Trinidad Rico F'20

Trinidad  Rico
Associate Professor
Art History
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars 2020
Associate Professor
Art History
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Muslim Cultures of Heritage
For residence at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences during academic year 2020-2021

This research project examines tensions between the practices associated with cultural heritage preservation and religion, with a focus on the Muslim world. It addresses local, regional, and global scales through ethnographic research in Qatar and archival work in the Arabian Peninsula, Paris, Geneva, and London, bringing together historical and contemporary heritage narratives and policies. This examination of the global rise of heritage industries, its civil societies, and decolonizing discourses, redefines questions of agency for the broad Muslim world in a field dominated by conflict and terrorism-driven agendas.