The CAS project After Discourse: Things, Archaeology, and Heritage in the 21st Century has invited Dr Rachael Kiddey  to give the lecture "A Heritage of Homelessness: reflections on taking a collaborative archaeological approach to contemporary homelessness".

About Kiddey

Rachael Kiddey is a postdoctoral researcher of Archaeology based at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University. She is currently working on a joint AHRC/ESRC funded project, with the Refugee Studies Centre at the Oxford Department of International Development, called ‘Architectures of Displacement: The Experiences and Consequences of Emergency Shelter’. 

Rachael was previously a postgraduate student at the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, where she completed her doctoral study in 2014. Her research combines anthropological and archaeological approaches to the contemporary past, incorporating:

1) a focus on the development of participatory and collaborative methods for engaging diverse publics in cultural heritage work, and:

2) a keen interest in the ways in which cultural heritage approaches to contemporary social issues can enhance advocacy and improve policy.

Rachael’s doctoral research involved developing methodologies for working archaeologically with homeless people; documenting how heritage can function in socially useful and transformative ways. This research was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Award for Widening Participation Initiative of the Year 2012 and was shortlisted for the Society for Historical Archaeology’s Mark E. Mack Community Engagement Award 2016. 

Rachael has published articles and book chapters on these issues, and is currently finishing her monograph on contemporary homeless heritage for Oxford University Press.

Open to all interested

This event is open to all.