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Barry Stiefel

Associate Professor, College of Charleston

Degrees:Ph.D. (Tulane University)
Office:Department of Art and Architectural History
College of Charleston, South Carolina
Website:Barry Stiefel's profile

Barry Stiefel is an Associate Professor in the Historic Preservation & Community Planning program at the College of Charleston. A strong advocate for the preservation of Jewish heritage, he promotes research into how local preservation efforts affect regional, national, and multi-national policies within the field of cultural resource management and heritage conservation. Barry advocates for heritage conservation to develop a more people-centered approach. A people-centred approach requires the heritage practitioner to facilitating the gathering and interpretation of meanings of particular buildings and spaces with the people who use these spaces and buildings. As a preservation student, his case study “The Places My Granddad Built”: Using Popular Interest in Genealogy as a Pedagogical Segue for Historic Preservation”, came about as a result of his personal explorations of the relationship between his ancestry and heritage (coming from Central and Eastern Europe, settling in Midwestern United States and Canada) with history in general, as well as the state of condition/preservation of important places, material culture, and intangible traditions.

His chapter titled “Jewish Spaces/Landscapes in Medieval/Modern Europe” for The Oxford Handbook of Religious Space has been completed. The new tentative publishing date is late 2021 – 2022.

Barry recently finished an article with the Journal of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, which is on “Synagogue Architecture in Canada: A Summary History”. This is the Jewish contribution to a special issue on religious architecture in Canada (publishing date fall 2021).

His monograph book Monuments of Diverse Heritage: Early American Placemaking and Preservation by African, Indigenous, and Jewish Peoples will soon be available through the University of Georgia Press. Due to the role (British) Canada played for loyalist Blacks, First Peoples, and Jews, a significant part of the book covers sites and their preservation north of the US border.

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