Institute of Archaeology
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First for Archaeology in UK 2015

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Hana K. Morel

Archaeology in Global Cities: Understanding the Archaeological Profession and the Impact of Policy Transfer on Urban Archaeology in London and New York City

The application of social network theory and analysis to the archaeological discipline offers a new approach in understanding the dynamics and discourse that affect the processes and outcomes of archaeological practice. How do the elements affect the practice within its current context and what impact does it have on socio-political, theoretical and organisational frameworks in urban archaeology? The research will expand on power discourse, which according to Foucault, is a complex strategic situation arising from manoeuvres, tactics, techniques, and functioning. Looking at individual and organisational networks that currently exist through interdependent relationships (such as friendships, professional courtesies/collaborative work, common interest, finance, etc), we can attempt to unravel the complex structures that operate on various levels and play a key role in determining how archaeological organisations are structured, managed and run; why goals are successful or not; the process of problem-solving; and critical reflections on further practices and policies.

The research explores:

  1. How knowledge management/organisational behaviour studies theory, and social network theories, can be applied to help archaeology develop much-needed strong regional networks; particularly in a global, urban landscape.
  2. How to extend networks regionally and internationally.
  3. Theories of social mechanisms and explore the extent to which archaeological (and interdisciplinary) networks and information flows are professionally contingent, that is, on individual personality.
  4. Structural relationships, through an interdisciplinary approach to organisational behaviour, work psychology and management studies.
  5. The tension between individual personality and institutional constraints of archaeology.
  6. What are the particular cultural schemas of archaeology that structure the historical context in which the discipline is born from?
  7. What opportunities and constraints are represented in the current function and activities of archaeological theory and practice? 

Supervisors

Educational background

  • MA, Archaeology, UCL, 2005
  • BSc, Sociology and Media Studies, City University, 2001

Koriech, Hana, 2008. ‘The Preparations for Istanbul 2010: Highlighting Istanbul’s Cultural Management Shortcomings’ in Aktuel Arkeoloji

Koriech, Hana, 2008. ‘Beyond Jericho’ from www.archaeology.org/online/reviews/kenyon published 18/06/08

Koriech, Hana, 2008. ‘Power to the Past’ in British Archaeology No. 100, May/June 2008: 38-39

Koriect, Hana, 2008. ‘Kultural Mirasta Turizmin Etkisi’ in Aktuel Arkeoloji, IV, Feb 2008: 72-75 (‘The Impact of Tourism Heritage’)

Koriech, Hana, 2007. ‘Kultural Miras Kentlerinin Anlazilmasi ve Yonetiminde Etigin Rolu’ in Aktuel Arkeoloji, II, Sept 2007: 86-88 (‘The Role of Ethics in the Understanding & Management of Cultural Heritage Sites’)

Koriech, Hana, 2007. ‘Archaeology as a Resource for Sustainable Development: Nicomedia as a Case Study’ in 38. ICANAS: 10-15/09/2007. Ankara: Ataturk Kultur, Dil ve Tarih Yuksek Kurumu

Koriech, Hana, 2005. ‘Evil in Space’ in Artopia Magazine.


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