About the organizers

“Development and Best Practices of (archaeological) Heritage Management as a Course” is organized with generous support from the University of Helsinki Future Fund.

Organizing committee:

  • Dr Suzie Thomas (University of Helsinki)

Suzie was university  lecturer in museum studies at the University of Helsinki, based in the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies. She currently a researcher on the Lapland’s Dark Heritage Project, and is co-Editor of the Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage. From 2018 she is Professor of Cultural Heritage Studies

  • MA Annemarie Willems (Friends of ICAHM)

Annemarie is the executive director for the Friends of ICAHM (FoI) Association, that has been established to support the objectives of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM). She also has her own company AW Heritage Consultancy and is chair for the European Association of Archaeologists Working Party ‘Integrating the Management of Archaeological Heritage and Tourism’. Annemarie is also studying for a PhD at the University of Helsinki in Archaeological Heritage Management.

  • FM Tuija-Liisa Soininen (Pirkanmaa Provincial Museum)

Tuija-Liisa is Head of the Cultural Environment Unit of the Pirkanmaa Provincial Museum in Tampere, Finland. She is a trained archaeologist with a deep-rooted interest in community relations in the field of archaeology.

  • Dr Visa Immonen (University of Turku

Visa was an assistant professor in cultural heritage studies at the University of Helsinki. He has worked extensively on Northern European medieval and post-medieval archaeology. Immonen is also actively engaged in critical heritage studies, and his monograph on the development of Finnish cultural heritage legislation and administration during the 20th century was published in 2016. He has a particular interest in university pedagogy, and Immonen has experimented on the use of digital media and MOOCs in higher education. From 2018 Visa is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Turku.

  • Dr Aron Mazel (Newcastle University)

Aron joined Newcastle University in 2002 after a 25-year career in archaeological research and heritage and museum management in South Africa. Posts he held in South Africa included Assistant Director of the Natal Museum (1994-1997) and Director of the South African Cultural History Museum (1998-2002). Between 2002 and 2004, Aron managed the Beckensall Northumberland Rock Art Website Project, which won the 2006 Channel 4 ICT British Archaeological Award. Aron’s research interests include the management and interpretation of tangible and intangible heritage; museum history; the construction of the hunter-gatherer past; dating of rock art; and Northumberland rock art. Recent book publications include Tracks in a Mountain Range: exploring of the history of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg (2007, with John Wright), Art as Metaphor: The Prehistoric Rock- Art of Britain (2007, co-edited with George Nash and Clive Waddington), and uKhahlamba: Umlando wezintaba zoKhahlamba/History of the uKhahlamba (2012, with John Wright). The latter book is unique in the South African publishing world as it is the first book on archaeology and history in the country to have been published bilingually in isiZulu and English.