Emma Waterton
RCUK Fellow Keele: History and Heritage

Profile

Biography

I graduated with a double Anthropology major from the University of Queensland in 1996, where I developed an interest in Aboriginal Australian landscape management practices and the cultural politics of identity. Shortly after graduating, I moved to North Yorkshire where I completed an MA in Archaeological Heritage Management at the University of York. There, I continued to develop an interest in cultural landscapes and explored issues of ownership, power, politics and control within the context of the Northumberland National Park. My PhD research eventually broadened this emphasis out to examine heritage policy more generally. It explored constructions of heritage within national and international organisations and related public policy, and problematised the dominant – and unquestioned – ideas of heritage that continue to privilege the cultural symbols of the elite.

I currently hold a 5-year RCUK Academic Fellowship in History and Heritage within the History Programme at Keele University. This scheme has offered me an early career pathway to my first permanent academic position. The Fellowship emphasises research, but combines this with a focus on teaching and outreach.

Publications

Selected publications

Books

Smith, L. and E. Waterton (2009) Heritage, Communities and Archaeology, London: Gerald Duckworth & Co.

Edited Books

Waterton, E. and S. Watson (eds) (in press, 2010) Culture, Heritage and Representations. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishers.

Waterton, E. and S. Watson (eds) (in press, 2010) Heritage and Community Development: Collaboration or Contestation? London: Routledge.

Waterton, E. and L. Smith (eds) (2009) Taking Archaeology out of Heritage. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press.

Hull, D, S. Grabow and E. Waterton (Eds) (2007) Which Past, Whose Future? Treatments of the Past at the Start of the 21 st Century, Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.

Articles:

Waterton, E. (2010) Commentary Article: The Advent of New Digital Technologies. Museum Management and Curatorship. 25(1): 5–11.

Waterton, E. and L. Smith (2010) The Recognition and the Misrecognition of Community Heritage, International Journal of Heritage Studies, 16(1&2): 4–15.

Waterton, E., L. Smith, R. Wilson and K. Fouseki, (2010) Forgetting to Heal: Remembering the Abolition Act of 1807. European Journal of English Studies, 14(1): 23–35.

Waterton, E. and R. Wilson (2009) Talking the Talk: Policy, Popular and Media Responses to the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade using the “Abolition Discourse”. Discourse and Society, 20(3): 381-399.

Waterton, E. (2009) Sites of Sights: Picturing Heritage, Power and Exclusion. Journal of Heritage Tourism, 4(1): 37-56.

Waterton, E. & L. Smith (2008) Grey Literature Review: Heritage Protection at the Start of the 21st Century. Cultural Trends, 17(3): 197-203.

Waterton, E. (2006) The Meaning of ‘Heritage’: Mapping Discursive Perspectives with Q Methodology. Operant Subjectivity, 29(3&4): 138–181.

Waterton, E, L. Smith and G. Campbell (2006) The Utility of Discourse Analysis to Heritage Studies: The Burra Charter and Social Inclusion. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 12(4): 339-355.

Waterton, E. (2005) Whose Sense of Place? Reconciling Archaeological Perspectives with Community Values: Cultural Landscapes in England. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 11(4): 309-326.

Book Chapters:

Watson, S. and Waterton, E. (in press, 2010) Heritage and Community Development: Collaboration or Contestation? In. Waterton, E. and S. Watson (eds) Heritage and Community Development: Collaboration or Contestation? London: Routledge.

Waterton, E. (in press, 2010) Branding the Past: The Visual Imagery of England’s Heritage. In E. Waterton and S. Watson (eds) Culture, Heritage and Representations: Perspectives on Visuality and the Past. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishers.

S. Watson and E. Waterton (in press, 2010) The Visuality of the Past. In E. Waterton and S. Watson (eds) Culture, Heritage and Representations: Perspectives on Visuality and the Past. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishers.

Smith, L. and E. Waterton (in press, 2010) Constrained by Commonsense: The Authorised Heritage Discourse in Contemporary Debates. In J. Carman, R. Skeates and C. McDavid (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Public Archaeology, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Smith, L. and Waterton, E. (2009) ‘The Envy of the World: Intangible Heritage in the United Kingdom. In L. Smith and N. Akagawa (eds) Intangible Cultural Heritage. London: Routledge.

