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Dr Carsten Paludan-Muller

Dr Carsten Paludan-Muller

Affiliated Member, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre


Carsten Paludan-Müller is an archaeologist, PhD from the University of Copenhagen 1980. He has held various leading positions within museums and heritage management in Denmark.

From 2003 to 2017 he was the General Director of NIKU, The Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research. After his retirement he spent a year of extensive travelling to collect material for his ongoing work with cultural heritage and conflict in research and in hands-on-projects.

During the last decade he has been particularly occupied with a project to develop cultural heritage as a medium for cooperation between Turkish and Armenian heritage experts. The focus has been particularly on Armenian heritage in Eastern Anatolia. Related to this is Carsten Paludan-Müller's research focus on the geopolitics of heritage. The aim is to develop our understanding of how long historical processes are themselves mirrored in our definition, perception and use of cultural heritage. And of course, in how its constituents came into existence and developed as objects in the first instance, before they were defined as heritage.

Carsten Paludan-Müller, has worked/works as an expert with the Council of Europe, the European Commission, Anadolu Kültür, the Norwegian MFA and the World Bank. He was involved as a scientific advisor in the CRIC project (Cultural heritage and the reconstruction of identities after conflict).