Brief biographies of the Authors

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Year : 2007

Honey Libertine R. Achanzar is a member of the faculty of the Department of Arts and Communication at the University of the Philippines in Manila. She has conducted extensive research on South East Asian Art and Culture and specialises in Philippine metal work.

Jolanda E.M.F. Bos-Seldenthuis studied Egyptian archaeology (Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, the Netherlands). She has worked with the Dutch Archaeological State Service in contract archaeology and is now working for the private consultancy Past2Present-ArcheoLogic, developing heritage management policies. In Egypt she researches possibilities for Egyptian heritage management in general. Jolanda wrote several research designs and risk analyses on heritage management in the Netherlands for the Past2Present publication series and articles on Egyptian heritage management. She also lectures on Egyptian archaeology and management.

Mounir Bouchenaki studied in Algeria, Italy and France, and has a Doctorate in Archaeology and Ancient History from the Faculty of Letters of Aix-en-Provence, France. After serving as the Director of Antiquities, Museums and Historic Monuments in the Ministry of Culture and Information of Algeria, he joined UNESCO and served for many years in various capacities, finally as the organisation’s Assistant Director-General for Culture. One of the major advances during his period as Assistant Director-General was the adoption of the Intangible Heritage Convention in 2003. He joined the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) as Director-General in 2006, and is now based in Rome.

Patrick J. Boylan is Professor Emeritus in Heritage Policy and Management at City University London, and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Intangible Heritage.

Corneliu Ioan Bucur was born in Medias, Romania, in 1942, and graduated from the University Cluj- Napoca in 1965, specializing in ethnographic museology. He has also studied ethnographic documentary film studies at IWF- Gottingen, Germany, 1969-70, and completed his Ph.D. in History Sciences at the Institute of Art History, Bucharest, in 1981, specializing on the History of Civilization of pre-industrial technique. Beginning as curator of the Brukenthal - Folk Technique Museum, Sibiu, Romania, in 1965, he rose through Head of Department, and then from 1990 the General Director of the whole of the “Astra” National Museum Complex, which includes the largest open-air museum in Europe. Since 1971 he has also held university lecturer and then professor positions in the University of Sibiu. In addition to his role as Chief Editor for the scientific publications of the Museums he has published over 150 books and research papers and articles. His achievements in museological activity have been recognised by a Personal Award from the European Museum of the Year awards in 1993, and by the Romanian President Medal “Cultural Reward” in 2004, and “Cultural Excellence: Grand Officer” in 2005.

Matilda Burden was born in George, Western Cape Province of South Africa, undertook her studies from BA to D.Phil. at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and returned to Stellenbosch as Lecturer in Cultural History 25 years ago, after working initially as an Archivist in the State Archives. Within Cultural History, (including the sub-discipline of Folklore) she has specialised in the intangible heritage, with a focus on Afrikaans folk song and vernacular language, though her interests also include architecture, furniture, genealogy and place names, and her academic publications have covered themes such as Afrikaans folk songs, Old Cape furniture, vernacular language, folk beliefs and weather-lore. She serves on several councils, committees and commissions relating to cultural heritage at South African national, provincial and local levels, including the Board of the Afrikaans Language Monument and Museum, both at Paal, Western Cape.

Voltaire Garces Cang was born in Cebu in the Philippines, and graduated successively from Kyoto University (BA in Educational Psychology), the University of the Philippines (MA in Asian Studies), and Waseda University, Tokyo, (MA in International Relations). He is now a PhD Candidate in the Graduate School of Intercultural Communication of Rikkyo (St. Paul’s) University, Tokyo, and also a Visiting Researcher at the RINRI Institute of Ethics, also in Tokyo. His main research interests include intercultural communication, heritage studies, and Japanese society and culture.

Udo Gößwald is director of the Museum Neukölln in Berlin, Germany, and was the founder of the international project ‘Born in Europe’. He has also been chairperson of the European Regional Organisation of the International Council of Museums (ICOM-Europe) since 2005. For more information see ,

HAN Minho has an MA in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University, USA, and is now Director of the Spatial Culture Division of the Ministry of Culture & Tourism, Republic of Korea.

Richard Kurin is the Director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage where he oversees the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, and other cultural heritage programmes. A former Fulbright fellow with a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, he is the author of Reflections of a Culture Broker: A View from the Smithsonian. Dr. Kurin has been awarded the Smithsonian Secretary's Gold Medal for Exceptional Service and the American Folklore Society's Botkin Prize for lifetime achievement.

