Dr Yunci Cai

Lecturer in Museum Studies, Co-Programme Director of MA/MSc/PGDip in Heritage and Interpretation (Distance Learning), School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK

Lecturer in Museum Studies

Dr Yunci Cai a Lecturer in Museum Studies and Co-Programme Director of MA/MSc/PGDip in Heritage and Interpretation (Distance Learning) programme at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester. She joined the School of Museum Studies in May 2018, after completing her PhD in Museum and Heritage Studies at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (UCL) in November 2017. Her research was funded by the UCL Overseas Research Scholarship and UCL Graduate Research Scholarship. Yunci holds a Master of Arts with Distinction in Museum Studies from the UCL Institute of Archaeology, and a Bachelor of Social Sciences with First Class Honours in Geography from the National University of Singapore (NUS). She has research interests in the cultural politics and museologies in and of Asia.

Teaching

Dr Yunci Cai holds a Postgraduate Certificate with Distinction in Academic and Professional Practice from the University of Leicester, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). She teaches on the following modules:

Recurrent Courses

1) Convener, Module 1: Developing Professional Practice, MA/MSc in Museum Studies (On Campus) Programme, University of Leicester, AY2019/2020 onwards

2) Co-convener, Specialism: Global Museologies, MA/MSc in Museum Studies (On Campus) Programme, University of Leicester, AY2018/2019 onwards

3) Contributor, Module 2: Contemporary Museum Contexts, MA/MSc in Museum Studies (On Campus) Programme, University of Leicester, AY2018/2019 onwards

4) Contributor, Module 7: Research Project, MA/MSc in Museum Studies (On Campus) and MA in Art Museum and Gallery Studies (On Campus) Programmes, University of Leicester, AY2019/2020 onwards

5) Convener, Module 3: Supporting Heritage, MA/MSc/PGDip in Heritage and Interpretation (Distance Learning) Programme, University of Leicester, AY2019/2020 onwards

6) Contributor, Indigenous Museology, Museum Studies Distance Learning Summer Programme, University of Leicester, AY2017/2018 onwards

Previous Courses

1) Convener, Module 7: Research Project, MA/MSc in Museum Studies (On Campus) and MA in Art Museum and Gallery Studies (On Campus) Programmes, University of Leicester, AY2018/2019

2) Contributor, Module 8: Practice, MA/MSc in Museum Studies (On Campus) and MA in Art Museum and Gallery Studies (On Campus) Programmes, University of Leicester, AY2019/2020

Research Interests

Dr Yunci Cai is a critical heritage and museum studies scholar, specialising in the cultural politics and museologies in and of Asia. Trained as a geographer/anthropologist, she is interested in the politics of heritage, especially how cultural heritage has been mobilised to achieve different agendas by different stakeholders in diverse socio-political contexts, and the power interplays and contestations involved in the mobilisation, or what is known as the politics of museum and heritage-making. Her monograph Staging Indigenous Heritage (Routledge 2020) explores the politics of heritage-making at four indigenous cultural villages in Malaysia.

Her research interests and regions of specialisation can be broadly summarised as follows:
  1. Critical museology and heritage studies
  2. Asian museology and heritage
  3. Non-western and post-colonial museologies
  4. Indigenous museology and cultural heritage
  5. Culture and/for development
  6. Cross-cultural exchanges and museum diplomacy

More information about her research can be found at: https://leicester.academia.edu/YunciCai

PhD Supervision

Dr Yunci Cai welcomes prospective PhD students who are keen to explore topics relating to museum and cultural heritage issues in the non-western world. She currently supervises the following students:

As First Supervisor

Jo Hartwell: Creating a Heritage of Conflict: An Empirical Study into the Impact of Women's Participation in the Management and Interpretation of Bisesero Genocide Memorial Site, Rwanda [Second Supervisor: Professor Sandra Dudley]

Sun Weilun: Design as an Interpretation to the Historical Exhibitions within Chinese Local Museums [Joint Supervision with Professor Suzanne Macleod]

As Second Supervisor

Christine Hristova: De-Colonise or Re-Colonise? Examining Louvre Abu Dhabi as an Universal Museum [First Supervisor: Dr Katy Bunning]

Ma Lijia: New Museology and Community Museums in Beijing [First Supervisor: Dr Katy Bunning]

Ava Salzar: Presenting the Unknown: Indefinite Objects in Museum Settings and the Implications of their Interpretation [First Supervisor: Professor Sandra Dudley]

Completed Student

Dr Wang Yahao: The Interpretation of Ethnographic Collections in Chinese Museums through Museum-Community Collaborations [First Supervisor: Dr Stacy Boldrick]

Dr Liu Kuan-yin, Ann: Understanding the Organisational Hybridity of Cultural and Art Organisations: The Case of Contemporary Art Spaces in Taiwan [First Supervisor Professor Ross Parry]

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