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Dr Elizabeth V HainesMSc (Lond.), Phd (London), BA

Vice Chancellor's Fellow

Elizabeth Haines

Dr Elizabeth V HainesMSc (Lond.), Phd (London), BA

Vice Chancellor's Fellow

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Researcher, Science Museum

15 Jul 201714 Jul 2018

Research interests

My research uses interdisciplinary approaches to explore the lived practices of knowledge-making, particularly in colonial and postcolonial contexts. Through a multidisciplinary education I gained strengths in the close reading of material culture and an ethnographic attention to the practices that engender technical expertise and authority. I have a strong commitment to public history that is demonstrated by my involvement in a variety of participatory research and public engagement projects. 

My doctoral research examined the use (and disuse) of mapping by the colonial government officers in Northern Rhodesia (today Zambia) in the early twentieth century. This research is being extended and revised for a forthcoming monograph Illegible Territory: An Agnotological Approach to Colonial Cartography in Northern Rhodesia 1890-1964. 

As Vice-Chancellor's Fellow in History, I am furthering my research into the uses and abuses of cartography in order to explore the long history of the adjudication of land rights in Zambia (1900-2000). This project Evidence and Action will be comparing the legal record with lived experience of the landscape to consider how, and if, mapping resource rights has demonstrably benefitted social stability. 

In parallel I am involved in three projects that explore the potential of archival and material culture collections as the basis for academic research, community heritage and social justice. 

Lifeblood. Together with Dylan Howitt, a documentary filmmaker, I'm working on a creative collaborative exploration of an unused audiovisual archive in the Copperbelt Zambia. This project will be engaging with Zambian researchers, writers, activists and filmmakers to 'remix' corporate histories to reflect community experience of the mining industry.

Building Shared Futures. With Neil Carrier (Anthropology. University of Bristol), and a wider group of researchers from Bristol and Nairobi I'm working on a project that explores the potential for historical photograph collections to increase community engagement with urban heritage in Nairobi, and increase participation in urban policy and planning.  

Second Shelf. Finally, I'm research advisor on a project based at the Royal Academy of Fine Art, Antwerp, that explores the relationship between print culture and the tranmission of artistic identities.

I am also currently Chair of the Outreach and Engagement Committee, and a member of Council for the British Society for the History of Science.

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