Dr Ashton Sinamai specialised in the archaeology of Early and Late Farming Communities in southern Africa. He has expanded his interest to critical heritage studies, focusing on tangible/intangible heritage, traditional knowledge systems, cultural landscapes, identity and representation, as well as memory and World Heritage studies. He has a B.A Honours in Archaeology (University of Zimbabwe), MA Heritage Studies/Public History, (University of the Western Cape, South Africa) and was awarded a PhD in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies from Deakin University, (Australia). Ashton has worked as an archaeologist and heritage inspector for the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe and the National Museum of Namibia and has published various papers on archaeology and heritage in southern Africa. He has also carried out heritage work with ICCROM in Botswana, Kenya, Sudan and South Africa. He has published various papers on heritage impacts assessments, conservation, heritage theory cultural landscapes as well as heritage and development. Ashton has also taught Cultural Heritage Studies at the Midlands State University (Zimbabwe). He was a Marie Curie Experienced Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York from 2015-2017. Currently he is an Adjunct Research Fellow with the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences , Flinders University, Australia.
John Kelechi Ugwuanyi teaches in the Department of Archaeology and Tourism, University of Nigeria. He is currently a third-year PhD candidate in the Department of Archaeology, University of York, United Kingdom. His thesis explores the negotiation between the global heritage discourse and the existing beliefs and value systems in the context of the village arena (or ‘square’) among the Igbo of Nigeria. The work hopes to bridge the gap between the authorized heritage institutions and local communities to discourage public exclusion and encourage democratic inclusion in heritage management in post-contact societies.
Mr Ugwuanyi is a Certified Project Manager (C.P.M.) and has a diploma in tourism and museum studies, as well as a B.A. and M.A. (both cum laude) in archaeology and tourism from the University of Nigeria. He holds the Overseas Research Scholarship Fellowship of the University of York; Tweedie Exploration Fellowship of the University of Edinburgh; and Gilchrist Educational Trust, United Kingdom. His research interest is heritage studies, museum studies, tourism, contemporary/postcolonial archaeology, indigenous knowledge systems and indigenous methodologies. His latest publication in World Archaeology in 2018 (co-authored with John Schofield) is entitled ‘Permanence, temporality and the rhythms of life: exploring significance of the village arena in Igbo culture’.
Dr Kiriama holds a Masters from Cambridge and a PhD in Cultural Heritage Studies from Deakin University, Australia. He has taught Archaeology at the University of Nairobi, and the University of Kisii, Kenya. Previously he worked as an archaeologist for the National Museums of Kenya as the Head of Coastal Archaeology and also headed ICCROM’s Centre for Heritage Development in Africa. He has published in coastal archaeology, heritage management and slavery on the east African coast.
Dr Abungu is a professor with the University of Mauritius. He was awarded a PhD from Cambridge and worked as an archaeologist for the National Museum of Kenya which he later was its Director-General. Dr Abungu has over 60 publications in the disciplines of archaeology, heritage management, and museology, culture and development and has championed the role of the arts and its respect and protection in many of his publications, public forums and in his works as a museum professional, scholar and administrator.
Prof. Ana Lucia Araujo is currently teaching at Howard University. She has three PhDs in History, Social and Historical Anthropology and in Art History. She has taught anthropology and history at several universities including Laval, Carleton, Ottawa, Quebec (Canada) Rio Grande (Brazil). She has published widely on slavery and memory in the African diaspora.
Dr Noemi Arazi has a PhD in Archaeology from University College London. She has worked in the environmental impact assessment sector for the past 20 years and has vast experience in Africa, especially in West African (Mali) archaeology. Noemi has published widely in African cultural heritage management, contract archaeology, as well as on policies and legislations governing heritage places in Africa. Currently she is a Research associate with the Université Libre de
Manuel studied History at undergraduate level at the University of Havana. He then took a MA in Comparative History and a PhD in History at the University of Essex. After concluding his PhD he went on to teach at the universities of Essex and Nottingham before coming to Leeds in 2006. Manuel's research focuses on the history of slavery and the slave trade in the nineteenth-century Atlantic world. More recently he has started researching on the Cuban Sugar Kings, a Havana-based baseball team from the 1950s and 1960s, exploring the intersection of politics and baseball in the early days of the Cuban Revolution. Manuel is also a contributor to Foxsoccer.com, The Washington Spectator, The Huffington Post, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, and Al Jazeera in English. In 2014 he was awarded a prestigious Philip Leverhume Prize in History, given every year to researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising.
