Margarita Díaz-Andreu

I am a prehistoric archaeologist based at the University of Barcelona. I studied History and specialised in Prehistory at the Complutense University of Madrid. I have worked in Spain at the CSIC and the Complutense University of Madrid and in the United Kingdom at Durham University. Since 2012 I have worked at the University of Barcelona. My research interests include the history of archaeological heritage, archaeological tourism and the politics of heritage. My most recent publications in these fields include the book “Género, Ciencia y Política: Voces, vidas y miradas de la arqueología mexicana” (2016), an edited volume on the Ethics of Archaeological Tourism in Latin America (International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 2013) and articles on the impact of World Heritage listing on rock art, the history of archaeological tourism (2014, Anales de Antropología) and the migration of archaeology (2015, forthcoming). I have supervised a PhD on archaeological tourism in Mexico and am currently supervising  PhD candidates working on China and Latin America. I have organised conferences on heritage issues in Durham (2009) and Barcelona (2013) and have lectured on this subject in Brazil, the Czech Republic, Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom. I co-directed the Centre for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage (CECH) (2010-2011) at Durham University and was a member of the International Study Group on the Heritage Status of Aboriginal Cultural Property funded by the Quebec Funding for Research on Society and Culture (FQRSC). I am also a member of the Rock Art Research Task Group, in which rock art heritage is a central concern, and was in charge of organising the group’s meetings at Durham (May 2009) and Barcelona (November 2012). In 2014-15 I led the Spanish team of the EU-funded Heritage Values Network project (JPI–JHEP) supported by the Spanish government (PCIN-2013-036).

Experience: Heritage, Identity: gender, ethnicity and nationalism, History of Archaeology, Prehistoric Rock Art.

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Email: m.diaz-andreu{}

Tommaso Mattioli

I am a former Marie Skłodowska-Curie Post-Doc Fellow at the Facultat de Geografia i Història in the University of Barcelona. Before this I spent most of my career studying and/or researching at the University of Perugia and the University of Rome La Sapienza. Graduated in 2005 at the University of Perugia, for the following five years I was attached to the Chair of European Protohistory. From 2007 to 2010 the University of Perugia funded my PhD project at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” with two prestigious research fellowships, for which I undertook a systematic study of painted of the Italian peninsula. In 2010 I finished my PhD with a dissertation about the rock art of the Apennines. I am still linked to the University of Perugia as a commercial archaeologist in geophysical prospections at the S.M.A.Art Center (Center for Scientific Methodologies Applied to Archaeology and History of Art) becoming professionally prepared and skilled in archaeological surveys by the means of georadar, magnetometry, ERT and resistance meter. Since 2006, I also started to work as a commercial archaeologist in geophysical research ( From 2011 to 2013 I was periodically hired to develop the geodatabase “Archaeological Map of Umbria” by the Regione Umbria and the Archaeological Superintendency, the two authorities responsible for managing all archaeological heritage of the Umbria region. As an independent archaeologist I organized many activities for the public in museums and schools in Italy.

Experience: Heritage Communication, Rock Art, geophysics, GIS, Prehistory, Archaeacoustics

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Email: mattioli_tommaso{}

Leslie Zubieta Calvet

Throughout my professional career, I have participated in various research and cultural management projects in Australia, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia collaborating closely with the indigenous people of those countries while developing strategies to protect their cultural heritage. I graduated in archaeology with distinction in the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH) in Mexico City (2002) and earned an MSc in rock art (2004) and a doctorate by the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) in South Africa (2009). I have enjoyed research stays in Austin (USA), Paris, Périgueux and Toulouse (France). I acted as the project leader of a Heritage Conservation Management Plan of engraving sites in the Port Hedland area, in north-western Australia at the Centre for Rock Art Research and Management (CRAR+M), University of Western Australia (UWA) (2013-2015) and I am one of the CIs of the Kimberley Visions ARC Linkage Project. I hold Honorary Research Fellow positions at both Wits and UWA. My research focuses on rock art, material culture, gender and memory and one of my major contributions has been my study of the ways in which Cheŵa women used rock art in south-central Africa, suggesting that art plays a fundamental role in the intergenerational transmission of cultural knowledge. In particular, my attention has focused on the functionality and symbolic intersection of rock art and plastic arts in the initiation ceremonies of girls in Cheŵa society and which methodological framework I am developing to understand memorization techniques in different contexts. I am currently developing a Marie Sklodowska-Curie MEMORISING project at the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Barcelona funded by the European Commission.

