Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Staff Profile

Gerard Corsane

Senior Lecturer in Heritage, Museum & Gallery Studies


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Team Member - Newcastle University Global Challenges Academy, Sustainable Water, Living Deltas https://www.ncl.ac.uk/globalchallenges/water/living-deltas/


Gerard Corsane is a Senior Lecturer in Heritage, Museum & Gallery Studies within the subject area of Media, Culture, Heritage, School of Arts and Cultures.

His main interests are in Socio-Ecological Systems, Natural-Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development.

 Current Roles and Responsibilities at Newcastle University

  • Senior Tutor - Media, Culture, Heritage Academic Unit
  • Module Leader - Managing Projects in the Museum/Gallery/Heritage Sector (MCH8502)
  • Module Leader - Communicating and Learning in the Museum/Gallery/Heritage Sector (MCH8503)
  • Module Leader - Working on a Project in the Museum Sector (MCH8550)
  • Module Leader - Research Dissertation (ICS8599)
  • Module Leader - Vocationally-Orientated Research Project
  • Programme Co-ordinator for the Master of Practice in Museum/Gallery/Heritage Studies
  • Erasmus Exchange and Non-EU Study Abroad Co-ordinator - Media, Culture, Heritage Academic Unit
  • Academic Tutor across the range of Heritage and Museum Studies postgraduate programme modules in Museum/Gallery/Heritage Studies
  • PhD Supervisor

 Previous Roles and Responsibilities at Newcastle University

  • Degree Programme Director for the three Museum/Gallery/Heritage Studies campus-based postgraduate taught programmes
  • Dean for International Business Development & Student Recruitment, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (2009-14)
  • University Co-Leader for 'Theme 3: Chinese Language, Heritage and Culture' in the developing Strategic Partnership between Xiamen University and Newcastle University
  • Member of the Confucius Institute Board, with representatives from Xiamen and Newcastle Universities (2013)
  • Member of the University's Internationalisation Executive Group (2010-13)
  • Member of the University's strategic Brazil and Lusophone Group (2012-14)
  • Member of the University's strategic Indonesia Group (2014)
  • Member of HaSS Faculty Steering Group (2009-14)
  • Member of HaSS Faculty Executive Board (2009-14)
  • Member on the School of Arts and Cultures 'Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee' (2014-2016)
  • Member of the Newcastle University E-learning Steering Group (2012-2014)
  • Co-chair of UNITE - University-wide network for internationalisation and transnational e-learning (2011-2013)
  • Academic Warden, Freemen's Hall, Castle Leazes Halls (2008-2014)

(See also under the 'Teaching' and 'Research' tabs above for previous roles within the ICCHS subject area)


  • 2016-17 - University Academic Lead on The Use of Museums Scientific Collections for Teaching Evolution and Understanding of Environmental Changes from the Ecomuseological Perspective collaborative project in a four-way partnership between Newcastle University & GNM:Hancock, and, the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) & its Museum of Science and Technology. This exchange and capacity building project was funded by Newton Fund / Brazil British Council ‘Institutional Skills Development’ scheme. [£60,000.00 from Newton Fund and £60,000.00 match funding from PUCRS].
  • 19-28/12/2016 - Invited by the British Consul-General in Wuhan, China, to participate and present at the UK-Wuhan Creative Redevelopment of Districts Seminar and then to meet with government, international NGOs and grass-root community organisations to discuss the safeguarding and re-use of buildings in the historic Foreign Concessions of Hankow.
  • 2012-16 - University Academic Lead for the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 project, EU-SATURN, which has a consortium of seven European universities and nine South African universities working towards capacity building in South Africa. The Lead EU Co-ordinator was University of Groningen (Netherlands). The Lead South African Co-ordinator was University of the Free State. The other EU partners were: University of Ghent (Belgium); Georg-August-Universität (Germany); Politechnika Wrocławska (Poland); Universitat de Valencia - Estudi General (Spain); Uppsala University (Sweden); and Newcastle University. The South African partners were: Stellenbosch University; Tshwane University of Technology; University of Cape Town; University of Fort Hare; University of Johannesburg; University of Limpopo; University of the Western Cape; and, University of the Witwatersrand. Of the students offered places at Newcastle University: 1 completed a PhD in Medical Sciences; I completed a PhD in SAgE, 1 completed an MSC in SAgE; and 2 completed MAs in HaSS. 1 early-career staff member completed a semester in HaSS.
  • 2011-16 - Planning, Urban Management & Heritage (PUMAH) – EU Marie Currie, IRSES scheme. PI John Pendlebury. External partners were Groningen University, The Italian National Research Council, Middle East Technical University, Politecnico di Milano, Wuhan University, Peking University, Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology.


