Leiden-Stanford Heritage Network


Mission Statement:

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. 

Initiating positive change within existing global heritage infrastructures requires a commitment to understanding the proliferation of alternative visions of what heritage is and what heritage ought to be.  The LSHN hopes to provide a forum where a diverse array of visions, opinions and claims to the sphere of heritage can be productively assembled. 

The LSHN website will draw from Leiden University's new emphasis on Global Interactions and Archaeological Heritage Management with the Stanford Archaeology Center's emphasis on Heritage Ethics in order to produce a free and dynamic resource for envisioning future trajectories for heritage in an increasingly mobile and globalized world. 

For more information, or if you are interested in being added to the LSHN's mailing list, please contact site administrators.


Gertjan Plets: gplets@stanford.edu

I am a postdoctoral researcher with a PhD in archaeology from Ghent University (Belgium). During the first part of 2014 I was a visiting researcher at the Archaeology Center and from January 2015 onwards I will continue my research at the Center as a postdoc.  My interests lay in heritage ethics, cultural landscapes, memory politics, 3D modeling and GIS. My postdoc at Stanford will focus on the heritage and identity politics of newly developing economies and the evolution of archaeological practice and ethics in those countries. Drawing on continuing anthropological fieldwork in Siberia (Altai Republic) and completed research in Xinjiang (northwest China) I will specifically focus on the use of the past in the present in the (former) Soviet/socialist world. Issues as difficult heritage, world heritage activism, cultural diplomacy, indigenous rights, post-Soviet theory and representational practices are some of the cornerstones of my research. This year I will also teach a post-Soviet heritage class, which from an anthropological perspective will explore memory practices in the (former) Soviet world. Besides providing a basic introduction in Soviet/Russian anthropology this class also attempts to contextualize current geopolitical issues (Ukraine and EU activism) using heritage as an analytical tool.



Carolyn Nakamura: c.m.nakamura@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Carolyn Nakamura is a postdoctoral coordinator and researcher for the Global Interactions Research Group at Leiden University. She earned her doctorate in anthropology (archaeology focus) at Columbia University in 2008. Her archaeological research examines the material-social valences of magic and ritual practice and figurines as practice. Her dissertation examined a collection of Neo-Assyrian figurine materials and engaged theories of materiality, embodiment and exchange to offer a new perspective on ancient magical practice.  Since 2004, she has also worked with and published on the figurine materials and placed deposits at Çatalhöyük in Turkey.

Carrie’s new research in suburban Mumbai focuses on the politics of heritage in vernacular urban landscapes. This work will examine the faultlines that emerge in the implementation of heritage preservation policy in oversaturated urban landscapes - between past and present, official and vernacular histories, cultural rights and human rights and policy and practice.

Interests: Social Archaeology, Material Culture, Anthropology of magic, Global Heritage (Suburban Mumbai and informal communities), Mesopotamia, Prehistoric Anatolia