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Dr Beverley Butler
Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square
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  • Reader in Cultural Heritage
  • Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Faculty of S&HS
  • MA, PhD
  • Reader in Cultural Heritage
  • Research Network Co-ordinator (jointly): Archaeology-Heritage-Art
  • Series editor of the ‘Critical Heritages’ publications with Routledge/UCL.
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Museum History [2005-to date]
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Museum Management [2007-to date]
  • External Assessor, Cultural Heritage Learning and Research, Open University, UK [2007-to date]
  • Lecturer, Cultural Memory Studies, IGRS, London University [2003-to date]
  • Specialist Advisory Committee, AHRC, Community Archives and Identities [2007-to date]UNESCO, Observer Status, Memory of the World Programme – see http://www.org/webworld/memory [Sept 2002-to date]
  • Development of ‘Heritage and Wellbeing’ research group UCL.

Research Summary

Research Interests
The theorisation and re-conceptualisation of cultural heritage studies
Museum historiography and critical museological theory
The application of intellectual history, philosophy, psychoanalysis, literary theory, postcolonial theory, deconstruction and memory-studies to cultural heritage/ museum studies
The application of ethnographic methods and anthropological theory to cultural heritage / museum studies
Themes of cultural loss and revivalism; critical studies of the archive; postcolonial politics of memory-work; cosmopolitanism and ethnicity; maritime heritage; cultural / human rights and marginalised histories
Heritage and wellbeing
Specialist focus upon North Africa and Eastern Mediterranean and upon Alexandrian / Egyptian and Palestinian cultural heritage and cultural politics.

Research Projects and Networks
Archaeology - Heritage - Art
Building Solomon's Temple
Collections in Exile, Persons in Exile
Craft China: (Re)making ethnic heritage in China's creatove economy
Heritage of Historic Cities and Multiculturalism
Keys of the Past: Keys to the Future
Understanding Heritage Wellbeing

Teaching Summary

  • Degree Programme Co-ordinator: MA in Cultural Heritage Studies
  • Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0121 Cultural Memory
  • Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0149 Critical Perspectives on Cultural Heritage

Academic Background
1991   Master of Arts University of Leicester
1990   Bachelor of Arts University of Leeds
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