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I am a geographer by training. Prior to moving to the UK, I worked as a land claims analyst and as a research and policy manager in Aboriginal Affairs in the Canadian Federal Government. In 2011, I completed my PhD in Geography at the Open University with a thesis titled ‘Modernizing the Ancient: Brecciation, Materiality and Memory in Rome’. The PhD examined how the modern gets done in a city with so much past, and how the past in the underground shapes the city’s present. In 2015-16, I was a research associate on the AHRC-funded project ‘Spirited Stoke: Spiritualism in the Everyday Life of Stoke-on-Trent’ and a co-investigator on the AHRC developmental award ‘Re-configuring Ruins: Materialities, Processes and Mediations’. My research interests revolve around urban cultures, materiality and the built environment, memory, spirituality, and how legacies are selected and transmitted to future generations.



Afterlives Salon


This salon to accompany the current Octagon exhibition Cabinets of Consequence will explore how heritage and other related forms of conservation practices (including nuclear waste management) make futures.  How do we use material culture to stitch futures from pasts? What do we conserve? What do we get rid of? What do we allow to change? This Salon will be staged as a series of conversations across various themes currently being explored within the Heritage Futures research programme,Event held at Haldane Room, Wilkins Building , Gower Street WC1

Rodney Harrison
Cornelius Holtorf
Caitlin DeSilvey
Sefryn Penrose
Sarah May
Jennie Morgan
Nadia Bartolini
Antony Lyons
Kyle Lee Crossett


Nuclear Waste Management
Deep Space Messaging
World Heritage Site Management
Natural Heritage Management
Built Heritage Management
Cultural Diversity