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Suzie Thomas

Suzie Elizabeth Thomas
Born 5th March 1979, Nottingham, United Kingdom.

BA (Hons) Archaeology and Prehistory 2000, University of Sheffield
MA (Heritage Education and Interpretation) 2002, PhD (Heritage Studies) 2009 from Newcastle University

University Lecturer, University of Helsinki (2014–present)
Research Associate 2012–2014, University of Glasgow
Community Archaeology Support Officer 2009–2012, Council for British Archaeology

Research interests
Community Archaeology, Museology, Cultural Heritage and Crime, ‘Alternative’ perspectives on cultural heritage, Voluntarism in museums.

Publications, projects and other scientific activities

Photo: Peter Connelly
Written by Suzie Thomas (Tero Juutilainen, ed.)

New courses and journals

I have been involved in the development of teaching that caters for our international student population, as well as the Finnish students – actively developing new Erasmus agreements as well as encouraging students from diverse background to take the museology courses I teach, which are of course in English. I was involved this year with the brand new course “Contemporary Issues in Finnish Culture”, which draws on the research specialisms of staff across the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, and which seems to have gone down well with many of our students. Another course, which I will be teaching again in January and which I think is particularly topical at the moment – unfortunately – is “Heritage, Museums and Conflict” in which we look at various examples of the impact of war and other civil unrest on the treatment and protection, or destruction, of cultural heritage.

One of my most involved roles at an international level has been the Co-Editorship, and foundation, of the Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage. This is an international peer reviewed journal which launched in 2014, but we were already working on it for a couple of years before the first issue came out. I work very closely with editorial colleagues from the USA, UK and Australia, and an Editorial Board which spans all the continents. We have been trying to encourage reader-friendly papers, from not only academics but also volunteers and other archaeology and heritage participants. We hope we have succeeded somewhat at least in pushing the boundaries of what an academic journal can be.

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