The ACHS Early Career Researchers Network aims to connect researchers and practitioners, in the early stages of their careers, who are interested in the interdisciplinary field of critical heritage studies. The network is predominantly aimed at postgraduate research students, postdoctoral researchers and those starting out in professional heritage practice, but is open to anyone who self-identifies as "early career". The network shares news, opportunities and resources, with a particular emphasis on fostering international and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Within the ACHS, we work to:

  • Open up the structure of the ACHS to better support early career researchers

  • Communicate early career researchers' wishes and needs with the Executive Committee

  • Make ACHS conferences more informative and attractive to early career researchers

As a network, we work to:

  • Challenge, support and assist each other in developing successful and high quality research and professional practice

  • Encourage the active engagement of early career researchers with the wider ACHS community

  • Arrange events for early career researchers interested in critical heritage studies

  • Share ideas and information, particularly relevant to early career researchers


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The network coordinating team:

Harald Fredheim

Harald Fredheim is a trained objects conservator and heritage site manager. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of York where he is studying public participation and agency in caring for heritage. He is employing action research and digital co-design in his own participatory practice, through which he is investigating why we as heritage "experts" find it so difficult to share power and authority, and whether it is possible to increase voluntary involvement in caring for heritage without devaluing professionals or exploiting volunteers.

Harald speaks English and Norwegian.


Roslynn Ang

Roslynn Ang, born in Singapore, is a PhD candidate in East Asian Studies, New York University, with an M.A. in Sociology from Hokkaido University. Having received research grants to Ryukyu University and Hokkaido University, she has an extensive knowledge on the peripheries of Japan and their indigenous minorities. Her dissertation is an ethnographic study on the Sapporo Upopo Hozonkai, a group registered under UNESCO intangible heritage of Japan. She explores the tension within ambivalent identities, the constraints in state recognition of indigenous cultures and the contemporary production of cultural heritage. Her research interests focus on Indigenous studies, performance, race, nation, decolonisation and Japan’s colonial history.

Roslynn speaks English, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. 

Cristina Clopot

Cristina Clopot is a PhD candidate at the Intercultural Research Centre, Heriot Watt University (Edinburgh, UK). Her work explores the intersection of heritage studies, folklore and anthropology. Her research interests cut across tangible and intangible heritage, with a particular interest in ethnic heritage. Her current research project is focused on Russian Old Believers in Romania, the manner in which they preserve and safeguard their cultural inheritance hundreds of years after settling in their new homeland.

Cristina speaks Romanian, English and some French.

Eman Hesham

Eman Hesham is a scholar in urban heritage conservation and a PhD Candidate at BTU Cottbus- Senftenberg. Her research topic is about the social impact in conservation sites in Egypt. Eman’s research interests are urban heritage conservation and heritage impact assessments. She has served at the National Organisation for Urban Harmony at the Ministry of Culture in Egypt and has participated in preservation programs designed for urban heritage in Egypt. She has also worked as an architect in the AEGARON project at the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo (DAIK). Eman has graduated as an architect in Cairo University in Egypt and recieved her Master's degree in Heritage Economics in Catania University in Italy.

Eman speaks Arabic and English.

Sahar Khoshnood

Sahar Khoshnood is an architect and urban designer interested in heritage studies. She received her bachelor's degree [in Architecture] and her master's degree [in Urban Design] both from College of Fine Arts, University of Tehran, Iran. Sahar is currently a PhD candidate at Graduate School of Urban Studies (URBANgrad), TU Darmstadt, Germany. Her research is generally concerned about notions of cultural heritage, and specifically focused on ‘meanings’ of heritage in historic neighbourhoods of the case of Tehran. By exploring the relationships between people and place and highlighting the non-material values attached to any kind of cultural heritage, she provides a deeper interpretation of urban heritage in the Iranian context and with that brings a non-Western viewpoint in critical heritage discourse.

Sahar speaks Persian, English and some German.

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Qingkai Ma

Qingkai Ma is a PhD candidate from Zhejiang University, Chinawhere he is studying cultural discourse studies, with a focus on heritage. Informed by discourse studies, he has been working on meanings and discourse about heritage, especially from the Confucian tradition. He has participated in several heritage conservation projects in Zoucheng, Shandong province in northern China, where Confucius was born, and in Hangzhou which used to be the capital of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127 A. D.-1279 A. D.).

Qingkai speaks Mandarin Chinese and English.

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