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Dr Charlotte Joy

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PositionLecturer
Department Anthropology
Email c.joy (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7800
Dr Charlotte Joy

Dr Charlotte Joy is a social anthropologist with a background in material culture.

Academic qualifications

She did her PhD at University College London and my postdoctoral research at the University of Cambridge. She carried out her fieldwork in Djenné, Mali and at UNESCO in Paris and is concerned with developing an ethnographic approach to understanding the politics of cultural heritage and the links between cultural heritage, rights and development.

Teaching

  • Ethnographic Film
  • Anthropology of London
  • Material Culture
  • Anthropological Perspectives on Tourism
  • Anthropology of Development: Placement

 

Research Interests

She has been carrying out research in Mali since 2004. Her doctoral research was an investigation of the impact of UNESCO's World Heritage Status on the residents of Djenné, a mud-brick town in Mali. She carried out long-term fieldwork in Djenné and an internship at UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage Department in Paris.

In particular, she focueses on the efficacy of heritage legislation to address issues of development and poverty alleviation. The results of this original research, together with some further post-doctoral fieldwork, were published in 2012 as a monograph by Left Coast Press with the title ‘The Politics of Heritage Management in Mali: from UNESCO to Djenné’.

She is continuing to explore the theme of development and cultural heritage in three inter-related ways. First, she is looking at institutional approaches to the protection and promotion of cultural heritage in Africa through co-operating with a network of anthropologists working on UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout the world.

Her second focus is cultural tourism and economic development. Her third focus is concerned with the relationship between contemporary populations in Mali and pre-Islamic material culture. Theoretically, she is interested in debates about cultural heritage and human rights and the conceptualisation of the individual in relation to the material heritage that surrounds them. 

Watch a video highlighting her research.

Publications

Book

The Politics of Heritage Management in Mali From UNESCO to Djenné
Joy, Charlotte. 2012. The Politics of Heritage Management in Mali From UNESCO to Djenné. California: Left Coast Press. ISBN 978-1-61132-094-7

Book Section

‘Heritage and Tourism: contested discourses in Djenné, a World Heritage Site’
Joy, Charlotte. 2010. ‘Heritage and Tourism: contested discourses in Djenné, a World Heritage Site’. In: D Macleod and J Carrier, eds. Tourism, Power and Culture: Anthropological Insights. Channel View Publications, pp. 47-63. ISBN 978-1845411251

‘Enchanting Town of Mud: Djenné, a World Heritage Site in Mali’
Joy, Charlotte. 2009. ‘Enchanting Town of Mud: Djenné, a World Heritage Site in Mali’. In: Ferdinand De Jong and M Rowlands, eds. Reclaiming Heritage: Alternative Imaginaries of Memory in West Africa. London: UCL Institute of Archaeology Publications: Left Coast Press, pp. 145-160. ISBN 978-1598743081

Article

Book Review of UNESCO on the Ground: Local Perspectives on Intangible Cultural Heritage. Michael Dylan Foster and Lisa Gilman, eds. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015,
Joy, Charlotte. 2017. Book Review of UNESCO on the Ground: Local Perspectives on Intangible Cultural Heritage. Michael Dylan Foster and Lisa Gilman, eds. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015,. Journal of Anthropological Research, ISSN 0091-7710

The Mali cultural destruction trial at the ICC poses a moral dilemma
Joy, Charlotte. 2016. The Mali cultural destruction trial at the ICC poses a moral dilemma. Apollo,

The International Criminal Court and Crimes Against Cultural Heritage in Timbuktu
Joy, Charlotte. 2016. The International Criminal Court and Crimes Against Cultural Heritage in Timbuktu. Anthropology Today,

‘Negotiating Material Identities: Young men and Modernity in Djenné’
Joy, Charlotte. 2011. ‘Negotiating Material Identities: Young men and Modernity in Djenné’. Journal of Material Culture, 16(4), pp. 389-400. ISSN 1359-1835