Experience: Rock Art, Ethnoarchaeology, Gender, Material Culture, Memory, Management Plans

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Email: leslazu{}; leslie.zubieta{}

Apen Ruiz Martínez

I studied history at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. After receiving a fellowship from La Caixa in 1991, I moved to Stanford University to pursue her MA in Anthropology. Afterwards I lived in Mexico for a couple of years, had a daughter and finally decided to continue my doctoral studies at the University of Texas at Austin where I finished my PhD in 2003. During my doctorate research I examined the relations among anthropology, gender and nationalism in Mexico. I have published several articles on this topic and just finished a book that will be published in Mexico with the title “Desde adentro y desde afuera: una historia de la arqueología Mexicana.” I teach at various institutions, courses on Culture and Identity, Anthropology and am also a part-time professor at the MA of International Cooperation in Sustainable Emergency Architecture at the International University of Catalonia where I teach Qualitative Methodologies. I have recently expanded my interests to issues of heritage values and public participation in the context of Barcelona and have done some research as a member of the European funded project Heritage Values Network.

Experience: Heritage, Gender, Social Participation, Public Archaeology.

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Email: apen.ruiz{}

Ana Pastor

I have been trained both as an archaeologist and an archaeology conservator.  After a few years working as a conservator, I moved back to university to do an MA on Cultural Heritage thanks to a Caixa Foundation grant. I am now doing a PhD in the University of Barcelona with the provisional title of Archaeology, conservation, heritage and local community. New social and economic values for urban archaeology in Barcelona. I research on the centre of the old city of Barcelona – the so-called Gothic quarter-. My aim is to develop new cultural heritage management systems in which the needs of society are taken into account while being balanced with the preservation of archaeological remains. To achieve this, I have developed several techniques that allow me to reveal the interactions that are taking place between stakeholders and heritage. I have increasingly realised that I would like to develop ways to give voice to the ones who do not have time to engage in public participation. I would like to demonstrate that participative and bottom-up processes that are widely inclusive reinforce democratisation and citizenship empowerment. The techniques I am developing, applied to the creation of preventive conservation plans, have the aim to serve as new avenues to allow a sustainable conservation of archaeological remains.

Experience: Heritage, History of Archaeology, Gender, Participation, Public Archaeology.

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Email: a.pastor.restaura{}

Amilcar Vargas

Amilcar VargasI am a PhD Candidate at the University of Barcelona with a research on Community participation in Archaeological World Heritage Sites in Mexico. I studied an MA in Cultural Heritage Management  and Museology (2015) and an MA in Management of Cultural Institutions and Businesses (2013), both at the University of Barcelona, Spain. I studied my BA in Archaeology at the University of Veracruz, México (2007).  In Barcelona I led the project “Cultural Itineraries and Brand Management at World Heritage Sites in Catalonia” for the Friends of UNESCO Association (2013). I worked for Gaudi’s Casa Batlló in 2013, where I organized the Strategic Management Plan and Periodic Report to be submitted to UNESCO in 2014. I was a tutor on the Post-graduate Programme in International Cultural Cooperation and Management at the University of Barcelona (2013-2014). I collaborated with the World Heritage site “Hospital de Sant Pau and Palau de la Música Catalana” for its periodic report to UNESCO (2014). I was a member of the EU-funded Heritage Values Network project (JPI-JHEP) and was granted by the Science and Technology National Council (CONACYT) from Mexico (2013-2015 and 2016-2018). In 2015 I did a six-months internship at the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, funded by an Erasmus+ scholarship.

Experience: World Heritage Management, Social Engagement on Cultural Projects, Museums.

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Email: amilcarvargas{}

Bárbara Molina

Bárbara Molina

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Barcelona. My research focuses on World Heritage historic city centers management and its interaction with sociocultural dimensions of sustainability. I graduated from the University of Cuenca (Ecuador) with a BA degree in History. In 2008 I was fellow intern at the Smithsonian American Indian Museum, where I worked at the Cultural Arts Department. During the internship I collaborated as a researcher with the Smithsonian’s Inca road project. Back in Ecuador (2009) I worked as an assistant professor at the University of Azuay lecturing on cultural studies and, from 2011 to 2013, at the University of Cuenca lecturing on Museology. During this period I was involved in government projects related to local history and museums. After my MA in Cultural Heritage Management and Museology at the University of Barcelona, I was accepted into the doctoral programme at the same university. My research is funded by a research grant from the Ecuadorian National Secretary of Higher Education and Technology (SENESCYT). Currently I am a member of GAPP and ICOM Ecuador.

