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, archaeologist and heritage site manager. He is currently a Research Associate on the Profusion theme of the Heritage Futures project, based in the Department of Sociology at the University of York - where he is also a PhD Candidate in the Department of Archaeology. His PhD research explores how heritage organisations in the UK are attempting to increase the capacity and sustainability of community groups that are involved in looking after heritage places during austerity. 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 (Ph.D. New York University, M.A. Hokkaido University) is a scholar who works with the Sapporo Upopo Hozonkai, an Ainu performance group registered under UNESCO Intangible Heritage of Japan. Her research interests are on Indigenous studies, performance, decolonisation, representations of race and nation and Japan’s colonial history with East Asia and the West. Having received research grants to Ryukyu University and Hokkaido University, she has an extensive knowledge on the peripheries of Japan and their indigenous minorities. She has published an article titled “Recursions of colonial desire for differences” in New Ideas in East Asian Studies (University of Edinburgh) and is currently a postdoctoral teaching fellow at NYU Shanghai.

Roslynn speaks English, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. 

Cristina Clopot

Dr. Cristina Clopot is a Research Associate at the Intercultural Research Centre, Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, UK) working on the Horizon 2020 project named CoHERE: Critical Heritages: Performing and Representing Identities in Europe. 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 PhD research 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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