Lena Mortensen

 
Lena Mortensen
Assistant Professor
MW
384
(416) 208-4812

Affiliations: 

  • Co-chair, Cultural Heritage Interest Group (University of Toronto)
  • Co-chair, Cultural Tourism Working Group (Intellectual Property in Cultural Heritage Project)
  • American Anthropological Association

Research Interests: 

  • Heritage, Identity, and Politics of the Past
  • Tourism, Representation, and Commodification of Culture
  • Ethnography of Archaeology

Awards and Grants: 

  • 2008-2015 SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) "Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage: Theory, Practice, Policy, Ethics." Co-chair, Working Group on Cultural Tourism. (26 co-applicants). (2.5 million)
  • 2009 SSHRC Institutional Grant, University of Toronto Scarborough "Reconfiguring Honduran Identity through Archaeological Tourism" ($1,128)
  • 2006 SSHRC Institutional Grant, University of Toronto Scarborough "Copan in Western Honduras" ($2,500)

Publications: 

  • Mortensen, Lena (forthcoming 2010) "Arqueologîa en Copán: El pasado y los publicos del presente en Honduras." Arqueologia y Participacion Comunitaria en Honduras. Special edition of Yaxkin. Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History.
  • Mortensen, Lena (2009) "Assessing the Local, National and Transnational Values of Honduran Heritage." Practicing Anthropology 31(3):36-39
  • Mortensen, Lena and Julie Hollowell, editors. 2009. Ethnographies and Archaeologies: Iterations of the Past. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.
  • Mortensen, Lena. 2009. "Producing Copán in the Archaeology Industry" in Ethnographies and Archaeologies: Iterations of the Past. Lena Mortensen and Julie Hollowell, editors. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. Pp. 178-918.
  • Mortensen, Lena. 2009. "Copán Past and Present: Maya Archaeological Tourism and the Ch’orti’ in Honduras." In The Ch’orti’ Region, Past and Present. Brent Metz, Cameron McNeil, and Kerry Hull, editors. University Press of Florida. Pp.246-257.
  • Mortensen, Lena. 2007. "Working Borders: Contextualizing Copán Archaeology." Archaeologies: Journal of the World Archaeological Congress. 3(2):132-152.

Teaching Interests: 

  • Fieldwork in Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • The Anthropology of Food: Consuming Passions
  • Anthropology of Tourism
  • Material Worlds