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Kalliopi Fouseki

United Kingdom

Kalliopi Fouseki is a member of the Complex Built Environment Systems Research Group (CBES) at UCL Bartlett School of Graduate Studies (BSGS). She has been a Co-Investigator for the ‘Collections Demography’ project, a project funded by the UK AHRC/EPSRC Science & Heritage Programme (http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/graduate/csh/research/projects/collections-demography) and a Co-Investigator for the ‘Mind the Gap’ research project funded by AHRC. In addition, she has been co-leading with the UCL Centre for Applied Archaeology a European Research Network on Heritage Values funded by the Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change (http://www.jpi-culturalheritage.eu/). She is also leading a research project on ‘Economic Crisis, Heritage and Identity’ funded by the UCL European Institute and public engagement project which was awarded a Beacon bursary from the UCL Public Engagement Unit. As part of this project residents in Waltham Forest are engaged in discussions about energy efficiency in “old” buildings. Through novel visual methods she will explore and co-create with the residents an exhibition on this issue. Her research interests fall within the broader field of heritage management. Her primary foci lie in the following domains: i) heritage values ii) participatory heritage iii) heritage, conflict and cultural diplomacy iv) heritage, ‘urban or rural regeneration’ and sustainable development and v) energy efficiency in historic neighborhoods.

Lecture

Unpacking the dynamics of contested historic urban landscapes: The case of the ‘New’ Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece

This lecture will explore the complex dynamics of the Acropolis historic urban landscape in Athens, Greece. It will do by focusing on the dissonant and lengthy history of the construction of the ‘new’ Acropolis Museum in Athens beneath the slopes of the Acropolis Hill. The lecture will demonstrate how the archaeological heritage discovered during the excavations preceding the museum construction triggered the redesign of the original museum building but also a series of campaigns against the museum construction on the slopes of the Acropolis. The lecture will also unveil an implicit hierarchy among different types of ‘heritage’ with the ‘old’ and ‘beautiful’ being prioritised over the ‘more recent’ and ‘vernacular’. The case of the ‘new’ Acropolis Museum affirms the ‘authorised heritage discourse’ underpinning heritage and museum management policies in Greece and calls for more participatory, multivocal and inclusive approaches to heritage management.

Workshop

Curating urban transformations through heritage – a deep cities approach

This practical and interactive workshop will take you through a step by step methodology we developed as part of the CURBATHERI project (Curating Urban Transformations through Heritage – Deep Cities project) funded by the JPI-JPHE scheme on Cultural Heritage and global Change. The ‘deep cities’ method allows capturing and integrating in a sustainable manner not only the remains of the past that can be ‘seen’ but also aspects of the past that cannot be seen, but can be experienced and felt. Drawing on the case of Woolwich, a traditionally deprived area in South-East London, I will illustrate how the method can be used in order to uncover the ‘deep spirit’ of the place upon which a sustainable transformation plan can be designed.