After completing his MA in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, Gerard Corsane returned to South Africa in 1989 and worked with heritage, museums, galleries for ten years. During this time, he participated in the exciting processes of transformation that occurred around the country's first democratic elections. He worked in the Albany Museums' History Division, in Grahamstown, for six years before becoming the first Robben Island Training Programme Co-ordinator. In this post he was involved in the facilitation and development of positive action training opportunities for black South Africans in the heritage, museums and galleries sector. In November 1999, he came over to the UK to take up a three-year lecturing contract in the Department of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester.

In September 2002 he moved to the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies. He appreciates the interdisciplinary approaches to heritage, museum, galleries and tourism research and teaching at Newcastle University.

Covered within the overall theme of Socio-Ecological Systems Heritage, his particular teaching and research interests are in cultural resources management, 'ecomuseums', integrated heritage management, heritage tourism, sustainable development, and the creative and cultural industries.


  • PG University Education Diploma (Rhodes University)

  • MA in Museum Studies (University of Leicester, UK)

  • BA(Hons) in History [Postgraduate one-year taught degree] (Rhodes University)

  • BA in Ecclesiastical History and Systematic Theology (Rhodes University, South Africa)

Previous Positions

  • Lecturer, Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester (1999-2002)
  • Robben Island Training Programme Co-ordinator and Lecturer in Heritage & Museum Studies, South Africa (1996-99)
  • Researcher, Curator and then Head - History Division, Albany Museums' Complex of Heritage Sites, Museum and Galleries, Grahamstown, South Africa (1990-96)


Postgraduate Teaching

Gerard teaches across the three campus-based MA programmes areas offered in the Media, Culture, Heritage Unit of the School of Arts & Cultures. These are in 'Heritage Studies', 'Museum Studies', and, 'Art Museum and Gallery Studies'.

Since starting with Newcastle University, he has held the following portfolio of Learning & teaching positions at different times:

  • Degree Programme Director - for the Museum/Gallery/Heritage Studies campus-based taught postgraduate programmes
  • Chair Board of Studies
  • Chair Board of Examiners
  • Staff Facilitator - PGT Student-Staff Committee
  • A programme and content developer for the Museum/Gallery/Heritage Studies postgraduate e-learning modules and a Module Co-leader for the delivery of these modules
  • Admissions Tutor - Postgraduate Taught & Postgraduate Research Students
  • Programme Leader - Master of Practice in Museums/Galleries/Heritage
  • Programme Leader - Heritage Education & Interpretation
  • Module Leader - Working on Projects in the Museum Sector
  • Module Leader - Managing Projects
  • Module Leader - Communicating & Learning
  • Module Leader - History Curatorship
  • Module Leader - Interpretation & Exhibitions
  • Module Leader - Heritage & Media
  • Module Leader - Heritage & Tourism
  • Module Leader - Heritage/Museum/Gallery Education
  • Module Leader - Research Dissertations
  • Module Leader - Issues & Ideas (1 year relief replacement)
  • International Students Tutor

University Team Leader for the 'Students Overseas: Promoting learning opportunities abroad for UK students and engaging more effectively with incoming students' project in the 'Evidence-informed Quality Improvement Programme (EQUIP)' of The Higher Education Academy.

