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.




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


We’ve been working hard over the Summer to complete our collective monograph, to be published in #openaccess by @UCLpress next year. In the meantime the rest of our publications can be accessed online at https://t.co/wfTESCXc3M

Remembering last year's workshop in Tromsø/Kilpisjärvi. The next one, ‘Rethinking Agency, Politics, and Ethics in the Anthropocene’, will take place October 17-20 of this year in Poznań. Stay tuned for more info!

Unruly material amalgamations: Luftwaffe aircraft spare parts burnt by the nazis during their scorched earth retreat from Finnmark. New weird hybrid things now resurface from the cold ash. Aluminium is a… https://t.co/ROdtASkXVE

A pile of smashed beer bottles. The German bottles date to the last days of WWII when the nazis retreated from Finnmark. They didn't just burn the houses of the natives, but they also destroyed the things they could not bring along; even beer. Leave nothing to the Soviets.

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