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Heritage and its management, socio-politics of the past

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  • Full or part time
    Dr J Carman
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

A PhD project with John Carman will focus on the role in the present of material remains from the past. This involves a concern with the ideological aspects of what we call ‘heritage’ and the institutions – organisational, legal, structural – that we set up to manage it.

Dr Carman am interested in what kinds of object we allocate to the category ‘heritage’ and how we do it, and how aspects of heritage management relate to the theory and practice of archaeology as a research discipline into the past. He has a particular interest in how issues of ownership impinge upon and condition our attitudes towards and expectations of the material heritage. All of this derives from an interest in understanding the various types of value we give to our material heritage – what those values are, and from where they derive. The category of heritage is a universal one – everybody can claim to have a heritage – but the specifics of what constitutes that heritage and how it is treated vary from place to place: so he is also interested in comparing heritage practices internationally: this is reflected in his current writing project for Cambridge University Press entitled Archaeological Resource Management: an international perspective.

Dr Carman’s current students are studying such diverse areas as the material legacy of World War Two in Wales, the display of Classical Greek statues in Western European museums, and intangible cultural heritage in Taiwan.


J. Carman. Archaeology and Heritage: an introduction, London, Continuum Press, 2002
J. Carman. Against Cultural Property: archaeology, heritage and ownership, Duckworth Debates in Archaeology, 2005
J. Carman (ed.) Theorising a Realm of Practice: research agendas in archaeological heritage management, 2000 (= International Journal of Heritage Studies 6.4, 303-330)
R. White & J. Carman (eds) World Heritage: global challenges, local solutions, proceedings of a conference at Coalbrookdale, 4 – 7 May 2006 hosted by the Ironbridge Institute, BAR International Series 1698
M L S Sorensen & J. Carman (eds) Heritage Studies: methods & approaches, London, Routledge, 2009

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