Involved in developing three successful bids to the University of Newcastle's Teaching and Learning Committee (UTLC) Innovation Fund. These were:

  • M. Grimwood & G. Corsane (2010) for the creation of 'A university-wide network for internationalisation in transnational and e-learning (UNITE)';
  • G. Corsane and C. Whitehead for the ‘Creation of a hands-on postgraduate module (20 credits) in exhibition design and implementation’; and,
  • J. Broderick, G. Corsane and R. Bevan for the ‘Embedding of the virtual field trip in university teaching’.

Part of the team that began developing e-learning modules in Heritage management & Tourism.

Part of the team that developed an MSc in Bioderversity, Conservation and Ecotourism that is run jointly with the Naresuan University, Phitsanulok, Thailand.


Research Webpages

Research Centres & Groups at Newcastle University

Research Interests

Gerard's research interests relate to his experiences in Africa and centre on Socio-Ecological Systems Heritage. They revolve around issues of integrated natural-cultural heritage, identity construction and representation in colonial and postcolonial museum, heritage, public history and cultural tourism contexts. Linked to these, his research focuses on ecomuseology, integrated heritage management, the value of intangible cultural heritage resources, stakeholder participatory processes, community benefits and sustainable development. He is particularly interested in the processes of stewardship and interpretation of natural-cultural heritage resources by indigenous peoples.

His specific research interests focus on 'ecomuseums' and similar democratic projects located in different countries around the world and how these projects relate to the above research areas. Currently, he is looking at the development of ecomuseums in provinces in the People’s Republic of China. He is also interested in work being done by the ‘Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development’, along with its stakeholders and shareholders, regarding heritage management and heritage tourism in Guyana, South America.

Current Work

  • Gerard writes on how ecomuseum theories, approaches and guidelines can be used as an effective alternative to the more dominant Western traditional approaches to integrated natural-cultural heritage management and sustainable heritage tourism.
  • He is also interested in intangible cultural heritage and the impact of UNESCO's initiatives in these practices, expressions and performances within heritage.

Future Research

In the future, Gerard intends to continue his research into how ecomuseological, community museological and participatory approaches can be used to stimulate co-production of knowledge and co-curation and stewardship of natural-cultural heritage in relation to global challenges, particularly in terms of rivers, deltas and maritime elements of the Anthropocene.

Editorial Boards

  • International Journal of Tourism Anthropology
  • The International Journal of Traditional Arts  www.tradartsjournal.org

Conference Committees

In 2016, he served on the ‘Scientific Committee’ for the Ecomuseums Forum - Museums and Cultural Landscapes ‘chapter’ at the 2016 International Council of Museums General Conference. Played a role in developing the ICOM Milan Cooperation Charter “Ecomuseums and cultural landscape”, and, in developing ‘DROPS’ international practitioner and scholarship web-platform for sharing and disseminating information on ecomuseology and community museology.

In 2016, he served on the Academic Scientific Committee of Tourism 2016 - International Conference on Global Tourism and Sustainability.

In 2016, he served on the Academic Scientific Committee of the 5th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development.

In 2015, 2017, he served on the Academic Scientific Committee of the Sharing Cultures 2015: International Conference on Intangible Cultural Heritage. Held in Lagos, Portugal, in September 2015.

In 2012, he served on the Organising Committee and the Academic Scientific Committee of the Ecomuseums 2012: 1st International Conference on Ecomuseums, Community Museums and Living Communities. Held in Seixal, Portugal, the conference was co-hosted by the Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development and Newcastle University in September 2012.

In 2012, he served on the Organising Committee and Academic Scientific Committee of the 3rd International Forum: Sustaining Creative Economies - East and West Perspectives in Creativity, Entrepreneurialism, Social Renewal and Trade. Held in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, the conference was co-hosted by the National Institute for Cultural Development of Beijing International Studies University and Newcastle University in June 2012.

Research Fellowships

  • National Institute of Cultural Development, Beijing International Studies University
  • International Research Centre for Jingju Heritage, Jingju (Peking Opera) Theatre Company of Beijing

Funding Awards for Research and Engagement

  • 2015 - CI: Newcastle University Institute for Sustainability £ 40,000. Titled = Coupled Human and Natural System Response, Guiana Shield. Ending in June 2016.

