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Joy Sather-Wagstaff, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Collaborative for Applied and Critical Heritage Engagement (CACHE), Co-coordinator

Ph.D. Anthropology (2007), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign          

B.A. Anthropology & B.S. Gender Studies (2000), University of Utah 

Research and teaching specializations: Tourism studies, museums, global and local heritage/historical sites; "dark tourism" and disaster, violence and genocide studies; anthropology of space and place; affect, memory, and historicity; critical heritage studies; consumption and commodification; visual anthropology; sociolinguistics and anthroposemiotics; contemporary visual and material culture; vernacular and tourist photography and souvenirs; cultures of collecting; landscape and built environment history; death and mourning; social justice movements; teaching with technology; social media and public interest anthropology; Geographical regions of specialization: United States, Caribbean, South and Central America.

Selected publications:

Forthcoming January 2015: Heritage and Memory. In The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Heritage Research. Emma Waterton and Steve Watson, eds. Palgrave MacMillan.

Forthcoming Spring 2015: Trees as Re-appropriated Heritage in Popular Cultures of Memorialization: The Rhetoric of Resilient (Human) Nature. In Encounters with the Past: Heritage and Popular Culture. Mike Robinson and Helaine Silverman, eds. Springer.

2012 With co-author Rebekah Sobel, From Memory to Action: Multisited Visitor Action at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Museums and Social Issues 7(2):293-305.

2011 Heritage that Hurts: Tourists in the Memoryscapes of September 11. Left Coast Press.

2011 Beyond Content: Thematic, Discourse-centred Qualitative Methods for Analysing Visual Data. In An Introduction to Visual Research Methods in Tourism. Tijana Rakić  and Donna Chambers, eds. pp. 169-186. Routledge.

Recent papers/presentations:

2014 "Dark Tourism" and Take-aways: From the Holocaust to Apartheid, the Atlantic Slave Route to Hiroshima. Symbols of Exclusion: The Semiotics of Race in Public Spaces symposium, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, University of Mississippi Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology and Critical Race Studies Group. Oxford, MS

2013 “Appropriated Heritage in Popular Cultures of Memorialization: The Rhetoric of Nature.” Encounters with Popular Pasts: Meanings and Myths at the Interface of Heritage and Popular Culture workshop, Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US), Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage and Institute for Advanced Studies (University of Birmingham, UK), Urbana, IL

2012 "Making (Poly)Sense of Affect and Heritage: Re-siting Body, Mind, Fieldwork, and Methods." Session: Heritage and the Politics of Affect. Association for Critical Heritage Studies: Gothenburg, Sweden

2011 “Embodiment, Experience, Exploration: A Polysensual Approach to Historicity.” Invited Annual Public History Lecture, Current Issues in Museums, Heritage, and Public Cultural Work series. Department of History, Centre for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence (CEREV), Department of Art History, and the Montreal Institute of Genocide & Human Rights Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, QC.    

2011 "Embodied Experience and Prosthetic Memory-making in Memorial Museums." Co-authored with Rebekah Sobel. Session: Embodied Encounters with Legacies of Violence: Movement, Memory, Tourism (session co-organizer with Taku Suzuki). Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association: Montreal, QC Canada.

2010  “Memorial Museums for a ‘Heritage that Hurts’ and Visitor Conformity, Complication, and Resistance: Implications for Critical Heritage Studies” Invited presenter, session: Critical Heritage Studies: Knowledge, Identity, Power, Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association: New Orleans, LA.

Applied research opportunities for undergraduates:

Dr. Sather-Wagstaff is a faculty mentor for the McNair Scholars Program.

Office: 418D12 Minard Hall                 Tel: 701.238.0374     

Courses Taught

  • ANTH 111 Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANTH 206 Intro to Cultural Anthropology: Peoples of the World
  • ANTH/SOC 441/641 Death and Dying
  • ANTH 446/646 Latin America & Caribbean
  • ANTH 455/655 Language & Expressive Culture
  • ANTH/EMGT 464/664 Disaster and Culture
  • ANTH 481/681 Qualitative Methods in Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 491/690 Tourism, Heritage, Communities
  • ANTH 489 Senior Capstone

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Last Updated: Saturday, November 22, 2014 12:13:08 PM