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  • Dr Didier Bouakaze-Khan
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer
  • d.bouakaze-khan@ucl.ac.uk
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Didier Bouakaze-Khan

Career Summary

  • 2010  Heritage Consultant, Heritage Management Services, Archaeology South-East and Centre for Applied Archaeology, UCL.
  • 2009 - 2010  Freelance Heritage Sector Consultant for Africa and Eurpoe.
  • 2008 - 2009  Principal Curator, World Heritage at National Museum of Botswana.
  • 2006 - 2008  Senior Research Fellow at Rock Art Research Institute, Wits University, Johannesburg.
  • 2005 - 2006  Lecturer & Research Associate, University of Botswana.
  • 2001 - 2004  Lecturer, University of Galatasaray, Istanbul.
  • 2002 - 2004  Lecturer, Bosphorous University, Istanbul
  • 1997 - 2002  Research Associate, CNRS, Paris & Sorbonne University.
  • 1994 - 1996  Research Assistant, ULB, Brussels.
  • 1989 - 1993  Freelance Researcher (Archaeology/Anthropology), Horn of Africa.

Key Projects

  • Participated in EU Regional Workshop in Dar Es Salaam on ‘Thematic Instruments and Liaison with Civil Society’.
  • Feasibility study for the opening of a Bureau of cultural restoration NGO in Ethiopia.
  • Organisation of study fieldtrip and logistical management to Ethiopia.
  • Management of security for the display of a range of museum religious artefacts.
  • Consultant for the post-conflict reconstruction of Ethiopia, acting as an expert for strategy in the Cultural Dimension of Development in partnership with the Centre for Research for Conservation of Cultural Heritage (Culture Ministry Ethiopia).
  • Principal Curator, World Heritage Site at Tsodilo Hills Botswana.
  • Curator of exhibition “Create for Existence. San artists from Kalahari” with publication of exhibition catalogue, logistics management for international shipment, insurance and safety of exhibited collection.
  • Multilateral cultural cooperation project (involving France, Botswana, South Africa and the EU) for the Valorisation of W.H. Tsodilo Hills site project.

Research Directory Records

Membership of Learned Societies and Professional Recognition

  • Senior Research Fellow, Rock Art Research Institute (RARI), Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Member of the International Union of Anthropological & Ethnological Sciences, Commission on Nomadic Population
  • Research Associate, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifi que (CNRS), France
  • Member of the Australian Rock Art Association
  • Member of the Societe des Africanistes, France
  • Member of the Pan-African Association of Archaeologists
  • Member of the Association of South African Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA)
  • Research Associate at the Centre National de Prehistoire, France
  • Member of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists (SAfA)

Educational Background

  • 2002  Doctorate Archaeology and Anthropology 2002, Sorbonne University Paris.
  • 1996  Licence Scientifique Archaeology & Anthropology, Non-European Societies, Brussels University-ULB.
  • 1989  Degree (DEUG) Art History & Archaeology, Sorbonne University Paris.

