Unruly Heritage

An Archaeology of the Anthropocene

The aim of this project is to investigate how the haunting, ruined, and stranded material legacies of the Anthropocene
challenge current conceptions of heritage, and urge us to adopt more accommodating and complex understandings.

Unruly Heritage explores how things’ persistency complicates and questions traditional delineations between past
and present, and how their unruly afterlives allow for alternative memory practices. It critically scrutinizes the
ethical foundations of heritage, as well as explores possible justifications for, and consequences of an ethics
extended to things. In doing so, it investigates how a radical broadening of the humanistic concept
of care may contribute to alternative and more ecologically sound heritage approaches.




Esther Breithoff / Levi Bryant / Mats Burström / Denis Byrne
Caitlin DeSilvey / Ewa Domanska / Geneviève Godin / Timothy LeCain
Bjørnar Olsen / Þóra Pétursdóttir / Anatolijs Venovcevs / Svetlana Vinogradova



Funded by The Research Council of Norway


Calling for volunteers to interview Thames mudlarks and help with a new heritage project that an @UnrulyHeritage member will also be contributing to. Time commitment is about 3 days, and training will be provided in mid-June. Info here: https://t.co/ncbtJpIqmM

Have you missed last week's major announcement? Our (now former) postdoc @EstherBreithoff has been awarded a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship with @BirkbeckHCA. We congratulate her and wish her all the best in her new role! 🎉 For more information: https://t.co/K7ZQeihDIp

A bridge connecting a small community of North West River, Labrador to rest of Canada was built in the 1970s. It was built in anticipation of uranium mining operations that were slated to commence several hundred… https://t.co/OkjdNzCq80

Post-soviet heritage - a ski resort building in Kirovsk, Russia. Abandoned in the 90s before it was even completed. One of the defining markers for the contemporary period is the acceleration of construction and… https://t.co/8CWLCHvHxB

Big news in my first ever tweet! I am excited and honoured to have been awarded a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship with @BirkbeckHCA
to work on the archaeology and heritage of #humanrights #ukriflf

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