The Heritage Management Field Program (HMFP) is a 6-week experiential learning program in cultural heritage management based in Siem Reap, Cambodia for local and international students and professionals. The HMFP will provide qualified graduate students and professionals in the fields of cultural heritage, archaeology, conservation, and related disciplines with the opportunity to gain practical field experience in the specific discipline of heritage management.
Participants will visit heritage sites across Cambodia working with local communities, national authorities, government officials, and heritage professionals to understand the complexities of successfully managing heritage sites in a developing economy. In consultation with local communities and government officials students will design a heritage management plan for a designated heritage site.
Students will be from varied international and regional backgrounds and will share and engage in the cross-cultural exchange of ideas and values around heritage. The HMFP will provide a transformative and rigorous academic experience that will encourage students to think critically about the role of heritage today.
Cambodia is a country rich in cultural heritage – tangible and intangible – home to hundreds of heritage sites representing 1500 years of history providing an incredible opportunity for students to visit sites across the country and engage with local communities.
The ancient Khmer Empire of Angkor was at its height 900 years ago and stretched over the diverse landscape of what is now modern day Cambodia and Thailand. The extraordinary and unique Hindu temples of Angkor, the Empire’s spiritual and governing center, evoke the rich culture of Khmer society from across the centuries.
The program will be based in the busy town of Siem Reap, located just 6 kilometers from the entry to the World Heritage Site of Angkor. Siem Reap is rich in colonial and traditional architecture, with plenty of tourist amenities.
IHP’s Heritage Management Field Program: A unique opportunity
-Hands-on practical field-based experience
-Immersive cultural and international experience
-Work with experts in the field
-Work on existing heritage projects
-Contribute to community development
-Exposure to diverse professional and theoretical perspectives about heritage
In the field of cultural heritage there are very few opportunities to gain international, practical, field based experience specifically in heritage management. The HMFP will provide the opportunity to gain practical field experience in the specific discipline of heritage management. Additionally, participants will gain exposure to leading international academic perspectives on issues related to cultural heritage, heritage management, and cultural property in a country rich with cultural resources.
Participants will work closely with Cambodian communities, government officials, and professionals to learn about Cambodia’s cultural heritage and the myriad challenges of managing and protecting the country’s rich and diverse heritage. Further, HMFP students will have the opportunity to work on existing projects contributing community development and protection of Cambodia’s heritage.
All applications are due by February 28, 2017. For more information regarding the program, please visit our website.