  • 2014 - CI:  AHRC-funded £398,737. Titled = Co-curate North East: creating sustainable routes for North East communities to digitally transform and co-produce open cultural resources. 18-month project that finished in March 2015.

  • 2012 – Researcher: AHRC-funded. Title = Research for Community Heritage: North East England.

  • 2010 – Co-PI: EC-funded €848,588.Title = ‘en-compass’, and engagement project, with partners in Hainan Province of China, Kenya and Guyana. 5-year project ending in September 2015.

  • 2008 – Supervision Team: AHRC Collaborate Doctoral Award. Title = Engaging with Heritage: Sense of Place and Ecomuseum Potential in the North Pennines. PhD Student was Stephanie Hawke and the partner was the North Pennines AONB as partners.

  • 2006 – Academic Advisor: Leader Programme. Titled = Sense of Place, an intensive one-year project with Northumberland, Durham and Cumbria to work with locally community-driven heritage management projects.

Participation in internal university-funded projects

  • 2016 - Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS) Response to Extreme Climates in the Amazonian Guina Shield. Demonstration Project funded by NU Institute for Sustainability (IfS). [£40,000]. PI Thomas Wagner Worked with academic colleagues from the then schools of Civil Engineering & Earth Sciences and Marine Sciences in SAgE.
  • 2004 – PI: Arts and Humanities Research Fund (AHRF), Newcastle University: £2,000 awarded for a study visit to Italy to Evaluate Criteria for Ecomuseum Projects in Piemonte, Italy.
  • 2003 – PI: Arts and Humanities Research Fund (AHRF), Newcastle University: £2,000 awarded for a Study Trip to Visit Key Ecomuseums in France undertaken between 25 May and 8 June 2003.

Postgraduate Supervision

He is in the supervision team for the following current Newcastle University PhD Research Postgraduates.

  • Alix Ferrer-Yulfo - WORKING TITLE - 'Museums of Intangible Heritage: perspectives from new museology' OR 'Performing Arts and Museums: A challenge and opportunity for new museology'. Principal Supervisor.
  • Nurul Ashikin Binti Ismail -  'How can homestay operators effectively promote and safeguard the cultural heritage of the Malay traditional food in Malaysia by drawing upon international trends, strategies and practices in other Asian countries?' Principal Supervisor.
  • Michael Haynes - Second Supervisor.

He was in the Supervision team for the following Newcastle University PhD Research Postgraduate students, who have successfully completed their PhDs.

  • Katharina Messing - 'Finding an ecomuseum ideal for Hainan Province: Encouraging community participation in intangible cultural and natural heritage protection in a rural setting in China’. Principal Supervisor.
  • David Jared Bowers - 'Developing Sustainable Tourism through Ecomuseology: a Case Study in the Rupununi Region of Guyana'. Principal Supervisor.
  • Justin Sikora - 'On-site Interpretation at Historic Battlefields: Heritage Construction and Presentation at non-built historic Sites. Principal Supervisor'.
  • Hamimi Omar - 'The Development of Sustainable Cultural Heritage Tourism in Malaysia: Implication for Planning and Management'. Second Supervisor.
  • Stephanie Hawke - 'Engaging with Heritage, Sense of Place and Ecomuseum Potential in the North Pennines'. Second Supervisor. AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award.
  • Bryony Onciul - 'Unsettling Assumptions about Community Engagement: A New Perspective on Indigenous Blackfoot Participation Sites in Alberta, Canada'. Second Supervisor. AHRC Award. .
  • Michelle Stefano - 'Outside Museum Walls: Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in North East England'. Principal Supervisor.
  • Suzie Thomas - 'Relationship between Archaeologists and Metal Detector Users in England and Wales'. Second Supervisor.
  • Shathan Abu-Khafajah - 'Meaning and Use of Cultural Heritage in Jordan: Towards a Sustainable Approach'. Second Supervisor.
  • Sarah Elliot - 'Rescuing Hasankeyf: Ecomuseological Responses to Large Dams in Southeast Turkey'. Second Supervisor.
  • Sharon Roberts - 'Childhood Material Culture and Museum Representations'. Second Supervisor.