Chirikure is an Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cape Town. He has an MA and A PhD in Archaeomettalurgy from University College London. He currently runs the only Archaeological Materials Laboratory in Africa. He also has wide interests in heritage management in Africa
A.Prof. Eze-Uzomaka Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) in Archaeology from the University of Sheffield, England. She has wide experience in West African Archaeology especially Nigeria and northern Cameroun. She has taught archaeology at Nsukka for the past 25 years
Dr. Forero is anthropologist, PhD in Urban Studies from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China) and M.A. in Social Anthropology from Andes University (Colombia). She worked in cultural heritage management at the City Hall of Bogota and the Ministry of Culture of Colombia. Since 2008 Juliana has been in China, first linked to the laboratory of Sustainable Development of the School of Urban Planning (HUST) and to the Cultural Bureau of Hubei Province, working on cultural heritage conservation and sustainability in the cities of Wuhan, Guangdong and Qinzhou. In 2013 she joined UNESCO-WHITRAP where she became a programme specialist for research as well as coordinator of the Historic Urban Landscape Programme; currently she is academic advisor of this institution. She has published different papers and book chapters on sociocultural sustainability and cultural heritage conservation, historic transformations of the cultural heritage concept and, cultural policies for urban development.
Sofia is an archaeologist and cultural heritage international cooperation expert specialised in Egyptology and North Africa. She has worked for more than 15 years in international cultural research projects to development. She has worked in Egypt, Mauritania and Niger as an archaeologist and as a member of international cultural cooperation projects on UNESCO World heritage sites such as Memphis, in Egypt, and Tichitt and Walata, in Mauritania. In 2008 she co-founded “Teiduma, Cooperación Cultural” (www.teiduma.com), a technical consulting to promote culture for development. Nowadays, she is a member of the project "Wine of Ancient Egypt" (www.wineofancientegypt.com), developing her PhD on the "Iconography of wine in the private tombs of the Theban necropolis". She is also a researcher at the University of Algarve (ICArEHB), coordinating the project to create the first online course in African archeology and heritage, in partnership with the German Archaeological Institute, the University of Louisville and the University of Neuchâtel.
John has responsibility for the curation, presentation, development and research of the Africa collections at the British Museum. He has carried out fieldwork in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana. Before taking up his current position, John was a Lecturer in Heritage Studies at the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, and a member of the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney, Australia.
John completed his PhD, Reconstructing the Past in Post-Genocide Rwanda: An Archaeological Contribution, at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, following which he undertook a post-doctoral fellowship concerning Post-Conflict Heritage in Western Great Lakes Africa at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg. John’s current research interests include the post-conflict use of heritage and practice of archaeology in post-colonial contexts.
Paul Lane is Professor of Global Archaeology at Uppsala University, and a former (2008-10) President of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists (SAfA). He is an archaeologist with over thirty years’ research experience in Africa. He did his PhD (awarded 1986, supervisor Ian Hodder) at Cambridge on the organisation space and time among the Dogon of Mali, West Africa. He has taught archaeology and museum studies at the University of Dar es Salaam, (Tanzania) and the University of Botswana, and was director of the Historical Ecologies of East African Landscapes (HEEAL) project and Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of York from 2007-13. His current research builds on this previous work, and he is now in the course of developing a programme in global historical ecologies, with particular emphasis on climate change.
Dr Manyanga received a PhD from University of Uppsala, Sweden. He has taught at the Universities of Zimbabwe, Witwatersrand (South Africa) and Botswana. His specialisation is archaeology of dry areas mostly of Southern Africa. Dr Manyanga has published several books and articles on this and other topics in southern African Archaeology including heritage management.
Dr Ndhlovu has a PhD from the University of Newcastle, UK. He has specialised in rock art studies (interpretation and conservation), indigenous knowledge systems and heritage management. He is currently teaching archaeology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. His passion is in changing the practice of archaeology in South Africa and Africa in general.