Rosalie Hans

From 2014 to 2018 I did my PhD research at the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. My research was focused on independent museum developments in Kenya and Uganda and the way the concept of the museum is adapted by museum-makers but also influenced by the cultural heritage and sustainable development agenda prevalent in the heritage field in both countries. Currently, I am working as post-doctoral research associate at the University of Nottingham for the Rising from the Depths Network, a project on the utilisation of marine cultural heritage for sustainable development challenges in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar. My research interests are museums, cultural heritage, traumatic heritage (such as post-conflict sites), community-based/grassroots heritage, culture and sustainable development, heritage policy-making, world cultures museums, museums and identity.

Recent publications:

Hans, Rosalie. (2018) ‘Who Shapes the Museum? Exploring the Impact of International Networks on Contemporary Museums in East Africa’ In: Laely, Thomas, Marc Meyer, and Raphael Schwere, eds. Museum Cooperation between Africa and Europe. A New Field for Museum Studies. Bielefeld: Transcript and Kampala: Fountain Publishers.

Hans, Rosalie (2018) ‘Redefining Contemporary Museums - An East African Perspective’ In: Brulon Soares, Brune, Karen Brown and Olga Nazor, eds. Defining the Museum of the 21st Century: Plural Experiences. ICOFOM.


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University of Nottingham