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J. Kelechi Ugwuanyi

Senior Lecturer, Department of Archaeology and Tourism, University of Nigeria

J. Kelechi Ugwuanyi is a senior lecturer in the Department of Archaeology and Tourism, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Global Heritage Lab, Transdisciplinary Research Area: Present Pasts, University of Bonn. Kelechi had his PhD in heritage studies at the University of York and MA and BA in Archaeology and Tourism and Diploma in Tourism and Museum Studies at the University of Nigeria. He is a co- editor of the Journal of African Cultural Heritage Studies and sits on the editorial board of the Studies in Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory book series published by the Archaeopress in Oxford as part of the British Archaeological Report series of monograph. Kelechi has published chapters and articles in national and international journals of repute and has presented papers at different professional conferences across the globe. He is an African Humanities Program (AHP) fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and a recipient of other fellowships/grants including the Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS) of the University of York, Tweedie Exploration Fellowship of the University of Edinburgh, Gilchrist Educational Trust, etc. Kelechi’s research interests are critical heritage studies, museum, indigenous knowledge systems, tourism, and contemporary archaeology. His current research at the Global Heritage Lab revisits the originating communities of ethnographic archives collected during colonialism to re-engage members of the descendant communities to understand the significance of archival materials in the present.


  • 2022–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Bonn
  • 2020–present
    Senior lecturer, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • 2020–2021
    AHP Postdoctoral Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies
  • 2013–2020
    Lecturer, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • 2011–2013
    Graduate Assistant, University of Nigeria, Nsukka


  • 2019 
    University of York, PhD Archaeology (Heriteg Studies)
  • 2013 
    University of Nigeria, Nsukka, MA Cultural Resource Management & Tourism
  • 2010 
    University of Nigeria, Nsukka, BA Archaeology and Tourism
  • 2006 
    University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Diploma in Tourism & Museum Studies


  • 2021
    Time-space politics and heritagisation in Africa: understanding where to begin decolonisation, International Journal of Heritage Studies
  • 2021
    Heritage ontologies in Nigeria: an analysis of how heritage connects and disconnects people, Journal of African Archaeology
  • 2021
    Íhé Ńkètá and Òkè: concepts and practice of indigenous cultural heritage management in the Igbo cultural area of south-eastern Nigeria, Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development
  • 2020
    Masking and oral tradition in the re-enactment of village-based hierarchy among the acephalous Igbo of Southeastern Nigeria, World Archaeology
  • 2020
    Human-nature offspringing: indigenous thoughts on posthuman heritage, Chapter in Deterritorializing the Future: Heritage in, of and after the Anthropocene edited by Harrison, R. and Sterling, C.
  • 2018
    Permanence, temporality and the rhythms of life: exploring significance of the village arena in Igbo culture, World Archaeology 50 (1)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2020
    African Humanities Program (AHP)
    Funding Source:
    American Council of Learned Societies