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Michael Rowlands


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PhD, Anthropology
University College London, 1973

Publications Publications

My research interests include the theorisation and conceptualisation of cultural heritage and material culture. I have conducted fieldwork research on the histories and development of postcolonial museums in West Africa (Cameroon Liberia, Nigeria), the role of cultural heritage in post conflict Liberia and currently I am doing fieldwork on private museum initiatives in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces in China funded by the Leverhulme Foundation and I collaborate with Anthropologists in the National University of Taiwan on the revitalization of indigenous cultural knowledge. I am also a Visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town where I teach the role of cultural heritage and museums in postcolonial Africa and I am a Visiting Professor to the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, consulting on the development of a Cultural Heritage initiative and a Graduate School programme in Cultural Heritage.

Latest Publications:

2014 Digital heritage Technologies and issues of Community Engagement and Cultural restitution in, New Style, Ethnographic Museums(with Graeme Were).

In Sandra Ferracuti eds Beyond Modernity. Do Ethnography Museums Need Ethnography. Espera Libereria Archaologia, Rome.

Harriet Evans and Michael Rowlands 2015 Reconceptualising Heritage in China: Museums, Development and the Shifting Dynamics of Power. In eds Paul Basu and Wayne Modest pp 272-295 Museums, heritage and International Development.  London Routledge

Johan Ling and Michael Rowlands 2015 The Stranger King and Rock Art. In Peter Skoglund. Johan Ling and Ulf Bertilsson  pp 89-105 eds Picturing the Bronze Age   Oxford, Oxbow Books.

2013 Ling, J. & Rowlands, M. Structure from the North and content form the South. Rock Art, Metal Trade and Cosmopolitical Codes. Art as a source of history - L'arte come sorgente di storia. Ed. Anati, Emmanuel. XXV VALCAMONICA SYMPOSIUM 2013. Capo di Ponte (Bs) ITALY. September 20 to 26, 2013:187-196. EDIZIONE DEL CENTRO

2013 Michael Rowlands and Johan Ling, Boundaries, Flows and Connectivities: Mobility and Stasis in the Bronze Age In Counterpoint: Essays in Archaeology and Heritage Studies in Honour of Professor Kristian Kristiansen, Edited by Sophie Bergerbrant Serena Sabatini, BAR International Series 2508  pp 517-529

2013 Henrietta Nyamnjoh and Michael Rowlands, Do you eat Achu here? Nurturing as a way of life in a Cameroon diaspora, Critical African Studies, 2013 Vol. 5, No. 3, 140–152

2012  De la Mascarade au Film Video: transmettre le diaboloque en Afrique de l'Ouest. In Objets Irremplkacables eds S. Revolon, P. Lemonnier and M. Bailly.  Paris: Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l'Homme.

2012 Ancestors, Substances and Elites-West Africa and China comparisons. In Kienlin, T. and Zimmerman, A. (eds) Beyond Elites: alternatives to hierarchical systems Verlag Dr Rudolf Habelt GmbH, Bonn 55-67.

2012 Material Connections and Colonial Encounters in Maran, Joseph and Stockhazmmer, Philipp (eds) Materiality and Social Practice Oxford: Oxbow Books: 20-32.

2011 Response to ‘Relations between Archaeologists and the Military in the case of Iraq, in Stone, Peter (ed) Cultural Heritage,Ethics and the Military. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press: 200-214

2011 Ingestion and Food Technologies: Maintaining Differences over the Long Term in West,South and East Asia, in Wilkinson Toby et al (eds) Interweaving Worlds: Systemic Interacions in Eurasia 7th to the 1st millennia BC: 37-61.

2011 Of Substances, Palaces and Museums: The Visible and the Invisible in the Constitution of Cameroon, JRAI Special issue The Aesthetics of the Nation: 23-38

2010 Re-evaluating the long term:civilisation and temporalities. In D. Garrow and T. Yarrow eds Archaeology and Anthropology Oxford: Oxbow Books. :117-137

2010 Moudre ou faire bouiller. Techniques et Culture 52-3: 120-148

2009 Towards a long-term macro-geography of cultural substances: food and sacrifice  traditions in East, West and South Asia. Chinese Review of Anthropology vol 12:1-37

2009 Towards a long-term macro-geography of cultural substances: food and sacrifice  traditions in East, West and South Asia. Chinese Review of Anthropology vol 12:1-37

2008 Cong minzuxue dao wuzhu wenhua [zai dao minzuxue] (From ethnology to material culture [and back again]. Translated by Liang Yongjia. In Zhongguo Renleixue Pinglun [Chinese Review of Anthropology]. Vol.5. Wang Mingming ed. Beijing: Shijie Tushu Chuban Gongsi. pp.79-87.

2008 Aesthetics of Touch among the Elderly, in Helen Chatterjee ed. Touch in Museums ch 12. Pp.187-197, Oxford: Berg.

2008 Postconflict Heritage. Special issue Journal of Material Culture 13:2: 131-134

2008 Civilisation, Violence and Heritage Healing in Liberia, Journal of Material Culture 13.2:135-153

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