Full publications list

Books
  • Hull , D, S. Grabow and E. Waterton (eds) ( 2007 ) Which Past, Whose Future? Treatments of the Past at the Start of the 21st Century . Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.
  • Waterton, E. (in prep) Politics, Policy and the Discourses of Heritage in England . Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Waterton, E. and Watson, S. (in prep) Cultural Heritage and Representations . Aldershot: Ashgate.
Articles and Book Chapters
  • Waterton, E. and Wilson, R. (in press, 2009) ‘Talking the talk: Policy, Popular and Media Responses to the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade using the “‘Abolition Discourse'”, Discourse and Society.
  • Smith, L. and E. Waterton (2009 ) ‘ The Envy of the World ?': Intangible Heritage in the UK, in Smith, L and N. Akagawa (eds.) Intangible Cultural Heritage. London: Routledge.
  • Waterton, E. (2009) Sights of sites: Picturing power, heritage and exclusion, Journal of Heritage Tourism 4(1): 37-56.
  • Waterton, E. (2008) Invisible identities: Destroying the heritage of Cawood Castle, in Rakoczy, L. and Trustram Eve, N. (ed.) Archaeology of Destruction . Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Waterton, E. and L. Smith (2008) Grey Literature Review: Heritage Protection for the 21st Century, Cultural Trends, 17(3): 197–203.
  • Waterton, E. and Atha, M. (2008) ‘Introduction: Recovering landscape as a cultural process', Landscape Research, 33(5): 509-510.
  • Waterton, E . (2007 ) ‘An Institutionalised Construction of the Past in the UK', in Hull, D, S. Grabow and E. Waterton (eds) Which Past, Whose Future? Treatments of the Past at the Start of the 21st Century, pp.30-39. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.
  • Hull , D, S. Grabow and E. Waterton ( 2007 ) ‘Introduction: Which past, whose future? Treatments of the past at the start of the 21 st century', in Hull, D, S. Grabow and E. Waterton (eds) Which Past, Whose Future? Treatments of the Past at the Start of the 21st Century . Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.
  • Waterton, E. (2006) The meaning of heritage: Mapping discursive perspectives with Q Methodology, Operant Subjectivity , 29(3/4): 146-189.
  • Waterton, E, L. Smith and G. Campbell (2006) The utility of discourse analysis to heritage studies: The Burra Charter and social inclusion , International Journal of Heritage Studies , 12(4): 339-355.
  • Waterton, E. (2005) ‘Whose sense of place? Reconciling archaeological perspectives with community values: Cultural landscapes in England', International Journal of Heritage Studies, 11(4): 309-325.
Guest Editorships
  • E. Waterton and M. Atha (eds) (2008) Special Section: Recovering Landscape as a Cultural Practice . Landscape Research , 33(5): 509–510.
  • E. Waterton and S. Watson (eds) (in prep) Special Volume: Heritage and Community Engagement, International Journal of Heritage Studies.
Other Articles
  • Alfonso, E. et al. (2007) In Varietate Concordia: A Manifesto for the Humanities in Europe . Strasbourg: European Science Foundation.
  • Waterton, E. (2007) Book Review: Smiles, S & Moser, S (eds.) Envisioning the Past: Archaeology and the Image. Malden: Blackwell Publishing. Antiquity 80(310): 1009-1010.
  • Waterton, E. (2007) Book Review: Casella, EC & Fowler, C (eds.) The Archaeology of Plural and Changing Identities: Beyond Identification. Antiquity 81(313): 800-801.

Research

Overview

Research Interests:
  • Public policy issues and policy analysis in heritage management and policy analysis;
  • The nature of heritage, including the social creation and construction of ‘heritage', motivations behind heritage use and consumption, and understanding heritage as an experienced and embodied cultural process;
  • Community engagement with heritage and archaeology;
  • Critical discourse analysis and its methodological utility for heritage studies; examining the links between the social and semiotic elements of heritage;
  • Visual imagery and its use in the construction of the authorised heritage discourse;
  • Social inclusion policies of New Labour – exploring the contradictions and limits for heritage management;
  • Indigenous Australia, the Stolen Generations and discourses of denial and prejudice ;
  • Q Methodology and the exploration of participant subjectivity.

Projects

Overcoming Obsolescence? Museums, Heritage and Identity in the Potteries

A recent success in the British Academy Small Grant competition resulted in the funding of my current research project Overcoming Obsolescence. This project undertakes social interview work with curatorial staff and visitors at a number of heritage sites, attractions and museums in the Potteries, Staffordshire, which is an area of acute de-industrialisation. This work, which commenced in 2008, charts the identity work undertaken by visitors through their encounters with heritage and social history.

Discourse and Heritage: Politics, Policy and Power in England

This research focuses upon revealing the ideological and discursive work of a dominant construction of ‘heritage’ embedded within national and international public policy, where it is optimistically envisioned as a cultural resource capable of alleviating issues of social exclusion and cultural instability. Ironically, this dominant notion of heritage is bound up with the cultural symbols of the elite and thereby works to obscure the interests and values of a range of dominated social groups.

Teaching

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External activities

Memberships

Editorial Boards

Assistant Editor of the International Journal of Heritage Studies, 2009–present.

Associate Board Member of Sociology, 2008–present.

Other Board Membership

2009–present Board of Directors, Landscape Research Group.

Refereeing

I have refereed papers for Sociology, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Tourism Management and Australian Archaeology. I have also been part of the Expert Review Panel for the Rustaveli Foundation (Georgia), where I have reviewed national research grant proposals in the fields of humanities and social sciences.

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Contact details

Dr Emma Waterton
School of Humanities - HISTORY
Keele University
Room CBB0.072, Chancellor's Building
Keele
Staffordshire
ST5 5BG

Tel: (44) 1782 734574
Fax: (44) 1782 583195