Scientific staff

Claudia Grünberg

Claudia Grünberg

Claudia Grünberg is deputy director of the Institute Heritage Studies. She holds a 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.

Shane Thomas Cullen

Shane Thomas Cullen

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

Mary Cain Institute Heritage Studies

Mary Cain

Mary Cain is a MA student at Brandenburg Technical University focusing on coastal and underwater cultural heritage in the era of climate change. She completed her bachelors and masters in archaeology at University College Dublin focusing on prehistoric archaeology from the Late Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic in the British Isles. Since 2017, she has worked in commercial archaeology in Ireland and more recently, commercial work in Germany. During her studies at BTU, she has served as a representative to the Heritage Studies Student Council and was co-creator of the Heritage Studies Thesis Braintrust seminars aimed at helping students with writing their thesis. She is also a member of Blue Shield Deutschland and has assisted the organization with social media campaigns, notable “the 25th Anniversary of the Founding of Blue Shield International”, and “Tra(ffi)cking Culture: Voices from the Implementation of the UNESCO 1970 Convention” campaign, drafting, conducting and publishing interviews with members of Blue Shield. Her current masters thesis is focused on heritage management of underwater cultural heritage by Germany in the North Sea in the face of climate change. She is interested in coastal and underwater prehistoric archaeology and working towards becoming a certified diver and underwater archaeologist. She has worked with IHS as a copyeditor for their soon to be published book on 50 Years World Heritage Convention: Shared Responsibility –Conflict & Reconciliation.

Topics: Coastal & Underwater Cultural Heritage/Prehistoric Archaeology/Climate Change Archaeological Heritage Management

Sandra Nasser holds a Master’s degree in World Heritage Studies from BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. After finishing her Masters, she straight away worked within the world heritage field in which she gained 3 years working experience in drafting tentative list entries within Germany as well as in the UAE. This included tasks such as conducting feasibility studies and comparative analysis. Sandra Nasser has also conducted studies for attribute identification and mapping, for which she used the GIS programme (both ArcGIS and QGIS) to document and map attributes that contribute to the Outstanding Universal Value of a World Heritage Site. The results were often used as a basis to develop improved management plans for the protection of the site, for example the World Heritage Site of the Monastic Island of Reichenau, Germany. Due to her previous studies, Sandra Nasser also has graphic design skills, as well as event management skills, which deem her a valuable member of IHS, as she is helping with the organization of the conference “50 Years World Heritage Convention: Times of Peace, Conflict & War”. Coming from Lebanese and Italian origin, and having grown up in Germany, Sandra Nasser has particular interest in the world of heritage and how culture is formed within and throughout societies.

Topics: Documenting Heritage/GIS/Heritage and identity/Capacity Building