Dr Elisabeth Niklasson
I am a Swedish archaeologist who began my studies at the University of Gothenburg, where I did a double Masters in Cultural Heritage Management and Archaeological Computing (2009). I then went on to do a Ph.D. in archaeology at Stockholm University (2016). My thesis explored what effects EU grant systems in culture have on archaeological networking and research. It was based on participant observation in Brussels, interviews with archaeologists, archive studies and document analysis.
Before coming to Aberdeen I held a postdoc at Stanford University, USA (2017-2019). At Stanford Archaeology Center I taught courses on social and political aspects of heritage and pursued two main lines of research. One looked at the identity politics of a relatively new EU heritage scheme called the European Heritage Label. The other examined the role of heritage within far-right and populist right movements in Europe.
Aside from researching archeo-politics, I have participated in archaeological field ventures in Sweden, Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and on Ireland. I have also worked with grant administration for the EU cultural programs at the European Commission in Brussels and served as an assistant teacher in archaeological field courses and critical heritage courses at Stockholm University.
- Postgraduate, 3 semester, September start
Lecturer on the following courses:
AY1003: Archaeology in action - an introduction (ug)
AY2505: The archaeology of the north: lifeways & cultural change (ug)
AY3521: Historical archaeology (ug)
AY4511: Indigenous, community-based and public archaeology (ug)
AY5002: Theory and method in research (pgt)
AY5505: The world of vikings (pgt)
Non-course Teaching Responsibilities
Aside from timetabled teaching I supervise many UG and MSc dissertation projects and provide pastoral care for a group of up to 10 students per year.
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Forum: Populism, Identity Politics, and the Archaeology of EuropeEuropean Journal of ArchaeologyContributions to Journals: Articles
How (Not) to “Study Up”: Points and Pitfalls When Studying International Heritage RegimesJournal of Field Archaeology, vol. 45, no. 3, pp. 140-152Contributions to Journals: Articles
Borders of belonging in the European Heritage LabelHeritage and Borders. Källén, A. (ed.), pp. 105-126Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
The Scandinavian far-right and the new politicisation of heritageJournal of Social Archaeology, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 121-148Contributions to Journals: Articles
Bokanmeldelse: Guttormsen, Torgrim Sneve och Grete Swensen (red.)Heritage, Democracy and the Public: Nordic Approaches. 2016. Routledge.Primitive Tider, no. 19, pp. 141-145Contributions to Journals: Literature Reviews
The Janus-face of European heritage: Revisiting the rhetoric of Europe-making in EU cultural politicsJournal of Social Archaeology, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 138-162Contributions to Journals: Articles
Funding Matters: Archaeology and the Political Economy of the Past in the EUStockholm University, Stockholm. 332 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
Shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted: Critical thinking and the third science revolutionCurrent Swedish Archaeology, vol. 22, pp. 57-63Contributions to Journals: Articles
“And we would like to thank": The role of funding in ArchaeologyMaking Cultural History. Källén, A. (ed.). Nordic Academic Press, pp. 151-161, 11 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Appropriate Narratives: Archaeologists, Publics and StoriesBooks and Reports: Anthologies