What are the Chapters and Networks?

ACHS has a variety of geographical 'chapters' and thematic 'networks' that serve as hubs for Members working in specific regions or areas of interest. These groups are encouraged to hold their own events and engage in Chapter or network-wide discussions. Some of our active Chapters and Networks are listed below (please note that this information may not yet reflect the full range of Chapters and Networks available).

Chapters are run by volunteer Coordinators who, with the assistance of the ACHS website facilities and Membership Directory, manage the Chapter's / Network's mailing list, encourage and assist in the running of Chapter or Network events, and help to recruit new Members. Chapter and Network Coordinators are offered support by the ACHS Executive Committee, and particularly the Membership and Chapters Sub-Committee.

How do I join a Chapter or Network?

Upon joining ACHS, Members are asked to indicate their research interests and their wish to join a Chapter or a Network. If a geographical Chapter is already operating in the region/interest, the Member will automatically become part of that Chapter/Network. Whenever the Chapter/Network holds an event or makes an announcement, Members of the Chapter/Network will be notified by email or through the Chapter/Network Newsletter if any. If Members have news or other topics they would like to put up to the Chapter/Network for consideration, they can organise this directly with the Chapter/Network Coordinator.

How do I form a Chapter or Network?

ACHS welcomes suggestions or requests for new Chapters and Networks, particularly in regions or areas of interest that have concentrations of Members not yet represented in the Chapter/Network system. This can be checked by searching the Membership Directory by Country or Interest. The ACHS Executive Committee (and Membership and Chapters Sub-Committee) will help with this process, including the organisation of a Chapter/Network mailing list through the ACHS website.

If you are interested in establishing a Chapter or Network, please submit an online enquiry via our contact page.

ACHS Chapters

Australia and New Zealand Chapter

The Australia and New Zealand Chapter was founded in mid-2012 following the inaugural ACHS Conference in Gothenburg. The Chapter has approximately 400 members, ranging across academic and professional roles in a wide variety of heritage-related fields. The Chapter’s most recent event was a Melbourne meet-up in early 2015, giving members an opportunity to network, share ideas and discuss individual research projects/interests. Many of the Chapter’s members were also present at the second ACHS Conference, held in Canberra in late 2014. 

If you are interested in joining the Australia/New Zealand Chapter, please select ‘Australia/New Zealand’ as your geographical location under your Member Profile in the ACHS Member Directory. If you are interested in planning or hosting an event within Australia or New Zealand on behalf of ACHS, please contact the Chapter Coordinators, Associate Prof. Tracy Ireland and Dr Steve Brown.

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Canada Chapter

The Canadian Chapter of the ACHS aims to draw together and facilitate an interdisciplinary network of scholars, researchers, and practitioners working in the field of heritage studies who either work in Canada or have an interest in heritage issues in Canada. The goal of the Canadian chapter is to support those who explore how heritage has been framed, deployed, produced, signi­fied, and consumed in Canada.

 This chapter promotes the critical and practice-based study of heritage-related issues in Canada and support networking, dialogue, and the exchange and sharing of research and information between chapter members who undertake research, teaching, professional practice, and social activism in the public sphere.

Scholarship will be encouraged from across a range of diverse disciplines, practices, and sectors, involving both museum studies and built heritage conservation addressing tangible-intangible and cultural-natural aspects of heritage.

If you are a member of ACHS, you can become a part of the Canadian Chapter by selecting “Canada Chapter” under “Chapters” in your Member Profile in the ACHS Member Directory. You can also contact Dr. Shabnam Inanloo Dailoo (inanloo@athabascau.ca).

For further information or to share ideas and comments, please contact Chapter Coordinators: Dr. Shabnam Inanloo Dailoo (inanloo@athabascau.ca), Athabasca University; and Dr. Susan Ashley (susan.ashley@northumbria.ac.uk), Northumbria University.

China Chapter

The China Chapter of the ACHS aims to develop an interdisciplinary community for scholars and practitioners working in the field of heritage studies who either work in China or have an interest in heritage issues in China. The Chapter promotes the research and practise of heritage issues in China. It integrates the scholarship worldwide with Chinese experience in how heritage is valued, preserved, politicised, planned, financed, consumed and deployed. The chapter finds resonance in the Chinese ancient philosophy of “ Diversity in Harmony” and “ Harnessing the Past to Create the Future” in its pursuit of heritage studies.

A range of diverse disciplinary perspectives and approaches will be encouraged for the study of heritage. Through activities such as annual meetings, the chapter devotes to create platforms for dialogue, networking, exchange and sharing of knowledge among chapter members from different disciplines and different sectors.

