Dana Frances Phelps

2017 - 2018 FELLOWS

Dana Frances Phelps

  • University: Stanford University
  • Field: Heritage
  • Research Topic: Rematerializing the Ottoman Past: The Conflict of Turkish Heritage Politics in Post-Communist Albania
  • E-mail: dfphelps@stanford.edu

Ms.Phelps is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Stanford University. Her research at ANAMED explores the history and trajectory of heritage diplomacies between Turkey and Albania. This projects forms part of her dissertation research on the political nature of heritage in Albania, as the country’s material heritage is promoted, destructed, or otherwise silenced to serve its Europeanization and "modernization" processes. While Albania sacrifices much of its heritage in an effort to appear “modern,” powerful countries to Albania’s East and West fund large-scale heritage projects in Albania that serve a political purpose. At ANAMED, Dana probes into Turkey’s archaeological investments in Albania, tracking the history of its funding packages and investigating the larger interest that Turkey holds within Albania, particularly when looking through the lens of Albania’s Ottoman past. When analyzed within the larger frame of the multiple heritage diplomacies that are at play in Albania, Dana’s research reveals how Albania’s post-communist phase is marked by renewed colonialisms that control Albania’s past, present, and future. Dana’s research is informed by more than seven years of archaeological work and research in Albania. Her research is also funded by a Fulbright scholarship and an American Councils for International Education Fellowship.

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