Jana Frey | 02.01.2020 | 485 Aufrufe | Interviews

Caroline Marie Q. Lising | "Developing a System for Cultural Heritage Management Applications for Prehistoric Sites and Materials of Cagayan Valley, Luzon Island, Philippines"

Lisa Maskell Fellowships in Southeast Asia

In 2014, the Gerda Henkel Foundation initiated a scholarship programme supporting young humanities scholars from Africa and Southeast Asia in honour of the foundation's founder, Lisa Maskell. It is the largest international support programme for PhD students in the history of the Foundation. The Lisa Maskell Fellowships aim to strengthen universities in the partner countries, to counter the outflow of qualified young scholars and to ensure the doctoral students enjoy excellent academic training.

In the last couple of months, L.I.S.A. has been publishing interviews with the Lisa Maskell Fellows from Subsaharan Africa and from Southeast Asia, in which they talk about their research projects as well as their experiences during their academic career and the Lisa Maskell fellowship.

This week, we welcome Caroline Marie Q. Lising from the Philippines. After completing numerous degree, including a Master's degree in Archaeology from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, she started her PhD in Archaeology with the thesis Developing a System for Cultural Heritage Management Applications for Prehistoric Sites and Materials of Cagayan Valley, Luzon Island, Philippines at the Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt.

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L.I.S.A.: What is the status of the humanities in the Philippines, your home country?

Caroline Marie Q. Lising: There is a decline in the interest in humanities courses as many students (and parents) prefer to enroll in courses that are perceived to be more practical and which assure the students of employment after graduation.

L.I.S.A.: Have you ever encountered problems in the realization of your academic career?

Carline Marie Q. Lising: I have 2 undergraduate degrees and 2 graduate degrees, and so far, I have been able to make all of them useful.

"Developing ways of creating value for the prehistoric heritage"

L.I.S.A.: What is your PhD project about and what got you interested in the chosen topic to begin with?

Caroline Marie Q. Lising: My PhD project is about developing a heritage management system for prehistoric sites and materials in a developing country. My country is notorious for having a low appreciation of history, and an even lower level of appreciation for prehistory. I am interested in developing ways of creating value for the prehistoric heritage that can be useful and relevant to the public.

L.I.S.A.: What has your experience at the Goethe University in Frankfurt been like? Have there been any differences to other institutions you have previously attended?

Caroline Marie Q. Lising: They are more professional in conducting themselves as compared to the local university I attended for my master’s degree.

L.I.S.A.: What are the opportunities in the Philippines to pursue different degree options (BA/MA/PhD)?

Caroline Marie Q. Lising: There are many opportunities for such, but the level of engagement and knowledge might not be sufficient.

L.I.S.A.: What are your plans concerning your future career once you have obtained your PhD?

Caroline Marie Q. Lising: I plan to continue my practice as a heritage specialist in prehistory who will consult with government and academic institutions and entities for the further development of research and preservation, and value-development for the prehistoric heritage in my country.

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