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Alicia Stevens

Alicia Stevens

Graduate Member, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre

PhD Student in Archaeology, Gates Cambridge Scholar

PhD title: Political liminality and the heritage of oppression: The case of post-junta Myanmar

Department of Archaeology
Downing Street

Cambridge CB2 3DZ

Biography:

I am a PhD Researcher and Gates Cambridge Scholar in the Cambridge Heritage Research Centre.  

My research interrogates the difficult cultural heritage of colonial and military oppression in post-junta Myanmar. The PhD inquiry builds on my Cambridge MPhil dissertation on the use of strategic ambiguity in museum interpretation to manipulate political outcomes. Believing in general that engagement is more effective than embargo for achieving positive change, I worked in Myanmar between 2001 and 2010 when the country was under military rule and international political and economic sanctions. Working for the American Museum of Natural history in collaboration with the United Nations Office of the Secretary-General, I consulted on the protection of cultural and natural heritage and the promotion of civilian diplomacy through educational tourism amid international isolation. Two decades of museum experience - at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and the American Museum of Natural History in New York City - and museum-related travel to 100+ countries, inform my work at Cambridge and my fieldwork in Myanmar. My previous academic experience includes an M.Phil. from Cambridge, an M.Sc. from Columbia University, and a BA from the University of Michigan.

 

Research Interests

  • Post-conflict heritage studies
  • Political anthropology
  • Public remembrance of difficult heritage
  • Museum studies and museum development

 

Research Supervision

Supervisor(s): Dr. Dacia Viejo-Rose

Advisor(s): Dr. Mark Elliott

 

Teaching

I am involved in the teaching of the following courses:

G31: Management of Archaeological Heritage, session: Conducting fieldwork in a politically uncertain context: post-junta Myanmar

 

Key Publications

Stevens, A.V. (2016). International Partnerships for Museum Education. In: M. Seth and C. Reed, ed., Issues in Indian Museum Education: National Perspective, International Trends. Delhi: Agam Kala Prakashan, pp.111-131.

Stevens, A.V. (2022 - upcoming).  Heritage investment in Myanmar.  In: Asia's Heritage Trend, Seoul: Seoul National University Asia Centre and Humanities Korea.