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Helaine I Silverman

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Contact Information

Department of Anthropology
607 S Mathews Ave.
M/C 148
Urbana, IL 61801


Research Interests

cultural heritage, cultural politics, cultural governance, cultural rights
anthropology of tourism
critical museum studies
memory, identity, nationalism
historic urban environments
architecture and the built environment
spatial theory
anthropology of death
encounters with the past as popular culture
geographical areas: Peru, Southeast Asia, England

Research Description


PhD, Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin
MA, Anthropology, Columbia University
BA, Anthropology, Queens College of the City University of New York

Courses Taught

Anth 175: Archaeology and Popular Culture
Anth 180: Anthropology and Archaeology of Death
Anth 209: Food, Culture and Society
Anth 224: Tourist Cities and Sites
Anth 420: Case Studies in Global Heritage
Anth 460: Heritage Management
Anth 462: Museum Theory and Practice
Anth 557: Social Construction of Space
GLBL 298: Tourism and Economic Development in Peru
GLBL 296: Global Cultural Governance and Cultural Heritage Conflict

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, Anthropology
Campus Honors Faculty, Office of the Provost
Professor, Landscape Architecture
Professor, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Recent Publications

Silverman, H. (2020). Learning from Ground Zero: The Presence of Absence at Two Sites of Destruction. In M. Nagaoka (Ed.), The Future of the Bamiyan Buddha Statues: Heritage Reconstruction in Theory and Practice (pp. 187-201). Springer.

Silverman, H. (2020). The Inca in the Plaza: debating change in the World Heritage historic urban centre of Cusco, Peru. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 26(11), 1092-1108.

Pantazatos, A., & Silverman, H. (2019). Memory, pride and politics on parade: the Durham Miners’ Gala. In U. Kockel, C. Clopot, B. Tjarve, & M. N. Craith (Eds.), Heritage and Festivals in Europe: Performing Identities (pp. 110-127). (Critical Heritages of Europe). Routledge.

Silverman, H. (2018). Affiliative reterritorialization: The Manco Capac monument and the Japanese community in Peru. In C. Holtorf, A. Pantazatos, & G. Scarre (Eds.), Cultural Heritage, Ethics and Contemporary Migrations (pp. 110-127). Routledge.

Frihammar, M., & Silverman, H. I. (2017). Heritage of death: Emotion, memory and practice. In M. Frihammar, & H. Silverman (Eds.), Heritage of Death: Landscapes of Emotion, Memory and Practice (pp. 3-19). Routledge.

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