Staff Profiles: Archaeology , Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies

Ms Petronella Katekwe

Position: Chairperson

Research Interests :
    Liberation Heritage, Intangible Heritage and Memory Studies, Records and Archives Administration

Dr Simbarashe Shadreck Chitima

Position: Research Board Chairperson

Research Interests
    Museum Collections Management, Heritage Management, Heritage Education, Museum Communication, Museum Exhibition Design and Interpretation, Visual Arts, Art Aesthetics, Museum Management and Museums and Global Issues.
WORK EXPERIENCE
    2006-2007- Assistant Curator at the National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe, 2008-Freelance Curator and Exhibition Designer 2009-2010-Teaching Assistant in the Department of Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Museums Studies at Midlands State University, 2010-2016-Assistant lecturer in the Department of Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at Midlands State University, 2016-to date-Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at Midlands State University.
PUBLICATIONS
    Chitima, S.S (2015). Developing Sustainable Museums through ‘Greening’: A Case study of the Zimbabwe Military Museum. In Mawere, M., Chiwaura, H. And Thondhlana, T.P (eds). African Museums in the Making: Reflections on the Politics of Material and Public Culture in Zimbabwe. Bamenda: Langaa Research and Publishing. pp 223-246 Jagero, N., Chisedzi, W.K.T., Sithole, N. and Chitima, S.S. (2016). The Role of the Zimbabwean Museums in creating national identity during post colonial: A case of the Zimbabwe Military Museum. Multilingual Academic Journal of Education and Social Sciences, Vol 4, Issue 1, pp 57-69. Chitima, S.S. and Mupira, P. (2017). ‘Disabled Access’: debating the accessibility of Zimbabwe national museums by people with disabilities. In Manyanga, M and Chirikure, S (eds). Archives, Places and Landscapes: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Decolonised Zimbabwean Pasts. Bamenda, Cameroon: Langaa Research and Publishing CIG, pp 355-378. Chitima, S.S and Ishmael N. (2018). Incorporating indigenous knowledge in the control of Wahlberg bats at BaTonga Community Museum as a collections preservation measure. In Ngulube, P. (eds). Handbook of Research on Heritage Management and Preservation. IGI Global, pp 396-407. Chitima, S.S. (2020). Epistemologies and learning: primary school pupils’ learning experiences at national museums in Zimbabwe. ICOM Education 29-Museum Education, ISSN 2709-8486, pp 233-245. Chitima, S.S (2020). Teacher Influence on School Student Learning Outcomes at National Museums in Zimbabwe. The Museum Review, Vol 5 (1), pp 1-15. Chitima, S.S. (2021). Negotiating the Decolonisation of National Museums in Zimbabwe. ICOM/ICOFORM, ISBN: 978-2-491997-28-1, Pp 67-70.  Thondhlana, T.P., Chitima, S.S and Chirikure, S. (2021). Nation branding in Zimbabwe: Archaeological heritage, national cohesion, and corporate identities. Journal of Social Archaeology, DOI:10.1177/14696053211002699. pp 1-23. Chitima, S.S (2021). Developing operational environments and educational activities for early childhood development students in museums. Museum Management and Curatorship, https://doi.org/10.1080/09647775.2021.1914145. pp 1-19.  Chitima, S.S. (2021). “Engines and Wagons”: The Challenges and Options of Conserving Railway Heritage. Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals, pp. 1-18. ps://doi.org/10.1177/15501906211052717. Chitima, S.S. (2021). Reframing Attitudes and Habits: Strategies for Facilitating Learning in Museums Among Students with Disabilities. Theory and Practice: The Emerging Museum Professionals Journal, Vol 4 (1): pp 1-17. ISSN 2638-4159. Chitima, S.S. (2022). Negotiating national identity in post-colonial Zimbabwe through a national dress. Nations and Nationalism, pp.1–16. https://doi.org/10.1111/nana.12811. Chitima, S.S (2022). Colonial vestiges, difficult heritage, and the post-colony: Rescuing Ian Smith’s collections at the Gwenoro eco-museum, Shurugwi. In Thondhlana, T.P; Mataga, J., and Munjeri, D. (eds). Independent Museums and Culture Centres in Colonial and Post-Colonial Zimbabwe: Non State Players, Local Communities and Self Representation. Routledge: New York, pp 79-87.

Mr Davison Chiwara

Position: Lecturer

Research Interests:
    Conservation of Cultural Property

Mr Simbarashe Comfort Muringaniza

Position: Lecturer

Research Interests:
    Rock Art studies,

Mr Toleni Tayi

Position: Lecturer

Research Interests:
    Industrial heritage, Community participation in heritage management, Heritage presentation and interpretation, Land reform and sustainable livelihoods,

Mr Marlvern Mabgwe

Position: Lecturer

Research Interests:               
    Iron Age Archaeology of southern Africa Historical and Public Archaeology

Ms Nyasha Agnes Gurira

Position: Lecturer

Research Interests:
    Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Heritage Economics, and Community Participation in Heritage Management, Conservation of Architectural Heritage, Conservation of Museum Collections, Collections Management,and Heritage and Sustainable development.