It has been a busy school year and I have unfortunately not posted here in quite some time. Soon, though, I intend to fix this by updating a number of sections about me and my work, and adding some new material that I have written in the last year on historic preservation law, the history of “heritage” as an idea tied to industrialization and the highly politicized nature of museums in the modern era, and the arguments for and against repatriation. My interests and framework have grown a lot over the last year and it will be good to address those developments in this space. I will also come back to a regular schedule of posting reflections on readings, news articles, and material from the start of my dissertation research. I’d like to use this as a platform for reflection, a collection of relevant topics in the news, and a touchstone in my research process over the coming years.
Also, I am currently at a conference on “Heritage and Healthy Societies” at UMass Amherst, and I am eager to write up some thoughts about what I’ve been learning here, so look out for that too! It’s been exciting to be surrounded by others thinking about the heritage field and how it ties in with the life of communities outside the academy in some crucial ways, so I will definitely have material to think about and learn from based on the talks and conversations happening here.
Please check back soon to see what I add, and feel free to “follow” the blog and contribute comments!