UCSC Archaeological Research Center

3rd Annual Research Conference

Critical Conversations in Cultural Heritage

Alumni Room, University Center, UCSC Campus

Friday, April 14th, 2017

9:00AM-5:30 PM

Admission is FREE and open to the public. Advance registration is REQUIRED.

Please visit www.arc.ucsc.edu/conferenceregistration.html for registration form.


Appeals to "heritage" have become increasingly common and visible in recent decades. Whether within the realms of the promotion and re-creation of history, claims to sovereignty, protection of landscapes and climate, or economic development, connection to the past is often utilized as a demonstration of legitimacy and authority. Making sense of these diverse appeals to heritage and the many ways that the past becomes meaningfully constituted in the present is a challenge. This is due both to the complexity of the issues as well as the fact that heritage scholars tend to be widely scattered between departments and disciplines. To address these challenges our conference at the University of California, Santa Cruz will bring together an interdisciplinary community of scholars to discuss current research and evaluate future directions for this rapidly growing, yet still decentralized, field of study.



Jon Daehnke (UCSC, Anthropology)



Amy Lonetree (UCSC, History)

Tsim Schneider (UCSC, Anthropology)



Jane Anderson, New York University

Sonya Atalay, University of Massachusetts

Jon Daehnke, UC Santa Cruz

Robin Gray, UC Santa Cruz

Richard Leventhal, University of Pennsylvania

Amy Lonetree, UC Santa Cruz

Kathryn Lafrenz Samuels, University of Maryland

Tsim D. Schneider, UC Santa Cruz

Heghnar Watenpaugh, UC Davis

** Jane Lydon, University of Western Australia [KEYNOTE SPEADER]


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Jane Anderson, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, New York University

Dr. Anderson’s research examines intellectual property law, indigenous peoples’ rights, tribal cultural heritage, and colonial collecting through collaborative research partnerships with several Native American communities. Her book Law, Knowledge, Culture: The Production of Indigenous Knowledge in Intellectual Property Law was published in 2009.

Sonya Atalay, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dr. Atalay published Community-Based Archaeology: Research with, by and for Indigenous and Local Communities in 2012. Her cross-disciplinary work explores collaborative research partnerships with Native Nations, examining how the braided and holistic aspects of indigenous knowledge enhance approaches to research and teaching. Using graphic novels, animation, and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies, Dr. Atalay is currently working with Native youth in partnership with Northeast Native communities to explore how reclaiming knowledge of land-based heritage and indigenous language contributes to community health and well-being. 

Jon Daehnke, Assistant Professor, Anthropology Department, UC Santa Cruz

Dr. Daehnke's research centers on critical heritage studies, cultural resource policy and law, and public representations of the past. His forthcoming book, Chinook Resilience: Heritage and Cultural Revitalization on the Lower Columbia River, is a collaborative project with the Chinook Indian Nation that looks at colonial legacies and the politics of Indigenous heritage in the Pacific Northwest.

Robin Gray, UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow, History Department, UC Santa Cruz

Dr. Gray’s research centers on multi-sited, community-based research projects involving the international repatriation of Ts’msyen songs from archives, and embodied heritage reclamation in an urban Ts’msyen dance group.

Kathryn Lafrenz Samuels, Asst. Prof., Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland

Dr. Lafrenz Samuels’ research investigates cultural heritage in the transnational sphere, within international development, human rights, democracy building, and global climate change. She is co-editor of Making Roman Places (2012) and Heritage Keywords: Rhetoric and Redescription in Cultural Heritage (2015), and her forthcoming book is Cultural Heritage: Roots, Development, Justice.

Richard Leventhal, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Leventhal is Executive Director of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center of the Penn Museum. He is engaged in research on cultural heritage preservation and economic development and is co-director of the Tihosuco Heritage Preservation and Community Development Project focused upon the 19th-century Caste War rebellion in Yucatan, Mexico.

Amy Lonetree, Associate Professor, History Department, UC Santa Cruz

Dr. Lonetree is author of Decolonizing Museums: Representing Native America in National and Tribal Museums (2012), co-author of People of the Big Voice: Photographs of Ho-Chunk Families by Charles Van Schaick, 1879-1942 (2011), and co-author of The National Museum of the American Indian: Critical Conversations (2008). Her research focuses on Indigenous history, visual culture studies, and museum studies.

Jane Lydon, Professor, History, University of Western Australia [KEYNOTE]

Dr. Lydon has been involved in the study of heritage, colonial legacies, and material culture for over two decades and she currently directs the “Globalization, Photography, and Race: the Circulation and Return of Aboriginal Photographs in Europe” project. Her books include: Eye Contact: Photographing Indigenous Australians (2005), Fantastic Dreaming: the Archaeology of an Australian Aboriginal Mission (2009), The Flash of Recognition: Photography and the Emergence of Indigenous Rights (2012), and Photography, Humanitarianism, Empire (forthcoming).

Tsim D. Schneider, Assistant Professor, Anthropology Department, UC Santa Cruz

Dr. Schneider’s collaborative research examines colonialism, refuge, and indigenous-colonial interactions in California. He is currently co-directing an archaeological project examining community making, social resiliency, and change among mission-era (AD 1776-1830s) and post-mission Native American communities. He is co-editor of Indigenous Landscapes and Spanish Missions: New Perspectives from Archaeology and Ethnohistory (2014).

Heghnar Watenpaugh, Associate Professor, Art History Program, UC Davis

Dr. Watenpaugh’s field of interest is urban and architectural history in Islamic societies, and issues of cultural heritage and controversies surrounding cultural property. She authored The Image of an Ottoman City: Imperial Architecture and Urban Experience in Aleppo in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (2004) and her new book project, Ruins into Monuments, explores colonialism in the Middle East with an eye to the preservation and commodification of architectural forms from the past.