If you are a member of ACHS, you can become a part of the China Chapter by selecting “China Chapter” under “Chapters” in your Member Profile in the ACHS Member Directory. You can also contact Prof. Huimei Liu (huimeiliu@zju.edu.cn). For further information or to share ideas and comments, please contact Chapter Coordinators: Prof. Huimei Liu (huimeiliu@zju.edu.cn ), Zhejiang University ; and Prof. Chaozhi Zhang (zhchzhi@mail.sysu.edu.cn), Sun Yet-sun University.

Mediterranean Chapter (MED-ACHS)

The Mediterranean Chapter of the ACHS is a cross-national, regional network of scholars, researchers and practitioners working in the broad and interdisciplinary field of heritage studies who are based in the Mediterranean area (countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea) or have an interest in Mediterranean heritage.

The MED Chapter, established in 2017, promotes Mediterranean heritage as an area of critical enquiry and supports dialogue, networking, exchange of and dissemination of information between researchers, practitioners and activists from different fields and disciplinary backgrounds interested in the Mediterranean heritage. The Chapter aims to hold bi-annual regional workshops to focus on specific MED topics in the years between global ACHS events.

Members of the MED Chapter will be notified about related Chapter activities like workshops, conferences, publications, projects collaborations, calls for project partners etc. If you are a member of ACHS, you can become a part of the Mediterranean Chapter by selecting “Mediterranean Chapter” under “Chapters” in your Member Profile in the ACHS Member Directory.

To share information, ideas, comments etc. please contact the MED Chapter Coordinators: Dr. Darko Babic, University of Zagreb, Croatia (dbabic@ffzg.hr), Prof. Alexandra Bounia, University of the Aegean, Greece (abounia@ct.aegean.gr), and Dr. Clara Masriera Esquerra, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain (Clara.Masriera@uab.cat).

Nigerian Chapter

The Nigerian Chapter for ACHS will officially launch on September 28th 2016, in an event at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State. Members of ACHS in Nigeria are eager to pursue the study of heritage in all its ramifications, but especially in the area of intangible cultural heritage. The coordinator for this chapter is Charles O. Akinde, cakinde@outlook.com

Nordic Chapter

A new Nordic network for scholars and researchers working in the field of Heritage Studies.
The Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) has a variety of Chapters for members working in specific geographical regions or areas of interest. The Nordic Chapter offers an opportunity to disseminate information to scholars and researchers in Nordic countries. The initiative is built on the activities of the members. 
If you are a member of ACHS, you can become a part of the Nordic Chapter by selecting “Nordic Chapter” under “Chapters” in your Member Profile in the ACHS Member Directory. Members of the Nordic Chapter will be notified about workshops, conferences, publications etcetera. To distribute information, please contact Coordinator Anita Synnestvedt, University of Gothenburg.

Norwegian Chapter (ACHS-Norway)

At a meeting in 2015 with several research environments in Norway a desire to establish a national network for heritage research was addressed. The national chapter that has been recently established at ACHS will provide information on ongoing activities, but also promote and facilitate the seminars, symposiums or workshops on heritage issues that engage researchers in Norway. Through the Norwegian Chapter of ACHS, the researchers in the heritage field can address specific issues relevant to Norwegian everyday life and politics, for example, issues on migration and notions of Norwegian national heritage or other local or national aspects of heritage in the light of Nordic and international trends. The national network will provide an opportunity for addressing issues concerning multidisciplinary research, strengthen networking between research groups in Norway and beyond, discuss future challenges for heritage, and convey and create dialogue between heritage researchers, the Norwegian management sector and the public.

For more information please contact the Chapter Coordinator, Torgrim Sneve Guttormsen (torgrim.guttormsen@niku.no), from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU).

United Kingdom Chapter

The UK Chapter ACHS has had an exciting 2016 summer with events in June and July. We had our first meeting in Montreal on 7th June 2016 organised by Dr Kat Lloyd. The event was called Critical Heritage Studies in the UK: Future Directions and we had eight provocations from a range of academics from Early Careers to high profile Professors: Prof. Elizabeth Crook, Dr. Helen Graham, Prof. Rodney Harrison, Dr. Sophia Labadi, Prof. Rhiannon Mason, Prof. Mairead Nic Craith, Dr. Bryony Onciul, and Dr. Anna Woodham. These five minute talks covered a wide range of current UK issues such as: political conflict, current government initiatives, funding cuts, sustainability, intangible heritage, posthumanist approaches, postcolonialism, and climate change. Following this there was open discussion of the plan for and future of the chapter. We had a full house, with standing room only, which was an excellent start to the chapter’s activities.

