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Humility, Hubris, and Heritage: Tales from the Frontlines of Community-Based Research

Dr Tanja Hoffmann (Leverhulme Research Fellow, University of York)

This will be a hybrid event held in-person at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing Street, Cambridge and Online on Zoom. 

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Summarizing important lessons learned over 25 years of working with and for Indigenous and place-based communities, I look to expand upon a growing body of "how to do" community-based research by examining the role that humility plays in establishing and sustaining meaningful relationships. I argue that a research practice grounded in humility provides opportunities to encounter, recognize, and learn from the heterogeneity of real-life 'communities', processes which in turn lead to relationships that enrich both the research process and its outcomes.


Tanja Hoffmann is a Research Fellow at the Heritage for Global Challenges Research Centre at the University of York and an affiliated member of the Cambridge Heritage Research Centre. Tanja's current research projects include working for Indigenous peoples in Canada's Pacific Northwest to determine how Indigenous customary law can work in service of decolonizing western environmental management regimes; how methodologies developed by Indigenous peoples can be applied to better identify and understand impacts to 'heritage ecosystems' in the UK; and how UK farming knowledge might work in service of climate change response through foregrounding processes of 'naturalizing to place'. 




Thursday, 17 November, 2022 - 13:00
Event location: 
HYBRID: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Seminar Room and Online on Zoom