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Dr Esther Breithoff

  • Overview

    Overview

    Biography

    I joined the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology in 2019 after holding postdoctoral positions at UiT The Arctic University of Norway and the UCL Institute of Archaeology. My research spans the fields of Contemporary Archaeology and Critical Heritage Studies and has ranged across a number of different topics—including war, natural and cultural heritage, nuclear and petroleum industries, dictatorships and biobanking—but traces a common set of interests in the relationships between conflicts, resources, recycling and rights across the human/non-human divide in the Anthropocene era.

    Qualifications

    • PhD Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Bristol
    • MA Historical Archaeology of the Modern World, University of Bristol
    • BA International Archaeology & Hispanic Studies, University College Dublin

    Honours and awards

    • UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, UKRI, November 2019
    • Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) QR “pump priming” allowance, UCL Institute of Archaeology/Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences, November 2019
    • Santander Travel Grant Award for Research in Latin America on Business and Economic-related themes, Banco Santander, November 2013
    • Santander Travel Grant Award for Research in Latin America on Business and Economic-related themes, Banco Santander , November 2011
    • ‘Outstanding PhD Thesis’ award for Excellence in Science and Research, Fond National de la Recherche Luxembourg (Luxembourg National Research Fund), November 2017
    • ‘Best Doctoral Research Thesis’ award for the Faculty of Arts, University of Bristol Research Degrees Exam Board,
  • Research

    Research

    Research interests

    • conflict archaeologies
    • critical heritage studies
    • Anthropocene
    • posthumanism
    • heritage futures
    • (de)colonialism
    • material culture
    • worlding practices
    • waste and recycling
    • (non)human rights

    Research projects

    Material Memories

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching

    Supervision

    I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students interested in the archaeology and heritage of recent conflict, and aspects of Contemporary Archaeology and Critical Heritage Studies more broadly.

    Teaching

    Teaching modules

    • Themes and Concepts in Archaeology (SSHC358S7)
    • The Politics of the Past: Heritage in a Changing World (SSHC513S7)
  • Publications

    Publications

    Article

    Book

    Book Section

    Thesis Biron