Charlotte Joy

Charlotte is a social anthropologist specialising in material culture theory. Her fieldwork in Djenné, Mali and at UNESCO in Paris was published as ‘The Politics of Heritage Management in Mali: from UNESCO to Djenné’ in 2012. The book argues for a critical re-examination of the uses of the material past in the present. Her on-going research is concerned with the destruction and displacement of cultural heritage and the responses of bodies such as UNESCO, museums and the International Criminal Court. She was a Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London from 2012-2022. From 2018/2019 she was Deputy Keeper of Anthropology (job-share) at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London and set up an MA in Anthropology and Museum Practice, taught between Goldsmiths and the Horniman Museum. She published ‘Heritage Justice’ in 2020 in which she explores the link between repatriation claims and the work to protect cultural property undertaken by UNESCO and the International Criminal Court. In March 2021, she was appointed as a Non-Executive Director for Culture at UK’s UNESCO National Commission with a responsibility for advising on UNESCO’s 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property;  the 1954 Hague Convention and its Two Protocols; and the 2003 Intangible Heritage Convention.