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Stanford Heritage Ethics


Stanford Heritage Ethics (SHE) is an inter-disciplinary group that aims to situate our treatment of heritage firmly within the issues of ethics, politics, memory, nationalism, internationalism, musealization, materiality, conservation, development, aid, governmentality, tourism, repatriation, cultural property, intellectual property, collaborations, indigenous archaeology, restitution, codes and declarations from which they are inseparable.


Our practical goals will be to:

  • provide feedback on conferences and events, news sharing, assemble bibliographies
  • read each others' research, present projects
  • invite speakers, establish international networks
  • organize workshops, conference sessions, and our own mini-conferences at Stanford
  • share publishing, journals and possibly books


Lynn Meskell

Paul Christians  SHE Coordinator

Sam Holley-Kline

Claudia Liuzza
Lauren Yapp

Lori Weekes

Dana Phelps

Sabrina Papazian

Dillon Gisch

Grace Alexandrino Ocana  SHE Coordinator

Annalisa Bolin

Cherkea Howery

Recent Graduates

Melissa BaileyRachel Ama-asaa EngmannAlexandra Celia KellyErich MatthesAdrian Myers,Trinidad RocoKathryn Lafrenz SamuelsJoshua SamuelsHelen Human, Lindsay Montgomery, Ian Simpson, Maria Escallon, Lindsay Der

Upcoming Events, info here



Recent Textbooks

  • Benton, T. (2010) Understanding heritage and memory. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • West, S. (2010) Understanding heritage in practice. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • Harrison, R. (2010). Understanding the politics of heritage. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • Labadi, S., & Long, C. (2010) Heritage and Globalisation. London: Routledge.
  • Sørensen, M.L.S. & Carmen, J. (2009). Heritage Studies: Approaches and Methods. London: Routledge.
  • Smith, L. & Waterton, E. (2009). Heritage, communities and archaeology. London: Routledge.

Online Resources


Leiden-Stanford Heritage Network

The Leiden-Stanford Heritage Network (LSHN) represents an effort to establish a globally accessible web-based platform through which archaeological ethnographers, public scholars, activists and community members can engage in dialog and debate about the meaning of heritage as a rapidly evolving concept. 

Administrator: Dr. Carolyn Nakamura (Leiden University)


A University of North Carolina-based program focused on archaeological outreach and community development in the Maya region, this page contains an extensive bibliography on Maya heritage.

Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative

A Michigan State University page dealing with digital cultural heritage. Though targeted towards MSU students, the page has numerous examples of digital heritage projects as well as useful resources. 

Heritage Studies and Cultural Landscapes

Maintained by Dr. Jeremy Wells, this page uses a landscape and built environment lens to look at heritage. The page links to other heritage organizations, heritage-related journals, educational opportunities, and heritage resources.

The Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS)

Hosted by the Australian National University and the University of Gothenburg, the ACHS page contains information about the Association’s biannual conference as well as links to academic centers and university courses dealing with heritage studies. A U.S. chapter was launched in February of 2013.

Biocultural Heritage

Developed by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and partners, Biocultural Heritage has information on the concept of biocultural heritage, with related policies, projects, and news stories.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Canadian Museum for Human Rights directed by Judith Dueck claims to “play an essential role… in preserving and promoting the heritage of Canada and all its peoples throughout Canada and abroad and in contributing to the collective memory and sense of identity of all Canadians” in accordance with theMuseums Act of Canada.