Global Perspectives: Community Engagement and Cultural Heritage

Monday, April 18, 2022

Join University of California, Berkeley faculty, doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and guests for a conversation about the ways that communities are engaging with scholars to define and advance their own goals for identification, care, and work with tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

The panel will be moderated by Professor Rosemary Joyce, interim director of Global, International & Area Studies, who will introduce perspectives on the theme drawn from working with an ongoing grassroots project in Honduras where local citizens organize to create a program of development of community history and stewardship. Other participants include:

Associate Professor Jun Sunseri (Department of Anthropology; Affiliated faculty, Center for African Studies). Recognized for his work in community-engaged archaeology by the Society for Historical Archaeology and the Chancellor's Award for Community-Engaged Scholarship, Professor Sunseri will talk about about the partnered work he is pursuing under the mentorship of the VhaMusanda (Traditional Local Authority) of Tshimbupfe, aligned with community priorities in the villages of Hanani, Malonga, and Tshimbupfe.

Assistant Professor Peter Nelson (ESPM and Ethnic Studies). A Coast Miwok and tribal citizen of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, Professor Nelson uses Indigenous archaeology and Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) methodologies, working with his community in Sonoma County to document land management in the past and assist in environment care in the present.

Dr. Caroll Davila is a postdoctoral scholar supported by the Belgian-American Educational Foundation. She received a PhD from both Université Libre de Bruxelles and Universiteit Leiden based on ethnographic, linguistic, and archaeological work with Zapotec indigenous communities from the Sierra Norte of Oaxaca (Mexico) conducted from a decolonial perspective.

Pascale Boucicaut (PhD candidate, Anthropology) completed an MA in Folklore based on work with Panamanian communities on heritage sites and exclusions, and will be carrying out doctoral research on heritage of Haitian communities dispersed in global museums through the practices of academics.