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  • beverley.butler@ucl.ac.uk
  • Direct: +44 (0)20 7679 4741
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  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Beverley Butler

Research Interests

  • the theorisation and re-conceptualisation of cultural heritage studies
  • museum historiography and critical museological theory
  • the application of intellectual history, philosophy, psychoanalysis, literary theory, postcolonial theory, deconstruction and memory-studies to cultural heritage/ museum studies
  • the application of ethnographic methods and anthropological theory to cultural heritage / museum studies
  • themes of cultural loss and revivalism; critical studies of the archive; postcolonial politics of memory-work; cosmopolitanism and ethnicity; maritime heritage; cultural / human rights and marginalised histories
  • heritage and wellbeing
  • specialist focus upon North Africa and Eastern Mediterranean and upon Alexandrian / Egyptian and Palestinian cultural heritage and cultural politics.

Research Directory Records

Organisations, Publications, Other Projects

  • Series editor of the ‘Critical Heritages’ publications with Left Coast Press/UCL.
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Museum History [2005-to date]
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Museum Management [2007-to date]
  • External Assessor, Cultural Heritage Learning and Research, Open University, UK [2007-to date]
  • Lecturer, Cultural Memory Studies, IGRS, London University [2003-to date]
  • Steering Group, Centre for Museums, Heritage and Material Culture, UCL.
  • Specialist Advisory Committee, AHRC, Community Archives and Identities [2007-to date]
  • UNESCO, Observer Status, Memory of the World Programme – see http://www.org/webworld/memory [Sept 2002-to date]
  • UNESCO-Ramallah, Consultancy/Publication with Sally MacDonald (Director of UCL Museums and Collections), Keys to the Past, Keys to the Future: Developing a National Policy for Museums in Palestine [2007- 2008].
  • Project management board, Community Archives and Identity, at SLAIS, UCL, funded by the (AHRC) for 20 months (2008-2009) see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/slais/research/icarus/community-archives/ - Developing ‘Heritage and Wellbeing’ research group UCL.
  • Developing ‘Collections in Exile, Persons in Exile’ research project.

Current Students

  • Nicole Deufel Delivering public benefit through heritage management and interpretation in England and Germany (second supervisor Rodney Harrison)
  • Iain Shearer An investigation of cultural heritage and ethnicity at three Ghurid Central Asian Sites - Jam/Firuzkoh, Nishapur and Merv (second supervisor Dominic Perring)

Second Supervisor

 Recently submitted students

  • Paul Harrison Profane Egyptologists: Linegae, Lecay, and Cultural Incorporation (second supervisor Stephen Quirke)
  • Jane Sarre Communities of memory: An analysis of the influence of participation and trust on the visual culture of diversity in city history galleries (second supervisor Sally MacDonald)
  • Johanna Zetterstrom Sharp Cultural heritage, digital curatorship, and civil society strengthening in post-conflict Sierra Leone’ (principal supervisor Paul Basu)

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