Martin Skrydstrup is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology, Columbia University, USA. He is also a Board Member of ICOM’s International Committee for Museums of Ethnography(ICME)

Maria Vlachaki was born in Volos, Greece in 1973. She has studied pedagogy, history and social anthropology in the University of Thessaly, Greece. She is a PhD candidate on museum education in Department of Preschool Education, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece, and is also attending a Postgraduate Course in Museum Studies. Since 1998 she has been working in primary education as a teacher. She has research experience in the implementation of oral history on education and her results have been published in various Conference Proceedings.

Rita De Caluwe studied Mathematics at Ghent University and Computer Science at Université Scientifique et Médicale de Grenoble. She was Professor in Computer Science at Ghent University from 1974 until 2006, where she lead the research group on fuzzy databases and organised the international series Lectures on Fuzziness and Databases in the Nineties. She has been the Belgian representative at the IFIP General Assembly for 4 years.

Olmo Cornelis is has a Masters in Systematic Musicology and in Composition. He studied at Ghent University, Belgium, and at Ghent Royal Conservatory. He is currently working on the digitisation of the very large ethnomusicological archive of the Belgian Royal Museum of Central Africa, Tervuren, and is also active as a composer, writing mostly music for small ensembles.

Jos Gansemans leads the ethnomusicology department at the Royal Museum of Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium, where he is in charge of the musical instruments collection (8,000 instruments) and the sound archive (of around 3.000 hours of recorded music). He has undertaken a lot of fieldwork in Africa (particularly Rwanda, Congo and Ivory Coast), but is nowadays largely occupied with publications of articles and CDs based on his research and the collections.

Axel Hallez studied Computer Science at Ghent University, earning a Master’s Degree specialising in software development. He is an Assistant at the University and is currently he is finishing his doctoral research on (fuzzy) object comparison.

Marc Leman is Research Professor in Systematic Musicology and Head of the Department of Musicology at Ghent University, Belgium. His research includes musical content processing, with a special interest in epistemological and methodological foundations. He is the author of several articles and books, most recently Embodied Music Cognition and Mediation Technology, which will be published by the MIT Press in September 2007.

Tom Matthé graduated as a Computer Science Engineer at Ghent University. Since then, he has been involved in project research and at present is an Assistant at the University. His interests are mainly fuzzy data bases and fuzzy querying techniques.

Dirk Moelants is Doctoral Assistant in the Musicology Department at Ghent University, Belgium, where he teaches music theory and ethnomusicology. His research focuses on aspects of rhythm, gesture and timing in music performance and perception. He is also active as a viola da gamba player, specialising in the performance of contemporary and non-western music on his instrument.

Guy De Tré is Professor in Fuzzy Information Processing at the Department of Telecommunications and Information Processing at Ghent University. His research is centred on databases, more specifically on search techniques and querying, the modelling of imperfect information and the enhancement of database accessibility.

Daniel Lanier, an independent researcher and musician, has studied American maritime music and culture for over 30 years. Formerly employed in the education department of Mystic Seaport Museum (Connecticut, USA), he learned of Caribbean shanty traditions in the 1980s. His current profession as an environmental consultant brought him to St. Vincent, where he met Vincent Reid in 2001 and proposed a revival of shanties in Barrouallie. In 2002, Lanier and Reid founded The Barrouallie Whalers Project to further the documentation and preservation of Barrouallie’s maritime heritage.

Vincent Reid, an independent researcher and Vincentian native, has worked throughout his homeland for over 22 years in various public research and infrastructure projects. He is presently a supervisor in the Solid Waste Management Unit. The Island Coordinator of The Barrouallie Whalers and a founder/director of the project, he also manages other Vincentian performing artists. He recently acted as local liaison for researchers from Arkansas State University studying the Barrouallie whaling history with a grant from the National Geographic Society.

Charlotte Andrews is a doctoral student at the Department of Archaeology, Cambridge University, UK

Britt Baillie is a doctoral student at the Department of Archaeology, Cambridge University, UK

Benjamin Morris is a doctoral student at the Department of Archaeology, Cambridge University, UK

Dasia Viejo-Rose is a doctoral student at the Department of Archaeology, Cambridge University, UK