Johanna Zetterström-Sharp

Research Interests

Culture, heritage and development in post-conflict Sierra Leone.

Professional History

  • Project Co-ordinator: Co-ordinating the Horniman Museum and Gardens Collections People Stories: Anthropology Re-considered project. April-September 2013.
  • Assistant Curator, Horniman Museum and Garden. October 2013-April 2013.
  • Teaching Assistant, Institute of Archaeology, University College London. September 2010-June 2012.
  • Consultant Research Assistant for the Reanimating Cultural Heritage: Digital Repatriation, Knowledge Networks and Civil Society Strengthening in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone project. June-December 2011.
  • Sierra Leone National Museum Assistant. March 2010-April 2011.

Educational Background

  • 2013: PhD, Institute of Archaeology, University College London
    Thesis title: Encounters of Culture, Heritage and Development in Sierra Leone: an ethnography of global connection
  • 2006-7: MA in Cultural Heritage Studies, Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Distinction.
  • 2003-6: BA (Hons) in Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge.
  • Zetterstrom-Sharp, J. & Basu, P. Contemplating Culture for Development: ‘Dysfunctional Heritage’ in Sierra Leone. Routledge series in Culture and Development. Forthcoming.

Presentations & Conference Papers

  • June 2013. Working with ‘origin communities’ at the Horniman Museum: A global perspective. Museum Ethnographers Group ‘Engaging Curators’ workshop, Great North Hancock Museum, Newcastle.
  • April 2013. Negotiating knowledge: ‘Facebooking’ problematic narratives in Sierra Leone. Museum Ethnographers Group Annual Conference, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.
  • June 2012. The power of culture for development in Sierra Leone: reproduction and transformation of Western heritage discourse. Association of Critical Heritage Studies Inaugural Conference, University of Gothenburg.
  • March 2012. Un-capitalising Human Rights: translations of morality through encounters of culture, heritage, and development. Heritage that Heals: Post-conflict Uses and Abuses of Heritage in Africa, University of Gothenburg.
  • February 2011. Encounters of Culture, Heritage and Development: a case study from the Sierra Leone National Museum. Pitt Rivers Museum Anthropology Seminar Series. University of Oxford, Pitt Rivers Museum.
  • July 2010. Reanimating Cultural Heritage in Sierra Leone: A search for the source community. Museums and Restitution, University of Manchester. The Manchester Museum.
Johanna Zetterström-Sharp

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