Dr Cristina Clopot joined the ECHOES project as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Hull Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation in March 2019. Cristina’s past work has focused on different aspects of heritage, especially in connection to intangible cultural heritage and ethnic/minority heritages as well as European heritage-making practices and narratives. In the frame of the ECHOES project her interests focus on heritage diplomacy.

Prior to joining the Wilberforce Institute Cristina contributed to the Horizon 2020-funded project, CoHERE (Critical Heritages of Europe: Performing and Representing Identities), as a Research Associate at the Intercultural Research Centre (Heriot-Watt University, UK).

Cristina obtained her PhD in November 2017 (Heriot-Watt University, UK) for an interdisciplinary thesis analyzing heritage processes in the community of Russian Old Believers in Romania in the post-socialist period.

Cristina also coordinates the Association of Critical Heritage Studies’ Intangible Cultural Network and is a founding member of its Early Career Researchers Network. She is also an Associate Editor for the Anthropological Journal of European Societies (AJEC) published by Berghahn, with responsibilities for the social media activities of the journal.

Recent publications:

Kockel, U., Clopot, C., Tjarve, B. and Nic Craith, M. (eds.) (forthcoming 2019) Heritage and Festivals in Europe, Routledge.

Clopot, C. (2018). ‘Identities and Religious Heritage – The Case of Old Believers in Romania’. In C. Isnart and N. Cerezales (eds.) The Religious Heritage Complex. Bloomsbury.

Hill, E., Nic Craith, M. and Clopot, C. (2018). ‘A Critique of Top-down Definitions of Cultural Heritage in a Human Rights Context: the Asylum Cases of the Somali Bajuni Campaigners in Glasgow’, International Journal of Cultural Property special edition, 25(1), pp. 35-58.

Clopot, C. and Nic Craith, M. (2018). ‘Gender, Heritage and Changing Traditions: Russian Old Believers in Romania’. In W. Grahn and R. Wilson (eds.), Gender and Heritage: Performance, Place and Politics (Key Issues in Cultural Heritage) (pp. 48-61). Routledge.

Clopot, C. (2017). ‘Ambiguous Attachments and Industrious Nostalgias: Heritage Narratives of Russian Old Believers in Romania’, Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, 26(2), pp. 31-51.