Academic journals: Anthropological Journal of European Cultures (AJEC)

Journal summary: Published since 1990, Anthropological Journal of European Cultures (AJEC) engages with current debates and innovative research agendas addressing the social and cultural transformations of contemporary European societies. The journal serves as an important forum for ethnographic research in and on Europe, which in this context is not defined narrowly as a geopolitical entity but rather as a meaningful cultural construction in people’s lives, which both legitimates political power and calls forth practices of resistance and subversion. By presenting both new field studies and theoretical reflections on the history and politics of studying culture in Europe anthropologically, AJEC encompasses different academic traditions of engaging with its subject, from social and cultural anthropology to European ethnology and empirische Kulturwissenschaften.
In addition to the thematic focus of each issue, which has characterised the journal from its inception, AJEC now also carries individual articles on other topics addressing aspects of social and cultural transformations in contemporary Europe from an ethnographically grounded anthropological perspective. All such contributions are peer reviewed. Each issue also includes book reviews and reports on major current research programmes.

Publisher: Berghahn


Access: Subscription; some open-access articles

Journal type: Academic peer-reviewed

Academic journals: Advances in Archaeological Practice

Journal summary: Advances In Archaeological Practice is a quarterly, full-colour, digital journal devoted to sharing creative solutions to challenges in the practice of archaeology globally. Advances in Archaeological Practice publishes original scholarly work on how archaeologists learn about the past, convey findings in the present, or manage resources for the future. Articles are short, succinct, and problem oriented offering tangible take-aways that can be applied quickly to the day-to-day work of archaeologists in academia, government, and private practice. “Practice” is defined broadly and topics can include, but are not limited to, innovations and best practices in technique, method, technology, business models, collaboration, compliance, process, ethics, public engagement, stewardship, and training.
Two types of articles that are published: research articles and how-to articles. The journal also publishes digital reviews.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press for Society for American Archaeology


Access: Subscription; some open-access articles

Journal type: Academic peer-reviewed

Heritage research resources – mulling over journals

Heritage by its nature is inter- and cross-disciplinary. Research across the spectrum of heritage interests can therefore be found in a wide range of academic journals, magazines, newsletters, grey literature and databases. Having started a running list of academic journals where I have encountered research particularly related to management of heritage, I have now reached almost 90. These range across the core subject areas one might expect, but where one is often most cognizant of journals in the field in which you have been trained and encultured, when one broadens the search parameters (made far easier with online library meta-searches these days), one can turn up relevant analysis in interesting locations and disciplines, and usefully see how other perspectives from publications with different foci deal with one’s ‘own’ subject matter.

I have finally got round to editing the list, and curating it based on my experience of it yielding interesting material. It contains a range of journal types, which will be identified by peer-reviewed status or other, and also impact information where available. It will soon appear on a resources page on the blog, and I will try to keep it refreshed on an annual basis. In the meantime, the individual journals which have more than a smattering of heritage articles will be flagged up in some future posts to highlight the range of research resources out there.

RSA Heritage Network and Suffolk

RSA Launch © University of Suffolk

Heritage Futures hosted the RSA Heritage Network event for Suffolk this evening. Around 50 guests from across the region listened to presentations on the heritage index (David Gill), museums in Suffolk (Jenna Ingamells) and the Hold (Amy Rushton). There was an extended time of discussion to consider the three RSA themes relating to:

  • the challenges facing heritage in our region / country
  • the solutions
  • the develop of networks to support heritage

Further details about the event can be found in the press release.

RSA Heritage Network: Suffolk’s Diverse Heritage


Heritage Futures will be discussing the RSA Heritage Network questions in the context of ‘Suffolk Diverse Heritage‘. Heritage in Suffolk is supported by two key bodies: the Suffolk Strategic Heritage Forum, and the Ipswich Heritage Forum. We will be considering the challenges facing heritage in Suffolk, and what we can do to support, conserve, develop and interpret heritage more widely across the county.

There will be two short presentations: one on The Hold, the new heritage centre for Suffolk (funded by HLF), and the other on museums in Suffolk.

All are welcome.

Austerity, Heritage, and Tourism


David Gill will be giving a lecture on ‘Austerity, heritage and tourism: UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Greece’ as part of the Edmund Lecture Series for 2017/18. The lecture will be in Suffolk House, Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday 18 April 2018 at 6.00 pm.


Tourism is a significant part of the Greek economy and an important counterbalance to austerity. There are 18 UNESCO cultural and two mixed World Heritage Sites (WHS) in Greece. They range from the Bronze Age site of Mycenae, through the Classical site of Olympia, to the Medieval City of Rhodes. These locations stand alongside a rich range of archaeological and heritage sites as well as museums that serve as a repository for the finds. This lecture will review the value of these UNESCO recognised sites as focal points for tourist activity. This overview will be presented against the wider visitor figures for other archaeological sites and museums in the care of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports. This information will be mapped onto the wider visitor data for Greece, and contributes to the discussion over the economic impact of World Heritage Sites for local economies as well as the wider economy of Greece. The lecture will explore the likely impact of Brexit on the Greek tourist economy, and opens a wider discussion of why the UK Government should value our own UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


Heritage Futures Seminar: Fragmented History


The seminar will look at how some major museums have acquired Athenian figure-decorated pots fragment by fragment. How were the fragments dispersed? When was the pot fragmented? The research will look for patterns in the acquisitions, such as sequences of gifts and sales. The situation is made more complicated as some of the pots have been returned to Italy as part of a wider investigation into the illicit trade in antiquities. How can museums adopt a more rigorous due diligence process prior to acquisition?