Maximilian Chami´s thesis focuses on the management and the use of Sacred Heritage Places in Limestone Cave Areas along the Swahili Coast of Tanzania. He examines the ritual activities, social structure, community involvement and traditional knowledge systems used by the coastal people in Limestone Cave areas along the Swahili coast of Tanzania. He proposes a framework and guidelines that can be used to ensure best practices in conservation, use, and management of Sacred Heritage Places in the United Republic of Tanzania.

Short Bio:

Maximilian Felix Chami, PhD is a Programme Officer for Culture and World Heritage at the UNESCO National Commission of the United Republic of Tanzania. He has been working with the National Commission for the past five years. He is responsible for the implementation of UNESCO’s national culture projects, to advise the government in UNESCO-related issues concerning cultural heritage properties (i.e. Reactive Monitoring Missions) and to strengthen the dialogue between the government and civil society. He has finished his PhD in Heritage Studies at the Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus-Seftenberg in Germany (December 2019). Also, He has a BA in Tourism and Cultural Heritage from University of Dodoma (2012) and MA in Heritage Management from University of Dar es Salaam (2015), Tanzania respectively. Among his research interests are topics like Heritage Management and Planning, Conflict Management in Heritage Places, Public Archaeology, and Cultural Heritage Tourism.

What will you remember most of your time at BTU Cottbus and in the PhD Programme HS?

The PhD HS study room 225b at LG 10 and library have been one of the areas which provided me with a wonderful environmental condition for me to study and finish my PhD studies on time. I am always grateful for these two places as areas which engineer my PhD career in BTU Cottbus.

What advice do you have for prospective PhD candidates at BTU Cottbus?

BTU is one of the best Universities in Germany which provides students with a very conducive environment for studying.

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