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Elke Ackermann M.A.

Affiliated scholar, project "UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage"

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Personal Details:

Born in 1987 in Weissenburg in Bavaria. 2007-2010: Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies (Spanish Studies/LAS, History and Literary Studies, Political Science and Geography of Latin America, Linguistics) at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, Mexico. 2010-2013: Masters in World Heritage Studies at Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus and Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas. 2013: awarded MA. From 2013 to 2016 Elke Ackermann has been a researcher and PhD student in the project
»Knowledge of the World – Heritage of Mankind« at the Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz.

Research interests

Ecotourism
Environmental history
World heritage
History of Latin America

Current research projects:

Galapagos: Epitomizing science and nature conservation for world heritage? The History of the Galapagos Islands as UNESCO World Heritage Site

The project »Galapagos: Epitomizing science and nature conservation for world heritage? The History of the Galapagos Islands as UNESCO World Heritage Site« deals with Galapagos, world famous for their importance in evolutionary science, ecological processes and nature conservation, which became the first site on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978. It is part of the project »Knowledge of the World - Heritage of Mankind: The History of UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage«.

Knowledge of the World - Heritage of Mankind: The History of UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage

The research project investigates the origins of the UNESCO World Heritage program for the first time on the basis of historical sources. Taking the World Heritage program governance institution as a prism, it investigates the shifting structures, institutions and actors, perceptions and agency. In five subprojects, it provides new insights into "transformations" of statehood, society and politics, culture and nature, time and space, past, present and future since the 1970s.