He was, or is, providing external supervision for the following visiting PhD students, Postdoctoral students, academic and practitioner researchers.

  • Andrea Romano, 3rd year PhD Intercultural relations and processes - University of Molise (Italy), Department of Humanities, Social and Educational sciences - 'Local heritage and Mappa di Comunita - Inhabitants awareness raising for a good local development in small and marginal places: an explorative case study in three small mountain villages in Molise-Italy'.

 Gerard supervises 8-10 MA Research Dissertations for Taught Postgraduate students per year.

Esteem Indicators

From 2013, Gerard has continued to give support and input into the development of ecomuseums in Hainan Province, in the People's Republic of China.

In 2009, he was invited to serve on the International Science Committee of the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development, Guyana.

In 2008, he was invited to Hainan Island, a Province of the People's Republic of China, to advise on the establishment of urban and rural ecomuseums.

In 2007, he was invited to co-develop a Continuing Professional Development Programme on Heritage Interpretation that was run through the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome.

In 2006, he was invited to Guyana to plan a partnership with the 'Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development' to develop research, training and interpretation and communication programmes with stakeholders working to preserve the rainforests. Here he introduced stakeholders to the principles of ecomuseology.

International Conference and Seminar Papers

Over recent years, Gerard Corsane has been invited, or accepted, to present the following authored and co-authored papers:

Corsane, G. 2015. ' Safeguarding the culture of Haenyeo : using guidelines of the ‘ecomuseum ideal’ to ensure the ongoing documentation of a significant cultural heritage.' Invited paper presented at the 2015 International Symposium on the Culture of Haenyeo [Women Divers]: Women and Maritime Culture. Held in Jeju, Republic of Korea, 1-3 October.

Corsane, G. & Massing K. 2015 'From the "fragmented" to the "mosaic" ecomuseum - various forms of shaping 'territory' in the different generations of ecomuseums in China'. Paper presented at the Sharing Cultures 2015: 4th International Conference on Intangible Heritage. Lagos, Portugal: Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development. Held in Lagos, Portugal, 21-23 September.

Corsane, G. 2015. ‘The “Agile” Museum: using ecomuseum guidelines for co-creating, co-curating and co-communicating processes through digital technologies’. Paper presented at the Museums 2015: Agile Museum conference. Held in Tokyo, 13-16 January.

Lloyd, K. & Corsane, G. 2014. ‘Co-curating place: community-led research into historical migration and contemporary identity in the North East of England’ Paper presented at the Inter-disciplinary Perspectives on Migration to New and Old Worlds conference, Mellon Centre for Migration Studies. Omagh, Northern Ireland. 17 October.

Corsane, G. & Zheng, C. 2013 ‘Potential of the “ecomuseum ideal” for safeguarding and promoting Li traditional textile techniques for sustainable development’《利用“理想化生态博物馆”保护和推广传统黎族传统纺染织绣技艺并促使其可持续发展的潜在性展望》. Paper presented at the International Academic Conference of Safeguarding of Traditional Li Techniques: Spinning, Dyeing, Weaving and Embroidering 《黎族传统纺染织绣技艺保护与传承国际学术研讨会论》. Hainan Provincial Preservation Centre of Intangible Cultural Heritage 海南省非物质文化遗产保护中心编, Haikou, Hainan, 15-17 October.

Corsane, G. 2012. 'Safeguarding and Promoting Heritage Resources using Ecomuseological Approaches: the international ‘en-compass’ project as a model?' Paper presented at the Ecomuseums 2012: 1st International Conference on Ecomuseums, Community Museums and Living Communities. Held in Seixal, Portugal, 18-21 September.

Bowers D.J. & Corsane, G. 2012. 'Can ecomuseology be used to support sustainability, community-based tourism development in the Rupununi, Guyana'. Paper presented at the Ecomuseums 2012: 1st International Conference on Ecomuseums, Community Museums and Living Communities. Held in Seixal, Portugal, 18-21 September.

Gobin, D., Allicock, S. & Corsane, G. 2010. 'Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development'. Paper presented in the plenary Session 10 - People and Forests: Engaging Communities. 18th Commonwealth Forestry Conference, Edinburgh, 28 June-2 July.