Publications & Conference/Seminar Papers

  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (ed.) (Forthcoming 2013). “World perspectives on Rock Art Sites Management”, Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites.
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (Forthcoming). “Rock Art of the Horn of Africa”, BAR International Series, Archaeopress.
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (Forthcoming). “The Rock Art at Tsodilo Hills (Botswana): participatory conservation planning”. INORA
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (2012). Review: Blundell, G. et al. (eds.), Seeing and Knowing. Understanding rock art with and without ethnography, Wits University Press. In Azania: Archaeological research in Africa, vol. 47, No. 4, 535-37
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (2011). “Introduction: Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites in Sub-Saharan Africa”, co-authored with Ceri Ashley. In Ashley, C. & D. Bouakaze-Khan (eds.), Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, vol.13, No.2-3, 95-102
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (2011). “Review: Cultural Heritage and the Law. Protecting Immovable Heritage in English-Speaking Countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.” W. Ndoro et al. (eds.) ,ICCROM Conservation Studies; and “Review: Protection juridique du patrimoine culturel immobilier: orientations pour les pays francophones de l’Afrique subsaharienne. B. Rakotomamonjy. In Ashley, C. & D. Bouakaze-Khan (eds.). Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, vol.13, no.2-3, 283-5
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (2011). Pastoralist’s ways of making culture in the Horn of Africa. African Archaeology Seminar series, Institute of Archaeology, March 2011, UCL
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (2010). Voir Ça, Savoir. Echanges sur l’Art Contemporain et l’Art Préhistorique. French Ministry of Culture/DRAC Aquitaine/Pôle International de la Préhistoire.
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (2010). World Heritage Conservation as development opportunity in Southern Africa. Centre for Applied Archaeology Seminar, 23 May 2010, UCL
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (2010). Perspectives for the development of World Heritage. African Archaeology Research Day, Cambridge University, November 2010
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (2010). The construction of image and heritage pedigree at World Heritage sites: the case of Tsodilo Hills. 13th International Pan-African Congress of Archaeology and Anthropology, University Cheick Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (2009). World Heritage Site Management & Participatory Planning, Regional UNESCO-Africa Workshop, National Museum, Botswana
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (2008). “From Tsodilo Hills to Kuru: Tradition of creativity in the Kalahari”. In Bouakaze-Khan, D. & P. Marquet (eds.), Creer pour exister/Art for Existence. Exhibition catalogue, French/English, PIP/Rup’Art. ISBN: 978-2-9524567-2-2
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (2008). Les San Bushman du Kalahari et l’Art rupestre du Botswana. Conference given in Montignac,  France, 31 July 2008 at a seminar organised by Pôle International de Préhistoire (PIP) and the Centre National de Préhistoire (CNP).
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (2008). The ethic of World Heritage. Conference given at the National Museum of Botswana, Gaborone, 26 November 2008 at ‘European and African Perspectives on Archaeological Management’ Seminar
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (2008). Guidelines for the Conservation & Management of World Heritage sites. Ministry of Culture of Botswana, National Museum of Botswana
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (2007). “The Rock Art of the Horn of Africa : Theoretical Perspectives.” INORA, 48: 20-3
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (2007). The Tsodilo Hills Project. Inaugural Workshop, International Tourism Research Centre (ITRC), University of Botswana, Gaborone, 24-26 September 2007
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (2007). The Role of Archaeologists in Heritage Management Planning: the Tsodilo Hills Project. Shashe Limpopo Symposium, 26-30 September 2007, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (2006). The Rock Art of the Horn of Africa: Pastoralist’s ways of making culture. South African Conference on Rock Art (SACRA), 4-12 February 2006, Kimberley, South Africa
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (2005). The archaeological dimension of development: needs and constraints. 13th Pan-African Congress of Archaeology and Related Disciplines, Gaborone, Botswana, 4-13 July 2005
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (2002). « L’Art Rupestre de la Corne de l’Afrique. Etude Globale dans son Contexte Archéologique & Anthropologique. Modèle d’Interprétation. » Unpublished PhD thesis, Sorbonne University, Paris
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D., Poisblaud, B. (2000). « Art Rupestre et Néolithique de l’Ethiopie. Découvertes récentes. » Annales d’Ethiopie, vol.XVI :39-53.
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (1999). Rock Art & Cultural Heritage of Ethiopia. Training workshop held at the Centre Français des Etudes Ethiopiennes with the Centre for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (CRCCH), Culture Department, Ethiopia; June 1999
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (1998). « The perception of Heritage in Nigeria.”, Nigerian Heritage, vol.6 :81-5, Lagos: NCMM
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (1998). L’art rupestre d’Ethiopie. Récentes découvertes. Conference given at the Centre Français des Etudes Ethiopiennes, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 09 November 1998.
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (1997). « La notion de patrimoine culturel. L’Exposition Vallées du Niger au Nigeria.» Unpublished ULB Licence dissertation (equiv. MPhil dissertation), Universite Libre de Bruxelles – ULB and submitted as internal publication of the Institut Français de Recherches en Afrique (IFRA), Ibadan, Nigéria.
  • Bouakaze-Khan, D. (1996). « L’Exposition Vallées du Niger : Réflexions sur la notion de patrimoine culturel au Nigeria. », IFRA Newsletter, vol.V, n°2 :17-9.

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