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.
Hannah Röhlen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Culture and Arts (Maastricht University, Netherlands) and a Master in World Heritage Studies (BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany). To her, the transmission of World Heritage to future generations is one of the most significant tasks of these days. In her studies and work, Hannah has therefore specialized on world heritage education.
From 2015 to 2018 Hannah Röhlen worked as a project manager at the Bamberg World Heritage Office. The Bamberg World Heritage Office serves as the central coordination body for all issues concerning the World Heritage site. On site, Hannah Röhlen was responsible for the development of various world heritage educational programs. Together with the Bavarian State Office for Political Education, she developed the educational resource kits “welterbe.elementar” and “bamberg.elementar”. She was also instrumental in designing the first German teacher training program on UNESCO World Heritage, titled “Places of Learning – The Old Town of Bamberg”.
In 2019 Hannah Röhlen joined the Institute Heritage Studies as project manager of the transboundary project “Our WorldHeritage: The mining cultural landscape Erzgebirge/ Krušnohoří “. In addition to the general project coordination, she uses her expertise by developing and implementing teacher training seminars and seminars for local clubs in the Erzgebirge / Krušnohoří.