On July 11th we followed up this initial momentum with a symposium at the University of Exeter’s Cornwall Campus. This brought together 23 academics, practitioners and PhD students to discuss the question: Can we have a ‘UK critical heritage’ in a globalised world with a colonial past? If so, what should be the focus and key drivers of moving critical heritage forward in the UK? We had papers on a diversity of topics including: nationalism, regionalism, archiving, intangible heritage, memory, landscape, assemblage, everyday objects, current political contexts, violent histories, commemoration, climate change, flooding, postcolonialism, and the future direction the of chapter. The day was filled with vibrant discussions and ended with an evening networking event in Falmouth.

These initial events have kick-started the chapter and we are encouraging members to host events in their areas of the UK. We will be announcing future events in our newsletters and have a national event lined up for 2017 – more details to follow soon. Keep up-to-date via our newsletter (which you will receive if you select UK as your location or interest on your ACHS membership), or twitter.

We welcome new members and ideas for, and offers to host, events. Please join through the ACHS website http://www.criticalheritagestudies.org/become-a-member-1/, contact us directly at achsukchapter@gmail.com, and follow us on twitter: @achsukchapter

If you are a member of ACHS, you can become a part of the UK Chapter by selecting “United Kingdom Chapter” under “Chapters” in your Member Profile in the ACHS Member Directory or contact Dr Bryony OnciulDr Katherine Lloyd or Dr Anna Woodham

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United States Chapter (ACHS-US)

The Chapter was founded with the goals of building a community in the U.S. (with an openness to all of the Americas) around the theories, methods, and issues in heritage and museums studies and practice, as well as strengthening the relationships between U.S.-based scholars and professionals and the international heritage discourse and related sectors. As one way to promote the Chapter and its main aims, it has been heavily involved with the organisation of conference sessions and panels that examine the contributions of U.S.-based scholarship and practice to the heritage discourse, and vice versa. Each of the following activities brought together different groups of participants, including those working in North and South American contexts, drawing on a range of disciplinary perspectives and, thus, helping to add interdisciplinary to the critical heritage studies movement:

  • October, 2013: The session, Connecting Public Folklore to Critical Heritage Studies: Ideas, Issues and Challenges of Heritage-related Work and Cultural Sustainability in the U.S., was held at the Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society (Providence, Rhode Island).

  • November, 2013: The roundtable, Critical Heritage Studies and Anthropology: An International Conversation, was held at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (Chicago, Illinois).

  • February, 2014: The panel, The Politics of Heritage: Who is Involved, Who Gains, and Who Loses? was organised as part of the Dresher Center for the Humanities Humanities Forum at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

  • December, 2014: The session, Critical Heritage Studies in North America: Issues, Ideas and Forward Thinking, was held at the second International Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (Canberra, Australia).

  • October, 2015: The session, The Contributions of Public Folklore Theory and Practice to the Movement for a More Critical Heritage Studies, was held at the Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society (Long Beach, California).

  • June, 2016: Forthcoming session, Critical Heritage Studies in the Americas, at the third International ACHS Conference, as well as co-sponsorship of the opening night reception.

As a means of engaging students with critical heritage studies and practice, the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage hosted two seminars (Fall 2013, Fall 2014) for students from UMBC to discuss and debate the safeguarding of living heritage, particularly with respect to the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, most popular outside the U.S.

If you are a member of ACHS, you can become a part of the United States Chapter by selecting “United States Chapter” under “Chapters” in your Member Profile in the ACHS Member Directory

If you would like to join the US Chapter Listserv, please fill in your details in the form below. Please make sure to select ONLY the us-chapter list. You will be diverted to another page to confirm your subscription.

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Please direct any enquiries about the US Chapter to the Chapter Coordinator, Dr Michelle Stefano

Western Canada / Pacific Northwest Network

The WCPNW Network connects Canada’s western provinces and America’s northwestern states. The network node is <icht.ca>. The network organizers are Marina La Salle and Richard Hutchings. Network contact: rmhutchings[at]icht.ca


ACHS Networks

Francophone Network

Réseau francophone d’études critiques sur le patrimoine

Le réseau francophone d’études critiques sur le patrimoine cherche à promouvoir et diffuser la recherche en langue française sur les patrimoines et les patrimonialisations, à permettre l’existence de différentes approches épistémologiques au sein d’ACHS et à rassembler les chercheurs intéressés par ces études.

