Heritage is the intersection of archaeology, anthropology, history, science, geography and media to provide multi-perspective analysis of heritage sites, objects and practices. While each discipline applies its specific methodologies to heritage problems, such as science in conservation, Dhakira’s approach offers space for developing new and alternative methodologies and applications.
Through its interdisciplinary approach, Dhakira focuses on theoretical and applied research, education, and outreach dedicated to a wide range of research topics related to two large, linked thematic orbits of Connected and Fragmented Heritage Landscapes. Together this landscape view encompasses heritage, memory, and material culture studies in the UAE, and the MENASA region and their cultural connections with the world.
Within a thematic framework built around landscapes, Dhakira’s research activities focus investigations on the primary research question: How can we understand the mechanisms of heritage production and consumption within the context of the multiple elements at play?
To facilitate research and practice, Dhakira has designed two clusters which, while not mutually exclusive, gather disciplines into effective working groups that can focus on specific heritage questions.
Heritage and Society
This cluster recognizes the role of creativity of cultures in producing heritage, from the design of cities to art and literature, the objects and narratives that underpin our understanding of heritage through time. Research is focused on the uses of heritage as a political, economic, artistic, and social agent. This cluster aims to identify the connecting and dividing functions of heritage in contemporary and historic societies.
Heritage and Science
The conservation and analysis of sites, (art)objects, histories, and narratives are central to heritage management, interpretation, and presentation. This cluster concentrates on the scientific and engineering methodologies applied in heritage studies and management, including threats to heritage such as climate change and conflict. Specific focus will be on archaeology and museum collections, material sciences, engineering, imaging, and digital techniques.