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The Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) is an international network of academics, researchers and professionals who work in the broad, interdisciplinary field of heritage studies.

The Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) is an international network of academics, researchers and professionals who work in the broad, interdisciplinary field of heritage studies.

ACHS’s main objective is to promote heritage as a critical research area from diverse perspectives, considering the power relationships within it and encouraging the participation of people and communities in the creation and management of heritage. It was officially founded in 2012 in Gothenburg, Sweden in response to increasing interest in critical heritage studies as a field of academic research and commitment.

The 7th Biennial ACHS Conference will consolidate the networks and knowledge established during previous conferences held in Sweden (2012), Australia (2014), Canada (2016), China (2018), England (2020) and Chile (2022).

The 7th ACHS conference is organised by Merging Ecologies.

Merging Ecologies is a heritage architectural studio that documents buildings that currently exist and catalogues the structural state of the buildings, their loss in the event of a disaster. The historical, intangible cultural attributes associated with the heritage or historic buildings and conservation principles with treatment approaches. Collection of before and after pictures, plan of works and engagement of the community in the restoration, rehabilitation, renovation or reconfiguration of existing buildings.

University of Galway, Ireland


Local Organising Committee

  • Tokie Laotan-Brown, Chair, Merging Ecologies
  • Tolu Omoyele, Mphil, NUI Maynooth
  • Vire Komolafe, Merging Ecologies
  • Ethan Brennan, Representative from University of Galway Conference & Event Centre
  • Niamh Stack, Manager, Galway Convention Bureau 


Scientific Committee Members

  • Kalliopi Fouseki, The Bartlett, UCL Faculty of the Built Environment.
  • Loes Veldpaus, School of Architecture Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University
  • Maaike Goedkoop, Our World Heritage Initiative
  • Mirza Hareem, History Department, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Pinar Ulucay, Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus
  • Michelle L. Stefano, Ph.D. is a Folklife Specialist in Research and Programs at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • Monika Stobiecka, Archaeologist and Art historian, Assistant professor at the Faculty of Artes Liberales, University of Warsaw.
  • Torgrim Guttormsen,The Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research
  • Nanna Løkka,Telemark Research Institute Norway
  • Annette Witherspoon, International Social Work, Friedensau Adventist University, Germany
  • Oladeji Sunday Oladipo, Department of Ecotourism and Wildlife Management, The Federal University of Technology, Akure
  • Catherine Gorman PhD, Cultural Tourism NSC, ICOMOS Ireland
  • Alix Ferrer-Yulfo, FHEA, Museum Studies at Syracuse University
  • Oluwatoyin Sogbesan, ASA Heritage, Nigeria
  • Nmandili Okwumabua, CPDI Africa-The Community Planning & Design Initiative Africa.