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


Call for Papers: “From the Ruins of Preservation” A symposium on rethinking heritage through counter-archives, to be held in London, 11-12th July 2019 - Heritage Research https://t.co/V1sGvxy458

This week we are reading one of @wasteunearthed's all-time favourite books, 'Cedar Forests, Cedar Ships' by @wracksandruins. He recommended it to the group as an original and inspiring contribution to the interface between object-oriented ontologies and archaeology. 🌲

Registration deadline for #CHATACT #Aarhus has been extended to 15th Oct, so a little more time to decide to come along! Register at https://t.co/yboXigI1EW @AU_Archaeology @LMcAtackney

One of our PhD students is embarking on her first @UnrulyHeritage fieldwork season this fall, looking at the relationship between art and drift matter. Any recommendations? 🌊🇬🇧

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