Shane Thomas Cullen completed his bachelor degree in Heritage Studies at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, in Galway city on the west coast of Ireland. In recognition of his accomplishments he received the GMIT Academic Achievement Award 2016. He has completed his master degree in World Heritage Studies at Brandenburg Technical University, and his master thesis “Sustainability as a common thread through disparate strands of Heritage Studies”. Shane is mainly interested in the theoretical exploration of heritage concepts, and making these concepts practically applicable. However, Shane Cullen is not only qualified for reflecting and discussing basic theoretical questions within the field of heritage studies, he is also interested and qualified for reflecting the diversity of intercultural perceptions of heritage. Based on this knowledge and interest, he copyedited the recent Marie-Theres Albert, Francesco Bandarin and Ana Pereira Roders edited publication Going Beyond- Perceptions of Sustainability in Heritage Studies No.2. which for the first time published visions and critical perceptions of the subject heritage and sustainability from Africa, Asia and Latin America. His theoretical and intercultural know how qualify him for editing the publications of Heritage Studies in general and for the current publication specifically. This publication aims again at voices from Africa, and is the result of the International Summer School ‘African Heritage and the Pillars of Sustainability’ in Iringa 2016”.
Topics: Sustainability/ Sustainable Development/ Heritage Narratives/ Local Heritage
Claudia Grünberg has bachelor degree in Cultural Sciences (Europa Universität Viadrina) and a master degree in World Heritage Studies (BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg). SInce 2017 she is research associate at the IHS in the project „Our WorldHeritage: The mining cultural landscape Erzgebirge/ Krušnohoří“. Already during her studies and in her master’s thesis, she dealt with the potential of UNESCO World Heritage for education. For the federal coordination of the UNESCO Associated School Project Network in Germany, the German Commission for UNESCO and for the Berlin UNESCO committee, she carried out various project weeks for pupils focusing on a lively presentation and interpretation of heritage. In 2015, she worked in the project team of the Cultural Foundation of the Länder and the UNESCO Chair of Heritage Studies by Prof. Albert at the BTU Cottbus for the symposium “Steps to Implementing the Global Strategy in Germany – The 5 Cs as an Engine for Achieving Sustainable Engagement the World Heritage Program “. Afterwards she worked for the World Heritage Coordination at the Free State of Saxony with a special focus on World Heritage education and interpretation.
In the project “Our World Heritage – the mining cultural landscape Erzgebirge / Krušnohoří” she is responsible for the mobilization of associations for the valorization of the intangible heritage of the region. She is furthermore in charge to develop teacher training seminars and implement them at schools in the region.
Allison Thompson has an M.Sc. in Library and Information Science and an M.A. in World Heritage Studies. Since September 2017 she has worked as a project assistant for the project “Our World Heritage – Mining Cultural Landscape Ore Mountains“. She studied history and archives management at Brandeis University and Simmons College, respectively, and World Heritage Studies at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg. She wrote her master’s thesis on the importance of sport for intangible heritage and UNESCO, specifically the application of sports-based development programing as an opportunity to both protect intangible cultural heritage and support its development with young people. Her experiences with intangible heritage and her interests qualify her for her current activity. Since September 2017, she is a project assistant responsible for the mobilisation of associations and clubs for the valorisation of the intangible cultural heritage of the region.