Anthropology professor Elizabeth S. Chilton was an invited presenter at the meeting of the Study Group on the Heritage Status of Aboriginal Cultural Property, sponsored by the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC) and hosted Nov. 11-14 at the University of Barcelona. The topic of the meeting was “Indigenous Cultural Heritages and Sustainable Development” and the title of her presentation was “Why Does the Past Matter? Towards a Social Science of the Past.”
Chilton also presented a paper, “Towards an Ecological of Heritage,” at the international conference “Heritage and Risk” held Nov. 15-16 at Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul. The paper was co-authored and co-presented by Elizabeth Brabec, professor and department head of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning. The paper was published in the conference proceedings volume.
Chilton is an alumna of UMass Amherst, having received her M.A. in Anthropology in 1991 and her Ph.D. in 1996. She was an assistant and then associate professor in the department of anthropology at Harvard University, and then returned to UMass as a faculty member in 2001. She is the founding director of the Center for Heritage & Society and the acting associate dean of research for College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.