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Department of Archaeology

 

Biography

I am a PhD candidate in the Cambridge Heritage Research Centre, Department of Archaeology. My research looks at cultural heritage and conflict, investigating how interpretations of heritage affect international policies of heritage protection in post-war societies. I am particularly interested in how international mechanisms of heritage protection contribute to the elevation of the status and value of heritage through interpretation and protection.

Before entering academia, I pursued a career in international diplomacy and state security. I worked on the front-line of war and in the aftermath of conflict in several capacities relating to diplomatic negotiations between armed forces and state authorities, arms control, post-conflict reconciliation and transitional justice. I have worked in the Balkans, Middle East, Cyprus and in South Africa.

I started my education with a degree in Peace and Conflict studies at the School for International Training Institute (SIT) in Vermont, USA. I obtained a Law Degree from Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, and have since obtained a Masters degree in Heritage Studies from Selwyn College, University of Cambridge. I have also graduated from the executive education programme on Negotiations and Leadership at Harvard Law School and specialised in Art Law focusing on fine art and rare objects at Sotheby's Institute of Art in Los Angeles (CA).

Research

My research looks at cultural heritage and conflict, investigating how interpretations of heritage affect international policies of heritage protection in post-war societies. I am particularly interested in how international mechanisms of heritage protection contribute to the elevation of the status and value of heritage through interpretation and protection. My current research investigates the creation of Special Protective Zones and the Serb Orthodox Church in post-war Kosovo. In addition, I am developing new theoretical tools on heritage authority, protective spaces, and cultural heritage as a peacemaker.

These tools may offer a better understanding of the dynamics between the political interests of actors directly involved in the interpretation of heritage and broader aims that accompany international intervention regarding heritage protection, peace processes and post-conflict reconciliation.

My research interests also include memory and commemoration of places of dark heritage and atrocities of war, with a particular focus on human remains and mass grave sites.

Publications

Key publications: 

Visoka-Weller (2010), Conflict and Memory: Bridging Past and Future in | South East | Europe, edited by Wolfgang Petritsch | Vedran Dzihic (Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft | Southeast European Integration Perspectives, vol. 3), 326 pp.

Teaching and Supervisions

Teaching: 

G23. Management of Archaeological Heritage: “Heritage protection and management in a post-war setting”

Italian Centre for Defence Higher Studies in Rome (CASD): “Cultural Heritage destruction and reparations”

University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Department of Archaeology: “Contestation of Cultural Heritage in divided communities”

University of Prishtina (UP): “Atrocities Heritage: Human Remains as cultural heritage”

Research supervision: 

Supervisors: Dr. Gilly Carr

Advisors: Dr. Dacia Viejo-Rose

Other Professional Activities

Co-Chair, International Secretariat for the evaluation of the cultural heritage destruction in Kosovo during the war period of 1998/1999. 

Mentor, Fifth edition of “Heritage space programme”, Cultural Heritage Without Borders.

Job Titles

PhD Student in Archaeology

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Heritage Management
Cultural Heritage

Contact Details

lv262 [at] cam.ac.uk

Affiliations

Person keywords: 
Heritage
Subjects: 
Heritage Studies
Themes: 
Heritage
Geographical areas: 
Europe
Periods of interest: 
Other Historical