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.


Lindsay Weiss: lmweiss@stanford.edu

Lindsay Weiss is a postdoctoral researcher in the Archaeology Center and the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University.  Her research specializes in the politics of heritage and history in the postcolonial context.  Her work examines questions of rights, recognition and ethics in the sphere of public history.

Lindsay earned her doctorate at Columbia University in 2009.  Her doctoral research explores the history of the late 19th century South African diamond rush and the role that speculative culture played in establishing apartheid conditions on the Diamond Fields.  Her archaeological research examines the social and political significance of changes in material culture before and after segregation.

Interests: Heritage, postcolonial theory, South Africa, historical archaeology, speculative culture


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