Experience: Heritage Management, Historic Centers, Sustainability, Museums, Community Participation.
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Email: baramonei{}


Mathieu Picas

Mathieu Picas

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Barcelona. My research focuses on the relationship between identity and cultural heritage in Mesoamerica.  I did a BA in Foreign Languages, Literatures and Civilizations with a specialization in Latin America and an MA by research, both at the University of Pau (France). In 2011-2012 I was an assistant professor  at the University of Quintana Roo. After this, I went back to university to study an MA in Intercultural Relations and International Cooperation at the University of Lille 3 Charles De Gaulle (France) . As part of the latter program, I was awarded the Nord-Pas-de-Calais mobility scholarship to work as an intern for the United Nations Development Program. In Nicaragua I was given the responsibility to coordinate all ongoing activities related to social inclusion, rural development, capacity-building and climate change adaptation. In 2016 I was a World Heritage Volunteer for the INAH/UNESCO project, Young Guardians of Teotihuacan, at the Archeological Site of Teotihuacan, Mexico. My research deals with indigenous peoples and minorities self-determination claims in Central America and Mexico.

Experience: Heritage, Identity, Ancestral knowledge, Indigenous People´s social and political participation, community project evaluation.

Email: mathieu.picas{}

Camila Opazo

I am an MA student in the “Cultural Heritage Management and Museology” programme of the University of Barcelona (UB). My enrolment at the UB was facilitated by the grant Becas Chile Conicyt which has been awarded to me for studying the relationship between indigenous identity and archaeology. Before coming to Barcelona, I graduated in Archaeology with distinction from the University of Chile. My research interests include participatory archaeology, the relationship between archaeology and indigenous peoples, education in archaeology, as well as museums of archaeology and ethnography. I have been working in archaeological diffusion with children in schools, local museums of the Atacama Desert, and in the Chilean National History Museum. I have also participated in various research and heritage management projects in the Atacama Desert, in which I closely collaborated with indigenous people and local communities in developing strategies to identify and protect their cultural heritage using memory, identity, ethnography and archaeology. As a result, I have been able to help the Quechua, Aymara and Likan-antai people in participatory processes concerning their heritage and territory.

Experience: Heritage, Indigenous peoples, Memory, Identity, Participatory archaeology, Education in archaeology

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Email: cami.opazos{}

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Qian Gao

QianIn September 2016 I completed my PhD on “World Heritage, Archaeological Tourism and Social Value in China” at the the University of Barcelona (UB, supervised by Prof. Margarita Diaz-Andreu). Before, I did an MA in Archaeology, specializing in prehistoric art (Durham University, United Kingdom, 2010/2011, Distinction) and a BA at the Communication University of China in Beijing (2009). My publications include four articles respectively on 1) the interpretation of rock art heritage in Southwest China (Rock Art Research 2013), 2) challenges in archaeological tourism in China (International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 2016), 3) Social values and archaeological heritage (European Journal of Post-Classical Archaeologies, 2016) and Social values and rock art tourism (Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, forthcoming 2016). I have obtained a three-year PhD funding from the AGAUR (Agency for the Management of University and Research Grants (Agència de Gestió d´Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca) (2013-2016). I was a member of the International Study Group on the Heritage Status of Aboriginal Cultural Property funded by the Quebec Funding for Research of Society and Culture (FQRSC). Besides, I was part of the Rock Art Research Task Group in which rock art heritage is a central concern and gave a talk on the subject of Chinese rock art heritage at the group’s meeting organised at Durham University in May 2009. I was also a member of the EU-funded Heritage Values Network project (JPI-JHEP) (2014-15).

Experience: Heritage management, Archaeological tourism, Rock Art.

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Email: sarahqiangao{}

Francisco Sánchez Salas

Francisco Sánchez

In July 2018 I finished my PhD in the Department of Prehistory, Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Barcelona. I have a BA in History and an M.A. in Archaeology and Heritage Management, both from the University of Alcalá. I have been awarded a predoctoral fellowship by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness in order to develop a doctoral thesis on the international contacts of Spanish archaeology in the twentieth century. My research focuses on the history of Spanish archaeology in Italy. I am exploring who were the main Spanish archaeologists working in Italy and the relations between Spanish and Italian archeologists in the twentieth century. At the same time, I am doing school activities on heritage education.

Email: franciscosspr{}