage sector, comparing Swedish and South African cases, as well as a project on memory and memorialization in Kenya. Current research interests include the interface between ‘natural’ and ‘cultural’ heritage in river restoration in as well as recycling and the circulation of material culture within the second hand market sector. She leads the Global Heritage Studies Research Group and is Director of Study of the Masters Programme in Global Studies at SGS.
Rodney Harrison is a deputy project coordinator of the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies and UCL-based cluster leader for the 'Making Global Heritage Futures' research cluster. He is a Reader in Archaeology, Heritage and Museum Studies at the UCL Institute of Archaeology and Principal Investigator on the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council funded 'Heritage Futures' research programme www.heritage-futures.org.