Lucie K. Morisset, President

Lucie Morisset

Canada Research Chair on Urban Heritage, Lucie K. Morisset is professor at the Urban and Touristic Studies Department of the School of Management, University of Quebec in Montreal. An historian of architecture by training, she is interested in the the ideas and objects of urban planning, notably in company towns. She has been leading research on the morphogenesis and the semiogenesis of the built landscape and on the relations between identity and culture as they are  manifested throughout the practices of heritage and the production of the heritage discourse, including action-research on heritage development and heritage empowerment in partnership with local communities. Lucie K. Morisset is Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.


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Melissa F. Baird, Secretariat Officer

Melissa Baird is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Michigan Technological University. She holds degrees in anthropology from the University of California Berkeley (BA) and University of Oregon (MS and PhD). Her book, Critical Theory and the Anthropology of Heritage Landscapes (2017) was published in the Cultural Heritage Studies series at the University Press of Florida. Her current project, Extracting Heritage builds on this work to locate the contested geographies of extractive zones. You can learn more about her work at her website. (http://ss.sites.mtu.edu/baird/)


Lucas Lixinski, Vice-President | Conferences and Events

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Lucas Lixinski is Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, UNSW Australia. He holds a PhD from the European University Institute, where he looked at the possibilities of safeguarding intangible cultural heritage through the law. That project became a monograph, "Intangible Cultural Heritage in International Law" (Oxford University Press, 2013). His current research examines the intersection of critical heritage studies and heritage law, with a view of building critically-influenced new avenues for the promotion of heritage objectives through the law. His latest publications include Between Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy: the Troubled Relationships between Heritage Studies and Heritage Law, International Journal of Heritage Studies (advance publication 2014); and International Cultural Heritage Regimes, International Law and the Politics of Expertise, 20(4) International Journal of Cultural Property 407-429 (2013).  

Contact: l.lixinski@unsw.edu.au


Trinidad Rico, Vice-President | Chapters and Membership

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I am Director of Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS) at Rutgers University. I hold a PhD in Anthropology and an MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University, an MA in Principles of Conservation from University College London, and a BA in Archaeology from the University of Cambridge. My topics of research include critical heritage studies, risk and disaster, Islamic materiality, cosmopolitanism, ethnographic heritage, and the vernacularization of heritage discourses and expertise. I am author of Constructing Destruction: Heritage Narratives in the Tsunami City (2016), founding editor of the series ‘Heritage Studies in the Islamic World’ for Palgrave McMillan, and co-editor of Heritage Keywords: Rhetoric and Redescription in Cultural Heritage (2015) and Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula (2014). I have worked on post-disaster Indonesian heritage and my current research is on the mobilization of Islamic values in heritage practices in Qatar, and on heritages of restricted access in Argentina and Chile.

Contact: trinidad.rico@rutgers.edu 


Yujie Zhu, Vice-President | Communications

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Yujie Zhu is a lecturer at the School of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Australian National University, Canberra. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Heidelberg University, Germany. His research focuses on heritage, tourism, memory, religious practices and cultural politics. He is the author of Heritage and Romantic Consumption in China (Amsterdam University Press, 2018) and the co-editor of Politics of Scale: New Directions in Critical Heritage Studies (Berghahn Books 2019) and Sustainable Tourism Management at World Heritage Sites (UNWTO 2009). His publications also appeared in leading anthropology, tourism, and heritage journals, such as American Anthropologist, Annals of Tourism Research, and International Journal of Heritage Studies. Yujie is serving as the organising committee member of the ACHS conferences in 2014 and 2018.

You can learn more about his work here.

Contact: yujie.zhu@anu.edu.au 


Laurajane Smith, Founding Chairperson, co-treasurer

Laurajane Smith is Director of the Centre of Heritage and Museum Studies, in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Australian National University, Canberra.  She is founder and founding chair (2012-14) of the ACHS. Previously based at the University of York, UK, her research interests include re-theorising heritage as an embodied negotiation of the meaning of the past in the present. She has conducted research in the USA, UK, and Australia. Her numerous publications include Uses of Heritage (2006), Intangible Heritage (2009, with N. Akagawa) and Heritage, Labour and the Working Classes (2011, with P.A. Shackel and G. Campbell). She is editor of the International Journal of Heritage Studies (Routledge) and general co-editor of Routledge’s Key Issues in Cultural Heritage. 

