Lecturer, University of Tokyo
Matsuda Akira’s research interests are in the meaning, (re)presentation, and use of the past in contemporary society. More specifically, he studies the relationship between archaeology – and more broadly cultural heritage – and the general public from anthropological and sociological points of view. He completed his PhD in public archaeology at University College London in 2009. Previously, he earned his first master degree in Cultural Heritage Studies at University College London, and the second master degree in Cultural Resources Studies at the University of Tokyo. He worked as a project-based consultant in UNESCO’s Division of Cultural Heritage in 2004 and 2005, and was a Handa Japanese Archaeology Fellow at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures from January 2009 to August 2011. He has been teaching at the School of World Art Studies and Museology, UEA, since 2010. Recently, he co-edited a book New Perspectives in Global Public Archaeology (Springer, 2011) together with Okamura Katsuyuki, and published an article ‘When a local legend is (mis)appropriated in the interpretation of an archaeological site’ in Archaeologies (6(3), pp.447-467, 2010). He is the Membership Secretary of the World Archaeological Congress, and is now working on the publication of a book on cultural heritage in East Asia.