Postdoc Annalisa Bolin concludes her time at the UNESCO Chair

15:28 by Annalisa Bolin

At the end of April, Annalisa Bolin’s postdoc in the UNESCO Chair concluded after two and a half years. Her work over this period included an initial project focused on heritage repatriation between Rwanda and Germany and a second project investigating heritage development, decolonization, and community engagement in rural Rwanda. Further publications in journals and edited volumes are forthcoming, and will be available via her website and Twitter

journal articles (all open-access thanks to the LNU library):

The Strategic Internationalism of Rwandan Heritage

Rwandan Solutions to Rwandan Problems: Heritage Decolonization and Community Engagement in Nyanza District, Rwanda (with David Nkusi)

Heritage Futures: A Conversation (with Cornelius Holtorf)


After Repatriation, What Next?

What Does It Mean to Decolonize Heritage? (with David Nkusi)

Of Elites and Ethics: Who Interests Cultural Heritage Studies? Reflections from the Ethnography of Rwanda (in Portuguese, with Tiago Muniz)

Violent Encounters: Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Dynamics of Violence

Future Heritage and Fashion Design: Rwandan Traditional Culture in the Global Market

Corona Crisis, UNESCO, and the Future: Do We Need a New World Heritage? (with Cornelius Holtorf)

Research in Insecure Times and Place: Ethics of Social Research for Emerging Ecologies of Insecurity (with Tatiana Carayannis)

Coronavirus and the Changing Practices of Memory in Rwanda


The Future of Heritage Repatriation (video)

HumPodd (podcast)

Walk’n’Talk with Ulrikke Voss (video interview)


Bones of Buried Kings

Like Dogs (only audio available online)


She will continue to be linked with the UNESCO Chair as a researcher. Her next position is as a research associate at the Social Science Research Council, a New York-based think tank that mobilizes social science in the public interest and focuses especially on how research can inform policy. Here she works in the program on Understanding Violent Conflict on various projects, including on cultural heritage and violence

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