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.



Torgeir Rinke Bangstad / Levi Bryant / Mats Burström
Denis Byrne / Caitlin DeSilvey
Ewa Domanska / Stein Farstadvoll / Geneviève Godin
Timothy LeCain / Bjørnar Olsen
Þóra Pétursdóttir / Anatolijs Venovcevs / Svetlana Vinogradova



Funded by 
The Research Council of Norway