Shadia Taha

Dr Shadia Taha

BA MPhil PhD

Shadia is a Tutor at Wolfson College and a guest lecturer at the Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge.

Shadia Taha

Shadia’s research interests include ethnography, oral traditions, intangible cultural heritage, traditional knowledge and local communities. Her doctoral dissertion investigates attachment to abandoned heritage, using ethnographic research methods. Her PhD was published by Archaeopress, Oxford, in February 2013.

In 2011, she co-edited Historic Cities, proceedings for the 10th Heritage Seminar with Chatzoglou, Polyzoudi and Sørensen. In 2004, she co-edited Fifty years in the Archaeology of Africa: Themes in archaeological theory and practice in Papers in honour of John Alexander, with Wahida, Smith and Rose.

In addition to her roles at the University of Cambridge, Dr Taha is a Research Fellow at the School of Global Studies, Department of Anthropology and International Development, University of Sussex.

She holds the following positions:

  • Tutor Wolfson College Cambridge. 2014-present 
  • Guest lecturer, Heritage and Museum Course, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge 2011-present 
  • Researcher Civilisation in Contact project (CiC), an outreach project in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge 2014 
  • Fieldwork Assistant ‘BAT Oasis Archaeological Project’, Oman (National Geographic Project) 2014
  • Associate The Indian Ocean World Centre 2015-present
  • Ethnographic interviews and communality outreach 2014-2015
  • Supervisor in the Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge 2013
  • Affiliated Fellow African Studies Centre, University of Cambridge 2013-2015
  • Affiliated Research Scholar McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge 2013-present
  • Research Assistant. Employer: Dr. Marie Louise Stig Sørensen, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge 2012
  • Member of (SARS) Sudan Archaeological Research Society, British Museum 2010-present
  • Member of (SAS) Sudan Archaeological Society, Khartoum, Sudan 2009-present
  • Co-organiser African Archaeology Group (based at McDonald Institute, University of Cambridge ) 2007-present
  • Fieldwork Assistant (Lejre Demark). Employer: Dr. Marie Louise Stig Sørensen 
  • Trowelblazers 100 women in African Archaeology

Research interests

  • Women's role in the transmission of heritage.
  • Traditional knowledge in coastal areas.