Contact: laurajane.smith@anu.edu.au


Tokie Laotan Brown, co-treasurer

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Tokie is an associate member of International Network of Traditional Building Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU), Construction Industry of Builders (CIOB) in Ireland, Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologist (CIAT) UK and UK-Green Building Council. A contributing Member on the ISCCL and represents Nigeria and Ireland on ICOMOS-IFLA. Tokie also works as an indigenous architect and Cultural Economist with Merging Ecologies. Founder and women-led, Tea Group Ltd, which maintains a bespoke sustainable and indigenous heritage infused design development solutions.  Women Fund Homes UK and Ireland. A Joint PhD research in Economics and Techniques in the Conservation of Architectural and Environmental Heritage with the University of Nova Gorica and Universita Iuav di Venezia in Italy. 


Susan Ashley

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Susan Ashley brings to ACHS a strong background in the heritage profession, with 20 years of experience coordinating projects for culture and heritage sites across Canada. This work included policy, planning and developments for diverse heritage interpretation events, media and programs. In that professional role she was executive member of Interpretation Canada and founded the association’s journal. Dr Ashley entered academia with a PhD in Communication and Culture in 2011 from York University, Toronto, and is currently Senior Lecturer in Cultural Management at Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.  Her research focuses on the ‘democratisation’ of cultural and heritage institutions, especially in relation to access and expression by minority groups. She has edited the book Diverse Spaces: Identity, Heritage and Community in Canadian Public Culture, has co-edited two special issues of IJHS and published widely on heritage and its relation to subjectivity, representation and citizenship. Dr Ashley’s current funded research partners with small immigrant organisations to examine heritage-making practices in the UK. See https://northumbria.academia.edu/SusanAshley


Anna Karlström

Anna Karlström is Lecturer in Heritage Studies at Uppsala University Campus Gotland. She holds a PhD in archaeology, and her current research examines relations between heritage and the sacred, contemporary perspectives on archaeology, and Southeast Asian and Australian indigeneity. Her PhD thesis resulted in the book Preserving Impermanence: the creation of heritage in Vientiane, Laos (2009). She has received research funding for several projects, and been a visiting scholar at University College London and University of Queensland. 

Contact: anna.karlstrom@konstvet.uu.se


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Munukayumbwa Munyima

Munukayumbwa Munyima is a Research Fellow at the University of Zambia's Institute of Economic and Social Research (INESOR). He holds a Master of Letters (MLitt) in Cultural Anthropology from James Cook University Australia. His MLitt focused on cultural and natural heritage management, with case studies on the Great Barrier Reef and Aboriginal cultural heritage. He is currently the Coordinator of the Socio-cultural Research Programme at INESOR. For more than two decades, he has been involved in cultural research in Zambia. Prior to joining the University of Zambia he worked for the National Heritage Conservation Commission in Zambia as a Conservation Anthropologist for 8 years and later, as Regional Director for 10 years. He has co-authored a number of articles including 'The Role of Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage in Preserving Zambia's Heritage', (Zambia Journal of Library and Information Science Vol. 1, Issue 1, 2013) and is currently attending to reviewers' comments on Challenges in Managing Immovable Cultural Heritage for Tourism in Zambia. He is an Intangible Cultural Heritage Expert and currently a member of the National Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee both of which are provided for in the UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. He is also Zambia's focal point person for the Southern African Intangible Cultural Heritage Platform which comprises seven of the countries in this region.

Contact: m.munyima@unza.zm and munyimam@yahoo.co.uk


Bryony Onciul

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I believe in the need to decentre Eurocentric ideas and move to a post-Western understanding of heritage that supports and learns from indigenisation and is inclusive of diversity. The ACHS has an important role to play globally in revolutionising the way heritage is perceived by government bodies, academics and the public. It marks a paradigm shift that embeds international, future-facing, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, politically-aware work into heritage studies, whilst being inclusive and attentive to heritage practitioners and source communities. Innovation in thinking and understanding initiated through ACHS must reflect and support innovation in practice to address the critical challenges of our time, including: climate change, conflict, decolonisation, migration, global economic shifts, and transitional justice. I am Lecturer in History at the University of Exeter. I founded and co-lead the ACHS UK Chapter making me ideally placed to link activities in the UK with the work of the international committee, as we have one of the largest concentrations of ACHS members. I specialise in Indigenous heritage, (post)colonial history, community engagement, the role of heritage in transitional justice, and approaches to managing heritage in times of accelerated climate change. I am the author of Museums, Heritage and Indigenous Voice: Decolonizing Engagement (Routledge 2015).