La recherche en langue française sur les patrimoines a produit depuis une vingtaine d’années de nombreux travaux qui ont fait émerger la notion de « patrimonialisation ». Dans une perspective épistémologique qui favorise une approche du patrimoine par les valeurs qui lui sont attribuées, ces travaux ont constitué un changement de paradigme qui affirme la construction sociale du patrimoine et ancre les études patrimoniales dans ce cadre théorique.

Ce réseau est ouvert à toute personne intéressée par les études patrimoniales menées en français et le paradigme sur lequel elles reposent, quel que soit sa langue ou son pays d’origine.

Si vous souhaitez rejoindre ce réseau, veuillez sélectionner «Chapitre francophone» dans la liste des chapitres et réseaux (Chapters and Networks) dans votre profil dans le répertoire des membres d’ACHS.

Pour plus d’information, vous pouvez contacter Cyril Isnart (isnartc@gmail.com) ou Mathieu Dormaels (mat_dormaels@yahoo.com), co-responsables du réseau.

Francophone Network for critical heritage studies

The Francophone Network for Critical Heritage Studies seeks to promote and disseminate French-language research on heritage and heritagization to allow for the existence of different epistemological approaches within ACHS and to bring together researchers interested in these studies.

For the last twenty years, research in French has produced many studies that have brought to light the notion of "heritagization." In an epistemological perspective that promotes an approach to heritage through its attributed values, these works have been the source of a paradigm shift toward a vision of heritage as a social construction, and have anchored heritage studies in this theoretical framework.

This network is open to anyone interested in heritage studies in French and the paradigm on which they are based, regardless of country or language of origin.

To join the network, please select, ‘Francophone Network’ under your member profile in the ACHS Member Directory.

For more information, please contact Cyril Isnart (isnartc@gmail.com) or Mathieu Dormaels (mat_dormaels@yahoo.com), co-chairs of the network.

Heritage and Urban Space

The ACHS thematic network “Heritage and Urban Space” wishes to establish international and interdisciplinary connections between scholars and practitioners whose research and practice focuses on heritage in/of cities. The network operates as a platform for communication, exchange of knowledge and expertise, academic and professional collaboration across national, continental or north-south borders. Our aim is to internationalize the current discourse and debates about the relationship between heritage and urban space, and contribute to new conceptualizations and research agendas that link academia and practice. 

To join the network, please select, ‘urban heritage’ under Chapters and Networks in the ACHS Member Directory.

For more information, and for suggestions and announcements, please contact the network co-chairs, Sybille Frank and Ingrid Martins Holmberg, at: heritageandurbanspace@gmail.com.


Intangible Heritage (ICH) Researchers Network

The Intangible Heritage (ICH) Researchers network shares information about ICH-related research, publications, conferences, courses and events with people working specifically on ICH issues. Members come from all continents and various professional backgrounds, communities and institutions or NGOs. In August 2018, the network included over 1200 members. We send out a monthly newsletter. Other languages than English are welcomed but the newsletter is mostly in English.

The ICH network was set up by Dr Harriet Deacon and is currently coordinated by Dr Cristina Clopot and Dr Hanna Schreiber. The network has a committee of 24 members:  Dr Christina Aamodt (Greece), Dr Mrinalini Atrey (India), Dr Daniel Barrera-Fernández (Mexico), Nataliya Bezborodova (Canada), Marina Calvo Pérez (France), Dr Anna Catalani (UK), Marie Clausén (Canada), Cristina Clopot (UK), Anindita Dey (India), Dr Ichumbaki Elgidius (Tanzania), Dr Jayson Scott Grimes (Germany), Dr Evy Johanne Håland (Norway), Dr Shisachila Imchen (UK), Prof Marc Jacobs (Belgium), Helga Janse (Japan), Pamela Jordan (Netherlands), Prof Gyooho Lee (Korea), Rishika Mukhopadhyay (UK), Deirdre Prins-Solani (Kenya), Dr Hanna Schreiber (Poland), Dr Keletso Gaone Setlhabi (Botswana), Dr Geneviève Susemihl (Germany), Nevena Tatovic (Portugal), Dr Michael Vargas (US).

If you wish to join the ICH Network, please select 'Intangible Heritage' under “Chapters and Networks” in your Member Profile in the ACHS Member Directory. . Please direct any enquiries about the ICH Network to the Coordinator, Dr Cristina Clopot and/or Dr Hanna Schreiber.