Corsane, G. 2010. 'Ecomuseology in Guyana'. Paper presented in the session Sense of Place - interpretation, cityscape, landscape. Narrative Space Conference, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, 20-22 April.

Corsane, G. 2009. ‘Ecomuseology as a way forward for working with stakeholders to develop sustainable tourism and rainforest conservation: a case study from Guyana’. Paper presented in the Ecological/Environmental Anthropology Session; Humanity, Development and Cultural Diversity. The 16th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES 2009), Kunming, China, 27-31 July.

Stefano, M. & Corsane, G. 2009. ‘Looking beyond museum walls: a further exploration of using the ecomuseum ideal to safeguard intangible cultural heritage in North East England’. Paper presented at: Sharing Cultures 2009, International Conference on Intangible Heritage, Ilha do Pico, Azores Islands, 29 May - 1 June.

Corsane, G., Davis, P., Hawke, S. & Stefano, M. 2008. ‘Ecomuseology: a holistic model for safeguarding spirit of place in the North East of England’. Paper presented at: the conference on Finding the Spirit of Place, International Council of Monuments and Sites, Québec, Canada, 26 September - 4 October.

Corsane, G. 2008. ‘Iwokrama – the green heart of Guyana: working with indigenous communities in heritage management and tourism using the principles of ecomuseology’. Paper presented in: the Session 15.6 – Ownership of heritage and ownership of tourism, Theme 15 – Heritage tourism agendas, Sixth World Archaeological Conference, Dublin, 29 June – 4 July.

Stefano, M. & Corsane, G. 2008. ‘The applicability of the ecomuseum ideal in safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in North East England’. World Heritage and Sustainable Development, Heritage 2008 International Conference, Vila Nova de Foz Côa, Portugal, 7-9 May.

Corsane, G. 2008. 'Principles of ecomuseology, with the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development, Guyana, as a case study'. Paper presented at the conference on Nurturing Culture, Conserving Nature: Heritage Governance and Local Participation in Kenya, South Africa and Sweden, CEFOS, University of Gothenburg, 7-8 February.

Corsane, G. 2006. ‘Sustainable future scenario for people, environments and landscapes – the ecomuseum and issues related to its use?’. Paper presented at the Sustainable Uplands: Future Scenarios for People, Environment and Landscape, The International Centre for the Uplands – Cumbria, Kendal, 30 May – 1 June.

Corsane, G, 2006. ‘Finding alternatives to ‘imposed tourism’; the ecomuseum ideal, sustainable development and responsible tourism’. Paper presented during the Responsible Tourism session at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Chicago, Illinois, 10 March.

Corsane, G. 2005. ‘Integrated museum action and social responsibility – shifting from “outreach” to “inreach” using a process model based on the principles of ecomuseology’. Paper presented at the ICOM-Canada session entitled From Ideas to Ecomuseums: International Views of Social Responsibility during the 2005 Canadian Museums Association 58th Annual Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 8-11 June 2005.

Corsane, G. 2005. ‘From “outreach” to “inreach”: how ecomuseum principles encourage community participation in museum processes’. Paper presented at the 2005 Guizhou International Forum of Ecomuseums on Communication and Exploration, Guiyang, Guizhou, Peoples Republic of China, 1-6 June 2005.

Corsane, G. & Davis, P. 2004. ‘Working with intangible and tangible cultural heritage: the potential of using the principles of the ecomuseum ideal’. Keynote paper presented at the 34th CIOFF (International Council of Organisations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Art) World Congress, entitled The Convention of the safeguarding of intangible heritage culture. Stockton on Tees, 17 October 2004.

Corsane, G., Davis, P. & Elliott, S. 2004. ‘Liberating museum action and heritage management through ‘inreach’: Could a democratic curating process model based on ecomuseology be implemented in Turkey?’ Paper presented at the 3rd International Conference of Ecomuseums and Community Museums and the 10th International Workshop of MINOM. Rio de Janeiro, 13-17 September 2004.

