I am senior lecturer at the Department of Design, teaching issues related to the social, economic and politcal uses of cultural heritage in today's society. This means teaching students of design how cultural heritage, cultural identity, and collective memories might be part of their projects for a sustainable change.
I teach at both undergraduate and master levels in Design + Change, mainly on topics related to critical heritage, material cultural, cultural identity, migration and memory, placeness and homing process, heritage community managment, and cultural sustainability. For master students I also teach on designing research projects, tools for academic publication, and transdisciplinarity in design.
My research is focused on the way cultural heritage is involved in the process of remembering, meaning making, and construction of identity today, involving key concepts such as globalization, multiple migration, mobilities, collective memory, critical heritage, public archaeology, new materialities, and the social significance of cultural heritage.
Educated in Barcelona (PhD. in Prehistory Archaeology, UAB) and in London (MA in Public Archaeology, UCL), I have combined an academic research career in The Netherlands and Spain, with a professional career in cultural heritage management in Spain and Italy, including in both paths several European projects (e.g., ARCHEOMEDES, APPEAR). In the field of heritage management, I work on the I work on the museums management (e.g. MUHBA), the management of urban archaeological sites (e.g. Born) and the politics of identity in archaeology, especially in relation to religious and community groups (e.g. Montjuïc). As archaeologist my research focus on gender and material culture, chaîne opératoire and pottery technology, and cultural landscapes.
Cross-cultural heritage. Understanding cultural heritage in a globalized world. Research project developed under a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Post-doc Research Fellow (2015-2017). This project explored how globalization is affecting current uses and meanings of cultural heritage. As case study, I analyzed a particular kind of multiple/onward migrant, the global nomads or 'Third Culture Kids', defined by those affected by a cross-cultural life experience due to several internationational relocations during childhood. Throughout these particulars, I explored new forms of contemporary heritage (e.g., airports), and issues on the intangible of homeness/homlessness and objects on the move. http://laiacolomer.wix.com/cross-cultural
Past Women: It is a research project (+ website) aiming to make visible the research in archaeology and history that is linked to the study of the material culture of women while working to provide updated resources from feminist perspectives to all sectors involved in historical dissemination. http://www.pastwomen.net/gb/index
Article in journal (Refereed)
- Colomer, L. (2019). Stones, Books and Flags : Born and the Role of Archaeological Heritage Management under the Barcelona Model. European Journal of Archaeology. 22. 111-130.
- Colomer, L. (2018). Feeling like at home in airports : experiences, memories and affects of placeness among Third Culture Kids. Applied Mobilities. 1-16.
- Colomer, L. (2017). Heritage on the move : Cross-cultural heritage as a response to globalisation, mobilities and multiple migrations. International Journal of Heritage Studies (IJHS). 23. 913-927.
- Colomer, L. (2014). The politics of human remains in managing archaeological medieval Jewish burial grounds in Europe. Nordisk kulturpolitisk tidskrift. 17. 168-186.
- Colomer, L. (2010). Approaching Montjuïc as part of the historic legacy of Barcelona. Museum International. 62. 81-85.
Chapter in book (Refereed)
- Colomer, L., Holtorf, C. (2019). What is cross-cultural heritage? : Challenges in identifying the heritage of globalized citizens. Cultural heritage, ethics and contemporary migrations. Routledge. 147-164.
- Colomer, L., Erlingsson, C. (2018). Use of cultural heritage to enhance older people’s wellbeing. Encyclopaedia of Global Archaeology. Cham, Springer.
- Colomer, L. (2018). El Born, Barcelona : Archaeology, Heritage, and Politics in Action. Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology : Living Edition. Cham, Springer.
- Colomer, L. (2018). ICH and Identity : the use of ICH Among Global Multicultural Citizens. Research Handbook on Contemporary Intangible Cultural Heritage : Law and Heritage. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar Publishing. 194-215.
- Colomer, L. (2017). Commentary on Time Travelling and Cinema. The Archaeology of Time Travelling : Experiencing the Past in the 21st Century. Oxford, Archeopress. 229-232.
Article, book review (Refereed)
- Colomer, L. (2016). Book Review. Museums, Migration and Identity in Europe. Peoples, Places and Identities, edited by Christopher Whitehead, Susannah Eckersley, Katherine Lloyd, and Rhiannon Mason (eds.) 2015 . Ashgate, Surrey. International Journal of Heritage Studies (IJHS). 22. 863-866.
Article in journal (Other academic)
- Colomer, L. (2013). Managing the heritage of immigrants : eldery refugees, homesickness, and cultural identities. The European Archaeologist. 17-22.
- Colomer, L. (2012). Archaeological heritage management and the post-Valetta scenario in The Netherlands. Heritage & Society. 5. 125-131.
Chapter in book (Other academic)
- Colomer, L. (2013). The archaeology of ancient Jewish burial grounds : between the demands of religion and the res publica. Archaeological intervention on historical necropolises : Jewish cemeteries. Barcelona, Museu d'Història de Barcelona, Ajuntament de Barcelona. 335-345.
Collection (editor) (Other academic)
- Colomer, L. (2013). Archaeological intervention on historical necropolises : Jewish cemeteries. Barcelona, Museu d'Història de Barcelona, Ajuntament de Barcelona. 443.
Article, book review (Other academic)
- Colomer, L. (2019). [ Review of ] Museums, Immigrants, and Social Justice : by Sophia Labadi. Abingdon/New York: Routledge, 2018. 150 pages. Curator : The Museum Journal. Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons. 62. 87-90.
Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
- Colomer, L. (2018). El Born, Barcelona : you are about to visit 8.000 sq. meters of public archaeology on action. TEA The European Association of Archaeologists: The newsletter of EEA members for EAA members. 56. 9-13.