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Elsa Duval M.A.

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

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Personal Details:

Elsa Duval has a BA in History and Sociology from the University of Bielefeld and a BA in Archeology from Paris Sorbonne University. 2011-2012: she was a visiting fellow at Columbia University in New York. In 2012, she obtained an MA in Medieval History from Paris Diderot University and Bielefeld University. 2012-2013: French teaching assistant at Tamkang University, Taiwan.
From 2013 to 2016 Elsa Duval has been a member of the academic staff in the project »Knowledge of the World – Heritage of Mankind« at the Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz.

Research interests

20th century Germany
Urban history
International organizations
Heritage conservation
Politics of history and diplomacy of culture.

Current research projects:

European Heritage on a Global Stage: Aachen Cathedral, German Heritage Politics and the Beginnings of the UNESCO World Heritage List

The project »European Heritage on a Global Stage: Aachen Cathedral, German Heritage Politics and the Beginnings of the UNESCO World Heritage List« analyses the history of Aachen Cathedral as a World Heritage Site. 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.