Alicia McGill

Grant Type

Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship

Institutional Affiliation

North Carolina State U.

Grant number

Gr. 9316

Approve Date

October 4, 2016

Project Title

McGill, Dr. Alicia, E. North Carolina State U., Raleigh, NC - To aid research and writing on 'A History of Heritage: Cultural Education, Community-based Archaeology, and Heritage Management in Belize' - Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship

Preliminary abstract: The research that provides the basis for this fellowship proposal is an interdisciplinary analysis of cultural heritage practices in Belize, from the late 19th century to today. Drawing from ethnographic and historical approaches, this project provides emic and etic perspectives on heritage processes within two African-descendant communities, and situates heritage values in an entangled web of local, national, and global factors, thus revealing how heritage practices are culturally and historically constructed. I am applying for a Wenner-Gren Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship to complete my first book manuscript based on this research. The main objectives of this project are: 1) To identify and analyze state agendas, discourse, and practices for nationalist heritage initiatives in schooling, archaeological research, cultural policies, and tourism; 2) To demonstrate how Belizeans (especially students and teachers) surrounded by rich archaeological resources construct ideas about cultural heritage such as archaeology and local history; 3) To incorporate the voices of Crooked Tree and Biscayne people, and examine how they respond to outside community-heritage initiatives and contemporary cultural politics, and manipulate heritage for their needs; 4) To contextualize and interpret findings from the first three objectives within the colonial history of Belize and the cultural and geo-politics of the broader region.