Corsane, G. 2004. ‘Robben Island Museum: challenging the practice of curating in the new South Africa’. Paper presented during the Sites of History/Sites of Conflict panel session at the Design History Society Annual Conference entitled Politics of Design. University of Ulster at Belfast, 9-11 September 2004.

Corsane, G. 2004. ‘Creating and curating the Robben Island Museum, South Africa’. Paper presented during the parallel session on Curating Captivity: Imprisonment and the Museum, at the Renaissance Imprisonment conference. Sponsored by the Society for Renaissance Studies. Tower of London, 3 September 2004.

Corsane, G. 2004. ‘Supporting international postgraduate students’. Paper presented at the Teaching and Learning Conference: Excellence in Internationalisation and Assessment. University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 6 July 2004.

Corsane, G. 2003. ‘Intangible cultural heritage’. Paper presented at the Round Table on Culture, during the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) 33rd Annual Conference and 8th Research Conference entitled The European Union: The First Ten Years, The Next Ten Years? University of Newcastle, 2-4 September 2003.

Corsane, G. 2003. ‘Should museums in a postcolonial world be concerned with curating intangible heritage? A consideration of some global projects and some local South African initiatives’. Paper presented at the Commonwealth Association of Museums General Meeting on the Museum in the Commonwealth: global vision, local mission, National Museums Liverpool, 15-18 July 2003.

Corsane, G. 2003. ‘Transforming Heritage and Museums in Post-Apartheid South Africa: the impact of processes of policy formulation and new legislation’. Paper presented at the ASA Decennial Conference on Anthropology and Science in the panel session on museums in the post-colonial era, Manchester University, 14-18 July 2003.

Corsane, G. 2003. ‘Embracing diversity through heritage: some examples from South Africa'. Paper presented at the Heritage Seminar Series on the theme of Embracing diversity through heritage’ at the Academy for Irish Heritages, University of Ulster, 7 March,2003.

Corsane, G. 2003. ‘Bringing together African initiatives and plans of the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies in Newcastle’. Paper presented at the session on The Future of Heritage Training at the South African National Cultural Heritage Training & Technology Program Colloquium, Durban, South Africa,4-7 February 2003.

Corsane, G. 2002. ‘Museum documentation of intangible heritage – new museum curatorial initiatives in the Western Cape, South Africa’. Seminar paper presented at the Connections and Disconnections: relationships between museums, their collections and culturally diverse communities, Seminar Programme, V&A Museum, London, 22 June 2002.

Corsane, G. 2002. ‘The principles of the ecomuseum ideal and their potential for transforming museum action in postcolonial contexts’. Seminar paper presented at the 'The Meanings of the Museum in the Postcolonial Era seminar workshop, Manchester Museum, 12 June 2002.

Corsane, G. 2002. ‘Modelle regionaler vernetzung. Nachhaltige entwicklung, überlieferung, nachbarschaftsmuseen am beispiel Südafrikas. Paper presented at the Museen in der regionalen Vernetzung – Perspektiven musealer Vermittlungsarbeit conference, University of Applied Sciences/Arbeitskreis Museumspädagogik Ostdeutschland e. V., Merseburg, 7 June 2002.

Corsane, G. 2002. ‘Official, unofficial and ‘new’ official histories: museums as sites for the curation of contested public histories in the Western Cape, South Africa'. Workshop paper presented at the Ruskin Public History Group, Third Public History Conference: ‘Unofficial and Official History’, Ruskin College, Oxford, 11 May 2002.

Corsane, G. 2002. ‘Robben Island Museum: challenging and shifting boundaries for museum curatorial practices in society today’. Seminar paper presented at the launch of the BSA Museums & Society Seminar Series, International Centre for Cultural & Heritage Studies, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, 1 March 2002.

Corsane, G. 2002. ‘Robben Island Museum as a site for the construction and curation of public histories’. Seminar paper presented in the Public History study group seminar series, Ruskin College, Oxford, 19 January 2002.


  • cultural tourism management
  • integrated heritage management
  • ecomuseums
  • intangible cultural heritage
  • new museology
  • community museology