Plácido González Martinez

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Ph.D. Architect and Urban Planner, Associate Professor at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University (China), and member of the Summit Plan funded by the Government of Shanghai in Tongji University. He is Executive Editor of the journal Built Heritage, published by Tongji University Press. Specialized in 20th century heritage studies and conservation, he is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Iberian Docomomo Foundation, member of the Advisory Board of the Spanish National Plan for the Conservation of 20th Century Heritage, and founding member of the research collective GAMUC studying Spanish colonial architecture and urbanism in Africa. Since he established in Shanghai in 2016, his research interests have extended to the challenges of built heritage conservation in China in the framework of globalization. He has researched and published extensively on architectural history and built heritage conservation. His works include the book In Light of Hilberseimer(awarded the 1st Prize for Research of the 2018 Spanish Architecture Biennale) and articles in journals like Cities, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Journal of Urbanism, and Docomomo International Journal.


Michelle Stefano

Michelle L. Stefano, PhD, is the Co-Director of Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the state of Maryland, USA, and is a Visiting Assistant Professor in American Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. As a folklorist, she is fortunate to work with a broad range of cultural communities -- from Indigenous groups to newly arrived refugee communities -- to help document, safeguard, and promote their living cultural traditions. Michelle co-edited the book, Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage(Boydell & Brewer, 2012), and is co-editing along with Peter Davis (Professor Emeritus, Newcastle University) the forthcoming, Routledge Companion to Intangible Heritage, and is currently co-leading the project, Mill Stories (www.millstories.org), which seeks to draw attention to the sociocultural impacts of industrial decline. She established the US Chapter of ACHS (http://achsus.umbc.edu) in early 2013.

Contact: mstef@loc.gov and criticalheritageusa@gmail.com


Yiping Dong

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Dr. Yiping Dong is an associate professor in the Department of Architecture at Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University. She is a trained architect and architectural historian. She has a Master of Architecture Design and Theory, and completed her PhD in Architecture History and Theory from Tongji University in 2013. She is active in researches related to built environment heritage.  

She is the deputy secretary of Urban and Rural Built Heritage Academic Committee under Architectural Society of China, an academic member of IAHAC (Industrial Architecture Heritage Academic Committee) of China; member of TICCIH (International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage); and a member of ACHS (Association of Critical Heritage Studies). Her research interests include: Critical Heritage Study, Heritage theory, Chinese architectural history and theory in a global context, Industrial heritage and heritage-led regeneration, Architectural design in context and the adaptive re-use of buildings.

Contact: dfdyping@qq.com


Huimei Liu 

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Huimei Liu is currently Deputy Dean of cross cultural and regional studies, and Deputy Director of Asia Pacific Center for the Education and Studies of Leisure (APCL), Zhejiang University. She was a Fulbright scholar during 2007-2008 in her visit to Pennsylvania State University, and was also awarded scholarships from Zhejiang University, China Scholarship Council and Bao’s Foundation to be a visiting scholar to University of Alberta between 2012-2014, Jan.-July,2016.

Her research interests are interdisciplinary, including leisure studies, cultural heritage studies, and cultural memory. She has published in leading journals such as Leisure Sciences, Leisure Studies, and Social Research Indicators etc. She is one of the editors for the journal Leisure Studies. She is also the Board Member of the Sociology of Leisure.  

She is working towards integrating cultural heritage studies and leisure/tourism studies. During the past ten years, she has been a key member or principal researcher of several projects focusing on heritage and cultural memory in several Chinese villages and cities. Currently, she serves as consultant for heritage and tourism interpretation system for museums, tourism bureaus and other local governments. All these empirical experience has enabled her to integrate theories in cultural heritage and leisure/tourism studies into practical projects. Also this further enriches her teaching in the lectures such as Cultural and Heritage Studies and Leisure and Culture.

Contact: Huimeiliu@zju.edu.cn


Jessica Mace / Acting Executive Committee Member

Jessica Mace, Ph.D., is an art and architectural historian who currently holds a postdoctoral fellowship in affiliation with the Canada Research Chair in Urban Heritage at the Université du Québec à Montréal, and, since 2015, has been the Editor in Chief of the Journal of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada. Her current research interests involve the heritage of company towns in Canada, as well as the very concepts of heritage. She teaches as a sessional instructor in art history in visual culture at OCAD University (Toronto), Ryerson University (Toronto) and York University (Toronto), and, since 2011, has acted on the Board of Directors for the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada. Mace has also been the co-organizer of two International Conferences of Young Researchers in Heritage (2017 and 2019), and was a member of the executive organizing committee for the ACHS 2016 conference in Montreal.


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