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New Associate Professor in Sustainable Heritage Management

Laura McAtackney has been appointed Associate Professor in Sustainable Heritage Management at the Department of Archaeology, Aarhus University.

Starting August 15 Laura McAtackney has been appointed Associate Professor in Sustainable Heritage Management. Her research to date has concentrated on the interface between contemporary/recent historical archaeology and heritage. A major area of interest for Laura McAtackney has been taking a multi-material approach to understanding political imprisonment in Ireland (and how it is remembered and commemorated) through synthesizing a variety of material and intangible sources. This includes uncovering experiences of female political prisoners at Kilmainham Gaol during the Irish Civil War (1922-1923) and male incarceration at Long Kesh/Maze prison in Northern Ireland. The latter project was the focus of Laura McAtackney’s PhD and has been published as a monograph, “An Archaeology of the Troubles: the dark heritage of Long Kesh / Maze prison”, by Oxford University Press (2014).

Laura McAtackney is currently the archivist for the SLAM project (Survey and Landscape Archaeology on Montserrat). She has conducted fieldwork with the project on Montserrat, an ‘Irish’ island in the Caribbean, in 2011 and 2015 and will return to Montserrat and Antigua in 2016 to finalise archival research in both national archives.

Previously Laura McAtackney was an IRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Social Justice, University College Dublin (2012-2015), and also held a fully funded Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies, University College Dublin (January 2010-2012). Laura McAtackney was a Research Fellow at the Pitt-Rivers Museum, University of Oxford (March-August 2009) and was Professional Archaeology Programme Planner at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education as a maternity cover position (2008). She completed her PhD at the University of Bristol in 2008 and has a BA (Hons) from Trinity College Dublin and MPhil from Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

 Laura McAtackney is a committee member of CHAT (Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory), and a member (and former committee member, 2011-2014) of SPMA (Society of Post-Medieval Archaeology). She continues to be a co-assistant Editor of PMA (Post-Medieval Archaeology, since 2011).